Sunday, August 21, 2016

Patients on parade.

This past week I went to my appointment with an Ear Nose Throat specialist at the U of M"s new Health Clinics and Surgery Center. As usual for me, I try to arrive early for a new Dr. and new place. It is a beautiful and very modern building. There is a convenient valet service and many friendly and knowledgeable greeters there to help direct you to where you need to be. Like I said, we were very early so we settled in and I began my habit and hobby of people watching. It was both inspiring and sad to see the patient warriors strolling up and down the lobby. Many in wheelchairs and face masks and oxygen tanks. I was actually nervous for my appointment and this never ending stream of patients made me feel so deeply grateful for the health that I do have! My appointment went well. I was so impressed with my Doctor. He made me feel confident that I have nothing to worry about when it comes to my trach. He did a nose and throat scope and actually recorded it so I could check it out. A little stressful, but I thoroughly trusted him. I could need a revision surgery in the future, but for now we are just trolling along and taking things as they come. Much like the parade of patients that I observed.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Frollicking at the Festival.

Nothing beats the annual St. Joseph of the Lakes Festival weekend. My parents and myself have been making it a tradition for many, many years. It is the parish's largest fundraiser. And while the world around us is seemingly more crazy and stressful by the minute, I find peace and fun times at the outdoor church festivities. I used to live right across the street so old neighbors and close friends are so sweet to run into. This may be reaching just a bit, but it is kind of like a small town Mayberry or Blue Bell feel. I ran into both old and new friends alike. It was a real boost in spirits for me. Today was especially fun as I ran into my old and dear friend Becky and her sweet husband and beautiful and energetic children. She and I met years ago when my own two kids were little. We had a little support group called Club MD. (for muscular dystrophy) A little off track, but she told me about a former member of our group who is struggling with declining health. He is suffering with chronic respiratory failure and will not prolong his life with a fulltime respirator(vent. like I have) and it makes me feel very sad because I still have a great quality of life! So there will be highs and some lows in the church vicinity, but that's what life is all about I guess. Peace!

Monday, June 27, 2016

So this happened.

There was a gathering happening at my sister Susan and my brother in law's house yesterday. Both of their daughters have graduated. One from college and one from high school. The party was also celebrating summer birthdays and summer anniversaries and both sides of their family were gathering. While folks were arriving, I stopped and thought, "hmmm, my parents aren't here yet, that's strange for them." And it was only a few minutes later that I was told my other sister (the baby sis), her husband and my parents had been rear ended in the little sports car convertible they were in at a red, left turn stoplight. Everyone was ok and we found out it was a 17 year old young man in a very large pick up truck. His statement was "I blinked." It became a tough scene when the young man didn't want to hand over I.D. or insurance info. His mother was called and also the Sheriff came and got things squared away. We were all so relieved when our crash victims finally arrived at the party. All were obviously shaken and we were all so relieved that there were no injuries or worse! My Mom couldn't believe the loud blast from the impact and what a shock it was. I mean there they were enjoying a special ride in a snazzy little sports car on a beautiful summer day and out of the blue, BAM! God blessed us all yesterday and we are grateful. The party continued on with renewed love and togetherness. Thank you Susan and Ern, Maddie and Meghan for yet another wonderful party. Another reminder that lives can change or even worse END in a matter of a split second. I am taking on my day being so grateful. Peace.