I know, a doctor telling me to eat more butter sounds too good to be true, but I’m back to dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck and a little saturated fat like coconut oil or butter will help my body restore the myelin sheath around that angry nerve and get me back up to speed. I was about to say that it all started three weeks ago, but that isn’t true — all those high stress days and sleepless nights set the stage for me to lift something wrong after my tricep had been slowly losing strength. What happened three weeks ago was just the result of missing a lot of warning signs. I don’t know what I did, but I’d been working the bee yard in the morning and then I woke up in pain in the middle of the night. A trip to the first doctor yielded meds that dulled the pain but didn’t solve the problem. Luckily a friend recommended someone else and I’ve been making steady progress for a week now. Still, it’s going to take a little while for me to be lifting honey supers again…..
In the meantime I need to practice patience, dealing better with stress, and paying attention to what my body is saying. Yep, any of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while have heard that before, but the long-term prognosis if I don’t change my ways is even more of a wake-up call than three weeks of constant pain.
On to the good stuff:
The lily pond is a great success and becomes more popular with bees daily. It’s such a joy to watch bees on my flotation devices and on lily pads, even if I have to occasionally rescue one with a lemongrass blade. After we set up a similar pond in the city, we caught swarms on a regular basis and that is starting to happen here, too. The sound of running water attracts bees and solar fountains create just enough splash to make me and the bees happy. We had our first water-lily flower last week and there is another bud surfacing today.
Hubby drove back to the city a couple of weeks ago and returned with two of the kittens that our daughter needed to find homes for. They have been such a joy already and now follow us everywhere, when it’s not too hot. While they are almost identical in appearance, Grayson is far more adventurous. They keep Maggie busy by bringing out her Catahoula herding instincts. Once she has them corralled, they even let her lick them and she lets them play with her tail. See, it is possible to herd cats!
One huge bonus to being couch-bound much of the day is that I have plenty of time to re-read the books I assigned for summer reading while taking detailed notes. I always intend to start that process early, but most years I end up speed-reading in the last week before school! I even have lesson plans written. Once I get my classroom organized, I’ll be setup for a low-stress start to the school year. I’m really excited about my new school, but glad I have a week or so to heal before the year starts. On the other hand, I’m so impatient to get started because the students, parents, and faculty I’ve met so far have all been so nice. Hmmm, what was I saying earlier about learning patience?
My shoulder is letting me know that it’s time to put the laptop up for today. I’m so happy to be able to get back on the computer, and, of course, to be able to add butter-flavored coconut oil to my veggies without feeling any guilt for a little while!