It’s been awhile, but I’m back!

It’s been months since my last post.  Not intentionally, but more important needs in life took a priority.  My elderly mother’s health and wellness became the center point when it became obvious she was no longer able to live on her own.  She moved in with my family and I became her full-time caregiver.  I have a lot of appreciation for healthcare workers as it is not an easy profession.  Just trying to find an in home caregiver for limited hours was incredibly difficult.  I was happy to be in a position where I could have my mom live with us while we figured out her medical issues and needs she may have, both temporary and ongoing.    This was incredibly helpful for assessing her long term needs but it was also a lot of fun.  We laughed about silly stuff every day.  A bit of role reversal thrown in there but that’s okay.  Our parents have always been there for us so we should not hesitate to do the same in return.   Life is short and we should never pass up opportunities to help others.  Take care of your parents!

Just after the first of the year I found out I need a pretty complex shoulder surgery so that set me back a bit.  I had surgery in mid January to repair a torn labrum, rotator cuff and bicep tendon.  Although I knew it was the right thing to do in the long run, being restricted to a full-time brace for six weeks is no fun.  I’m right handed, so having to do everything with my left hand was frustrating to say the least!  Just basic tasks like brushing your hair or trying to get dressed suddenly became anything but basic!  I finally got my brace off and am slowly returning to regular life.  I still have many restrictions on using my arm, but it moves now!  Huge progress!!

I was finally released to hike, but nothing strenuous so I headed up to Rattlesnake Ledge. It’s a quick four mile roundtrip excursion.  The weather was decent and we had the usual moody skies on the ledge.  It felt so good to be back out on the trail.  Not too many people out on the trail so you could just hear the sounds of nature!  Even though your heart feels like it might pound out of your chest, nature always seems to possess a calming energy.  Maybe it’s the deep breaths of fresh air or the sound of silence.  Maybe it’s both. I don’t know.  Not sure it matters.  I’ll still soak it in!

I’ll admit I was a a bit nervous how my shoulder would feel wearing a backpack.  The weather was decent and the trail was close to town with cell service so I was able to pack lighter, but still carry the ten essentials!  It felt pretty good for the first mile then it became apparent that my pack strap rests right on one of my incisions.  It wasn’t painful, just an annoyingly constant irritation.  Once I took my pack off at the top, it quit hurting. Sitting on the ledge you can see all across the Snoqualmie Valley to the Cascade mountain range.  It isn’t uncommon to see a cloud layer dancing around the mountains.  This day was no different.  There are grey jays constantly flying around you and landing nearby.  Looking for a little snack.  They are so friendly that they will land right next to you or on your leg or pack and just stare at you.  I don’t feed them though.  It was starting to get a bit windy so I decided to head back.

It felt so good to be back out on the trail.  Oh how I have missed it.  Glad to be back at it!

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