As one of my favorite housewives says in the opening sequence for the Real Housewives of New York City (well last season), “I’m not a housewife, but I am real.” Couldn’t agree more with you, Bethenny Frankel.
I’m sure anyone who reads this (and thank you for taking the time to do so!) is an avid blog reader. I am, too. One thing that I knew when I began Busy as a Bee, is that I wanted to “keep it real.” Allow me to explain…Have you ever noticed how people try so hard to make their lives look perfect online? I’m sure you have, we just don’t talk about it. Nothing is perfect; we know this. I am learning the importance of counting your blessings and creating your own excitement as an adult (see My Top Three Series), but I also don’t ever want to twist reality.
You may wonder why I am writing about this. Well, if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. The last two weeks have been incredibly busy at work, but we’re all busy. No excuses. I have touched a bit on my surgery in some of my blog posts, but haven’t wanted to go too much into it, for fear of sounding too pessimistic (Debbie Downer…WOMP WOMP).
The last seven months have been really hard. I had my surgery on October 8, and I am still on crutches. I thought I would be on crutches for three-four months tops, but here we are. It has been a challenge both emotionally and physically. At least once a day someone asks me when I will be off my crutches, and the truth is, that I have no idea.
I was born with a condition called hip dysplasia. For years, I had knee pain. I went to physical therapy for it in college, which corrected the problem. But when I started interning in New York three years ago (i.e. tons of walking), I started to notice pain in my hip. I went to a chiropractor, who diagnosed me with hip dysplasia. It is hard to explain, but basically, the socket around my femoral head isn’t correctly shaped. I tried physical therapy and injections, but the pain would always return. This past summer, I realized the only solution was surgery. I am lucky that I live in the Boston-area, because only a dozen or so doctors in the country do the PAO surgery.
Has this been the hardest challenge so far in my life? Probably not? Maybe? It’s hard to say; different challenges have different obstacles. But I didn’t expect the littlest things; grocery shopping, street parking, taking public transportation etc. to be such issues.
Cheesy as it sounds, I really want Busy as a Bee to promote dialogue and community. So tell me, what experiences in life have taught you important life lessons?