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Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Spending a quiet Christmas Eve with the husband. WE plan on opening gifts tonight after enjoying a nice meal. emoticon Our BIG celebration will be tomorrow at the daughter's place. She wants us there bright and early as she only has her son for the first half of the day. Dan and her are doing Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and DH and I will bring the pies... Pumpkin and Apple Pecan. YUM! Okay, it's only 1 day and I have learned NOT to go overboard thankfully!

My knee is feeling much improved from my fall a few weeks ago so I plan on walking this weekend very carefully. emoticon My next weigh in will be next Tuesday and on Wednesday I have a Kidney Ultrasound, Chest X-ray and Lab work to do, courtesy of the Transplant Teams. This will begin 2 months of testing for Transplant. Oh boy! emoticon

I don't know what 2015 will hold for me but I hope n pray it's something good. Hanging in there one day at a time! Merry Christmas Sparkies!!! Enjoy!!!!
Thank you for all the love and support you have given to me, this year especially. It means the world to me!!

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LUCYCAN7 12/24/2014 7:18PM

  Merry Christmas Sallie to you and your family!Praying 2015 will be a year of
total blessings for you,God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 12/24/2014 3:59PM

    Merry Christmas Sallie to you and your family. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/24/2014 3:32PM

    Merry Christmas Sallie. Wishing you a blessed, wonderful Christmas Holiday and have a super time at your daughter's home.

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What Do You Do?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Just out of curiosity: Do you wrap or not wrap stocking stuffers? I use to wrap each and every thing but now I don't. I now figure the stocking is the wrapping. Perhaps I am just getting lazier. emoticon Anyway I am now wondering, what do others do?

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LKWQUILTER 12/23/2014 10:12PM

    We never wrapped stocking stuffers. Now our grand daughters are grown or almost grown so don't have stockings. Hope to have at least 1 next year if we get our first great grand baby sometime in 2015.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/23/2014 8:42PM

    Our traditions have never wrapped the stocking gifts.

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RURAL3 12/23/2014 8:20PM

    never wrap stocking stuffers emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2014 5:57PM

    I am with you-- the stocking does it all!

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JILLY814 12/23/2014 4:42PM

    I wrap some things but others I don't. I'll wrap little gifts but not hair ties and oddly shaped items.

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AJB121299 12/23/2014 4:30PM

    neither--did not wrap Chanukah gifts this year

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BARCELONAME 12/23/2014 4:28PM

  I am not wrapping the stocking goodies.

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My Daughter Graduates

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My daughter graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nursing School on Saturday. Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into the last 15 months but she made it. We are so proud of her. Here are some highlights:

My daughter, second from the left and 20 other graduates.

My grandson pinning his mom with her nursing pin. Quite the moment!

The lamp lighting and pledge

Me, the daughter, my husband and Peanut

Dan her long time boyfriend, the daughter and grandson.

Even her ex husband with his new family showed up

The awesome cake Dan had made for my daughter in honor of the day.

Some treats she received. The big arrangement is from her dad and I. The
small one from her son. The gift card and ornament from her ex. The cake
from Dan.

In other news, I have receive my appt to meet my UNC Transplant Surgeon. It will be on March 5th. This next year MAY turn out to be a much bigger year than I originally thought. My husband has volunteered to give me his kidney. emoticon He has already passed the initial consultation with the transplant team and has sent back his paper work so the ball is rolling. He has to go through some medical testing and than a lot of blood work. Since he wont be a perfect blood match ( donors don't need to be these days) they say he still must meet other criteria to allow me to accept it. So we will see. He is a bit nervous but says he wants to help in anyway he can. He says what made the decision easy for him was when he heard from the transplant team that a live donor is better for me altogether than a deceased donor would be even if not a perfect match. I'm not so sure as to how I feel about him doing this but I don't have much in the way of choices these days. I still have a long way to go so we will see what happens in the coming months. If it is meant to be it will happen.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy, but stay the course. emoticon My plan is doing well. So far so good.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2014 3:16PM

    oH my gosh, congratulations to your DD. Awesome.

Hmmmm . . . I would be thrilled to have a donor, but that's just my opinion, and I am not emotionally attached to the situation as you are! Good luck.

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LINDA! 12/23/2014 2:54PM

    What a lovely daughter! She is smart as well. emoticon I love the photos and so happy for her and your family. I hope all goes well and your hubby can use his kidney for your transplant.

Merry Christmas! emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 12/23/2014 12:22PM

  Proud Family indeed!True love your DH giving you one of his kidneys,Sallie
TRUE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!!Thanks for sharing your family with us.
Hope you and your Family have a very Merry Christmas.Hugs and Blessings. emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/23/2014 12:04PM

    I am just picking myself up off the floor after reading that DH wants to be your kidney donor. Wow. Speechless.

Congrats to your whole family on pulling together to face anything that gets thrown at you, and come out as winners. This was wonderful to see and I loved all the pictures.

(And am I the only person who notices how much Dan looks like the ex? Wow - I did a double-take!)

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/23/2014 7:22AM

    Congratulations to everyone! Great pictures!!!

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LKWQUILTER 12/23/2014 6:12AM

    Great pictures Sallie. I know you are a proud mama of your daughter's accomplishment. I know how hard it is to go back to school with children and completing a program. Great news about the transplant appointment too and even the fact that hubby is will to donate a kidney for you. (((HUGS)))

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COFFEEMUG2009 12/23/2014 6:05AM

    great pictures emoticon

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Last Day Of Nursing School For tthe Daughter

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today marks my daughter Lindsay's last day in Nursing School. Congrats to her and to the rest of South College's Nursing Class of 2014! It's been a long, tough 15 months (Accelerated Program) but she met this challenge head on like she does everything else in her life. On Saturday she will graduate Summa Cum Laude. Her dad and I are so very proud of our RN! We can't wait to celebrate with her and Peanut this weekend!! Well done Lindsay! Love you always & forever.

My daughter.

Nursing Class of 2014.

Cookies made by a fellow nursing student in celebration of graduation!

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LKWQUILTER 12/18/2014 8:15PM

    Congratulations to Lindsay. I know you are so proud of her accomplishment.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/18/2014 9:07AM

    She has really come a long way!

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RURAL3 12/17/2014 10:19PM

    emoticon to Lindsay and to you Sallie for helping her get through it both with finances and personal help with your peanut. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 8:14PM

    Many congratulations to your DD AND you. That's awesome. Being a nurse, I know how difficult it is but sooooooo worthwhile!

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LUCYCAN7 12/17/2014 7:41PM

  emoticon SALLIE,PROUD MOM emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCFITZ2 12/17/2014 7:27PM

    Know you are so proud of her. Congratulations to you and your husband in raising her to believe in herself. emoticon

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No Fistula For Me!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Well, NO Fistula for me! My veins are way too small to support one in either arm. So it looks like an AV graft is in store for me instead. An arteriovenous (AV) graft is a man-made tube that is inserted into your arm to connect an artery to a vein. It will be a bit more intensive, surgery wise, but it will do what they need it to do. It is permanent. Have tube, will travel! emoticon The best part is I can wait until the time I am about to go on Dialysis to get it done. So I will be sitting here just chillin emoticon until my Kidney doc tells me, it's time!

At least now I understand why my Lab ladies have such a time with me when it comes to blood draws. Well, at least something on me is small. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 12/17/2014 2:13AM

    My son has a graft. I am his care partner for home hemodialysis. He did not realize how bad he felt before until he started getting better filtration of waste products and removal of fluid. Best wishes. You can do this. Are you exploring transplant?

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BBORDEN86 12/16/2014 7:13AM

    Awesome news! Would be even better if you didn't need the graft either. Praying for you!!

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LUCYCAN7 12/15/2014 9:55PM

  PRAYERS,HUGS AND BLESSINGS emoticon emoticon

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BARB4HEALTH 12/15/2014 8:38PM

    Blessings to you!

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LKWQUILTER 12/15/2014 6:10PM

    That is good news Sallie. Maybe you kidneys will start working/work better again. There is always the chance of a miracle. Keep that positive attitude. (((HUGS)))

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DONNA_W 12/15/2014 4:51PM

    You have a great attitude!!


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RURAL3 12/15/2014 4:35PM

    God has a plan. He knows all and sees all.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 2:20PM

    Good luck!

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