Okay, I’m going to be bold and see if I can do a Quick Takes post today. As I mentioned, thinking is not exactly my strong suit right now, so we’ll see if I can come up with seven coherent things to say. (For new readers who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the scoop.)
Recovery has been going as well as can be expected, mainly thanks to my amazing support network. To my surprise, I’ve found that my biggest challenge is having to multitask in any way: i.e. I find that herding the baby upstairs and changing her diaper is less of a challenge than having to reply to two urgent texts while the kids are asking for snacks and my phone is ringing. The former situation leaves me winded and tired, but is doable; the latter makes me feel pretty certain that my head is going to explode and makes me want about 10 straight hours of solitude to recover.
One thing that’s on the horizon is the question of what things are going to look like over the long term. When you combine being homozygous for Factor II with having had a Deep Vein Thrombosis in 2006 and now multiple pulmonary embolisms, my doctors are just about ready to declare that I need to walk around with an IV heparin drip forever, and have made a few comments about “all the things we’ll have to discuss” about the long-term picture once the baby is born (I always hear the Jaws soundtrack playing in the background when they say that).
In addition to the medical questions, there are also the lifestyle questions. I can currently do about 25% of what I was doing a month ago, and we don’t expect that to get back to even 90% for quite a while. I just had to cancel two speaking engagements since I can’t fly right now. Also, depending on what damage was done and how these things heal, there’s a chance that I could have lung function that’s impaired to some extent or another for longer than just a few months. So I’m in a position of having to completely re-evaluate what I expect of 2013, and of my entire life. (And oh yes I did have the thought, “Well, at least that’ll make good blog post material.”)
One of the new-to-me sites that I’ve really been enjoying is the fashion blog The Evangelista. I mentioned multiple times to friends and to Joe that I’m a huge fan of that site and absolutely love what Christina Grace is doing. So imagine what a fangirl nerd I acted like when I ran into a friend of a friend whom I’d met a few times before at a wedding in December, and discovered that she is The Evangelista!
I thought the pictures of her on her blog looked familiar, but I’m so bad with faces that I assumed I was just making that up out of some weird stalker hallucination. Getting to meet her in person, especially when I had no idea that we knew people in common or that she’d be at that event, was one of those surreal “THE PEOPLE FROM INSIDE MY COMPUTER ARE COMING TO LIFE!” moments.
At this same December wedding we also saw Joe’s friend Ted Cruz, who was recently elected to the U.S. Senate in a race so filled with drama that even I heard about it.
When I mentioned to politico friends that we got to spend quite a bit of time catching up with him, they waited anxiously for me to treat them to all the juicy insider information I now possessed. When I reported that I am so apolitical that we mostly chatted about the weather in DC and Houston and reality show filming logistics, I think they almost started rending their garments and shouting at God about why he wastes those kinds of opportunities on people like me.
CatholicMom.com contributor Cassandra Poppe had a horrible accident occur at her house in which her four-year-old son, Fulton, was severely burned. He’s being treated at an out-of-state hospital a long way from home, which is of course very hard, especially since they have five other children at home. Please keep him and all the Poppes in your prayers, and if anyone could spare financial support for their family, you can do so here. I cannot imagine how hard that would be to have the family divided by a thousand miles while going through such a difficult recovery — I’ll definitely be praying for them.