#CTST – I NEED THIS NOW

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

I’m not kidding when I said I need this now. I know it’s after 1:30 AM Saturday here on the east coast, but it is still Friday in the other parts of the country. Hope that counts.🙂

I haven’t had a good couple weeks, with moving/ management company issues, pain, and getting my medical insurance squared away for NY, among other things. I’ll leave it at that because I want to talk about the good things – the small things that have made the past couple of weeks tolerable.

My daughter is 29-years-old today, and I called just after midnight. She was just getting off her EMS shift when I called (half-night for the birthday girl). Her comment to me was ‘This is my last year in my 20’s; once 30 hits, I have to get my shit together.” Umm,  I couldn’t be prouder of her or my son-in-law if I tried. They both work hard, Mandy has her EMT now, so she has her day job and Friday and Saturday nights on the ambulance. 

I’m celebrating having a chance to see Doctor Strange with Vi and the family. It was awesome, and I am completely obsessed with Marvel now. 

Vi has gone above & beyond helping get things out of the cottage and bringing them to the house. 

We went out to eat at an awesome Indian restaurant called Saffron. It’s my second time there and I love the food! You can just call me Ms. Chicken Tikka Masala. Yum. 

One of the other things that have been making me laugh and/or smile are the Obama/Biden memes. O.o 

And always the best, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! 

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

#CTST – A LOT TO CELEBRATE

Hey, everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAIN.  Post anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

Make sure to thank everyone for the great job they do!

It’s been a crazy busy past few weeks. I’m still in the middle of moving from my old cottage to New York. My daughter and son-in-law went to the house about a week and a half ago to start the packing process. Most of it is done, and my friend and I have been taking drives back and forth to bring stuff to NY that’s not going into storage.

Even though I had some pain, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Scareoke event my friend Bibi held at Casa Nova. I took a pain med and muscle relaxer before we went. I was a circus ringmaster. I sang Monster Mash with a new friend, and with a group sang Over at the Frankenstein Place and Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Good times!

I made a few new friends and am so excited. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed myself with so many great people. Here are a couple of photos.

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Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

AN UPDATE

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I posted any real updates on my condition. Way back, I started blogging about my journey through the bleed and subsequent stroke. If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you know that I had to overcome a lot to get to where I am now.

Here is a brief refresher for those who are recent followers and don’t know much about my history. On November 20, 2011, I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage secondary to a ruptured aneurysm in my brain. I had brain surgery on the 22nd and suffered an ischemic stroke during the surgery.

While in Neuro ICU, I suffered seizures, TTP, and had to be intubated several times. The left side of my body was dead weight for nearly a month, I had to relearn how to speak, and spent almost another month at inpatient rehabilitation at Good Shepherd in Allentown, PA.

By the time I left Good Shepherd, I was walking with a walker. In May 2012, I graduated to a cane. Less than a year later, I was walking on my own (except during bad weather, which I still do).

My speech is near normal, except when I’m overwhelmed or stressed, in which case I tend to stutter. Loud, unexpected noises tend to send me into a bit of a frenzy until I calm down. I recently sang for the first time at a karaoke gig my friend Vivian K-jayed for. The link is on one of my Celebrate the Small Things posts.

I suffered a few seizures since the bleed, but as of last summer, I was cleared to drive again by my neurologist. Finding the courage to do so again is the hard part.

I’ve had two hospitalizations since then, the most recent this past March, secondary to a fall at home. I bought three weeks in the hospital. My medications since 2011 have been cut by nearly half, including the seizure meds. My biggest hurdles to overcome now are the depression and anxiety.

Overall, I’ve come a long way in my recovery. Next on my agenda is to seek permission from my doctors to work a simple part-time job until I can handle more.

 

 

 

IWSG – GETTING INVOLVED

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

I’ve been lax when it comes to posting pertinent stroke info and recovery progress on the blog for months now. With everything going on in life, it’s been difficult to stay true to the purpose of this blog. I’m going to buckle down and get cracking again. This is a passion of mine and I’ve let it go astray.

I heard my followers from months ago when they wanted my input on articles and books I’ve read on stroke, wellness, spirituality, and chronic conditions and pain. It’s now on the top of my to-do list. Once I’m done with the upcoming move, expect to see me deliver.

Any advice or requests on a particular subject are welcome.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.

 

 

 

 

 

#CTST – BUCKET LIST BREAKTHROUGH

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

 I’m still enjoying time with good friends in NY. Aside from an occasional bad pain day, I’ve been having a blast!

I’m celebrating that and the fact that I scratched another to-do off my bucket list. Although I can’t sing, I decided to participate in a karaoke event that my ride or die girl, Vivian held last week. She’s an amazing K-jay, and she knew I wanted to perform a song forever. Considering how lucky I am to have my voice back after the bleed, I felt this needed to be done.🙂 What better way to celebrate than actually using it? Vivi’s Karaoke Krew was the absolute best and calmed my fears. They even sang along with me! I sang my late mother’s favorite ’80s song: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), by the Eurythmics.

The file was too large to download, but if you want to hear some of it, here’s the link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8utABaMsydScTZaVHJKMHBXQTg/view?usp=drivesdk .

Hopefully, your ears won’t bleed!😀

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

#CTST – A FABULOUS SUMMER

Hey, everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog. I know it’s been a while for me, but I spent the past month actually enjoying my summer (for the most part).

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

 I’ve had a lot to celebrate over the past several weeks. My depression has been almost non-existent since I spent a good portion of the summer between the homes of my daughter and son-in-law, my friend Luis, and my friends Vivian and Alan (who just celebrated 25 years of marriage!) I was one of the witnesses at their civil ceremony all those years ago, and was thrilled to share in their anniversary festivities.

The party happened to fall on my birthday, so not only did I get a shout out at the party, but Vivi and Alan took me to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst the following week as a birthday gift. Loved it!

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Vivi, Alan, & me at their anniversary party

Al photobombing my selfie

Alan photo bombing my selfie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved this place!

I loved this place!

 

Throwback before I got sick. South Beach 2007. Me and Vivian

Throwback before I got sick. South Beach 2007. Me and Vivian

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also finished my review of Lexa’s soon to be released book, Bloodwalker – and it was amazing! Creepy, thrilling, engrossing, you name it. You can read the review I left on my other blog lilicasplace .

I’m heading out this weekend again, but I’m taking my computer with me, so I’ll try doing better with my postings. Don’t know when I’ll be home, but I’ve got a lot of cool plans. Stay tuned!

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week or this summer? I need to catch up!  :)

 

 

 

IWSG – END OF SUMMER

Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

Our awesome co-hosts today are C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

Don’t forget to stop by and thank them for working hard this month!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s basically come and gone. My friends’ kids are all going back to school, the weather is slowly starting to change, and even some of the leaves my way are starting to fall.

Aside from a few bumps in the road, summer was nice. I enjoyed quality time with my daughter and son-in-law, close friends, and even got away from the house a couple of times for a few weeks. As a matter of fact, I’ll be leaving again this weekend for another after Labor Day, summer nearly ending getaway.🙂

I’m taking my laptop with me so I can try keeping up with stuff I’ve been falling behind on. I’m looking forward to a happy autumn and harvest season – my favorite time of year, followed by spring.😉

Now that summer’s almost over, do you have any special plans to welcome autumn? (I’m already thinking towards Halloween!) Smh.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.