Monthly Archives: February 2015

Celebrate the Small Things – Feb. 20, 2015

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and 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
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This week was busy and eventful. I have a few things to celebrate, actually. 😀

My physical therapy has been going so well that the distance has been lengthened from a half mile to a mile for my stationary bike and the weight has been increased for my leg presses on the body solid from one to two pounds.

I’m continuing to maintain the goals I’ve set for myself since the beginning of the year. That’s a biggie considering we’re almost going into March. Still working on the Blogging 101… Aye! LOL.

My rehab doctor appointment went really well and he discontinued my Butrans prescription and put me on a low dose prescription of Hydrocodone prn, which is good because I’ll only need to take them when the pain is really bad.

He also referred me to Speech Therapy again because we’ve noticed that I’ve been having word finding difficulties again, as well as some other issues. It’s good in the sense that I need it, but it’s bad in the sense that it’s going to be more co-pays that are going to be eating away at my already tight budget. I’m not complaining, though. Somehow, God always manages to help me find a way.

Best of all, I’m still here and blessed with some very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

1000 VOICES SPEAK for COMPASSION

I’m posting today about compassion. I heard about this through my dear blogger friend Rebecca Bradley, crime writer and author of Shallow Waters. Take a moment to visit the Facebook page for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion.

 

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Link your post to the FB page – Tweet with the hash-tag #1000Speak

 

I know a lot of compassionate people; I also know a few who don’t have much compassion at all.

Today is the day 1000 bloggers will post stories about sharing, caring, compassion, empathy, and triumph.

Updated: I just found out about their blog site here. Check it out also.

I always make it a habit to check the news online to see what’s going on in the world around me. I find myself drawn to stories that have happy endings because there’s so much strife and tragedy in the world as it is. Wouldn’t you agree?

Recently, a six-year-old autistic boy named Glenn Buratti from Osceola, Florida had a birthday party planned for him by his mother, Ashlee. She invited all 16 of his classmates from school to come. Even though she didn’t receive any RSVPs, she figured at least a few would come. Not a one did.

In her anger and hurt, she posted her feelings on a Facebook forum and news got around. Let’s just say, little Glenn wound up having the best birthday EVER!

Read about the story here.

Sometimes the smallest things you do for someone make all the difference in the world. You might not even realize it. Even using myself as an example: I appreciate every personal email, tweet or phone call that someone makes asking how I’m doing and feeling. I know that someone, somewhere is thinking of me and I’m not as alone as I sometimes feel I am.

Thanks for reading! Please check out their page to see how you can become more involved. Have a blessed day everyone! Hugs from me to you!

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge-This and That

 

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 11 because I can write about anything I want.

11. Free post day! — Write about anything on your mind today. Any topic that the series doesn’t cover, anything going on in your life related to disability, something you’re excited for, something you’re frustrated about. Since this is a free post day, I’m going to veer off the subject of disability and talk about some things I’m excited about and looking forward to. Today is Positive Post Day for me!! 😀

I’m enrolled in the WordPress Blogging 101 course this month and I’ve been happily poking and prodding around with my little widgets and gadgets. I’m planning to roll out a better looking blog by the end of the month. It’s a little more complicated than I thought it would be, but I’m getting there.

I’ve become more active in my Advocacy and Activism efforts, both on and offline. That’s a biggie for me. Not only am I advocating for Stroke Awareness, but other illnesses in general, as well as human and animal rights.

I’m really looking forward to starting the A-Z Challenge in April, which I’ll be doing from my other blog, lilicasplace. If anyone is interested in joining, click on the highlighted link above.

My editing of work that I’ve worked on over the past two years has been going really well. In addition, I’ve been doing a lot more reading and more book reviewing as well. This makes me very, very happy.   🙂

I don’t want to make this post overly long, but I just wanted to give you an idea of what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been looking forward to. My next post will be going back to disability related stuff.  😦

Until next time, have a great day everyone…

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – Feb. 13, 2015

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and 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
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This week my daughter Mandy and son-in-law Tony stopped by after their weekend anniversary getaway to see how I was. Tony cleaned the snow off my car and ran the engine for a bit while Mandy and I talked about how fabulous their weekend was.

My Physical Therapy has been kickin’ my rear but I had my evaluation on Wednesday and have improved on everything but lifting my left leg bent to the hip (I forgot what it’s called). I’ve been on course so far with everything I said I was going to accomplish for this year. I know it’s only the ninth, but still.   🙂

Finally getting a better hold of the Blogging 101 thing. I have a way to go still. Having some trouble with figuring out some of the stuff. Grr. If I didn’t have so much on my plate already, I’d be all over the Commons like a cheap suit.

Still on top of the goals I’ve set for myself since the beginning of the year! Woot!

Finally, I’m celebrating the fact that I’m still here, blessed with some very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – February 6, 2015

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and 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’s awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This week I’m celebrating

  • the fact I joined Blogging 101 so I can get a better handle on how to work WordPress

  • I’m maintaining the goals I set myself since the beginning of the year

  • Meditation has been helping me deal with stress and pain a little

  • Most importantly, I’m still here, blessed with very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Insecure Writers Support Group – Productivity and Progress

Hello fellow bloggers, writers, and wielders of the mighty pen. It is the first Wednesday of the month. We know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group. The purpose of this group is for writers of any kind 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.

This is also the place where we share each others good news too!

The awesome co-hosts for the February 4 posting of the IWSG will be Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

January was a productive month for me in terms of meeting the goals I’d set at the beginning of the year. Granted it’s only February, but this is good for me. I’m usually over my resolutions by mid-January. Yes, I confessed.

I started physical therapy again, began meditating, been doing my at-home exercise routines, and have managed to make all my doctor appointments except for one (which was beyond my control).

While getting all of that done, I still managed to make time to exceed my posting goals, organize my home office filing cabinet (I’m about halfway done), and have cleared out a good quarter of the items in my spare bedroom. Progress and Productivity, that’s what I was all about last month and that’s what I’m going to be all about this month.

In fact, I’ve added Blogging 101 to my list of February goals; I need to make time for that, too. I mean to increase my knowledge and expertise when it comes to managing my blog sites. I’m on a roll and don’t intend to stop.

If you get a chance, check out my other blog lilicasplace, where my #IWSG post will be about my new adventure.

What have you made progress on, if anything? Have you been able to keep up with the goals you’ve set for yourself at the beginning of the year? Answer me this: What are the Kar Grandes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge-Post 6

 

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 10.

  1. Does disability affect you in other ways? If so, how? I know I’ve mentioned most of the ways the brain hemorrhage and subsequent stroke affect me in some of my previous posts. Of course they affect me in ways big and small. Let me give you a few examples, some big (for me at least), and some small.

A couple of months ago I had an appointment with my neurologist and this was before I met the friend and neighbor who helps me now. As you probably know, I still don’t drive yet, so I called ahead for a taxi. Since I live in the sticks, it sometimes takes anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours for a cab to be available. I got lucky that day; the cab came early and I arrived over an hour before my appointment . . .

It’s raining, but I don’t feel like sitting in the waiting room for an hour and change. Across the street is the hospital and catty-corner to that by the intersection is a gas station with a convenience store. I forget what’s on the other corner. Anyway, I decide to hit the store for a cup of coffee and a buttered roll. I walk to the corner and cross the street when the light changes green. I have to cross again to get to the convenience store, but the light won’t change in my favor; at least I don’t think it does. It has the delayed green for left turn signal… I grow impatient after about 10 minutes of standing in the rain and run (gimp) across the two-way street as soon as I can. Not exactly the smartest thing to do, but at least a turning driver is kind enough to wave me ahead.

I head in to the store to the coffee station; I make a cup, and grab a buttered roll from a display. I pay. I step outside and it’s still raining, but I look around and realize I’m completely alone.

Photo courtesy of http://morguefile.com

Come on brain, work!

It’s only been a few days since the only person I really knew in PA, my ex, hauled it back to NJ and I’m here fending for myself. I’m okay with that, but the reality of that freedom finally hits me. I waited a long time for this. It’s overwhelming. I smile, but then I frown. Something doesn’t click.

I look around again and nothing seems familiar; confusion sets in. I don’t know where I am right now. I step off to the side, away from the door. I put my bag on the window ledge with shaky hands. I close my eyes and try to breathe, and think. The last thing I want is to have a panic attack in a strange place. In my mind I know I’m not crazy and something tells me I SHOULD know where I am. BREATHE, Eva. I’m leaning against the building now, trying to slow my racing heart.

After about two minutes, I’m calm enough to open my eyes. The rain is lighter; I look up and see the sign for the gas station. I look across the street. It’s a hospital, my hospital. I breathe a sigh of relief. I got this. I have an appointment today with Dr. H, my neurologist. I know exactly where I am. I pick up my bag, hold my head up, and make my way back to the doctor’s office. Though these occurrences are few and far between, they happen; they scare the crap out of me. These are a couple of the big things.

The first month was extremely difficult for me knowing that the only people I had in PA were my doctors and 911. God blessed me when he put a couple of new friends in my life. I’ve been able to come out of my shell more and my mind is clearer.

Sometimes the small things get to me sometimes too, but not as much. It would be nice to be able to get on a step stool again to change my curtains or reach a shelf without having to worry about doing a face plant to the floor. Or cleaning my shower without worrying about muscle spasms, dizziness, pain, or the inability to bend. I’d also love to hop in my car and just drive. Anywhere. (Oh, wait… That goes under BIG things.)

There’s a lot more I can include, but I’m not going to make this an overwhelming post. I just wanted to give you an idea of some of the things I deal with.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and if anyone has any questions or needs an ear, leave a comment or drop me an email. Until next post, have a great day.