Thursday, August 10, 2017

Reminders of Home

Tomorrow will be a month since I've been at home at Shadymont.  I don't think I've ever stayed away this long.  Illnesses that pop up when you are away, don't get you back home in a hurry.  I go back for follow up at Dothan (50 miles) on the 16th, and hope I will be allowed to go back to my beloved mountains after that.  I am still swollen from all I've been through, retaining fluid in my feet and ankles, but am very hopeful.  My husband and I made a trip to Wal Mart for some groceries, yesterday, me sporting one of the electric carts.  It came in very handy and the outing did me a world of good.  Staying inside for close to a month doesn't keep my spirits up.  So that helped pass the day, and we have plenty of fresh veggies and fruits now.

I thought since I've been so depressed, and missing my home there, I would just share a few photos that you may or may not have seen, but will give me  a feeling of getting back there.

My daughter has kept a close check on the home, and her friend has kept our yards cut. Don't know what we would do without family and friends.  And I can't forget all the prayers, you have all been great to remember me. The gory details of this illness are discussed in the previous post.  It is called TTP and is found in 4 of a million people.  It causes clots in the very small vesels which can damage the brain, kidneys, heart, etc.   In fact I have acute kidney damage from all the high powered antibiotics given in the first hospital I was in.

No matter how nice it is, or comfortable, I am ready to leave the lake house and head back home to the mountains.

This post may be kinda long, because, I'm refreshing my memories of my nesting place.  Not that the lake house isn't one too, I'm just a little ready for a different view.

I have enjoyed my small garden so much this year and am anxious to see how it all looks now.

I had just created a new coffee drinking spot on the small stoop, goods found at Good Will. It joins the garden area.

I had recently refurbished this burlap wreath from a year or two ago.  Celestina Marie made the lovely garden sign, I had made the aqua rosettes, a while back. I love the colors on my front door.

Soon..................I miss it so much!!!  

PS:  I'll soon share photos of my grandson's wedding I had to miss due to being hospitalized.  It was gorgeous from what I've seen, and this was one heartbroken Meem to have to miss it.  I had to accept that I could not change that situation, but if I could have, I would have.

This disorder is all new to me and I don't know a lot about the outcome, treatment, etc., but I know that at times the plasma and platelets have to be worked with, and then there's the hope that my kidneys heal.

Be extremely careful of the meds you take.  A new pulmonologist had placed me on a 3 week regimen of Levaquin for bronchitis, that seems to have jumpstarted this episode, then the continuous IV of Vancomycin, finished the kidneys off almost.  They were totally dehydrated.

I think I've covered the gist of this latest health problem.  Oh, at first I was diagnosed with c:diff.  This is another superbug that is difficult to heal, and I read that the hospitals are rampant with it.

Sorry for the length, but this is why I've been absent for a while.  Work hard to keep healthy folks!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

What a Month!

Here it is, almost the end of July, and what a month it has been! We had an accident at the lake house in early July requiring a new garage (not finished).  I had a terrible premonition about makeng this trip and stayed home a week after the husband left to have the work done.

Finally I left on a Monday, and took the long way to by pass Atlanta.  I was uncomfortable the entire time I was driving down, but finally made it late on Monday evening.  We had a light dinner an went to bed.  On Tuesday, I worked a little in the house, then on Wednesday, I became so lethargic all I could do was lie in bed.  By Thursday morning, I was in dire straights with stomach upset.  Everytime I moved, I had terrible diarrhea.  This went on for 5 of 6 days.  We went to the local hospital which was more like a prison movie back in the day.  It was filthy, I was my own clean up crew, and the bleeding was getting worse and worse.  Finally on Sunday morning, I told the Dr. I wanted to check out Against Medical Advice.  Of course I had to be refused 3 times, and told he would NOT release me.  I told him to produce the papers, I was leaving, and I did.  I knew if I didn't get to some real care, I would not live through the week.  I could tell I was very near death, and I was not afraid. My husband carried me to Southeast Hospital in Dothan AL, about 40 miles from the lake house.  Thank God!  They almost coded me.  I was very near death.  What I have is a rare blood disorder that averages only 4 in a million.  Thankfully these physicians here specialize in this field, and I'm now beginning to mend.  We will probably live at the lake for a while since it is close to these doctors.  They are working as a team, and have been the most attentive physicians I've everyhad the experience of having.  They are in my room by 7:45 in the mornings, and I see 6 or more a day.  I've had to have my plasma replaced, platelets replaced a shunt into my neck to receive  diaylisis twice.  My kidneys were damaged by huge doses of antibiotics so be careful what you take, then it's just a guess.

My grandson was married on the 22nd, which I had to miss, but as soon as they let me I'll show you the gorgeous pictures.  

My dr. told me today that I'm going to be fine!  I know I've had lots of powerful prayers going up on my behalf and I appreciate it so much. (Thanks, Debbie Booth)!!

If this isn't enough, my niece of 62 passed away this morning from brain cancer that had begun with breast cancer over 4 years ago.  She has fought so hard.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

And besides this, my sweet granddaughter's dog was run over and killed last Sunday, so there's mourning everywhere around our homes.  At least there is hope for Joy in the Morning.    This month also marks a year since my stepson fell and became paralyzed.

So if you are a praying person, please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  God bless you all and never be forgetful to be thankful for good health.  You can be fine one moment and almost gone the next.

I hope to be back to NGa before very long, but will probably be  a while yet.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Time is for Porch Sitting

Our home is practically surrounded with porches.....practically, and we enjoy everyone.

I want to show you the latest look of the screened porch, not a whole lot of difference, but a favorite location around here.
Accessories, by Good Will!  :)

 rug, from Good Will

Bird  house, Good Will

 Pillow: Good Will
 Pillows: Good Will

 A favorite plant, succulents, a gift from my boss when I retired.  They have done so well!


 I found this adorable flower cart at GW for less than $6.

 Tray, GW, 1.99

Then there is the stoop going into the mud and laundry room.  It's very small, and I have managed to fill it up.  It's like a little alcove, and I love to sit on it and watch the birds at the feeders, and hear my little DIY water feature.

I bought a table and brought these very OLD chairs up from the basement.  No room for anything else.

We changed up the front porch as well.  We bought new adirondack chairs and cushions, then I painted the rockers to match and bought matching cushions.  

I resurrected this burlap wreath and added the green flowers and the wonderful sign I won in a giveaway.  Artwork by Celestina Marie.

So take your pick, and we'll pour some lemonade and enjoy the outdoors.

Partying here:

Sunday’s at Home @ My Soulful Home 
Tuesdays at our home @ Our home away from home
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

While He Mows the Lawn.....

This post was written around Easter on a visit to the lake house.  It was in draft form and I had never published it. Publishing on July 5, 2017.

Even though we are not able to visit the lake home as much as we would like, we want it to be comfortable, and just as the home in the mountains, it has collections and trinkets that create a homey look.  While the husband does the outdoor work, I fluff and nest.

I've shopped the Good Will near the lake house a couple of times, but didn't buy anything.....until this time.  I went on Tuesday and found several nice items that I worked into different areas inside our home.

First, these wonderful bowls, I think this one is probably a planter, but it looks so pretty just sitting on the bookcase which I brought from the bedroom into the living room.

This blue and yellow bowl is exceptionally nice, and reminds me of one I found at our Good Will in North Ga.  These bunnies came from Dollar General.

The green vase was filled with these orange plastic grapes, etc.
They will get thrown away, but I really liked the vase.  It looks like a McCoy planter, but is marked USA.

This sweet yellow and white lidded piece reminds me of an egg cup, but it held a candle.  So delicate. I don't know what it would be called, if you do, let me know in a comment.

This sweet bunny needed a good home, so she hopped into my cart.  Love this little bunny with her spool legs.  So cute all dressed up in her Easter frock.

This gorgeous sham was only $1.99. I knew it would work with the bedding in the back bedroom, because though different patterns, they are all floral and in the same shades.

 See the sweet bird?

 and blue birds.....

So here is how it looks, this mix and match bedding, all from various Good Will stores.  That's what I like to do, find a piece here and there, and use them together.  As long as the hues and colors work, the patterns will work together.

One other item flew right into my cart too.

 See the bird?
With my Good Will items, and a basket I bought from Tractor Supply, I was able to do a gallery wall of sorts.    Y'all know I was happy as could be having "new" things to arrange.

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