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2020. I had such high hopes for you. Not that 2019 was terrible but I really wanted 2020 to be my year. And don’t get wrong, it still could be, but so far this year has been pretty awful. It all started when I banged up my knee and ended with my Neenee passing away. All in two days time. Not at all how I saw this year starting and yet here we are.
Let’s take it back to New Year’s Eve. I worked off that morning, went to Orange Theory and in the middle of my workout noticed my left knee was sore. Not a big deal , right?? So I ran to the bathroom to check it out and discovered a huge knot on the inside of my knee that was super swollen, hot to touch, and really red. Normally I wouldn’t have given in a second thought but if you have been reading here for a while you may remember that was the same leg I had varicose vein surgery on a few years ago and so my first thought was BLOOD CLOT.
I left class early, got in to see my PCP ASAP who sent me off to get an ultrasound of my leg to see what was going on. Thankfully everything checked out ok, my veins looked good and the giant red knot on my leg turned out to just be fluid? I swear, even my leg is dramatic these days. I was told to stay off of it for a few weeks but that everything would be fine.
Fast forward to January 2nd. Again, I had worked the night before so I slept all day and woke up to several missed calls and texts from my family. I knew something was wrong, I could just feel it, and sure enough my Aunt Sharon told me that my Neenee has passed away in her sleep the night before. You may remember my Neenee because she’s the family I go see in Ohio every summer.
My Neenee was my last surviving biological grandparent. I say biological because I still have one step-grandparent left. She was my Mom’s Mom and actually lived with my family for a while to take care of my Mom when she was going through her cancer treatments. She was extremely opinionated, snored like a freight train, and loved her family with every ounce of her being. I will miss her calling me at all hours of the night and day just to tell me that she loved me and my biggest regret is that I didn’t get up to Ohio to see her this summer.
I loved my Neenee with all my heart and I am so glad that I had her here with me for 36 years. I will miss her everyday and I still wake up thinking I’m going to have a voicemail from her telling me she loved me. Don’t worry, I have several of them saved!
This is how I will remember my Neenee…always smiling and always in PINK!
Cherish your loved ones y’all, tomorrow is not promised! And here’s to the rest of 2020 being uneventful and yet full of fun things to come!
Happy New Year.