Thursday, March 1, 2012

Temporary Leave

I have always preferred bloggers who keep it real ... here is my reality. ;-)  Long, long ago ...
...while riding my horse, another one felt threatened and kicked us ... his hoof hit my right knee.  Yep ... it hurt!
Over the past 40+ years it would occasionally become inflamed, but an ibuprofen routine always took care of it. Gosh...wish my legs looked this good!  ;-)
Last fall, on the night of our beloved Teacup's passing ... I took a nasty fall on my bum knee.
It was hard to differentiate between the pain I felt in my heart ... and my knee.  I began the usual routine to deal with the knee and tried to move forward!
The knee was not cooperating and remained very cranky. 

In the viking tradition of my ancestors, I continued to push forward ... ignoring the pain and thinking that the more I used it, the faster it would get better.  I know ... believe me ... I am aware of  how "unintelligent" this sounds!  
Needless to say ... the knee never improved, it continued to get worse.  It has seriously altered my lifestyle over the past 5 months.  I don't want to go into all the details ... but the impact on all areas of my life has been severe.
Yep ... it has been a challenge to maintain that dillydally spirit.  But amongst the pain and frustration ...
... there have been multiple blessings.  Mr. DillyDally has been a saint.  I have always felt that the true test of our character is not when things are going well ... it is when life becomes difficult that our true character is revealed.  I definitely married a man of character.

At work .... everyone has been great!  The principal and my fellow teachers have been very supportive.  The students have been very understanding and compassionate ... adolescents are such good medicine ... it warms my heart when I think of their concern and thoughtfulness.  
The true angel for me at work has been QBee Sara.  She has served as a student teacher in my classroom since January.  Last fall she volunteered many hours and assisted me as well.  It is because of her generosity and kindness that the students in my classroom have not suffered because of my condition.  To be surrounded by such energetic and caring people at work is a blessing.  I am very grateful.

My cheerleading squad ... they listen to my whining ... tolerate my crabbiness ... empathize with my limitations ...and best of all, they remember the person I was before I suffered from constant pain.

It has been difficult to dillydally ... in every way.  I finally gave up my Viking warrior ways, went to health specialists and faced the music.  I will be having the first of two surgeries required to get my dillydally life back today.  It is a relief to know that now I can begin looking forward with confidence that things will get better ... and even return to normal!  Am not sure how long my medical leave here in blogland will be ... but I'll return as soon as I have some dillydally updates to share!  
       Yep ... the clouds are lifting and today I begin the process of getting my dillydally lifestyle back!  Wish me luck!
Do what you love.  Take care of your health. Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. Take good care...wishing you a speedy recovery and fast return to dillydallying!

  2. A couple of our favorite regulars are having knee surgeries in the next few weeks too. We told them we'd set up a recovery room in our classroom for them to work on some UFOs. We hope you (and they) have a speedy recovery.

  3. Oh how I hope that everything will go well for you. I adore reading your blog and hearing about all of your escapades with the QBees. I certainly hope that you will be back to your jolly old self very soon. My rheumatoid arthritis ate through the tendons in both ankles several years ago. I was a mess until I finally had the two surgeries. My husband was an angel both times. You are lucky to have Mr. Dilly Dally and your friends around you at such a difficult time. Once I was back on my feet, I was so much happier than I had been pre-surgery. I will be thinking of you and praying that you will be so much happier once you come out on the other side of this ordeal!

  4. By the time you read this, surgery #1 should be a recent event of the past! Just want you to know that I'm thinking of you, and wishing you a speedy and THOROUGH recovery, and that means you taking it easy and doing what they tell you to do and NO MORE. Take care of you Teri!

    PS -- I absolutely cracked up with all the graphics in this post -- you are such a hoot..and it was so nice to see everyone's smiling faces. I'll be watching for updates!


  5. Delurking to wish you the BEST with the surgery and recovery.

  6. Good wishes for your surgery and recovery! Hope this makes knee pain a thing of the past.

  7. Praying for your surgeries and recovery! Xoxo.

  8. I love reading your blog and am sorry to hear about your pain. I will be praying for your speedy and complete recovery. Take good care of yourself.

  9. Good luck with the surgery. Going to Anchorage, Seattle or...?

  10. Bob is just recovering from his knee surgery. He had gotten to the point where he could hardly walk. is recovery is going well and I know yours will too. I am so sorry you were in such pain. Hope all goes well with the surgeries. You are in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

  11. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Love that you admit to being cranky, we all go through some hard times.

  12. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers....

  13. Love reading your blog. Sorry for your knee problem. Hope the surgery goes smoothly and you have a speedy recovery.


  14. Sorry to hear of your pain and surgery. Not a good place to be with all the snow and ice when every step counts. I know your viking toughness will once again prevail! Do take time to recover and don't go back to work before you are ready. Mr. Dilly Dally will have to be firm!
    In my prayers,