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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.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

From Vacation to Vacation!...Why I Love Retirement!

After breakfast on Sunday, we went to the  Fort Crawford Museum.  It was really interesting! President Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis were both stationed at Fort Crawford.  (The original site was washed away by the floods.)
Archaeologists have rescued the site where the Swift Military Hospital once stood  It has such a historical significance as one of the leading physicians of the time, Dr. Belmont was head.  He did the first gastric feeding and performed many ground breaking surgeries and observations.  I had, of course, many good pictures, but you will have to visit the website now to see them!
We made a quick stop to Cheapo Depot (love that name) where I picked up some things for my bff's grandkids.
We took a leisurely drive home along the Wisconsin River.  In Mauston we stopped at Beyond the Daily Grind Cafe and Coffee.  It was a totally Christian atmosphere in the décor and music and reading materials at the booths!  The sandwiches were great.  I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.  It is a beautiful old building with the pressed tin ceilings.   I just loved it!
As for my health, I am doing much better!  My skin on my tummy is healing and I found medical supplies that work for my sensitivity.  My leg is fine but I think I will go to the chiropractor for my foot.  (that helped last time I had such an ailment). 
I have started to go to yoga and range of motion exercises at the senior center.
Yesterday we had quite an adventure.  I went with my bff to her granddaughter's confirmation.
Driving home we again encountered orange barrels and detours, but everything looks different at night!  We seemed to go in circles several times before we got on the straight path!  Oh well, we made it home!
Next weekend I am going with my bff to a scrapbooking retreat (can never get too much!).
Two weeks from now, my cousin is visiting from Florida!  I am so excited to see her!


Gert said...

Wow it sounds like you've been having an amazing time, love going for drives, seeing the sites and eating in uniques places.

Glad you're doing better, health wise .


Oliva Ohlson said...

I'm so glad to know you had a wonderful time!!! Your adventure sounds wonderful! I've never hear of Cheapo Depot...too funny!
So glad you're healing and were able to find medical supplies that work for you.
So jealous of your scrapbooking retreat!!! I haven't been to one in a long time and they're so much fun!!! Have a great time!!!

I'm finishing up some PLs for swaps due in November, and after that I will start them again but in February. I need to take a break from them.

Have a wonderful day!

Linda said...

Isn't it great to just enjoy some time! Thank you so much for sharing, Deb, and thanks very much for your kind birthday wishes on my blog today. I really appreciate it. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better. We have yoga classes in our community and I've been a few times. I should go again. Enjoy your week sweet friend! Lots of hugs, Diane

BadPenny said...

Lovely post x