Monday, July 25, 2011

Reality Check

Sorry followers that I haven't posted lately but the past few weeks have been
a reality check in my life.
We all get up every day and go about our daily lives
of going to work or doing every day chores of dishes, washing, vacuum etc. Then
one day the unexpected turns in life appear in your life which shakes you up.
Recently I found out that my brother-in-law has lung cancer and the outlook doesn't look good.
This man is such quiet polite man that has provided for his
family all his life while working in a harsh environment that may have contributed to his failing health. He never has said a negative word towards anyone. He has been such a good father figure to his 3 children. He has enjoyed many trips to Wendover to just enjoy plopping a few chips on the tables and a few coins in the slot machines. It is just hard to believe that he has been dealt these cards in life
when this is such a quiet unique humble man who loves everyone.

Then..... a week ago while preparing to go to Idaho on our vacation to build a
shed on our place I got a unexpected trip to the ER the night before leaving.
It is hard to talk about this but I hope people will learn from my mistake.

I suffer from diverticulitis (which I found out last year when I had a colonoscopy).
I have never had one moment of pain or problems from this problem until around
5 pm one night while taking a bathroom break and started having alot of rectal bleeding which scared the daylights out of me. So it happened that Scott was in
the kitchen which I yelled at him that I needed to go to the ER. The last time I was in the hospital was in 1985 when I had Shauna, so this was new to me and I
was scared out of my wit's of what was happening to me. To make the story short, I ended up losing alot of blood (real close to having a transfusion) but luckly it started healing on its own but also during the colonoscopy they actually found the ruptured area and clamped it off. So after 2 days in the hospital I got to come home with orders that I was good as new but to add lots of fiber to my diet. Which my diet hardly contained any fiber in it before which is sad to say but I am going to be more conscious of eating more fruits and vegetables now.
Avoid foods that is hard to digest like corn, nuts, popcorn hulls, sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. That must be true because I hardly ever eat nuts and the last month I have ate pistachio, cashews and peanuts then I ever have.

You get diverticulitis as we age unfortunately. If you eat more fiber the less likely you will get it and have any symptoms of it. I just turned 53 two days after getting out of the hospital.....and yes today I feel 53. I still get tired and weak from the loss of the blood and that it will take 30 days to get back on my
feet. That is how long it takes for our bodies to make a new red blood cell.

I did end up going to Island Park for my birthday, I figured I can recover in a recliner under a few pine trees better then at home on the couch. This way I can enjoy the cooler weather, mosquito's, and the birds singing in the trees.

I am back home to the every day chores of washing, watering the lawn, etc. I
do feel better but still get tired at times but I have also learned that I need to start taking better care of myself as well as I do the other members of my family.

I hope to start posting my money saving finds as well as any tid bits of info I think you'd be interested in.

and to those living in Utah.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY UTAH!!!

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