My blog is a way for me to share in the wonder of each day. I know there are others like me that due to medical issues have our days numbered and would like to make the most of them in a positive and gifting way for ourselves and for those around us.



Friday, July 11, 2008

And on and on it goes...

Today just 3/4 of a mile from my daughter's.

NOTE: Grass fire caused by a careless cigarette just outside Colorado Springs Airport and just a few miles from us and 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile from my daughter's house. I hope they get it out before evening winds pick up since it is still travelling in their direction. Almost all of the fires in and around Colorado Springs are caused by cigarettes tossed out car windows. A good reason to stop smoking in my estimation. Not only do they cause each person and their family and friends lung damage or irritation but they cause counties and states many millions of dollars in damage.

Well.... the saga goes on. Last time when we talked I had my hickman replaced and dealt with one good episode of bleeding from the site. Are we done yet? Not hardly. Two days later, on Thursday I felt good and decided to run down to see my mother and father in laws and help with a few little things on their computer. Sounds easy, not too strenuous or stressful.

Stormy Day over Pikes Peak and Colo.Sprgs.
As I'm sitting there having a good ol time, my mother-in-law notices that I have blood running down under my arm sleeve. Oh, no, here we go again.
So, off we go to the next little town of Canon City, (they live in tiny Florence, Colo), to the small hospital there. I am once again packing in anything I can find to the site and applying pressure. We are told to fill out forms and then sit down in the waiting area. I asked if this would take long. "I don't know" is all she says, I asked if it would take less than 40 minutes but again she just said she didn't know. We sit down and talk to other's waiting and hear that one lady just told them she sat there for 5 hours. Well, I don't think so, I don't think I have that much blood.

Reflections at our Duck Pond!



So... we get back into the car and drive the 40 some miles to Pueblo where there is a real hospital and real ER people. Meantime I'm packing in whatever I can find. Of course when we walk into the ER and I have blood running and say I'm on bloodthinners, they take us right in, thank goodness. It takes awhile and more shots of epinepherin and ladicane and when that still leaks they use some tiny particles of what looks like cotton fluff you might pick off of your blanket, but it's all natural and it definitely works. Soon (3 hours soon), I'm all patched up and ready to head back to Florence.


Roses in my Front Yard!



Now of course, it's not advisable for me to drive home and my father-in-law shouldn't drive after dark. Besides, he has been driving me around all day, worried about me. So I call my daugahter in Colorado Springs, once again, to come to my rescue. She finds a babysitter for the two oldest ones and brings baby and meets us back in Florence. I had to leave my car but we get home safely and what a day it was, ..again!


Outside my front door!

Well, there was also the call I had to make to my husband who was camping in the hills with all my other family members. Every Fourth of July, we have a huge family camping trip and he was representing both of us since I can't go up in the altitude with my stuff. He always has wonderful activitites for the kids and loves to cook for anyone who comes up hungry. He said I am making him a nervous wreck with all the drama every time he tries to go hunting or camping. That's almost invariably when I have some major happening. Poor guy! I think he's almost afraid to go camping now for fear I'll give him a heart attack one of these days. Sorry, my husband!
I'm happy to report that things are looking good fnally and I'm even back on my bloodthinners and not leaking. I had to really take it easy this last week and not use my arm much at all. That's mainly why I haven't been on line, since I use those arm and shoulder muscles to type. What a pain it is to stay so still and it's really hard to remember not to lift an arm, especially when you are able, or not to lay on that side at night, or brush your teeth and eat left handed since it's on my right side. Kept me busy being inventive on doing things a different way, anyway. I always knew there would be a time that teaching my self to write and do things left handed when I was a teenager, would come in handy. I can even write left handed, upside down and backwards. You can even read if fairly well too. That takes practice but it's fun.
Well, after all that, any little things that come up are really no big deal. Are you seeing lot's of big deals that bug you each day? Just try doing everything with your off/weaker hand for a day and you'll find it's not so bad after all. Hey you all, thanks also for all your wonderful support and great comments. I'll be visiting you again soon although it may take a few days to catch up.

12 comments:

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Sounds like you have your hands full hope you are doing better..and thanks for the well wishes I am doing fine now (:)
..Yes so true life in the backyard and maybe the neighbors houses or backyards could be bad news..We all have to help one another and thanks alot for coming by~~...(:) Patty

linda said...

You've really had some episodes haven't you!?! Thankfully things look like there settling down a bit for you now. Sorry you had to miss the family campout...I'm sure you were missed terribly! At least hubby was able to go and represent you both.

Take care and hope your weekend is enjoyable.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I hope the fires are out now and don't flare up again. Scary, and nothing to fool around with!

What a scare with that Hickman line! I hope it stays sealed off this time.

Love your pictures. I got my new camera as you read on my blog so I'll be ready if any picture taking opportunities present themselves.

Have a wonderful weekend, Reva. :o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Betty said...

Hi Reva,

I'm glad you are okay. You must have been really weak from losing so much blood. I really enjoyed the pictures you shared with us today. Have a good weekend.

Lorie said...

I'd been missing you-my prayers with ya'll that the fire stops quickly and I hope no more rushing blood issues either!
Be blessed Reva, Lorie

It's All Good! said...

Wow Reva! I didn't know about the fires being so close to Amber. She's probably a little nervous...or a lot!
I can't believe Canon treated you that way. Geez!
Love ya,
your big little sis

Jess said...

Well sounds like you have had your hands full and then some. Hope things start getting much better!

Have a great weekend, Jess

Charlotte said...

I was so sorry to read about your physical problems. Sounds like you have a great attitude. I'm praying for you.

Nancy said...

So sorry to hear of the problem with your Hickman line. You were so positive through it all!!! Let's hope and pray that was the end of it for good!

Those fires so close to your daughter's home is frightening! People are so careless nowdays! Cigarettes should be banned in our country, period!!!

Your photos were beutiful!!! Thanks for shsring them with all of us!

(((HUGS)))

Sammy said...

Hi Reva,

It says everything about your personality and attitude towards life that you interspersed this dramatic story with such beautiful photos. You really do focus on the positive in this world, don't you. You inspire this hormonal, full-of-worry, pregnant woman! :-)

And glad to hear you've stabilized a bit.

Have a great week!

Sammy

Diane said...

You poor little thing, you've had quite the time. I pray the Hickman is as it should be.

Prayers for the fires that burn and put people and/or property in danger.

Hugs!
Diane

Putz said...

REVA. WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO IS PUT CUFFS ON ALL SMOKERS SO THEY CAN'T GET THERE HANDS TO THERE MOUTH, AND I AM GLAD YOU ARE GETTING AROUND MORE TO HELP YOUR INLAWS, I AM HUFFY PUFFY WITH MY DIABETIS AND HEART, BUT I JUST STOP FOR A MINUTE AND I SEEM FINE...PICKED SOME PEAS BUT GOT OVER TAXED BEFORE ALL THAT WERE READY GOT PICKED