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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.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


I've been having issues with my breast.  It has leaked twice.  The incision became a gaping hole.  Yesterday I went to the doctor.  I told her I was ready to sew it shut with fishing line!
We discussed my situation post lumpectomy.  Seems I am not the usual patient.  What else is new?
I found out why I leaked after my lumpectomy. I had a seroma, a fluid filled sac that SOMETIMES occurs.    We figured after leaking twice, it is done.  My incision wouldn't hold with steri - strips, so finally yesterday got real stitches.  It now hurts more than when I had the lumpectomy, but at least it will heal!
I didn't hear from Walgreens so must have flunked the skills test.  I think it was on the scenario questions.  You never know what they want and it depends on company policy.  Oh well, not what God intended for me.
I have been having shopping withdrawal.  Went to thrift stores this week.  I found a top for myself, a sun hat, and a doily for my Mom's bookcase.  Still looking for a battery operated radio.

Friday, June 14, 2013

A Few Musings

My incision leaked the other night (again!).  I don't know how long this will last.  I don't know how long I have to wear the breast binder.  I hate to call the nurse cause she was so snippy last time.
Someone asked me to print some coupons for diapers.  Do you download Coupon printer?
I don't know if I want to do that.  Do you get inundated with junk mail then?
I got a call from Walgreens Drugstore.  They want me to come in for a skills test to test out for a job.  Wonder what that entails?  I applied for the cosmetics department.  Wish me luck.
Any plans for Father's Day?  We will probably stay home and cook out on the grill.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Camping Weekend

It was a little cool this weekend at Point Beach but it didn't rain!  Woo hoo!
Had a great time camping with my sister in her motor home.  There was another couple there
that she knows and I got to know better.  What a nice time!
Point Beach is one of many of Wisconsin's State Parks.

Which Path?
Rawley Point Lighthouse
Overlooking Lake Michigan
Ranger's House
We didn't starve

Friday, June 7, 2013

Post Op Blues

I have been struggling post op.  NO ONE told me that my incision in my breast would leak.  NO ONE told me that I had to wear my binder so the fluid wouldn't build up.  So, last Saturday it started to leak while I was shopping.  No big deal.  Put some bandaids on, went home changed the dressing.
That night I find myself laying in a puddle.  My breast had leaked like a water balloon.  Freaking out, my hubby and I go to the ER figuring I would get some stitches.  Of course, by the time the doctor comes in it has stopped leaking.  She does a culture  and gives me an antibiotic.  No mention of the binder.  No mention of this will continue.
So it is still weeping.  The tape comes off and it is gaping.  I thought this doesn't look right.  I go to surgery at the clinic and the nurse changes my dressing.  She THEN tells me that I should know that this would happen.  HOW?  Anyway it will take a month or so to heal and I can look forward to wearing the binder more often.
Today I am going camping with my sister.  It will be cold but nicer tomorrow.  Maybe my husband will come up and meet us.  (doubt it).  Anyway, hope to go out for fish tonight and then a campfire.
Tomorrow a hike and lounging and cooking dinner.  Photos to follow!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ah, what to Write

Ah, what does one write about when she no longer works or hasn't taken any pictures?
Life has been uneventful.  I think that's a good thing?  My lumpectomy breast tissues was nothing more than what it was on the biopsy, and that was dysplasia.
Went with my bff to see her sister's "new" house.  Very nice spaces and has so much potential and a lot of yard!  The important thing is that sister is very happy with her boyfriend and son and I am so happy for her too.  Bff and I went thrift shopping.  Shopping changes when one doesn't have an income!  I did find a pretty blouse that looked very good on me and a pair of earrings.  There was a little drawer thingy, but I didn't buy it and now wish I had although I forgot what my plans for it were.
My sister and I took my mom to the cemeteries where her oldest children and parents are buried.
We had to go out to lunch first and enjoyed our split pea and ham soup.  Our lunches were so-so.
The gravy needed seasoning beyond what salt and pepper could do.  They do have the best home made bread though.
I have no plans for this weekend.  It has been rather gloomy and cool here by the lakeshore.
Again, my plans are dictated by lack of money.  I will go visit my mom.  I also want to buy some silk flowers for next year's visit to the cemeteries as they are on sale now.  I might stop and a few yard sales.