Monday, March 30, 2009

Praying For Mandy

About an hour ago, I found out my dear friend Mandy, whom I have known since I wad 16, is in the Cardiac Critical Care unit at a local hospital.

She's been having trouble with an illness that has progressively gotten worse since October. As far as I know, they don't know what is wrong with her at this point only that she is having trouble breathing.

Right now, She is unconscious with heavy sedation and on a ventilator. They think she has either a blood clot or aspirated pneumonia.

I am worried, but have faith that she will recover, although I think her recovery will be a long road. If you are reading this and have faith, please send up a prayer or two.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Cleaning

I know it has been a while since my last post - it just so happens to be one month exact. It's funny how that happened by chance. Things have been wonderful but crazy here at the same time. It seems that as each day passes my life changes in some little way, which is not at all a bad thing.

Spring has arrived here in Maryland. The dogwood tree out my bedroom window is budding. The days are beautiful, with sun and blue skies, but it is still cold and chilly at times. Signs of change are among us. I must confess that as the world around me is changing, I am changing just as much - or even more - on the inside. I am not the same person I once was, even a few short months ago.

A few days ago, I was in a frenzy - a cleaning frenzy. I had had enough. It's all gone. All the clutter is sorted, purged or put in its proper place. Finally, my stuff and space is respected. It's all clean now, in my bedroom and office at least - afterall these are the parts of the house that I can control.

This is how it was meant to be - always. I have found that if I am a mess on the inside, my outer world reflects the same. I assume the oppisite is true as well.

I feel relaxed and at ease most of the time now. I cannot wait for our first official cookout, even if it's only for the family. Or to take the kids to the park. There's this park I like to go to. It is the only park that is 100% wheelchair accessible. I can even go up ON the play equipment power chair and all.

The whole playground has a ground made with recycable tires and they have two playareas: one for big kids and one for little kids. They have a awesome educational Nature Center and even accessible hiking trials.

I take my nieces and nephews there all the time because it is where I can fully interact with them and they love it there. In fact, they have already asked me weeks ago, despite the snow, when am I going to take them there.

One day, Jake and will take our children there too. One day.

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