Monday, January 26, 2015

Yes, The Dreaded FLU Got Me!

Don't ask me who I got it from and if I got my flu shot! I live 24/7 on a ventilator, of course I am going to get the flu shot! Yes, finally after 4 looong days of fighting it off, I can actually hold a conversation with someone. Eat some real food and make it thru a television show. (Not including commercials) I am writing to tell you that Tamiflu is so worth it. At the 1st sign of those dreadful chills and body aches, you have about a day and half to get the prescription. "They" say it may not work for everyone, just like the flu shot, but it is the only thing besides nebulizers and Tylenol that you can do. And of course, it won't prevent the flu, but I am so glad my Doctor reminded me of it! Stay well.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hug Break

It was back to helping out at school yesterday and at the second school, there is this little boy who will come up to me with open arms and give me the biggest hug. Usually, we are practically on display in front of several people, but yesterday we had a little moment when no one else was around. It was so sweet. We are practically strangers, yet he needs someone to hug and I never turn one down. We have a 20 second hug break and go on with our days. I am so lucky to have these moments with little kids. I know I have been cooped up because I was running flashcards with two little boys and me having been starved for some new conversation with people, kept asking them questions about their lives...and one boy said, " I can't concentrate." And he gave me the funniest look, like hey lady, are we gonna do cards, or what? So puzzled. I mean I was asking them if they like football and what do they think about players who get into trouble all of the time? I had to laugh and apologize. He was so serious. Yep, now that we're having a January thaw, I need to get out more! By the way, the consensus was "jail."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Putting Things Into Perspective...Again.

Still dealing with staffing issues. I try to put these issues to the side, but they keep cramming their way into my daily life. Sometimes, I think that my helpers don't seem to think that helping me to take care of myself(as I like to put it) is a REAL job! And I feel a little bit taken advantage of. Then, just when I am having these thoughts for probably the millionth time in my life, I will come across a post on a Disabled and Chronically Ill page and see that someone definately is going thru WAAAAAY worse situations than me. A woman my age has recently posted that her cancer is active again and that the chemo. pill is so very expensive and her marriage is falling apart and she can't keep up with her children very well and the list goes on. When I read about people's stories of suffering and depression, I seem to be able to snap out of it real fast. Then I find myself reciting over and over again The Serenity Prayer. The Serenity Prayer... God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen. Read more at