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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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Liking Life

I am enjoying my life.  Yeah, my foot hurts, but hey, I'm able to wear flatter sandals (not flip flops, which is okay cause they bug my toes anyway).  I got a new pair at Goodwill yesterday and they are like new!  They are purple Columbias.  Very comfortable and adjust to my fat foot.  The other thing is I made a rather tasty crab/pasta salad for the cookout at my bff's today.  Flowers have been planted in the flower box and summer is here!  Woo hoo!  Don't miss my second job (just the money, but I'll adjust).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cha, cha, cha, changes!

Went to work this week and I got a warm welcome at the clinic, complete with snacks and signs!  On the other hand, my job as a health information (medical records) clerk has come to an abrupt end.  Apparently they thought I could run charts, etc while hanging onto crutches!  The doctor had restricted me to using crutches and elevating and icing my foot twice during the work day, and they just can't or wouldn't accommodate me.  So, I gave my notice.  The really crummy part is that I have to take sick/vacation time this weekend.  It has gone down sooooooooo much.  From now on I am staying away from jobs that require me to be on my feet alot.  The clinic job is going good, and I offered to work extra hours, even though I won't have benefits any longer.  The money is good and I'm amongst friends.

I am in a brace now and can't wait to get rid of that as it itches, and bugs me in my shoe.  Will wear it as I have Jazzercise Lite this morning and exercise in a chair.  This afternoon is therapy...woo hoo!

Crazy, crazy dreams!  I was a black woman last night, then I was dressing a baby doll, go figure....where does this stuff come from?

Tomorrow I plan on going with my bff to her daughter's house.  Just an excuse to get out  in the nice weather....and maybe stop at Archivers on the way?

Have a happy day!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Life changes

Just thought I'd give an update to anyone who happens to read this.  My leg and foot are slowly healing and I have a brace now.  It really bugs me in my shoes though as there just isn't enough room for my swollen foot, brace, etc.  I can walk with crutches rather well, but it's hard to carry anything!  If I use one crutch, it throws off my back and my good leg.  I am going back to work this week.  My supervisor at the clinic is allowing me to take breaks to ice and elevate my foot.  Still don't know how the restrictions will affect my hospital job, but I am scheduled to work next weekend.  Starting to do a little cleaning, but need someone to sweep and mop my floors!

Tomorrow my son graduates from college!  FINALLY!  He has his degree in Information systems (computers).  Now, if he'd only spend that time looking for a job!   Still, we are proud of him.  He is a good kid; doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs and hasn't knocked anyone up!  With being "different" and having Cerebral Palsy, he could have easily turned to drugs and all to "fit in" but he kept a level head.  He was always happy to just be average and to blend in.  I wish he could drive; his life would be so much easier.  (He has visual/spatial challenges due to his CP).

Today I am starting Jazzercise Lite.  I know, you wonder how can I do that?  I will exercise in a chair!  Something is better than nothing and I have gained weight just sitting here with my broken leg!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I Survived the Weekend!

Friday night I went with two of my friends to northern WI for the Sayner Stamp-pede.  We go every year and enjoy it immensely!  We stay at the Rustic Motor Lodge which has a nice breakfast and pool and hot tub area.  Friday while the girls were in the hot tub, I rested and iced my foot.  Saturday was a challenge.  We went to the used stamp sale and I had my BIL's behemoth of a walker, but it helped.  Still the aisles were crowded and going in both directions it seemed.  We all sold at least 1/3 of our used stamps, enough to pay for the room.  At the convention, I crutch-ed around from booth to booth until I could make a card.  If I made a card, I almost always bought something!  Love new toys!  We then went to collect our $ from the used stamp sale and went on to Minoqua to make cards and shop at a stamp store, The Baker's Wife.  (can't get enough of those).   We ate at The Thirsty Whale.  Can't get a dinner under $20 but it's so good.  That night we were too pooped to make more cards or anything.  I had to ice my foot and my leg....both were quite swollen.  On Sunday, we stopped at The Mark-It Place to do more shopping!  We then started home, stopped at the liquidator's near Antigo, (love that junk store), then Goodwill where I found a really cute purse for cheap (I also got a ride in the wheelchair).  Stopped at Ho-Chunk near Wittenberg, but didn't know when to walk away again.  I'll have to memorize that Kenny Rogers tune.