Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A personal note

I haven't written in quite a while. So I'm going to break one of my blog rules and post a brief personal note as to why.

Since the beginning of 2009, the following things have happened to people close to me:
  • emergency surgery, weeklong hospitalization
  • overnight hospitalization
  • extended hospitalization to adjust psych meds
  • ankle reconstruction surgery and rehab
  • late term abortion
  • income reduced 20%
  • extended unemployment requiring financial restructuring
  • diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
  • death of mother
  • death of best friend
  • violent, brutal murder
The psychological toll of getting through this is catching up with me. Some of these things I've had direct involvement in, others I've simply listened while friends talk. But I've needed to stay somewhat detached to help others deal with these things, and my "detach" button is just about worn out.

I don't mean to suggest to anyone that having you as my friend is a drag! I want to be supportive and I want to help. I'm just tired.

I hope to get back on the blog bus soon. There have been many adventures here at Busy Solitude over the past six months, as well, but they've taken the back seat.

Now we're moving up.


The JR said...

I can completely understand what you are going thru. My family is completely disfunctional. My friends are nuts.

Several of those things on your list have happened to me including the death of mother and the brutal murder of my cousin.

Sometimes it's hard not to be overwhelmed by all that goes on in our lives and around us.

Hang in there and take care, Ramona

MaryEllen Schneider said...

Too much. Please take care of yourself, Johanna.

Anonymous said...

Johanna, I am so sorry to read about the death of your mother. You have really had a lot to deal wth. Please take care of yourself. You cannot be any good to anybody f you don't do that.

Johanna said...

Thank you all for your thoughts and support.

Note, it was my boss' mother Dee, who passed away at 92 years old. My mother, Patricia, is alive and kicking!


Anonymous said...

what a year indeed... you're a strong person and I hope all that life around you provides a bit of inspiration to keep them happy. We all move just too quickly and need to make time to literally stop and smell the roses!

Joyful said...

Oh Joanna, my heart goes out to you for what you've endured through the year. It is obvious you are a strong and supportive friend and family member. Thank God for folks like you. I do hope you are getting your rest. I just happened on your blog tonight and am delighted with the guest bloggers you have featured. I hope to drop by more often now that I've found you!

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