I don't mind telling you that last year was a HARD year. It started with crippling headaches that led me to the doctor only to find out I had high blood pressure, a terrible thing to discover since my sister died of a heart attack just a little over a year earlier. From there I ended up having an MRI for the headaches where I found out I had a big tumor on my pituitary gland! This was now something I had to watch! To push away fear, I threw myself into repairing and painting the house.
Well, a few months ahead and I started teaching photography at a college. For three weeks I threw myself into it (3 weeks and 3 years of masters studies). I taught one class. Two days later I visited with the brain surgeon and found out the tumor had grown and needed to be removed before it hit my optic nerve. BAM While I waited 5 weeks for my appointed brain surgery I continued to decorate - getting ready for A PRIMITIVE PLACE magazine to enter my home and take pictures for their Fall 2021 issue.
Finally it was the week of my brain surgery. I had now lost my job teaching, and my husband found out that he too was getting laid off due to cuts in the company!
Brain surgery happened - successfully thank goodness and I entered the road of recuperation with my eldest daughter by my side. Aside from the fact that I felt absolutely terrible, it was great having her here. After 2 weeks, I got the all clear from the brain surgeon. My daughter and son-in-law made plans to leave.
The very next morning, I sat down for breakfast with a new lease on life. Forty five minutes later I was on the bathroom floor in a cold sweat and horrendous pain. I thought I was having a heart attack but it turned out to be my gallbladder. I didn't get checked out at the time because I was just 2 weeks out of brain surgery, there was a raging pandemic and I knew that my sinuses were spaghetti so I waited. For 5 weeks I couldn't eat at thing! Finally after watching me roll on the floor crying for all this time, my husband insisted I go see the doctor. Well, sure enough, my gallbladder was FULL of gallstones and it had to come out immediately. Back in the hospital for a same day surgery to remove my gallbladder, just 1 day before they closed down the short term surgery ward. I woke up from surgery hearing the doctor say "Her husband knows she's being admitted". I had gallstones in my bile duct and needed an additional surgery the next day to remove them for they were very dangerous in there. They had probably been there since that fateful breakfast morning where the eggs and ham did not sit well.
Anyway, in 3 days I came home and began more recuperation! A few months later, I'm happy to say that I no longer have crippling headaches and that I can eat pretty much what I want and there are no more stomach problems!
Why am I telling you FAR more than you ever wanted to hear? Because I know I'm no alone. I know that I'm not the only one who has gone through terrifying health issues. I'm not the only one who has faced surgery, maybe even multiple surgeries in a few months time. I'm not the only one that needs to take a break from time to time.
Sometimes it's just life that drives you to need a getaway. When Tom and I purchased this home four years ago, we wanted to make it available to those who needed a getaway. At the time of this writing, we are still deep into the pandemic and I haven't had guests here. But I trust that there will come a day when life will open up and people will be raring to get away with their friends! So to be ready, here is the guest suite. This guest suite contains 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and the spa area. It is in a separate wing of the house so has complete privacy and it's own entrance.
When things open up, we will be able to invite our people into our tavern, living room and dining room again. When spring comes we will be opening up our barn and she shed with 3 additional rustic and charming guest areas. Enjoy the tour!