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January 1, 2013

It has been a long time since I have posted anything on here, I am way over due, and I have so many things I wish to say, it is going to take more than this one post for sure!

If you have kept up with my blog at all you know that around the middle of October I developed a nasty bout with laryngitis, well three rounds of antibiotics and steroids, and three months later I still have it.  A few weeks ago, my doctor finally said it had to be due to stress and that I needed to do something about it.  Knowing that most of what is going on in my life is out of my control, I had to find some way to take charge of this stress issue, but seriously what can I eliminate?

 I decided at the last minute to to travel with my hubby on a business trip  over the holidays. I could sleep in the hotel room while he worked all day.  I put someone else in charge of mom’s care, delegated others to keep tabs and keep me posted, and hubby made sure that I had insured airline tickets that I could fly back home on a moment’s notice without penalties, if need be.

The plan worked great, he worked long hours, while  I slept 18 – 20 hrs a day for 6  days. In between times, I did a lot of reading, worked on my own writings, and cleaned up messy computer files, all quiet things.  I talked to no one, except to order my morning breakfast.  And yet I still have no voice! I guess sleep and rest were not the answer to the voice issue, but I learned that I really needed the rest more than I had thought. When I get home I am looking for a second opinion on this voice thing!

I am also very happy to report that mom is doing fine, she is sitting up and alert, laughing freely, and eating well.  Her food is pureed, and just like feeding a baby, you have to slip in those bites of protein and veggies, hidden under the cover of cherry pie and ice cream.  It is a joy to hear her say, “mmmmm, that’s good!” as she gives a big smile.

Today is New Years Day, mom always started the day by making cinnamon rolls from Bisquick, that we enjoyed fresh and piping hot right out of the oven while watching the Rose Bowl Parade on TV.  I was not able to make  homemade rolls this year in my hotel room, but I made sure that I had some store bought ones, and I watched the parade on TV as always.  The smell and taste were not the same, but those memories and tradition will be with me always!


And in the words of Bob Hope…”Thanks for the memories!”

To all of my friends,  family and blog followers, I hope that this New Year finds everyone blessed with good health, joy, peace and love.

Happy New Year to all of you!

  1. So proud of you for taking care of you! And I find myself a bit envious–I’ve been wanting more and more to get away. You inspire me. Thank you.

    • I know that we are walking a very similar path and it is not an easy one, but we walk it the best way that we can. We both lean on our God to lead us, but that does not change the fact that we also need to take the iniative to take care of ourselves. I have been doing a lot of reading about taking care of the caretaker. If we do not take care of us, we cannot take care of anyone else. I know you do not need me to tell you the importance of this, but sometimes it helps to hear it from someone else. Please try to find some way to recharge your own batteries. Even if it is just a day to yourself or a long weekend away with hubby, just the two of you!! We recharge our laptops, and cell phones regularly, we need to recharge ourselves once in a while too! We both know that there is still more pathway to walk, and we have to be ready for it. I know it is hard to put us first…but we need to try harder to do it. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, my friend!

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