It's amazing how a few moments can turn your life upside down. Last weekend, it was the realization that something had gone seriously wrong with my husband's health.
My husband has coped with arthritis as a result of heavy sports for as nearly as long as I've known him. But this time things were different. He suddenly started complaining about knee pain, and Friday night realized his knee had swollen to three times its size.
A visit to the doctor and the imaging center later, and we confirmed we have a problem. While I'm writing this, we're waiting on the consult with an orthopedic surgeon.
All of this has thrown my family into disarray. My children, sweet as they are, know they have an opening to do stuff, because Daddy can hardly walk. We're shelling out money for daycare we can't afford because we don't have flexibility to cancel and not pay for it. And on my husband's radically reduced salary due to only a few months ago finally landing part-time employment, we have no financial cushion to weather this latest challenge.
And cleaning? That was hanging in the balance already. Now, more than ever, I've worried about juggling it all.
Except you can't. No person is a superhero, regardless of what we tell ourselves.
One week into this journey I'm finding I'm struggling with what gives and what to stick with. I'm determined to continue to fix my family healthy meals instead of grabbing a pizza at Papa Murphy's on the way home. But veggies have largely fallen off the menu, and with one small exception, I really haven't found time to touch my garden, let alone assess what's ready to pick. Nevermind that my children enjoy the "harvest," too.
And cleaning? While I'm a huge advocate of using baking soda, vinegar, etc., with the need to cram everything in quickly, I find myself grabbing the old 409 bottle instead. Spray and go.
So as we navigate through these (hopefully) temporary waters and make small shifts in what's acceptable, I'll ask you: When a crisis, great or small, strikes in your home, what changes do you find fall first? What things won't you compromise on regardless of time or money constraints?