While I would like to think that I am good at rolling with the punches in life, this time I feel as if I was knocked down! Exactly one week before I was to leave for Denver, life began to happen and, slowly, my plans to move to Denver began to crumble[TLS1] . All of the following happened over a five-day period – just prior to my scheduled departure for Denver.
A few weeks ago, my father had consulted with doctors and learned that he had some skin cancer that needed to be removed. He had an appointment to have a piece of skin cancer removed from his nose, and then plastic surgery scheduled the next day to replace the piece of his nose that was removed. Long story short, they ended up removing three-fourths of his nose! His surgery went well; however, it was way more involved than any of us imagined, even himself. So, we rallied around him to make sure he received the care he needed, including bandage changes, food, prescriptions, bathing, etc.
In the meantime, my aunt was admitted to the hospital fighting a fever while also fighting her second round of cancer. The good news is that she was released from the hospital after a week and a half of antibiotic drips and chemotherapy. The bad news is that she spent a week and a half of her life in a hospital! We were able to squeeze in a visit in the midst of my father’s crisis!
While all of this was going on, my sister and I held the final garage sale of the summer. We did well despite the heat. However, we still have so much more to sell!It was determined that an estate sale is in the immediate future! Since you cannot plan an estate sale in a few days, it started to seem necessary to stick around longer than I had anticipated.
While holding the garage sale, I finally received word from my townhouse tenants that they would not be renewing their lease that is up at the end of August. So now I discovered that I need to find new tenants to begin a lease September 1st!
Now, you would think that would be enough, right? Well, this was also the weekend that I needed to move my office furniture out of my office space. While waiting for my brother to call to let me know he was on his way to help me, I found out that he had to call 911, and my dad had another trip to a different hospital. While changing his bandage, my brother could not stop the bleeding. The hospital actually had to make a stitch to stop the bleeding! My office furniture was finally moved the next day.
With that whirlwind weekend behind me and my family, I gave myself some time to process all of the major events that happened in the span of five days, and I decided (or maybe the Universe beat me over the head) to stay in town until early September for a variety of reasons:
- My father has 2 more surgeries scheduled, so I need to be there for whatever he might need.
- My father needs to move to a place that does not require lawn mowing or snow shoveling, so I need to be around to help him find a place and move him.
- We need to hold an estate sale to sell off all of the remaining furniture, kitchen items, books, home decor, etc. That will definitely take some time.
- I need to be there for the ‘walkthrough’ for my current renters and hope to have new renters moving in the next day.
With a few major items now on my plate, I’ve chosen to delay my departure to Denver. The good news is that everyone is doing well, and tragedies have been averted! As a life coach, I often coach my clients on the things that come up in their lives and help them to navigate the changes. I also help them find the learning or the opportunities that come out of those events. While the learning and opportunities have not made themselves apparent yet, I am curious to find out what they have in store for me!
What learnings or opportunities have you encountered in your life hazards? Share your wisdom with others!