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I Believe in Angels

Yesterday our daughter-in-law Jen,who lives in Ohio, went off to work like she normally does on Monday. She dropped her two babies at the babysitter and was on her way.

Shortly after she dropped the kids off she noticed a car crossing the double line on the highway and it was coming toward her. It was raining, so the road was slick. She noticed a ditch on the side of the road so in attempting to avoid it her Van did a 180. The next thing she knew, her Van was rolling over down the ditch she was trying to avoid. She heard glass breaking and metal bending. All she could think of was that she was going to die.

The amazing thing was that when the Van stopped, she was able to get out without any serious injuries. She was covered in broken glass and her morning smoothie, but not a scratch! She was disoriented and trying to find her phone when I believe an Angel here on earth came along at that moment. She witnessed the accident and went over to make sure Jen was okay. Jen told her she was trying to find her phone, but the woman told her not to worry, she had already called 911. She stayed and comforted Jen until the police arrived. She gave her statement to the police which backed up Jen’s recollection of the events.

On Mother’s Day my daughter-in-law wrote a moving tribute to her Grandmother on Facebook. Her Grandmother had passed away several years ago. They were very close. I commented how I knew she was always looking down on Jen and smiling.

I truly believe her Grandmother was with her yesterday. She was watching over her beautiful granddaughter and kept her safe for all of us.

I know that God can’t be everywhere. That is why he sends his Angels down to help us out! I pray to God every night to keep my family safe. Thank you God for answering my prayers and for sending us your Angels.

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How Did I Get Here?

As I have mentioned before, many of my family members celebrate birthdays in April and May. I celebrated my 60th birthday on Easter Sunday.

To my surprise I was honored by my wonderful husband and my wonderful kids with a beautiful party. I was amazed at how many people took time from their busy lives to celebrate with me the night before Easter. My husband said it was a tribute to me because I have touched their lives in some way.

My uncle who is 100 years old was there to celebrate with me as was my beautiful 83 year old mother. That is truly something I will never forget.

Birthdays never bothered me before. In fact, I’ve always looked forward to them. However, this year…not so much! It made me wonder, where did the time go? It seems like yesterday that my kids were small. Now they both have families of their own. Soon we will welcome our sixth grandchild! How did I get here?

I’m sure my Uncle and my Mom wonder the same thing. But they keep going through good times and bad.

I am very fortunate, because despite having had diabetes for more than 40 years, I am still in good shape. I can still get down on the floor and play without having difficulty getting up (thanks to Yoga and Pilates). I can still run around in the backyard and chase those little ones.

I received a lot of “joke” gifts for my birthday. Two people gave me lollipops that said “60 Sucks.” But it got me thinking, does it really? I look at my Mom and Uncle with admiration and hope that I still have many more happy years ahead.

At this age I have experienced so many things. I have seen many places in and outside of our beautiful country. I have met some awesome people who have taught me about life and love. My experiences are all things that I can share with my kids and grandkids. Hopefully the things they learn from me they can use throughout their lives.

One of my cousins who joined me in the 60’s club in April made an excellent point, he said, “It’s better to be over the hill then under it!” He is so right!

There is still a lot of life to live and I plan on living it. Age really doesn’t matter. It’s the lives you touch and the love you share along the way that matters the most.‚̧

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Procedure Day!

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I blogged yesterday about my prep for my colonoscopy procedure which was scheduled for today.

I had to get up at the crack of dawn this morning for my 7:30am appointment. It wasn’t easy to do considering I was up half the night making bathroom runs from the previous days prep. Since I have diabetes, the doctor wanted me scheduled as early as possible this morning.

When we arrived at the office there were already a few people ahead of me. However, I was the first patient for my doctor so I went right in.

I was given a gown and socks to change into. A nurse named Valerie took my vitals and medical information. I was hooked up to a heart monitor and a cuff was placed on my arm to monitor my blood pressure. Soon after a line was placed in my arm for my anesthesia. I laughed with the nurses as they were all joking about the judges they liked and didn’t like on the T.V. show The Voice. My favorite judge is Blake Shelton of courseūüėč

It was finally my turn to go in the procedure room. A pretty nurse and a very handsome anesthesiologist wheeled me back to the room. A few more questions were asked before the doctor came in. When he came in, he asked me if I enjoyed the delicious prep! We both laughed. He told me if I didn’t have any questions for him then it was time for my nap. As I wandered off to sleep, I was facing a T.V. Monitor. The staff was talking about the news of the day and the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Toward the end of the procedure I must have woken up prematurely. The anesthesiologist asked if I was okay and if I wanted more medication. I felt fine so I told him no. I then realized that on the T.V. monitor I saw before I fell asleep was now showing my procedure. I had the rare benefit of seeing my colon up close and personalūüė∑

Just like that, it was over. The doctor said everything looked good. Thankfully, no polyps. I don’t have to go back for another seven years.

Some of the patients around me weren’t as lucky. They had polyps and needed to have biopsies done. I pray for them.

The nurse that took care of me in recovery was very sweet. She had five grandchildren like me. We had a lot to talk about, compared notes as I sipped my apple juice and ate my cookies.

Although the prep isn’t pleasant, it is well worth getting it done. It could just save your life. Better yet, you could get a clean bill-of-health and go out and enjoy your life. If your over 50 and haven’t had it done yet, do it!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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The Wait is Over!

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Two weeks ago I went for my annual mammogram. For what ever the reason, I just had a feeling that something wasn’t right.¬† I hadn’t felt a lump or anything, just a feeling.¬† I left the radiology group glad the testing was over, but I had a nagging feeling that I was going to be called back.

Sure enough, last week my doctor called and told me that the mammogram I had was inconclusive and I would have to go back and have it repeated.  The appointment was scheduled for today.  I had a whole week to wait and wonder what the results might be.  Of course you always think the worst.

Having had a very good friend of mine diagnosed last year with breast cancer and seeing all she had gone through to get to where she is today (which is an extremely good outcome!) I couldn’t help but worry.

I have been diabetic now for over forty years and dealing with that is a full time job.  I have been very fortunate with my health thus far, with no complications. However, adding something like cancer to the mix might be a little tricky.

I say my prayers every night, I usually pray for my family and other people who I know need some help,¬†but I had to ask for God’s help with this one.¬† I just needed him to get me through the week leading up to¬†my test today.¬† I prayed that¬†the test would prove to be negative¬†so that I would be able to still do the things I do today with my grandkids. I wanted to make sure I would be able to travel to see my grandkids whom live¬†out-of-state and I wanted to be healthy when our new grandson is born in June.¬†You know, all the crazy things that run through your mind.

When I walked in and the technician told me that they needed to get a better picture, so she was using a smaller paddle for this test. She took a few pictures then said I could have a seat in the waiting area while she brought the pictures to the radiologist for review.¬† A short while later she came back and said I didn’t need any further mammogram pictures, but I needed an ultrasound.¬† The nerves really kicked up a notch.¬† My husband was out in the main waiting room and of course had no idea what was going on.

The ultrasound technician came and got me.  She took more pictures and said she would take them to show the radiologist and she would come in to talk to me.  I prayed really hard at that point.

The technician came back with the radiologist as promised.  She was very sweet and told me that the reason they brought me back was because they thought they saw a nodule.  She said what she saw is a small cyst and I had nothing to worry about.  Be sure to come back for your exam next year!  I was so happy at that moment and grateful for her explanation.  I thanked her and God for answering my prayers!

My husband could see my smile when I walked into the waiting area where he sat.¬† He knew I was okay and was relieved when I told him what the radiologist had said.¬† I let my Mom and my kids all know so they didn’t have to worry any longer.

I know that these tests are scary, but I know how important they are.¬† I guess I am sharing this so if there is anyone out there who is putting off going for their mammography…don’t put it off.¬† It’s better to know then not knowing.

Next appointment…scheduling my colonoscopy! Yippee!

 

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Stormy Weather

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It was a dreary day here in New Jersey today, but I had no idea that in the Midwest they were experiencing such devastating storms.

When my husband and I got home from doing some errands, we turned on the news only to see breaking news reports on what was happening in the states throughout the Midwest. Several people had already lost their lives and many were injured in Illinois and the surrounding area. The storms were heading towards Ohio where our son and his family live.

We called them immediately to see if they were in any danger. They were bunkered down in the basement. The tornado sirens had just gone off. However, they weren’t expected to have a tornado, just very heavy winds and rain. Their lights had flickered on and off several times. They were prepared with candles and flashlights just in case the lights went out.

The two youngest of our three grandchildren that live there thought it was fun. They were laughing and playing having no idea what could be happening outside. Their parents were playing with them and trying to make light of the situation. Our son works nights as a police officer, but thankfully tonight he was off and able to be with his family.

I remember how scary it was last year when we experienced hurricane Sandy. Although we were all nervous, we tried to keep things as normal as possible for our grandchildren here while we lived for a time with no power or water.

My heart goes out to the families here who have loved ones in the Philippines. It’s so hard to see what they are experiencing and not being close enough to help and provide support.

A few minutes ago our son and daughter-in-law sent us the “All Clear” message we were hoping for. I pray that the families here receive that same message soon from their loved ones in the Philippines.

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Why I’m Thankful

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As I’ve told you before, we are fortunate enough to have five beautiful grandchildren. Two of them live local to us and we get to spend a lot of time with them. Before Halloween I got to bake cookies with our grandson Garrett (3 1/2). He listened very carefully to my instructions with measuring the ingredients. He helped me mix the batter for our cupcakes and waited patiently for the cupcakes to be ready. I put on the icing and Garrett decorated with sprinkles. I ‘m not sure how many sprinkles actually made it on the cupcakes, but we had fun. His little sister Zoey (19 months) was taking a nap while all this was going on, but she got to taste test a cupcake when she woke up. Next year she will get to help too.

Our other three grandchildren, Emma, Oliver and Olivia live 600 miles away.
That night we received a bunch of pictures via text of them decorating rice crispy treats for Halloween. Our oldest granddaughter (9 years) was helping her twin brother and sister (17 months) with the decorating. Her Mom said she had such patience with them.

We saw pictures of them eating the tubes of icing and laughing with each other. Quite like Garrett and the sprinkles, occasionally they got some icing on the cookies. I shared the pictures with Garrett and he giggled as he looked at the pictures of his cousins.

I am thankful that we live in a time where even though we are so far away from our family, we can still participate in their lives thanks to modern technology. We have so many options available to us for communicating. We can text, Skype, use Face Time. We are fortunate to be living now. I often wonder what our ancestors did.

I look forward to our visits when we can all be together and we can do things with all our grandchildren at once. But I am grateful for the technology we have that will keep us forever together.