A Fish of a Day & Link Up On the Edge #16

If yesterday were a fish, I would have thrown it back. Because it was a fish not worth keeping, that’s for certain. I really didn’t want it. But alas, I caught it and I was stuck with it. Do you ever have days like that?


The day began in the normal way. I awoke at my normal time of 4:50 a.m., took a shower, put my pajamas back on, and headed downstairs for coffee. I generally get a good 1 1/2-2 hours of quiet coffee time in the morning before the kids are awake. I catch up a little bit on reading my favorite blogs and joining my favorite link ups. All this went as planned.


The kids were up by 7:00 a.m., the morning routine completed effortlessly, and we were in the car headed for school at 8:00 a.m. as usual. My husband was even able to be home yesterday morning to help with the getting ready and school drop off. I was home by 8:20, started some laundry and the dishwasher, got a pot of coffee brewing to enjoy with my friend, Amy, who was due to arrive around 9:30 a.m. to watch my little one while I went to a doctor’s appointment.


My appointment was at 10:45 with my OB/GYN to schedule a uterine ablation and a tubal ligation. This was the second appointment which was prerequisite to even scheduling the surgery. At the first appointment (about 6 weeks ago), we discussed the procedures and the doctor ordered blood work and a pelvic ultrasound. It took 3 weeks just to get an ultrasound scheduled. Then another 3 weeks to get the follow up appointment with the OB/GYN. When I called to make the first appointment, I told them I was also due for a routine pap. This was never done at the first appointment. At yesterday’s appointment, I was asked if I was due for a pap. I replied that I was. And it was never done. When I finally sat down with the doctor, he had no pre-surgery paperwork and we had to wait for it. So I seized the opportunity to ask him a non-OB/GYN medical question.


My question was of this nature: On Saturday, I was stung in the ankle by a hornet. There initially was no swelling and only a slight bug bite type mark about 24 hours after the sting. Then suddenly, my ankle disappeared in a gruesome swelling of flesh, my skin turned purple all around the area, and I could barely walk on my foot without pain. These symptoms worsened from Sunday night until I was at the OB/GYN on Wednesday morning, at which point I was starting to experience minimal relief. So I asked the doctor if he thought it needed medical attention.

(This is the spot actually starting to improve. Sorry to gross you out.)

So upon leaving the OB/GYN appointment (without a pap or a scheduled surgery date), I walked across the parking lot to the Emergency Room of my local hospital (which shares a parking garage with the medical building where the OB/GYN is located). I was hesitant to go to the ER because it is really very much like entering the twilight zone. And once you commit to being there, you could be stuck there forever. But the doctor indicated that the stinger may be lodged beneath my skin and may require being cut out. I figured if I made an appointment with my family doctor, they may end up sending me back to the hospital anyway. So in the interest of saving time, cutting out the middle man, and eliminating a drive across town and potentially back again, I committed. I went into the ER, explained the situation, and then I sat. And sat. And sat. And panicked that I would not get home to relieve Amy of babysitting duties with enough time for us both to pick up our children from school. (I do think this caused me the most stress.)  And then I sat a little while longer.  I saw police officers come in and remove a patient from the waiting room for questioning.  And I got coughed on by a wretchedly sick man.  (Well, he didn’t really cough “on” me, but he was coughing a little too close for comfort.)


I finally got a room, the doctor came in, checked out my ankle, prescribed an antibiotic because it is clearly infected, and sent me on my way.  No incisions needed (thankfully). While waiting for my discharge papers, the OB/GYN called me to schedule my routine pap (which was today, by the way…because that’s exactly what I wanted to do the next day)! Stopping in the bathroom on my way out of the ER, my belt fell apart and I had to discard it with the threat of losing my pants during the rest of this hideous day.


At this point, I was pushing my time limit.  But Amy assured me that I had adequate time to drive all the way across town to my pharmacy to get my prescription (which is on the Army base and comes with all sorts of other complications). To my pleasant surprise, I was called up to the counter within minutes of checking in…only to be told there was no prescription sent to them. When they called the hospital, they were told once my file was closed they could no longer send the script electronically. The hospital also informed the pharmacy that they did not have the capability to fax the script. (My head may have exploded at that point.) After the pharmacist spoke with the hospital (in a not very pleasant tone), exceptions were made, my prescription was filled, and I headed towards home (holding my pants up with one hand all the while). I still needed to stop for milk (because I completely ran out of milk for the first time ever in my children’s lives and poor Amy had to deal with my little one crying for “pink milk” all day. Sorry, Amy.)


I made it home with enough time to grab a belt and get the little one into the car to head off to pick up the big one at school. And this is actually the outfit I was wearing all day. And I somehow survived in 4 inch wedges with a strap around my infected ankle (don’t ask me why I chose these shoes because I do not have an answer). And today I am exhausted. Completely and utterly fatigued. To the point that putting one foot in front of the other feels like I have to move a mountain. But I am home now.  And today I quit. I’m pooped. I’m tired. I’m done. I’m throwing yesterday day back, I’m recovering today, and I’m starting over tomorrow. Hopefully with a scheduled date for my surgery.  A huge thank you to Amy for keeping my kid and fielding my frustrated phone calls! So long, and thanks for all the fish.


Outfit details:

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Honestly, I am way too tired to provide outfit details.

Sweater: JCPenney
Scarf and Jeans: Old Navy
Sandals: Target
Necklace: Kohl’s

Thank you to every one who stops by every week and joins my link up. I really appreciate your continued support! This past week really got away from me as evidenced by the story I shared in this post! So I do apologize that I have not been to visit every post that was linked up. But I am working through them all because I do love to see what you all are wearing, sharing, and discussing. If I don’t get the chance to comment, I have been trying to pin and/or tweet all of your posts as well!

Here are your two favorite posts from my link up last week:

I think this is one of my favorite outfits ever by Jaymie Ashcraft! She looks so fabulous in her Denim Skirt, Olive Cardigan, and Tan Booties!


Jodie, Nancy, and Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style showed us just how versatile chambray and denim shirts can be. They all look so amazing in their different stylings in Chambray Shirt 2 (With Jeans).


Recovering on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

85 Responses

  1. Waking up at 4:50! My god, what a time! But you had quite a day he! And what a stain! I hope tomorrow is a way better day for you! Happy recovery 🙂 but not on the edge!

  2. So sorry for your crazy day! It really put my day in perspective because I was getting a little frazzled. Hope all goes well with your surgery. Love this cozy casual look! Olive looks pretty on you!


    • Thank you, Kathrine. And I am sorry to hear that you also had a frazzling day. I guess these days make us appreciate the good days a little more! And, I am loving olive right now, by the way. So I am glad to hear that the color flatters me…because I would probably wear it even if it didn’t! I hope you have a lovely weekend.


  3. First, I think we all have days like that. You know, if one of those things happened, you deal with it and move on. But when they all add up in the same space of 10 hours or less—it’s overwhelming!!
    So sorry you had to go through that—ugh!!
    But let me just tell you how much you made my day by featuring my mom’s & me from the last linkup!!
    Thanks Shelbee!!
    And happy Weekend!!

    • Thanks so much, Jodie! It’s so true..one of those inconveniences is no big deal but when you get ten of them piled up, it is overwhelming and exhausting. But we are built to survive! And all is good now. And I am laughing about the craziness of it all.

      It was my pleasure to feature you fabulous ladies! You always provide such wonderful inspiration! And I am super happy that it made your day a little brighter. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. Oh goodness, what a day you had! At least it was just infected and they didn’t have to cut into your ankle or anything. I stay at home and I always worry about not being able to pick my kids up in time if an appointment runs late (or if I’m at an appt. I worry the school will call me with a sick kid). ahh. Glad I’m not the only anxious mommy over that stuff. 😉 I love that olive shirt with the white layer under it, so pretty!!


    • Thank you, Carrie! Yes, this mom anxiety is no joke! I am constantly worried about not getting there in time to get my kid and having him panic. Or my car breaking down on the way to get him and it being too late at that point to make other arrangements. And yes, getting the call that he is sick and I am in the middle of an appointment or something. It is serious stuff…mom anxiety! Here’s hoping we can both have an anxiety-free weekend!


  5. Oh my gosh Shelbee! That was one heck of a sting! Glad you didnt end up there forever.. usually it is an all day affair. Dont get me started on what docs need to do or should do regarding routine things like paps..
    Your outfit is lovely! I am really loving you in olive,great jacket!
    have a wonderful weekend
    jess xx

    • Oh Jess, I could go on forever about the faults in our medical systems! So it is probably best if we don’t get each other started! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment. And I am so crushing on olive lately and have been wearing it nearly every day it seems. I hope to also have a fabulous weekend!


  6. Shelbee … that was quite the day! I hope you are feeling better and the ankle is doing much, much better. Good luck with the upcoming surgery. Looks and sounds like you made it through the day with grace and looking fabulous!!! that shade of green looks brilliant on you!! Wishing you a restful weekend filled with lots of self care moments. Hugs, C.

    • This will definitely be a self care weekend, Celia (and next weekend as well as my husband and kids are going away for 3 days and I have the entire weekend to myself!) I don’t know if I got through the day with grace so much as I did with my sense of humor still in tact. And if my sense of humor is still in tact then I know it will all be okay! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely words. I hope you also have a fantastic weekend!


  7. Wow, I am so sorry to hear your day was so rough. Take some time for yourself. You look great, though! I like the layers and your olive sweater. I had an ablation a couple of years ago and thankfully the recovery wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Hoping your next few days are much better, Shelbee.

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! I have been planning this ablation for months now and I really am hoping for some relief as a result of it…if I can ever get it done! (It is still not scheduled by the way!) Things are much better now and the weekend is here…so you can bet I will be taking this one to relax (although my husband and the children are going away next weekend and I will be home alone all weekend…oh the glory of it!) Thank you for stopping by and have a fab weekend!


  8. Oh sweet Shelbee, what a time you had! I can relate to those days where everything just seems to go from bad to worse. I’m glad the day’s behind you now, and wish you a bright, fresh day tomorrow! I hope your prescription kicks in pronto, does it’s job, and that things start to get worked out for you. In the mean time I’ll be thinking of you! Much love, Jane <3

    • Oh, Jane! There you are. Welcome back. It is so nice to hear from you! Things are definitely looking up…it was just one irritating day after all. The weekend is here and I am much calmer now! Thank you for stopping by and for your very kind and thoughtful words. I hope you have a lovely weekend!


  9. So sorry about your day. That’s so frustrating. Especially when everything seems to be going wrong. I hope your ankle gets better and your surgery goes well.

    • Thank you so much, Mallory! All is much better now…although I still do not have a surgery date scheduled. I guess I am supposed to call them. So irritating! But the weekend is here and I will deal with it all next week! Have a fantastic weekend.


  10. Andrea Nine

    Oh Shelbee, what a day!! So so sorry you went through that and I hope the sting and infection is much better!! You sure look spectacular in that Olive!! Beautiful color for your skin!!

    • Thanks, Andrea. All is much better now. And I have been seriously wearing olive almost every day. I am so loving this color! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a fab weekend!


  11. Oh that does sound like a long and boring day! I’m glad that it was nothing too serious with your ankle at least.

    Hope today is a better day and that you have a lovely weekend.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  12. Cute outfit, but boy what a day you had! There are plenty of days I would love to throw back… And, yes, what were you thinking when you chose those shoes when you have an infected/swollen ankle?!? Hope tomorrow will be better! 🙂

    Thanks for the link up & have a great weekend! You deserve it!

    • Thanks, Andrea! I guess the “throw back” days make us appreciate all the “keeper” days that much more. It hit a point where it just became comical! And I really have no answer about the shoes! I guess I just really wanted to wear those shoes and I had just painted my toes and the weather will be too cold for sandals really soon. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


  13. Oh man what a day!!!!! I’m glad you got that checked out! It looks like it really hurt! Thanks so much for featuring me!!!! I think it’s one of my fav outfits too!!

    • Yeah, it was pretty brutal, Jaymie! But I survived it….like we always do! I guess days like that keep things in perspective. Thanks so much for stopping by and it was my pleasure featuring you! Have a fantastic weekend.


  14. Glad you are doing better! Love your outfit XO.
    #linkupwithlisa @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2016/09/linkupwithlisa-68-graphic-tee-with.html

  15. I’m sorry about your “no good, very bad day”! Days like that are exhausting. I’m sending positive thoughts for calmer days ahead!

  16. Gosh, sounds like such a fiasco! Glad you are ok now Shelbee. Nothing more important than good health. Have a great weekend.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  17. Oh no, what a day! Sometimes everything just goes wrong, whatever you do, and then you just push through all the shit the day throws at you and wish it was evening…
    I think I may be having one of those fishy kind of days today: woke up at 4, two hours before the alarm goes off, and I have 8 hours of teaching to look forward to. Yey! But at least it’s Friday…

    • We definitely need to find those silver linings on shitty days like these! I guess I should be thankful that I have wonderful health insurance so that in the midst of all the crazy, I wasn’t having to worry about how I was going to pay for all of it. I hope your day goes quickly and seamlessly, Tiina, and then you can relax and enjoy your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


  18. Wow, what a long day! Days like those are hard to deal with, but they always end up making me even more grateful for the amazing days 🙂 Tomorrow will hopefully be better for you.

    • Edye, thank you so much for this lovely comment! All is better now…I have the antibiotic working wonders on the infection and I am calmly relaxing and catching up on things at home today and for the weekend. I hope you have a joyful weekend!


  19. Hope things get better and remember it is a new day.

  20. OhMyGoodness, what a day! At least you looked cute! Happy weekend!

    • Sometimes looking cute is the only thing I’ve got going on days like these, Lisa! Perhaps that’s one reason I always get dressed…to face the bad days in style! Thanks for stopping by and have a fab weekend.


  21. Oh Shelbee, what a story! Get well soon.
    Your outfit is fabulous. Wish you a good weekend.

  22. Oh my goodness. What you went through is ridiculous! I would have asked my OB to just write me a script for an antibiotic! They certainly have that capability! And the time you had to wait… Wow what a day for you! Hope today is better!

    • I know, Laura! I don’t know why he didn’t just write the script. He did the same thing with something else another time that kind of confused me. So irritating! And he sat there he told me that he hates how the Army makes you have 6 different appointments when it can all be done in one! So silly. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


  23. What a day! I’m sorry it had a downward spiral after your perfect morning! Hope you ankle is better! Love your layered sweater and your wedges! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  24. I’m pretty excited with this outfit I am wearing from my favorite Los Angeles brand TOBI – come on over at the blog & find out why! #shopTobi

    Happy Weekend!!


  25. Hornets are another reason why fall is one of my least favorite seasons. They behave so erratically! I have been stung by so many bees and hornets in the fall, I dread even going outside. Yesterday my husband and I were trying to having a picnic lunch but the hornets made it miserable. Sorry you had such a bad day.

    • Oh, Amy, that is terrible! I have definitely had my share of stinging insects destroying my outside enjoyment! I prefer to stay inside mostly as result as well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely and hornet-free weekend!


  26. Well, that was quite a day. I’ve had days like that when everything just seems to go wrong. At least you looked cute! I hope your weekend turns around.

    • Thanks so much, Rachael. Yes, it hit the point where I wondered if anything would go right that day. But I survived it, laughed about, and moved on. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  27. Sorry for your bad day, we all get them from time to time. On the bright side though you look fab in that olive top and I love those shoes.

    • I am definitely loving olive lately! Thanks so much, Nora. The day is over and buried. I shared the story because it hit the point of ridiculous which then turns humorous and sometimes makes for a great and interesting story! The weekend is here now and I intend to relax and enjoy it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you as well.


  28. Oh no! Those days are the absolute worst!! I hope today is a brand new day for you and hope your ankle feels better. But I do have to say through that shity day… You still looked fabulous 🙂
    Thank you for hosting


    • Thanks so much, Melissa! I am feeling so loved by all these wonderful comments. I am doing fine. It was just one shitty day in the middle of a whole bunch of really great days. So it really is just fodder for blog posts! Ha! I just laugh it off after I am finished being pissed off, which I am now! Have a fab weekend1


  29. You look great girl friend! Please take care of yourself &
    thank you for hosting us – it is always fun to visit here.
    XXOO, Mimi

  30. Oh man I’ve had days like that! So glad each day is a new day and you get a do over! At least you looked fab doing it 🙂 Cheers to the weekend!


    • Thanks, Ruth! It is so true. I have already forgotten the horror of it all, have laughed it off, and am getting ready to deal with a busy weekend! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  31. I thought I had a rough day yesterday, until I read your post. Hope the surgery goes well. Thanks for partying with us on #FridayFrivolity

    • Rough days are all relative though, aren’t they, Audrey? So don’t discount your rough day just because mine was shit!! Ha! You are allowed to wallow in self-pity, too. But just briefly, then find the humor in it all, and move on! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have not-so-sucky weekend!


  32. Damn Shelby, indeed a fish of a day, like you say.
    I’ve had those days, too many of them lately, however the moment you get home and crawl into bed its sooo much better… At the end it was other people’s actions or therefore lack of, and not yours.

    • Oh no, Lorena, I am sorry to hear that you have too many of these fishy days lately. You need adequate time to recover from just one day like this. And by adequate, I mean, about a year. One day like this per year is enough! Ha! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a relaxing and easy weekend.


  33. You poor baby!!! Shelbee, I’m so sending you hugs and kisses for your boo boo, and your droopy pants, by the truckloads. Hurray for finally obtaining your antibiotics though, like seriously, medical practitioners can really be the death of us at times. The (so not) sweet irony of it. I’m so sorry for your horrid, vile day, I truly am, but I cannot help smiling, though, at the analogy you drew. Fish. Throwing it back. I adore you!!!

    • And I don’t think I have ever actually caught a real fish in real life. Like ever. It is kind of gross. But so was my day. Just kind of irritating and slimy and scaly and floppy and gross…like a fish. Yes, just like a fish! So I tried to throw it back! And yes, my pants falling down…that was just adding insult to injury! Literally. And I am glad you smiled at all because that was actually my intention. To see and show the humor that can be found in the ridiculous chaos of shit-filled day! Thanks so much, dear, for reading and adoring me!


  34. Wow! What a day! Hope you feel better soon hon. xo

  35. Shelbee, darling, that was an awful day but it is over and I sincerely hope, you will never experience something like this again. Actually, I wish nobody would. On a bright side, I know understand how you manage to get in touch with everyone. If only I could wake up at 4.30 and do the same. Wishful thinking. Have a great day and good luck with the op

    • Thanks so much, Anna! It was definitely a crazy day but I am blessed with amazing friends who help me often! Waking up early keeps me from starting the day feeling frazzled. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


  36. Goodness lady that was quite a day. Hope your weekend has been better.

  37. Oh no! What a day! I hope your ankle is feeling better soon, and that you had a relaxing weekend after that crazy day!

  38. Wow, that fish was like a Sharknado on you! Glad you are making progress. Keep your chin up

  39. Such a “pleasant” day! I’m sorry for that. Such days happen sometimes. Very nice olive top. I love you necklace. Thank you for sharing your style with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

  40. I’m sorry you had such a horrible day! I hate days like that, and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone!
    Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!

  41. Love the deep olive on you my friend. The monochromatic effect on top with the oversized sweater and pretty scarf is nice and makes for a great relaxed, casual look.

    Cannot wait for us to collaborate again, my friend! Welcome by when you have time. I always love and appreciate your thoughtful comments, Shell.

    • Thank you, Ada! I am coming over to check out your latest posts in just a moment! I have fallen terribly behind with visiting and commenting as I have been working hard on something big that I will be announcing soon! Thanks for remaining a loyal reader and friend! And yay for blogger collaborations!


  42. I read this post when you published and I apologize for not commenting sooner. I hope that you’ve seen brighter days since and at least you looked good even all was not going so well. Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Rena, I am so sorry it took me so long to get to my comments! I have completely forgotten about this horrible fish of a day with all of the exciting things I have going on right now! Stay tuned for more…coming soon! And thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment.


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