Sunday, April 21, 2013
Ok, so, I'm headed for surgery Tuesday morning - less than 48 hours away.
I'm nervous and tired, but really looking forward to having it over with. A positive attitude is important.
My friend, who had surgery 2 weeks ago, was finally released to an assisted care facility, after 11 days in the hospital, and she will remain there for the next month or so. She's got a very positive attitude and the doctors/nurses are very happy with her progress. Thank you for your positive energy!
I'll try to update after surgery, but I'm guessing there may be some painkillers involved, so if I say anything embarrassing, wait until I'm fully coherent to tease me about it.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
My friend had emergency surgery last week for a major internal infection. They worked on her for 5 solid hours. She's still in the hospital, though maintaining a very positive attitude, it looks like she'll be moved to assisted care soon, where she'll be hanging out for at least another month. I'm helping take care of her cat, mail, email, etc. while she's away from home.
My surgery is next week, so her sister is coming to help look after the house and cat while I recover. (Boy, what a pair we are!)
Here is my request. Her name is Karyl. If you wouldn't mind, please add her to your prayers, positive energy, warm thoughts, meditations, whatever you believe/practice. She's been through some wicked trauma in the last week, and a little extra oomph never hurt anybody.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Learning is something I love to do. Seriously, I'm just finishing my second semester of college at 28.
It's something I think I'm fairly good at.
HOWEVER, the lesson for today's blog is one that has taken me years to work on. I have to "study" this information every. single. day.
First, some rules:
I have been the CHAMPION of talking *ahem* 'crap' about myself. So, anyone who reads this blog entry, whenever it may happen, is NOT allowed to demean themselves, even just for 1 day. It takes time to break an ugly habit.
Here's a good guideline for getting rid of the negative way we talk to/about ourselves: (Yes, I talk to myself all the time.)
I read somewhere, in a brilliant book, that we should never say ANYTHING about ourselves that we wouldn't feel comfortable saying to a close friend.
Think about your best friend. Would you look them in the face and say, "You look really fat today." "God, you are so lazy." "How could you be this stupid?" or "Boy, are you worthless, or what?"
I wouldn't, and I'm guessing you wouldn't either. Sadly, I bet most of us have said these things to ourselves at some point.
Whether it's about today, or something in the past, we need to change our own minds.
I've never had a moment when abusing myself made anything better. Ever. It's an ugly cycle we don't have to perpetuate.
So, wherever you are, whenever you see this, remember this.
As I'm on the journey of learning to love myself, this has been a major truth for me.
If you start hearing those negative comments in your head, sit down and write down 5-10-20-50 things you love about yourself. Put them somewhere that you'll see them. They'll be a reminder of how awesome you are.
Repeat process as needed.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I may only be 28, but I've had a million chances to give up in my life. There's a long, ugly story behind that statement, but that's not the point I want to make here. There are days (yep, we've all had them) when our goals seem SO FAR AWAY, and we have that thought that it might just be easier to give up. Being unhappy or disappointed is never easy. Sometimes we forget that.
There are many days where I need to remind myself of the how, what, and why I am doing what I'm doing to get where I want to go.
I have this hanging on the wall in my bathroom:
So, here are a few things I'd like us all to remember on those particularly craptacular days when quitting sounds like not such a bad idea...
First of all...
I happen to have a life that I'm very happy with. I've worked my *ahem* off to get where I am right now. I want to have a healthy body so that I can enjoy all of the good things I've worked so hard for, for a nice long time to come.
This is my new motto. I think it's going up on the wall as well.
Oh yeah, and don't forget...
And one more thing before we go...
One Day At A Time, I can love myself enough to NEVER GIVE UP.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Ok, so a few of you know that I've been dealing with this freakin' sinus infection for about 3 months now. I've been to the doctor a ridiculous number of times, 3 solid rounds of antibiotics, nasal steroids, neti pots, oil pulling, mucinex, pseudoephedrine, vitamins, tea, herbs, apple cider vinegar...
You name it, I've tried it.
So, I FINALLY got in for a CT scan on Monday. Guess what - I need surgery.
My ENT showed me my scans and exactly what's wrong. Turns out I have what are called Paradoxic Curved Middle Turbinates, which basically means part of my sinuses on both sides grew in the opposite direction of where they were supposed to. They don't know why this happens, that's why it's a paradox.
We've all known I'm a bit bass ackwards, but now we have evidence! April 23rd, I'm going in and having part of them removed.
I know, you're all totally jealous.
The good news is that he doesn't have to break my nose. The bad news is that finals are the following week, so I'll be studying and testing while feeling like I've taken a bazooka to the face.
Now, I'm really nervous as I've never had any kind of surgery before. I'm not looking forward to the recovery period. I'll be working like a mad woman to get ahead on my homework so I can get that week's assignments turned in the weekend before, and I've already spoken to my Accounting professor about taking that week's exam 3 days early.
I'm RELIEVED that we've finally gotten to the bottom of this stupid battle. I'm looking forward to how much nicer it will be when I can breathe freely. I'm looking forward to the amount of money I'm going to save on doctor visits, prescriptions, OTC meds, etc.
Not gonna lie, all this thinking makes me want to take a nap...
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