Since my amputation there have been a few things that I really struggle with. One being how hard I feel things are for me now. I'll give some examples. I can't wake up in the night and just walk to the bathroom or get a drink or jump out of bed when the kids cry in the night. I can't simply pick up my laundry baskets and carry them to and from the washer/dryer (this is getting somewhat easier). Standing in the kitchen to prepare and cook a meal is much harder than it used to be. I don't just write a grocery list and hop in the car with my kids and run to Costco, Walmart, Safeway etc. and do all my errands. I can only do about one store when I do go but lots of times I rely on someone else to pick things up for me. I can't keep up to my children like before. They can run away from me whenever we go somewhere if their little hearts choose. My two year old can run out into the street and I just can't run after him. I can't take my kids swimming right now or jump on the trampoline. I can't just quickly tidy up my house if someone is going to stop by (everything takes me much longer to accomplish). I can't run up or down stairs, I usually do stairs my stepping with one foot and then the other onto the same stair. I can't ride a bike yet or go water skiing. And I'm sure if I keep thinking the list would go on. Now this is a lot of CANT'S but I don't want people to pity me or feel bad for me. I just wanted to say it.
When I think about how I feel sometimes I wish I didn't think the way I do but I'm human and I sometimes can't help it. I watch all the other young moms around me and wish I could physically do the things they are doing with their children. I see them doing the things I used to do that I didn't have to think about. Like running Ty to and from hockey, taking them up to the school for different programs. Taking them swimming and skating to the dentist or doctor. I feel sad and overwhelmed a lot. I also feel so tired and guilty that I'm not being the mom my kids need me to be. But I don't just have negative feelings I also feel so grateful for all the service that is given to me.
I do have a lot of things that I can do and get to do and things that I appreciate more than I used to and I notice little things that are more special to me now. Like.... Every time I kiss my two year old's cheeks I kiss a little harder and love the feel of his squishy cheek. I love to brush Lucy's hair out of her face and touch her tiny nose. I love to let my 7 year old sit on my lap and rub his back. I hold my baby ALL the time I guess because I don't spend much time cleaning, picking up, organizing or going anywhere, so I just sit and hold him while I rest. I love to watch there little faces turn into smiles.
Now there you go. This is me and this is what dealing with my missing leg is like.
And this is what makes me happy!