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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Will this ever end?

Okay, it's not a cold, it's bronchitis. I went to the ER Saturday thinking maybe I had pneumonia. Had laryngitis for four days, the cough was still tight. Turned out it was bronchitis with bronchospasms. Getting through work on the weekend was a piece of cake. Yesterday, not so much. I felt run down and then at about 4 pm, the good ole bronchi started spasming and I thought I would throw up....I just couldn't stop coughing! I have an inhaler, on an antibiotic and Mucinex. Okay, so now if I don't feel better by Thursday, I am going to the doctor AGAIN! I have so many things to do, and no energy.

Work is really a negative environment. Everyone is grumbling about the Supervisor and the doctors, especially one in particular. Nothing ever gets done. I try and let the comments roll off of me, but the negativity is still in the air. No wonder I'm sick.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feed a Cold

Okay, okay, so I'm not supposed to feed a cold with cookies, but it sure is my comfort food of choice!

Since working last Monday, my cold got worse. It was terribly tight on my chest and the inhaler didn't do much to loosen it up. Good ole cough medicine and rubbing Vicks on my chest. Don't know if that works any better, but it can't hurt! Yesterday I had laryngitis...hubby was heartbroken. He bought the family size pack of Hall's cough drops. these also seem to help better than prescription. I have slept most of the last two days. Today I have a sore throat, but woke up in a sweat, so maybe the cold "broke." Needless to say, I didn't go in to work, and they will find coverage some how. I work this weekend so it will give me time to recover.

Valentines are going out late, if at all. What are you doing this Valentine's Day? I don't know if hubby and I are celebrating or not. Heck, with both of us having colds, maybe we should go out for chicken soup!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This has been a week so far of insights. The first: Gambling is not a form of entertainment when you go over your limit or go once a week or more. I have come to the realization that I am addicted, so have asked God to please forgive me for being a poor steward of my money and ask to take this compulsion from me. Jim always gives in to me so he is losing money too, which is a lose-lose proposition for our incomes. I could save over $500 a year. We could go out for lobster once a month, buy a chair, etc. I have an addictive personality, among my addictions, cookies, but they don't cost as much.

Second insight: Never go to work a "little sick." I tried that; couldn't hear on the phone, had little patience, coughed and blew my nose at work and was just totally stuck there feeling like crap. They never have enough coverage...is that my fault? Last night I was more rundown and felt worse this morning than yesterday.

A snowstorm is coming. Perhaps this is a good time to hunker down, craft, do laundry, take a nice nap. Any ideas for dinner?

I have joined the choir at church. Although it is nice, it is not the type of music I prefer to sing. I prefer more contemporary Christian music. I will give it till summer and rethink it next year.