A Month to Share Your Story
The month of April has been exceptionally tough for my daughter Kim. Everything seems to break down all at once, or at least one after the other. The weather was another factor that made life harder for her to fix everything. Spring in our part of Texas, especially during April can be one nasty storm after another. Violent winds and thunder happen because the Gulf winds from the South are very warm and they meet with the Northern Cold. That creates a bad situation and soggy, saturated grounds.
Yes this truly is Kim working on our old pick-up truck.
Our pick-up truck is getting old and needed maintenance and she stopped other things to make sure it was safe and running. The car is also aging, so when the engine light came on, she switched to maintenance on the car. Then the water well pressure tanks blew and she stopped to fix it to get water back into our house. She barely took a breath and the septic system stopped working and that turned out to be a huge fix. The pump that pumps clean filtered waste onto the land stopped pumping. No septic meant we could not flush toilets or take a shower. I went back to the old days of my childhood, used water sparingly and then put waste water into a bucket, so she could throw it outside on to the ground. She had already pumped the water down to a level where she could see and pull up the pump and she warned me not to run water down the sink. Two days later she had the septic system up and running and we celebrated with a shower, then cleaned and flush toilets. Sanity once again was restored.
Then yesterday she switched to finding out what is wrong with a large air-conditioning compressor that cools our bedrooms. She has learned there are no leaks by testing everything and it is full of Freon. We have a guy who charges a lesser amount to repair them when Kim can’t, because of lack of special equipment. He just happens to be out of town all week so at night we blast the ceiling fans and get on with it. That’s life for everyone, regardless of how well you feel. You’ve got to suck it up when everything goes wrong and figure out a way to fix it and pay for it. Kim is really good at saving money and doing all the hard work, but sometimes it can be a rough month when everything goes wrong. But we’ll survive.
There is no extra money to hire anyone to do these jobs, so Kim reads manuals, searches Google or YouTube to find out what others use or do for the best and longest results. Thankfully Kim is amazingly smart, just like her dad was. There are days when she is covered in sweat and mosquitoes are eating her up even with repellant spray on her, because it runs off when she sweats in the high humidity, that she wants to throw up her hands. However, she comes back in the house to cool off and then gets back out there to get the job done.
I would have posted photos of her fixing the septic system but even with two walking sticks, the soggy ground was unsafe for me to go out there, so I couldn’t take any. I like to take photos of her doing all this because no one would believe that a woman without any training or help can do all she does. I like to add them to the hundreds of photos I have taken of her working on this house because it is her life journey and she needs to be able to look back on this time when she is old and gray. Photo memories are always special as we age.
While she was doing all this, I could not ask her to stop and design a new logo for Mesh Angels. However to my surprise she took the time this morning to do it and I absolutely love it. I love it because I have always stated mesh implants are a World problem with women all over the world who suffer from complications. So for Kim to understand this and depict it in her own vision of this logo makes me so happy and I hope all injured women feel the same. During the month of May, please, please share your story, either here of anywhere you choose. Either under your own name or anonymously. What happened to you is just as important as what happening to me. I already posted a blog early due to threat of more storms and if you missed it please read it. There is a story from a woman who suffered and a long time before removal she can feel a huge difference in her health. She wanted to share her journey with you so that you know you are not crazy when you feel the same symptoms she did. Here is the link
I am very proud of my daughter and so would her Dad be if he could see all she has accomplished building this house. I took many photos and she made a slide show for YouTube to share with our family. I am very fortunate to have a loving and caring daughter who stands by my side while I have gone through hell because of mesh. You can see that video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2eKpwoAPAo
Thank you for reading this and for participating on this special day.