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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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Looking forward!

This weekend I am going with two of my friends to a stamping convention.  I am now walking with crutches and my boot, and figure I can hobble from booth to booth.  I don't think I'll be doing the hot tub, but I don't stay in that long anyway, so no big deal.  Would rather rest my foot and put ice on it.  Not sure what the plans are for the weekend but will play it by ear.  It will be good to get out and play.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Maybe it's the weather

Yesterday my dh was CRABBY, and I mean crabby.  It wore off on me.  I felt down in the dumps.  I take other peoples feelings and soak them up like a sponge.  It was a lonely night, even though Jim was lying next to me.


I couldn't sleep.  I dozed off around 1 am, then woke up at 2, 3, 4, 5 and then 6 am.  I give up.  Don't know what it is.  It is cold and rainy.  Maybe it's the barometric pressure.  I will probably go back to bed this morning.


I shouldn't be in such a crummy mood.


No sunshine award for me today!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

What a Good Day!

I have this habit of shopping online.  I fill my cart, but don't check out....LOL

Yesterday, my bff had an eye appointment, so we went to Shopko, (this time the power cart was charged up).  Remind me never to get a job as a forklift operator!  My driving skills were hilarious through the clothes, up against the racks, almost under the racks, moving the racks,....LOL.  I did manage to find a very pretty jacket on sale and also some active wear, or "inactive wear" as I like to call it.  We then went to Wendy's for lunch ($2.99 value meals) and then to Goodwill.  (I was having thrift store withdrawal.)  Linda got the wheelchair and away we went, filling up our cart with all kinds of goodies.  As luck would have it, they had tons of stamps there!  Woo hoo!  I also found a wooden tray kit to scrapbook and decorate.  Bought two tops and a pair of capris.  If it doesn't fit, Linda can bring it back for me.

I was very tired from all this shopping, but it was so much fun, better than the casino?  Well, at least I had something to show for my money!

Speaking of casinos, Jim and I decided we are going to put money that we would normally go gambling with aside for a cruise next January.  The casino is fun, but is an expensive hobby, and we lose more than we win, that's for sure.

I will almost be happy to go back to work again .  I miss my coworkers and get so dang bored at home.
I hope they change the lab scheduling format back to the way it was.  There are allot of patient complaints and it is so noisy with the label maker behind our backs.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Counting down the Days!

Trying to stay positive. Monday I get this cast off! Maybe I will get a walking boot! Even if I still need crutches, if I don't have to be so darn careful of putting weight on it, I will be happy.

Yesterday Jim took me to Shopko and the motorized cart wasn't powered up. So, no shopping there! This Saturday is one of my Godson's birthday party. Think I will take the wheelchair so I can relax.

Monday is the ortho appointment. Tuesday I have an appointment with the kidney transplant specialist. ...just routine. Tuesday night we are celebrating National Red Hat Day with a banquet. I am going on crutches, and I am sure someone will make sure I don't fall.

Taking it one day at a time.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Stir Crazy

Being stir crazy is a dangerous thing. I miss driving, I even miss working! All I do is sit around, watch TV, look at magazines (rip out the pages I want to keep), arghhhh! I told my hubby yesterday that the only time I feel alive is when I am making love, eating, or at the casino! Making love is the only thing NOT hazardous to my weight or wallet!

I have tried making cards, but my supplies are limited to what I have access to. (my supplies are down in the basement) Yesterday I updated my address book! Next will be my birthday book! May as well get the boring jobs done while I'm laid up. (is that layed or laid?)

Last night we stopped at the casino (after eating). The difficult thing for me is learning "to know when to walk away and know when to run." Last night I walked (okay, crutched) away while I was ahead. I don't always do that, but time was limited....Thank God (although He probably disapproves).

Not sure what is on my agenda for today. Looking forward to my morning chat with my sister!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Whole New Perspective

Well, I have had this cast on my leg for three and a half weeks and I have a whole new respect for the disabled! Wheelchairs aren't the end all. Sometimes I pinch my fingers, can't get close enough to things and don't even mention carpeting or steps! There are allot of steps in the world! It limits where you can go and visit, eat out, etc. Restrooms are still a challenge. The handicap restroom may have enough room to navigate, but not a bar to hang onto as one has to "dress" themselves after their business. Doors on the restrooms might depend on another patron to close the door. Some can only be backed into. Some restrooms have many turns before you actually get to the stalls! Crutches aren't that easy. Pavement is uneven and full of cracks and holes. Beware! I still don't know how anyone gets up stairs with crutches. I am incredibly weak and just can't push my body up on one leg and crutches!

Some people offer to help, others offer a blind eye. Be the kind of person who helps!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It ain't that Great

Laying around is not what it's cracked up to be. I can only spend so much time up and around and my leg hurts and swells. I stink until Jim can wrap my leg and help me with a bath. I miss crafting and even cleaning! :o Did I say that?

The other night Jim took me to the casino. We stayed too long again. My high water mark was $120. I left at $85. Still, money ahead. I have been known to blow it all chasing my winnings.

Had my sister over for dinner last nite. A friend brought dinner over and it was enough for a small army. It was delicious! Nice to have my sis over too. She seems to be doing fine.

Well, I am becoming an expert game show contestant (watching TV), know the warning signs of all kinds of cancer (Dr. Oz) and have caught up with old friends on the phone.

Can't wait for Spring and going for walks!