You see, we have Lucy in the house - always cleaning, tidying, doing the washing etc. Occasionally she cooks which is a great help. A lot of the time she does food prep for me - like making mash, peeling veggies etc. And she is available for baby sitting and to look after sick kids at home. Without her I would certainly not be able to work the hours I do. She is my right hand and a part of the family. Now, dear Lucy is in hospital - she had a hysterectomy yesterday and is doing well.
It was preventative surgery, the doctor told me before hand as all the blood tests etc came out clear. Until now, I am pleasantly surprised with the state health system - we expect the worst, I guess that's why. In her yearly check-up at the clinic they found pre-cancer cells and asked her to come 6 months later. With the next pap smear there were more and she was referred to the new hospital here in Pretoria The operation was scheduled and performed yesterday and now we are praying for her speedy recovery.
The thing is that for at the very least, 3 weeks, we will be without her. Up to 6 weeks! At the moment we are still doing well, I think, with keeping things under control, but the weekend was certainly different than what we are used to. Washing and tumble drying (the rainy weather certainly did not help) Luckily Rebecca that used to iron for us is helping out with 2 days this week, and after our holiday once a week. I will take whatever needs to be ironed to the laundromat and she can concentrate on cleaning.
So for the next few weeks, pardon the dust bunnies and our un ironed underwear (Rebecca irons EVERYTHING - kid you not).A note to my kids - please do not get sick right now or for the next 6 weeks.