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Counting my blessings: One year post

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A year ago, my husband was in a wild cyclone of health issues and drama, having suffered a cardiac arrest after his ankle surgery, followed by punctured lung, cracked ribs, blood clots, infections, fever and more. When he finally got home in September, we thought we were on the mend, only to have him develop encephalitis in late October, then he fell over his own feet in January and broke his arm.

I am blessed.
He is alive and well.
He is off the blood clot medication, off the antiseizure medicine from the encephalitis, and all the other sundry of things.
He is walking, talking, driving, arguing, debating (not with me), and I am blessed.
So is he.
I just wanted to devote this blog to this blessing.
I am grateful.

Enjoy and spend time with your spouse and children, family and good friends. Life is short, and you never know when things can change.
Aim for better health, better eating, exercise.

Getting healthy is my job.
It needs to be more than a job, it needs to be a way of life.

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BESSHAILE 8/16/2014 8:02AM

    Oh how blessed you are. I'm so glad you came out on the other side of that deep valley together!

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LINTPICKER 8/8/2014 8:05AM

    A blessing for sure!

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_LINDA 8/6/2014 2:28PM

    So glad your husband is finally over his trials! LOVE that photo -great one!
Will be spending a whole eight days with my sister and her adult child, the first time I will have spent any time with her since she got married. I am grateful for the opportunity!

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FROSTY99 8/6/2014 2:11PM

    Amen to that. Tomorrow is promised to no one so we should all be sure to let our loved ones know how much we love and appreciate them.

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    G-d is Good! emoticon

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~

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ALICIA214 8/6/2014 12:05PM


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4ANEWME2DAY 8/6/2014 12:00PM

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BLUECAFE 8/6/2014 11:53AM

    emoticon God is good indeed!

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Fleece and Streaks and Goals (63 Day Streak!)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Since God answered the prayer regarding the job fleece, and I have about 2 weeks to get used to getting to bed earlier, and up earlier, I figure God must know I can handle it.

I have logged on SparkPeople every day for 63 days! That is my first huge streak since before my back surgery. It is a beginning. Now I need to add to to that goals.

Earlier to bed.
Earlier to rise.
More sleep.
Add better exercise besides walking to the mix.
Increase walking.
Aim for better health and well-being, and weight loss should result.

There. It has been said.
Now to do it.

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_LINDA 8/3/2014 1:51AM

    emoticon on the job and streak! One success in one goal quite often leads to another!
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CIERAPOET 8/3/2014 1:37AM

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emoticon on the new job. Great goals. You can do it. You have that strength in you. May you enjoy a wonderful and satisfying August!

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    Great job on the streak! Weight loss will follow.

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LINTPICKER 8/2/2014 3:11PM

    the hard part, putting the plan into action! but I know you can do this!! God walks with you!

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FROSTY99 8/2/2014 1:22PM

    emoticon I had to do that when I filled in for a month-I had not worked in several years, but I got up at 6 am to walk so I could be at work by 8 and I went to bed no later than 10 so I could get up by 6. It actually felt good doing it so I know you can make these changes.

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So Excited!

Monday, July 28, 2014

That is all I can say.
I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaking for a five minute devotional, and leading a fireside prayer in commemoration of 9-11.
I am looking forward to it, as I haven't gone up to camp since before my back injury in 2009.

Second Wow.

I GOT the JOB!
I begin Monday August 18 full time in my department as an audio proofer, AND will be allowed work with the acquisitions part time during my work day when they have need of my skills.
and benefits.
health insurance.
vacation days.
God is good.
This is a challenge. I prayed for God to not open the door if it was not right.
Here I go!

Third Wow!!!
This is the week, last year, that I nearly lost my dear sweet husband when he suffered a cardiac arrest following his ankle fusion on 7-31-13. He is doing well. He is driving, even without me, and has had some medications reduced. He is retired now (he is 13 years my senior), so he is doing a great job picking up the slack around the house since we traded working. He makes supper and loves to cook, he makes sure I get up, and will work at getting me to bed on time, and coerce me to get better sleep I am sure.
I am grateful for Ron, his life, his healing, his ability to walk, talk and be with me.
I give thanks in all things.

I have also had a good week at increasing my walking.
Time to relax for the night.

Me trying on hats for the fun of it a few weeks ago.

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BESSHAILE 8/2/2014 8:27AM

    Oh what a happy blog. How well I know the joy of having a post-heart attack husband thriving in the house. Sigh. Yes. God is so good it's staggering.

I'm so happy too - about the job! woo woo. oh yes. and the vacation. :D

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TUBLADY 7/29/2014 4:31AM

    Wonderful GOOD news all around.
Glad all is well with Ron,
have fun on your retreat.
Good luck in the fab new job.
God is good. we just need to be positive and have faith.
Take care.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 7/28/2014 11:33PM

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Loved, loved, LOVED to hear all this wonderful, inspiring news! So glad you have your normal life back! Great Ron is doing so well! May you both get healthy and fit together!
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FROSTY99 7/28/2014 9:28PM

    Prayers answered. I am so thrilled for you. All comes to those who are patient and wait on the Lord's time!

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GEORGE815 7/28/2014 8:14PM

    Great bunch of Wows. Wow!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The last several days, I have consciously increasing my steps, and had a 6000, 7000, and two 5000 steps days.

My interview went well, followed up by another with my boss. Good things coming up on the horizon, but not in the place to say for sure yet. The fleece is definitely being responded too.

I have seen lots of answered prayer this week. I keep praying, and wait for the answers I have not received yet.

My husband went to the dr. this week, his cholesterol is up (no surprise), but his thyroid medication was too strong, so it has been reduced. I think that will help with his mood, memory, and sleep. Here's hoping, and praying.

Now, to go relax for the evening.

This picture was taken with my hubby in May. I am so grateful for his continuing recovery.

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JUNIAATROME 7/25/2014 4:57AM

    Congrats on the steps and being positive! There are good things in life and sometime the difficult parts are good too (though I admit, when one is in there it's hard to admit to that). All the best for that job, too!

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_LINDA 7/23/2014 1:44AM

    Looking great! Congrats on the step increase! So glad the vibes are good for the new job!

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NORASPAT 7/22/2014 11:58PM

    Good times ahead DEBORAH, well done. You have worked hard for this. Pat in Maine. emoticon

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 10:00PM

    Wonderful!! God is good!

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FROSTY99 7/22/2014 8:15PM

    Happy looking couple emoticon After last year, you both have lots to smile about!! Glad things are turning around-prayers continue for you both.

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THEEXERCISER 7/22/2014 7:33PM

    Whoo hoo great

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More walking

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It started out relatively cool this morning at 59 degrees, but warmed up. After being out in the shaded sunshine, and walking around a lot, I had it after about 4 hours at the book sale under the canopy. Hot, tired, headachy.

We started the day with fasting bloodwork before heading out to the library book sale. We splurged and had Starbucks. I had a hot latte with a toasted bagel and cream cheese. One of the few things that has no eggs.

Outside at the sale I drank lots of water, and moved my body, and sweated lots. I also spent about $20 at the book sale. Typical. I bought a couple of DVD's, and some (gasp) audiobooks (as though I don't get enough), a map of Paris, a guidebook to London, and a DK pictorial of Paris. Fun!

Lunch ended up being a Wendy's baked potato and half a salad and a jr. Frosty. Ok, fat calories, but I burned a lot today.
Supper. simple - English muffin and a cup of decaf. Definitely not my normal day eating, or normal for moving around. Even though we picked up a few movies for tonight, I came home and crashed on the couch when I tried to watch the Lego movie with my 21 year old son (his choice of movies lol).

In all, it was another really good day.
Now on to another movie, now that I am awake, with my hubby.
Night all!

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LINTPICKER 7/22/2014 7:57AM

    Great exercise doing something fun!! WTG!!

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_LINDA 7/21/2014 12:41AM

    Running a sale is very tiring, especially on a hot day, shaded or not. You did well to last that long!
I just can't imagine watching the lego movie, what did your son think of it?
Hope you get a good and restful sleep!

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NORASPAT 7/19/2014 11:28PM

    Good day all round. I should go o the Lego movie. I had Lego in UK before it got to here. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 7/19/2014 8:12PM

    Sounds like a great day-active, fun and hubby time!

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