Last night, before heading up the “Mountain” to my bed, I sat on my chair (are you all getting tired of hearing about me sitting on my chair??? I SURELY AM!!!) and thought about the morning. The pain was rather insistent, and I toyed with the idea of asking Middle Daughter if she would get up and do my ladies for me so that I could sleep in. She hasn’t been feeling the best, either, and I knew she would do it without complaint, but I felt sorry for her, too, and finally decided that I would just take care of things. Besides, I love being up and getting breakfast for my husband — which needs to be done before anybody else gets up. So I resigned myself to just getting up as usual.
I got off my chair long enought to put the last load of laundry in the dryer, and noticed that Certain Man hadn’t locked up. So I went to find him and asked, “Sweetheart, are you done outside?”
“Yep. All done! Why?”
“I just noticed that you hadn’t locked up. Did you have something you were going to do?”
“Well, I was thinking about starting a fire in the pellet stove. What do you think? You probably don’t think it’s necessary, do you?”
“Oh, Daniel. I would love a fire. What is the weather supposed to do tomorrow? I’ve been so cold all day.” (I had done the weekly laundry, made a casserole for my friend’s funeral meal with good help from my family, been to physical therapy, and gone to the funeral, and the cold had seemed to penetrate my bones and made these old knees ache like nobody’s biz.)
“I don’t know what it’s supposed to do, but I can sure find out.” He checked the weather report and went to fetch a bag of pellets. I headed on upstairs at this point and figured he would be a while getting there. He came up in a very short time, to my surprise, and when I asked him if it was burning he said, “I hope it will start. I guess we’ll see. It might not take off.” He must have left Middle Daughter down there to watch over things, because some time after we were in bed, she hollered, “Dad, the fire is burning!” as she made the corner at the top of the steps to her room on the other side of the landing.
I had some trouble getting to sleep, but then slept pretty well. I was awake at 1:30 and had difficulty navigating the few feet to the necessary room, so I was really surprised when I got awake at about 5:30 to discover that the pain was actually minimal. I thought maybe it was a short-lived thing, but when I got up soon after six, it was absolutely amazing!!! I could not believe it! I looked out the window at the drippy morning, and marveled at how little pain and stiffness I had in these new knees. It has been my best day pain-wise in months. And all I can figure out is that the nice little fire in my pellet stove took enough dampness and chill out of the air to affect the knees in a positive way. I am so grateful to God and to my good husband.
It makes me want to sit by the fire and just enjoy it, but I have a case manager coming later this week, and I haven’t done any serious paperwork for Blind Linda and Our Girl Audrey since before my surgery — So I really have my work cut out for me today and tomorrow. And I’m so glad that in it all, I don’t have to battle the grinch of pain on a major scale. Thank God for this Golden Day of reprieve!!! It give me hope and courage. There are surely more to come.