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Sanity may be on its way

Friday, June 20, 2014

I almost hate to jinx things, but it finally feels like a little sanity may be coming my way. My phone rang at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning (nearly two weeks ago). Mike was already up and came in to see what the call was about. It was the hospital calling to say my mom had been brought in by ambulance at 3:30 a.m. with another anxiety attack – she had gone in with one just two days before. He lay down beside me, and I told him that he was my sanity these days, but then I said “No, Sandy (a dear friend) is my sanity.” We both laughed, and I at least knew I still have my humor. Sandy of course thought it was hysterical!
Here is a synopsis of the past few weeks: Mom has had two attacks requiring rides in the ambulance, my sister and I have brought her to three psychologist, and one general practitioner appointments; Mike’s mom fell and it was thought she had another mild stroke – turned out to be a brain tumor (most of it was removed). She will be in rehab for a month and then will require radiation – not sure she will be able to return to her home (lots of family squabbles over this); a friend being re-diagnosed with cancer while another continues to wage her battle with the disease as well; I finally got a handle on the accounting at work and interviews are being held next week for an accountant; two dinner meetings I had to organize already this week, and a tour coming through Saturday; no internet at work today (yesterday) so playing catch up today; roof still not finished and had some water coming in during the excessive rain this past weekend; trying to keep up with chores at home. Sleeping has been off and on due to my mind being unable to shut off.
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It is times like this that I am grateful for my sense of humor, and that those around me share in it. Laughter really can be the best medicine when times get tough. It also helps that I have some amazing people around me, and we can help each keep moving forward.

When we went to visit Mike’s mom in the hospital, we also did some shopping at a few thrift and antique stores, went out to dinner at a historic pub and took a quick pass by Lake Superior. It was pretty chilly so didn’t stay long at the lake. We took a new route to Duluth, and it was a beautiful drive.

Lake Superior on a chilly June day

Vietnam Memorial on the shores of Lake Superior.

I have been trying to get some gardening done between work, family issues rain and a zillion mosquitoes. Hopefully there will be some extra time this weekend to get more done outside. I love looking around and seeing flowers opening up and so much green. It has been many years since Northern Minnesota has been so lush. Driving around it sometimes feels like I am somewhere else, and then remember this is how it looked when I was younger. Everyone has been commenting about it.

Lilacs outside of my office building.

My cement duck and pond surrounded by lots of green.

Bleeding hearts in my front yard.

Tomorrow my family will be getting together to spend time with my niece and her daughter, who are visiting from Ohio for a few days. Her hubby couldn’t make it, but it will be great seeing the girls. Monday my brother and his new wife will be here, and I can finally give them the wedding photo album I put together for them. Hoping that having all this family around will boost my mom up. I talked to her last night and she does seem to be coming out of the anxiety fog she has been in the past five or so years. I think the new psychologist is going to make a big difference.

I sure hope the weather cooperates this weekend so I can get outside and do some more yard and garden work, and maybe take a long walk with Mike and the dogs. Also want to have a little mom and son time with my youngest.

May your weekend be full of fun and sunshine!
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  • TERRY631
    Oh my goodness, Leanne! You sure have had your hands full (and overflowing)! Keeping good thoughts for both of your moms and your friends, and wishing them all good health. Hang in there and sending hugs.

    1371 days ago
  • OTEN36
    I sure hope things calm down for you and your family members Girlfriend.
    You do have your plate full and I'm glad Mike is there for you.
    Some good Garden time will set your nerves right.
    I'm keeping you in my prayers and we will get together soon.
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    1371 days ago
    You have so many issues going on with other people in your family and you seem to deal with it so well!
    Always keep your humor, it really helps me in bad times when I can laugh too.

    Big emoticon Leanne!

    1371 days ago
    Well, at least it's not snowing...

    I know life seems to be handing you a big ol' dose of challenge, but you are tougher than this. Have you ever found yourself on "Easy Street?" I suspect, if that place even exists, most of us would be bored.


    Don't worry about sanity finding you, worry abut sanity being able to keep up with you!!

    1372 days ago
  • DEE107
    hugs and take care of you too
    1372 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    So sorry to hear the news of both mothers, prayers that both will have a healthy recovery. Having a good sense of humor really is good medicine when stressful times are present. Glad to hear the northern part of Mn is lush and green. Now if the rain settles down we will have a great summer. Hoping you get as much accomplished his weekend as you have plan. Have a great weekend.
    1372 days ago
    Leanne I am so glad things are looking up my friend. Prayers for your Mom. Anxiety attacks are no fun.
    Love your garden and always love your humour.
    1372 days ago
    Sending prayers for both moms and hoping for speedy recoveries.
    Family issues of any kind are so very stressful and draining.

    Having your head on straight, seeing the good in things, and of course a healthy sense of good humor are so very helpful when the going gets tough. So are good and supportive people. Your Sandy and Mike are my Gisela and Marty :) Wouldn't know what to do without either one of them.

    Hope your weekend is wonderful!
    1372 days ago
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