I love these images of oxeye daisies I picked while on a road trip a couple years ago. I’m reminded of how life used to be for me ..
I remember being so excited to see a field full of them, and my always accommodating hubby found a safe place to stop so I could walk out and pick to my hearts content. It was a warm summer day and it was bliss. As I filled up my bucket I listened to the bees humming and breathed in the scent of a summer day.
I’m not one to take anything for granted but at the time it never occurred to me that the simple act of walking out into a field of daisies was soon going to become almost impossible. I’ve enjoyed good health most of my life and I was not prepared for what was about to happen later that year.
It was a typical day .. I had been gardening .. moving chips around in flower beds and generally cleaning up and fluffing flower beds. Then the hubs and I decided to go for a walk and not long after we got going, my right hip gave out. Startled, I turned around and headed home .. limping in pain all the way (I barely made it).
It had been creeping up on me for years in my knees but I had no idea it was in my hip.
I’ll keep it brief but osteoarthritis causes chronic pain, fatigue, restricted mobility, and lowered mood. I can check all the boxes. But now, almost 2 1/2 years later I’m scheduled for a full hip replacement which is taking place this month. I’m scared but hopeful. I’m hopeful I’ll be getting some semblance of my old life back. So .. I dream ..
I dream that I will not have constant pain .. that I’ll be able to get back to doing the things I love (one of which is photography). I’ve not been able to set up flat lays for some time and even creating still life images can be painful. And I dream about that field of daisies.
I also want to walk, snowshoe, bike, and hike (that last one seems impossible) but I can dream ..
I’ll be taking the rest of July to prepare and recuperate. The Shop will remain open but shipping will be delayed between July 12th and at least July 28th.
ps.. I do have a few posts written and ready to go so I’ll still be living up to my intended goal of posting here once a week. If you’re still reading, thank you xo