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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.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Another Busy Summer Week!

Another busy week!
I started out the week with a visit to my nephrologist (kidney doctor).  I am still Stage IV, but no
changes in my lab work, so that is good.  Go back in 6 months!  I am a boring patient, but that is good!
Tuesday night was our Red Hat Luau at our Queen's house.  Sandi and her husband went all out decorating and she had yummy Mai Tai's (alcoholic and non alcoholic).  The food was delicious!
I discovered I do NOT like poi.  Yuck!  We each got a gift from her and I got some colorful socks!  Those are always nice.  Can't have too many pairs of socks!  Sandi said she got everything, the leis, the flowers for our hair, the decorations, gift bags, etc. at the Dollar Bill store!  (The Dollar Tree, but shall now be known as the Dollar Bill store!)
On Wednesday, my sister and I went on a bus trip with the Senior Center for an over nighter!
First, we went to the Brewer game.  For a time they were losing badly, my sister was nodding off, but then in the bottom of the 8th, a home run, and they scored two more!  It was exciting!

After the game, we departed for Harrah's Casino in Joliet, Illinois.  We hit 5 o'clock traffic so it was slow going.  The air conditioning on the bus made me cold.  I was tired, cold and hungry!  I ended up using my heating pad to warm up my legs.  We didn't get there till almost 9pm.  We got into our room, then roamed the place to find the restaurant.  The lines had settled down, by the time we got our coupons and such so we were able to order and sit down.  The food was good and cost us a whopping $1.65 for the both of us, after coupons!
We played the slots a little bit.  My sister won $40 and I lost $40.  Time for bed!  They had the most comfortable rooms!  We couldn't hear the AC, the bed was huge and SO comfortable and we both wanted to take our pillow home.  (We didn't).
The next morning we just ordered breakfast and decided to eat in our room  No more slots for me, but that was okay.
Next, on to the race track!
Our new Director, Tammy and the bus driver!

We wore our sweatshirts, but it actually got quite hot out and I
 even got a sunburn!

Of course, I didn't win anything at the races either, but my sister won a little bit.  It is all automated betting machines.  It took a while before we learned what we were doing, so we could lose our money twice as fast!  Well, I always set myself a limit!
We had a good time, nice talk on the way home, a pleasant dinner at Culvers' and got home around 9pm.  I was exhausted!


Linda said...

Glad you had a good week! I think I'd like the horse races....at least once.

Linda said...

Isn't it nice when we have a good week? Love your photos, thank you so much for sharing them. :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am not a gambler myself but it sounds like you had a great time.