Wow, it’s really November?

I’ve been pretty scarce lately.  I apologize for that, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write about my last 4 months.

As you know in July I had eye surgery.  It went real well and it took 3 months for my eye to stable out.  The doc said that my eye sight would change over 3 months.  And it did, I was finally released by the surgeon at the beginning of October.  I just saw my regular eye doctor and he is able to correct my eye sight to 20/30.  I’m excited, the doc not so much!  I guess my cataracts have grown, especially in my surgical eye.  So I guess that is my next endeavor … cataract surgery.  I still have to recoup the cost of the last surgery.  But, we’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

My son got married in September at Zion National Park. We had such a great time visiting with family.  Here is a picture of my beautiful children along with hubby and I.    I couldn’t find the one with hubby and I.  Actually I see it everyday as it is on my desktop, but I couldn’t get it to upload to WordPress.  Yes, I am a dork!!

It was so great to see my children and grandchildren.  They all have grown so much, but they are sure getting to be their own person.  HAH, children and grandchildren.  Also to be in such a beautiful area, Zion National Park.  I told hubby that I could live there.  It would be so cool!!!  Just saying!

Work has been busy, as September is the start of the ministry year.  With the business comes craziness but, a fun craziness.  Before my son’s wedding, he told me that he is in A-Fib and they had to shock his heart to get his sinus rhythm back .  Well, it didn’t work and the next step is a pacemaker.   So in October, he called to let me know that he was having his pacemaker put in on October 15th.  After my silent initial reaction, I called him the next day to see if he wanted me to come out.  After he and his new bride discussed it, I flew out to Lincoln on Saturday, 10/13.  He had his surgery on Monday, as scheduled and spent the night to make sure all was okay.  His dad and step-mom surprised him and showed up when he returned from recovery.  Ry went home the next day and he is getting better everyday.  By the time I left, he was driving and the seat belt wasn’t irritating his incision, well, not as much as it did in the beginning.  I had asked him the other day how he was feeling and he said great!  I didn’t get to see anyone while I was back in Nebraska, which I apologize for, because I stayed at the house and hung out with the new puppy, my son and his family.  I’m excited for them as they had just bought and moved into a home, before his surgery.  It’s a cute house and the furniture they got for it, transforms the rooms!  Sometimes, I wish I lived closer to all my kids … maybe one day, we’ll get to spend time traveling around to spend a little time with each one.

The Friday after I got home, I went with 2 buses full of ladies from our church to the Women of Faith Conference in Sacramento.  Wow, what an experience!  I had a great time.  So many uplifting speakers and great music.  If you are a female and this conference comes to an area near you, don’t hesitate to go!!  You won’t regret it.  We laughed, we cried, we sang, we were amazed, and in total awe of all that we saw and experienced!  I fell in love with my Savior all over again.  I’m hoping next year, I can get all my girls to go with me.  Now that would be cool, to get my daughters and daughter in law to go.  We’ll see.

In between all of this, I’ve been sick.  Three times on antibiotics and this last time was working.  That is until I felt so good and decided to rake the leaves in the front yard.  I was so exhausted that it was difficult to even lift my arms to put the piles in the hopper.  Once I finished, I was done.  I went to bed and stayed there.  Today I’m better … well, enough to go to work and then to the eye doc.  Now I’m ready for bed and it’s only 7:16pm.

Tomorrow is voting day.  I’ve already voted … but it’s exciting to see the commitment of people to go out there and vote.  We may or  may not agree on the candidates or the issues, but we are doing what this country is all about … democracy … making your choice known by voting.  Standing up for your beliefs.  Just remember, for those that are standing up for their beliefs and voting on their chosen candidate, that is exactly what the next person is doing.  That choice may be the same as yours, but it also may be different from yours, but we all are choosing to do what made us so privileged to live in the USA, voting for our choice.  It looks to be a close race and we’ve all done our part.  Whichever candidate wins, I pray that this candidate does what is best for our country.  Does what’s best for our citizens and get this country recovering from the huge debt, the unemployment, the foreclosures, etc.    So choose your candidate, but remember, the rest of that voting line will choose theirs.

 

I’m Still Here

I know it’s been some time since I last posted.  I am still alive – YAY – and I’m still recovering.  Surgery was on July 10th and I survived the face down for a week.  I’m not sure my neck has.  It’s still sore and moving my neck is still tough, but it’s getting better.  A big thank you to my sister who came and spent 2 weeks with us while I recovered,  AND in a hot, no air conditioned house, during the Dog Days of Summer!  She was a trooper and helped us out quite a bit!!

This same sister went to the hospital on Thursday with a numb arm.  Thankfully, after several tests and a night at the hospital, all tests were good.  However, they did find arthritis in her neck, which could cause the numbness.

But this got me thinking – in my family my sisters and I  are the oldest generation.  Considering our oldest sister is 70; the sis I’m talking about is 63; and I’m 53 – we are the older generation.  That’s kinda freaky if I think about it.  The three of us have health issues and once we are gone, then the next  generation will be our children.  It’s the way of life, I suppose, but I never thought I’d be one of the oldest generations in my father’s immediate family (I’m still in my 20′s – at least that’s what my brain says.)

The oldest of the next generation (our children) is 47, the youngest is 31.  Wow … I do feel old now!!!

I was at a leadership summit and one of the speakers talked about honoring not just the older generation, but also the  younger generation.  Interesting thought – made me think, do I honor the younger generation?

Honor believes the best.  Dishonor believes the worst

Honor values others.  Dishonor devalues others

Honor builds up.  Dishonor tears down.

Respect is earned but honor is given

Show honor to those above you.

Show honor to those below you.”

Both generations must be intentional about working together and honoring each other.

Do you honor those above you?

Do you honor those below you?

Do you have work to do?   I know I do!!!

Tragedy in our small community

I’m sure most of you have heard by now that there was a shooting at IHOP in Carson City.  Why this person started his shooting spree is not known, but he now faces his maker for this senseless act.  Four people are now dead, 3 of which were National Guard.  There were five of them eating at this restaurant.  There were many others injured.

The church I belong and work, sits in the middle of Carson Valley, so half way between Carson City and the town where I live.  It has shaken our church family as there was a church family member and their extended family eating at the restaurant.  Thankfully they were not injured, physically, however, mentally will be an image, memory and sounds only God can erase, especially from the children’s minds. 

I ask for prayers for our small community.  For healing to all those in that restaurant who were injured one way or another.  For comfort and strength to the families of the dead and the injured.  For extra comfort for the shooter’s family and friends, especially their parents.  I cannot imaging what I would be feeling if one of my children or grandchildren went on a shooting spree.

So prayers for all of us in this small area to somehow move past this and images erased from those who were there.

Double wammy

So how was everyone’s double Monday?  That’s what I call the Tuesday after a Monday holiday.  Our office was busy, we had little rushes here and there and I still had things in my basket to do when I left.  That is such a good feeling!!  I’m working Tues., Wed. & Fri. this week.  I would be working Thursday, however, that’s the day hubby gets the stint and packing out of his nose!  YAY!

Our salesman came down with pneumonia.  He came in for a couple of hours today.  He didn’t look well and hopefully his couple of hours in the office didn’t set him back on recovery time.  Now the co-owner that stays in the office is also sick.  Not thrilled, but we each have antibacterial wipes at our desk so we can wipe the phones, calculators, keyboards … whatever the sickies touch, gets wiped down. 

Hubby is doing so much better now that he’s getting sleep.  He’s healing like he should and we can’t wait for Thursday.  He has strings hanging out of his nose, which are attached to the stint.  These strings are taped to his cheeks, so he looks like he has a pencil thin mustache, just misplaced.  He’s back to eating solid food  as long as he chews well.  Of course he hasn’t had anything sharp, like chips or fried anything.  I did pan fry some tilapia, but then I added water to the pan and steamed it a bit so the breading wasn’t hard. 

The good thing about hubby’s surgery is that we’ve both lost weight.  I’m trying real hard to not over-eat, which is my biggest problem!

So how was your holiday?  Did you do anything fun?  We watched the fireworks on the television.  It was nice and cool as there was a breeze coming in through the screen.  We watched the Macy’s fireworks … holy cow … how many barges of fireworks did they have?  It was spectacular!!  It was the first 4th of July that hubby has been home.  Usually he’s working at the lake directing traffic and getting abused by tourists.  But this year, we both sat on the couch and oohed and aahed at the explosions on the screen.

Not much else new.  I’m glad he’s healing quickly, now that he’s sleeping. 

Hope y’all have a great rest of the week.  Talk at ya later!

Little of this, a little of that

First of all, thank you all for your well wishes!  Knowing you are with my in thoughts and prayers has helped quite a bit!  

Hubby is home.  As of yesterday he hadn’t slept since surgery.  However, we have an awesome ENT who explained the sensations he was going through and the anxiety of not wanting to sleep.  He’d fall asleep and jerk awake with  his heart racing and feeling like he was drowning.  One more med to help him relax and he was able to sleep last night and as I type, he’s sleeping soundly on the couch. 

Did I mention how great this doc is?  He makes his own phone calls and he calls to check up on his patient.  I would definately recommend him for this area!!

I have mixed feelings about going to work Thurs. and Fri.  We definately need the money, especially since hubby isn’t working for a couple of weeks.  I think if he gets sleep today and a good night’s sleep tonight, I’ll feel better about leaving him alone. 

It’s supposed to be cooler the next two days, so the house should be comfortable.  I know I was complaining about winter last week, but I would have liked to had a little more spring, instead of jumping right into summer with no A/C!!   All I can think of is that I’m melting the excess fat on my body!!  LOL

I guess I really have more of this and hardly any of that, as I have been so consumed with hubby and his recovery.  I barely know what day it is!  Having to play nurse these past few days … I mean, taking vitals (BP, Temp & Blood Sugar) as well as dishing out meds … I realize I am not cut out for the nursing field!!  Before surgery I was thinking of going back to school, but after surgery … NO WAY!  LOL … it’s really not that bad, but watching the nurses in the hospital, staying late for surgery/recovery and then taking care of them after surgery.  Not!!  I guess one lady kept ringing her buzzer and they had just left her room. 

On a good note, the hospital behind the surgical center, had great food!!  I just had to walk the path to the hospital and was rewarded with tasty morsels!  

So this has been my life the last week.  I hope your humpday is good and the downhill to the weekend is even better!

Surgery

Surgery went well, even though it was delayed 2 hours.  Doc had an emergency surgery, which put his scheduled surgeries behind.  I was worried he’d be tired, but when we met with him, he and the anesthesiologist were charged and ready to go.  As the doc said, “Don’t worry, I get better as the day/night goes on!”

Surgery was close to 4 hours.  So around 9pm they were done.  Hubby had a slight prob in recovery … his blood pressure was high and pretty unstable, so they didn’t get him to his room until 11:30pm.  With the high BP, the bleeding was more than usual and he didn’t look very good.  However, he was awake and talking.

I’m real pleased with the doc.  He was at the hospital until hubby got into his room, then when the doc left, he called the nurses every 30 minutes to check on his patients.  Since we were right next to the nurses station, I could hear them answer the phone and say hi to the doc.

Since he didn’t get out of surgery and recovery until late, the doc kept him another night.  Hubby was a little dissappointed that he didn’t get to come home yesterday, but he does realize it’s for the best.  I’m not sure how he’s supposed to take his regular meds when he gets home, but I guess we will figure that out.

There was a highlight to his day, well two actually.  There were Korean War movies on all day on the tele.  The CNA would come in to check on him and these guys would watch the movies together.  LOL, pretty funny!

He definately looked much better yesterday.  I’m getting ready to go to the hospital today so hopefully I’ll have a passenger on the ride home.

Hope y’all have a great weekend.  Talk at you later.