Do you remember
the 21st night of September?
If you do, then you know it’s my annual guest blogging day here at Carole Knits and it’s time for me to celebrate Carole’s birthday by giving her the day off from writing a blog post.
This year, Carole’s birthday doesn’t fall into one of those special landmark years like Sweet 16, Twenty One and Legal or 30, 40, 50, 60 . . . 100! It was, however, a year of challenges health wise for Carole. There was pain and discomfort, aches and swelling of joints, and anxiety over the fear of the unknown.
As you all know, we had a wonderful trip to Iceland a little over a year ago for Hannah and Mikey’s wedding. All was fine . . . and then it wasn’t. Carole had a hint of trouble during the trip, which included a lot of hiking, and she just thought maybe she had overdone it and hoped all would be well once we returned to our normal routine. Wrong. It just got worse . . . she couldn’t wear her rings, walking was terribly uncomfortable, in fact most movement made her miserable, and she was scared. She knew she needed more than a few Advil and so the search for answers began. Through her doctor, who recommended different specialists, and friends, who shared similar conditions with her and gave good advice and comfort, a road to recovery was established. It wasn’t always easy and there were tears and frustration, but just starting the process of figuring out what was wrong shed some light in the darkness.
She’s written about it some here and basically she discovered she has an autoimmune disorder of inflammatory arthritis. Possibly psoriatic arthritis but there’s no specific diagnosis . . . which is weird but we’ve learned that it really doesn’t matter yet since the initial treatments are all the same. Is the road to recovery complete? No, this is something that will be around for the foreseeable future. But it’s certainly much better than it was on her birthday last year and the discomfort she feels now doesn’t overwhelm her the way it did a year ago.
I think when birthdays come along that it’s nice to look back on the past year. Most are good, some are great, and some are challenging. We’ve been dealing with challenging ones lately, that’s for sure, with the passing of my brother, me getting hit by a car, struggling (along with the whole world) through a pandemic, and then Carole getting sick. But, you know, resilience is a gift and Carole has shown that she has plenty of that. She fought hard to stay positive and maintain our lifestyle and routines all through this past year, even when she was the one with the pain.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m very proud of my wife and how she has handled her diagnosis and the challenges that have come along with it. In fact, I think she’s pretty remarkable and I hope you all take a minute to wish her a happy, happy birthday. I hope when we meet again on the next 21st of September that we’ll be looking back at a year of smooth sailing!