Having been rudely awakened by my current "issue," Trimengial neurolgia, I think of you and how I have been meaning to write in your guestbook...for oh so long, but.... I envisioned inviting "TN," to join me for tea, yet TN's response was..."nothin doin'!" So I breathe, a careful deep breath...ok...trying to relax, I realize your journal is calling me, and I am here.
I am so very appreciative that there are avenues/arenas/plans on how to address and work with our health issues, yet not so in the course of family friend Nathalie, a brave, courageous, and inspirational 15 year old young woman, having her own Carringbridge...nathaliesbridge...I encourage you to check into their recent journal entries should you wish...full of heart...
As to your being "knocked off your stride" by Izzy, recently my husband found himself experiencing surgery for the first time in his life and thus being forced to slow down and "be" - not be busy, busy, busy, with "do." I have a nickname for him..."Houdini"...as in, he is always on the move, making the most of everything that life presents...running the gamut from concerts to backpacking adventures and beyond! That said, he is a good man. Finding himself tethered to a catheter for a week took him "out of his game" and believe it or not, it has been kind of nice! Being forced to be present and relatively still - under wraps, might I say?!? was new for him and good...for us...his family. We really enjoyed having him here, having a bit more of him. I find myself saying with a smile, "It's really nice to have Dad home, although it's too bad that he has to be tethered to a catheter to have that happen!" I think, a strengthening of our bonds and a renewed awareness of our needs as a life team - being there for each other in support and with empathy. His health issue not only made him stop and "smell the roses," but humbled him, opening his eyes to a whole new part of life that he'd rarely experienced before...that of being out of the "driver's seat." So, I guess my point here is that being suddenly side tracked, you with Izzy and Michael with surgery, has it's upsides.
In closing...with a smile...although you are not my Dr....Thank you for putting a name to my sense of loss of sensation in my feet, especially recently the soles...neuropathy! It is nothing new, but now, I've a name for it!
Thank you for sharing your journey with us...you are not only an inspiration, but a teacher as well - Left foot, right foot, forward we go - All the very best to you!