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IWSG – AN OFF-TOPIC POST

Hey, 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 April 5 posting of the IWSG will be Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey!

Usually, for the IWSG I post things related to what’s going on medically in my life or some goals that I have. This month I’m doing something different. I don’t want to cause sadness, just awareness.

Most of my followers know that my occupation before the bleed was as an EMT in NJ. Yes, I still miss it. Like other emergency responders, EMS can be just as dangerous. I’m not sure if this story went national, but on March 16th, FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was run over by her own ambulance by a man who shouldn’t have been on the street.

She was a 44-year-old mother of five and a fourteen-year veteran of FDNY. I never knew her, but I wish I had. She was from the Bronx like me and loved helping people. I’d like to dedicate this post to her.

Rest easy, Yadira. Our brothers and sisters still in the field have it from here.

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

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – YEAR END MOVE AND INDEPENDENCE

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 December 7 posting of the IWSG are Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

Make sure to thank them for all their hard work this month!

It’s been a crazy busy couple of months. I’ve FINALLY finished moving and am almost settled in Middletown. Aside from a few new doctor appointments I need to make, I’m basically done.

Every time I figured I was good to go time wise, things always came up. With the major obstacle of moving out-of-the-way, I’m setting my sights on 2017. I’m lucky in the sense that I’m now closer to NJ where my friends and family are, and I’m near the NJ Transit rail station and bus terminals! I’ll be all over the place next year! I’m loving my new independence!

I’m keeping this month’s post short because I have more things to do today. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and New Year if I don’t ‘see’ you again this year.

How was your 2016 overall?

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – FEELING GOOD

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 July 6 posting of the IWSG are Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

July has been off to a great start! I’m feeling better than I have in some time. Friends and former colleagues that I haven’t seen in a couple of years were up my way. One of my former co-workers, Vee, picked me up two days in a row so I could spend time at an area pool. She’s my sister from another mister. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw others that I knew from NJ at the pool. I did throw caution to the wind on Sunday, having about four drinks instead of my usual two baby drinks. I suffered royally that night from a migraine, but for all that fun, it was worth it.

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

How was your Fourth of July weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY

I know I’ve been gone for two months. It’s been rough. What better way to share than now.

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and 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 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 April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne!

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

I’m not joking when I say it’s been rough. I was released from the hospital about two weeks ago after being admitted from the beginning of March. It wasn’t fun. In a nutshell, I fell at home one day and was out for some unknown period of time. My daughter tried reaching me from the Friday evening before she was supposed to come for the weekend to let me know she couldn’t make it but I didn’t answer. She continued calling all day Saturday (I think it was the 5th).

When I still didn’t respond, she called my friend T to come to my house to check on me. She came with her boyfriend, and was banging on my door (apparently her key didn’t want to work). My dog Sophie kept barking and barking, and I think that woke me up; I don’t know. I tried to open the door for her, but I couldn’t. I was too weak and I was in a ton of pain. She wound up going to the owner’s cottage so he could open my door. Luckily, his son was home and let them in.

They took me to the ER, where I had a battery of tests done. Unfortunately, I wasn’t treated the greatest while I was there. My friend can attest to that. At some point at home, I must’ve stepped in Sophie’s mess on her wee wee pad, so I didn’t exactly smell like roses. Boom. I was judged an alcoholic or drug seeker. I had a huge knot on my head and bruises on my body. They did find a kidney stone though.

The staff was unhappy when all my blood work and UA came back clean. They had to admit me. I’m not going to go into all the details here, but it’s safe to say that I went upstairs and at some point became altered mental status because I would hear the voices of the doctors and nurses talking about me outside my door.  I swore it was real, but told it was not.

One of the doctors told me that my UA showed infection with the kidney stone and it could sometimes cause ‘delirium’. Yet I found myself transferred to a psych unit after about four days in telemetry. It was awful. If the infection caused the delirium, then why psych? I was a ball of nerves. I was uncertain about what was real and what was not. The psychiatrist put me on Risperidone while I was there to calm the ‘voices’.

I was released after I told the doctor I didn’t hear the voices of the doctors and nurses anymore. This was true once I got home.

Then I worried about the things that have slipped over the past couple of months. My blogging was a biggie. All the hops that I’m signed up for and missed. Who wants someone who’s so unreliable? That tore away at me. My favorite ones are the IWSG and Celebrate the Small Things. Yet, I haven’t posted for over two months.

I finally had to accept that it’s okay for me not to be okay all the time. I’m doing my best. If I get dropped from any of the blog-hops, I sign up again when I’m stronger.

I just wanted to explain part of the reason why I’ve been away from you guys for a while. I’m back now, and hopefully will remain back.

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

 

 

 

 

 

#IWSG – GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and 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 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.

 

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons, Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, (that’s my other blog!) Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!

Make sure you thank them for all their hard work!

February is here and it’s time for me to get back on track. The past two months have been full of personal losses that have included friends, former colleagues, and family. To say that my depression went into full throttle would be an understatement.

It’s now time to pull myself up by the bootstraps and start moving forward. It’s not easy, but I have to do it. The depression was difficult to control prior to the losses, but the sadness only added to it.

I’m in the Bronx now with my Comai now as I write this and having a good time. My mind is clearing up and my head is on straighter. We’re looking forward to doing some cool things this week, which I’ll talk about in another post.

The plan is to get back to posting regularly again and I’ve been reading stroke, medical, and health related books lately. I’m also considering doing occasional reviews of books related to the subject.

Have any of you suffered from a loss or depression so severe that it’s kept you at a standstill? Would you like to see an occasional book review on stroke, health, etc. on this blog? Just curious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IWSG – NEW YEAR BLUES

Happy New Year fellow bloggers. I know some of you were worried about my blogging absence and I apologize for that. The past two months have been rough, but I’m back.

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and it’s time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. Yay!! I was beside myself when I missed last month; that’s how you know things were bad. I hardly EVER miss a post!

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

 

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG will be L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace!

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

So the new year hasn’t started the way I had hoped it would. December was a rough and tumble month for me. I bought myself an ER visit because the auras have come back with my migraines; that was scary. My neurologist now has me on an aspirin a day regimen for added stroke prevention. My closest male friend Luis lost his dad about three weeks ago, and my son-in-law’s stepfather passed away on January 3 at age 52.

The ER visit was enough to put me in a really bad state of depression. I spent a lot of time thinking about my own mortality and the things I haven’t accomplished, but still want to. The added losses just made it worse, I think.

I’ve been doing a lot of praying for guidance and strength. I haven’t even updated with my Fellowship recently, except to let my twinny know that I’m alive and ok. I have to make up for that.

I spent New Year’s Eve with Luis, which was a blessing because we both understand each others pain and can talk openly and honestly about things. We’re both confident that this year will be brighter than last.

How were your holidays and New Years? Are you overcoming any hardships? If so, how are you dealing? I’d really, really like to know. What are your plans for the New Year?

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