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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, December 30, 2011

The 25th is Over

They say Christmas is over, but is it?  I never felt the Christmas "sprit" this year.  I think I was too tired.
I didn't feel like writing my blog, or posting pictures.  Tired.

BUT, there are other times when I feel the Christmas spirit, like when I'm  visiting with my Mom and being able to watch TV with her, touching  her arm, and being able to give her a hug and a kiss. 

I feel the Christmas spiirt when I think how blessed I am to have a new job and a new beginning at the ripe age of 59!

I feel the Christmas spirit when I reflect on my family and friends and all the blessings they have brought me.

A baby born in a stable.  BLESSING!  GRACE! PEACE!

That is what I wish for you for the New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

What's Going On

Work has been wonderful!  The new job is so interesting, the people so supportive and friendly!  I already got a gift from the company (hospital), supervisor, and some of my coworkers!  Woweee!  Next year I will remember them.

Went to a party for my "old" business office.  The feeling between my supervisor and myself was a bit wierd, but things went fine.  We all had a good time...good food, good friends and alot of laughter!

Distressing news again.  I woke up Tuesday morning and noticed that I had a bald spot the size of a quarter!
Wednesday I went to the dermatologist.  No, it's not a fungus, not ringworm.  What is it?  So, he took a biopsy and I have to wait.  Lovely.  Couldn't get my hair colored or trimmed.  It's a challenge to cover the bald spot with short hair.  Getting the staples out in ten days.  I actually think it was my stress in October/November that caused this as there is a gray streak near the offensive bald spot.  The story is that my coworkers are filling my head with so much knowledge that it is looking for a way out and pushed my hair right out of my head!

To comfort myself I went to the beauty school and had my nails done.  The student did a wonderful job!  She even included a hand massage.  Tis the season.

Today I must clean as the family is coming over to my house for Christmas Eve.  Mom is quite her old self, asking for specific items of jewelry, money to play cards with, etc.  I am so happy about that!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Busy Week/Bittersweet Good-byes

Sorry if I don't always post a comment on your blog.  It doesn't mean I'm not looking.  I am.  I have been so busy with work and the holidays.  I am just plain tired.

Yesterday was my last day at Clinic "A."  They threw a wonderful "Good Luck/Congrats" party for me.  I was overwhelmed by their generosity and the signatures on my card.  It was a rather teary day for me, getting hugs and saying "see ya" knowing that I wouldn't be a part of that wonderful staff again.  Oh, I will come in and drop off Avon books, get my blood drawn, etc., but it won't be the same.  13 years with the corporation.  I had an exit interview that really falls on deaf ears.   They want to know why you are leaving, but then again, they don't care.

I got a plant from Pediatrics and a very generous gift card from the clinic as a whole.  It is to one of the local department stores and I plan on shopping the after Christmas sales! 

Last night I went to the Pediatrics Christmas party.  It was not for me.  I enjoyed myself but was the first to leave as it was a long day and I was so tired.

Today is a baby shower for a niece-in-law.  It is a good chance to see the family as men are invited as well.  Best to get going then.!

Monday, December 5, 2011

One Day at a Time

Nothing like the holidays to make you get off your rear and get in gear!  I am having the family get together this year, since we still have Mom with us and my house is the most accessible.  So, yesterday I started to attack the basement!  My pool table was full of crafting stuff.  Now, I must mention, my craft area is still not organized the way I  would like, but it's getting there. I do have boxes of stuff shoved under and around the pool table, but at least it is off the surface.  (Now I have a gift wrapping station!)  I have stuff  on the floor by my craft area, waiting to be put away when I figure out where I'm putting things.  It is getting there, slow but sure.  I can see my craft table!

Today is a busy day.  I have a chiropractic appointment, then meet Mom at the orthopedic doctor.  I then must take my glasses into the optician, stop and buy a Christmas gift, yada yada yada!  When I get home, decorating the Christmas tree is on the agenda. 

Tomorrow I have orientation for my new job.  The rest of the week I work at my old job.  Friday night I have a Christmas party  for Pediatrics.  Saturday I have a baby shower!

Calgon, take me away.  Pray I survive.....one day at a time.

Friday, December 2, 2011

No Sweat

Writer's block.  Maybe it's a good thing as all is well.  I am working the remainder of my days.  My supervisors had some very kind things to say about me, and one even gave me a hug.  Next Friday is my last day.  Do I have waterproof mascara?

I am excited about the new job.  Today I will get out my fall/winter clothes.  With all that was going on with Mom, didn't have much time for that.  Her apartment is emptied, Mom is all settled.  She has her TV, her DVD player and her phone.  She is content and even liking the food better.  The best thing is that her pneumonia is gone (but she's still on oxygen), she is independent and walks with a walker and dresses herself.  Yeah, Mom!

Thanksgiving was nice.  The food was good, Mom enjoyed being here, but the movie we watched was boring...."Love Happens" with Jennifer Aniston.  Guess all her movies aren't 10's.

Have almost all my shopping done.  Hope to finish it this weekend.  Not at all ready for Christmas.  Will decorate the porch this morning.  I will, I will, I will!  Oh, and take off that Thanksgiving tablecloth!  Slowly it will all come together and Christmas will be here.  I am not going to sweat the small stuff.