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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Overwhelmed by life at the moment...

.... as you may remember from some of my posts this year I am having my "annus horribilis".  There has been a lot of health issues with all three of my elderly parents - my mum and dad and TraderVic's dad - plus my own health issues and nearly losing my job, having to go to court to fight our neighbours who wanted to build a four storey apartment block monstrosity almost on top of our house (we won - yay!) and on it goes...

Well, this week, when I just thought it is nearly Christmas the year is almost over, we have done it, I was knocked flat out by life's next twists and turns......

My DFIL is currently in hospital with pneumonia and the doctors are testing a lesion on his lung for suspected cancer.

The doctors are telling us that my mother's time is very near - her heart is so gravely compromised that they can hardly get a blood pressure reading - it could be only a few weeks or maybe days, who knows with my mother's indomitable will?

Early this week I went for my three month follow up appointment with my gynaecologist after my operation earlier this year.  I told him about another issue I was experiencing and now I am going into hospital TOMORROW for another procedure and for him to have a good look see as he wants to rule out cancer!!!!!

Lastly, I went to see my GP last night to get my blood pressure checked and a new script for my blood pressure medication and it was through the roof!  I told him all my most recent news and then I got worried when he said that he would say a little prayer for me and kissed me goodbye!

As my post title said - I am feeling so overwhelmed.  I also feel so bad as I am involved in some cross stitch exchanges and I am just not getting much stitching done (as I spend so much time running around and then when I get home either TraderVic or the children want to spend time with me - we have tried to do a few nice outings as well to have some quality time) plus I am trying to organise my DS2's 21st (for the 28th Dec), my deadline for my next book is fast approaching, DS2 is graduating soon as well and I am trying to plan our trip overseas for next year - I am losing focus and I just cannot keep up with it all!!!!!


Sorry, I just needed to get all of this off my chest - thanks so much for listening.

Blessings on you all,

41 comments:

Catherine said...

First, just take a few deep breaths.....so sorry to read your updates on everyone. I will continue sending prayers and hugs your way...

cucki said...

I am sending lots of my prayers and thoughts ...
Sending you big Beary hugs x

Jane and Chris said...

You've so much hitting you at once,no winder you feel overwhelmed.
Deep breaths... and one day at a time.
Jane x

Simply Victoria said...

Increased prayers for you, K. You are not walking through this alone.

sharine said...

Big hugsxx

retdairyqueen said...

Hang in there my dear Prayers coming your way xx

Barb said...

Sorry you are going through all this. It's not been a good year that's for sure. I know what you are going through with your parents, especially your mom as we went through the very same thing with my dad. He died almost 2 months ago. And my mom isn't in good shape so I fully understand. Saying prayers for you.

valerie said...

Hang in there Kaye! I know how it is though you have more on your plate being married with kids but it is hard. I hope all goes well with your gyn appointment and that it's fine and just stress. Take some quiet time for yourself everyday even if it's a long hot shower with some music playing. Hugs and prayers to you.

Pinnylea Creations said...

Oh Kaye; what to say; my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your parents are receiving the best possible care. Take care of you ♥ Thinking of you. Hope all goes well tomorrow.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Kaye I'm so sorry....thinking of you and sending Prayers your way xo

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Kaye, I am so very sorry that you are having to deal with all of this. Sending loving {{hugs}}, positive thoughts and healing energy, wish I could do more to help you out. xoxoxo Deb

Margaret said...

Kaye, I've been reading your blog this year and know this year has been so hard for you. I'm so so sorry this is happening. You have so much going on and so much to worry about. Lots and lots of prayers that all will be well. I wish I could do more than just send these thoughts and prayers to you. They are so little, but I hope they help at least a bit. Know that you are thought of over here in NY.

Barb said...

Many of the other comments reflect my feelings. No wonder you feel overwhelmed!! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. My best advice is simplify. Only do the things you have to do. As much as I love stitching, that is not essential unless it is for peace of mind. Take care of yourself in all this!

gracie said...

You have more than your share of issues to deal with. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Melissa said...

I'm sorry Kay that things have been so stressful! I'll say some prayers for you for a lightening of your load. I hope all will turn out for you tomorrow!
Hugs!

P.J. said...

Inhale....exhale.... I am sorry to hear that your FIL has taken ill again. I pray that your mother is comfortable and at peace. Hang in there sister... The road will smooth out soon. Hope you find some calming moments in theses days ahead.

AnaCristina said...

prayers
_/\_

marly said...

Oh my goodness Kaye. I'm so sorry you are having so much to deal with at one time. Hopefully the tests will prove negative. Such a difficult time for you and your dad. Will be thinking of you.

Parsley said...

So sorry for all this. Hope things improve.

Linda said...

Oh Kaye, I am so sorry to hear all of this. Please try and calm down for your sake. Getting stressed out doesn't help you or your family. Hang in there, things will work out. Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way.

Linda

PS Don't worry about trying to send me anything right now.

Christine M said...

Take care of yourself Kaye. Sending you lots of hugs. Christine xx

Mouse said...

((((huge HUGS)))) Ok here is a plan ... only do the things that are necessary ... ie the dust will still be there whether you do it now or later ...
can any one help you with the planning of stuff ??? share it out ??
you know where I am if you need to rant more ...wish I could be near to help a wee bit love mouse xxxxxx

Christine said...

Sending lots of hugs and positive thoughts

Brigitte said...

I'm so sorry to read what you have to go through. No wonder that you are overwhelmed and get the feeling that it's all too much. I wish I could do more but all I can do is sending you big hugs and lots and lots of good thoughts. I hope that the doctor's appointment went well. Try to take good care of yourself!

Valma said...

don't be sorry to feel overwhelmed and to share what you have on your heart with us
we are also here for this....
I'll be thinking a lot of you today and cross everything that can be crossed for you
let us know as soon as possible
stay strong
big big hugs
xxx

stitcheranon said...

I think, reading that, I would be more worried if you weren't feeling overwhelmed. Wow....I am so sorry you are having to go through all this. Re: the party: delegate: get dd involved..its her party, she can plan and organise if she wants too lol.

Know that you are not alone: we are all here for you and I hope things settle down to a more reasonable level soon. Please, please take care of yourself. We often don't and then how can we help everyone else. Fingers crossed the cancer checks come out to be nothing. They ere on the side of caution these days xxxxx
(((hugs)))

Chris said...

That is an awful lot Kaye. I am sending thoughts and prayers across the miles.
Hugs!

Kate said...

Bless you, girl. In 1941 Churchill said, "when you find yourself walking through Hell, keep walking" - hang in there.

Lynn said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with so much. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Denise SA said...

Dear Kaye can hardly see to type this as I have tears in my eyes. I will keep you in my prayers. Sending big hugs.

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

Looking forward to hearing your good news!AriadnefromGreece!

Melissa Field said...

I'm sorry to hear about all this Kaye! hang in there. These hardships are no doubt very difficult to overcome but you will preserver!

Vickie said...

Kaye, I am praying for you all.One thing at a time. It has to be! Prioritize.♥

Terri said...

Hugs and prayers!!

Marilyn Watson said...

good luck with the op, and well wishes sent. dont worry about the stitching, just keep plodding on, and you will be fine.. x

Pinnylea Creations said...

Just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you today Kaye. You're in my prayers ♥♥

Carol said...

Sending you a warm hug, Kaye, and my sincere hopes that tomorrow will be a better day...

Melody said...

I am so sorry to hear of all your troubles and worries. You are in my thoughts. Take care.

Annette-California said...

Oh sweet Kaye! I am soo sorry you are going thru this. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. I know how hard it is! Stay strong!!! You are doing a wonderful job that all you are able to do.
Sending you love and hugs, Annette

Shirlee said...

Many, many [[[HUGS]]] to you my friend! I am catching up on blog reading after our recent trip & all I can say is how very sorry I am that you are dealing with all these issues right now. I am sending many, many, many prayers.

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh Kaye, I'm sorry to hear of your Annus Horribilis, which is so close to an end. I hope all the cancers are ruled out and the pneumonia is cleared up and you can enjoy planning the birthday party!

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