Thought we needed a change of direction, after the last couple of days' post's. Haven't mentioned the girls for a while, so thought I'd update you with a couple of photos. Here is our little butterball, who is now 4 months old. She is playing with toys now and can roll over. After being miserable for the first 6 weeks of life is now the most content, cheerful little soul. Her mum uses some sort of app to add all the graphics.
Then we have our other little Munchkin who will be 3 next month. She is a right little character, talking up a storm and wrapping her dad round her little finger. Here she is at cooking class. Loblaws offer them a couple of times a month; she was making chicken quesadilla's and churros at this class.
She also takes swimming classes and is in gymnastics. Paige just looks like her sister and will be tall like Nora is. We are buying Nora size five clothes now just for the length. I'll talk about the other three another day.
and things are improving. Not as fast as I would like, but at least I can walk a lot more than a few steps before getting out of breath. That first week when I went grocery shopping with dh I had to use the motorized shopping cart in Wal-Mart, now I can walk the store, albeit slowly with dh. I drove to the garage yesterday to have my oil changed; today I plan to drive to knitting for the first time, which is a fifteen minute drive. That will be the most I have driven in three weeks. One of my issues is that I have been very lightheaded so have not wanted to drive far. That was due to the side effects of the pills amongst other things. Another issue is that I don't look sick on the outside. It's not like I have broken a leg or anything else you can see, it's all inside my body. When you are talking to me on the phone or even in person, I sound perfectly fine. It's just when I start doing anything that causes my heart to pump harder and me to breath harder that you can see I am not my usual self. Some days I am tired, other days I have a bit more energy. However I do feel like a fraud, because at my age (52) I should just bounce back; well that's my way of thinking. I am back to doing all the laundry and cooking and cleaning (only the very basics are getting done.) Each day I set myself little goals and it's been a good day if I can get those things done. I am finding this as hard to get over this mentally as well as physically, as this was something I just wasn't expecting? I was told that the blood clots in my lungs are like bruises and they gradually fade away like a bruise does. Which I thought was interesting. Also did you know that your heart releases enzymes when in distress and a blood test will show that. That is when they figured out something was going on. My heart was under strain that's all, so no damage there. At the end of the day, I am grateful to be alive.........so I should stop whining...LOL
August and September were hot weather wise and I didn't feel the best, what with the heat and allergies, it wore me down. On September 29th in the afternoon I felt even worse and had trouble breathing, but just thought it was one of those things. Next morning (30th) got up had a shower couldn't breath, changed the bed and had to lie down afterward as I was exhausted. So called dh and he took me to the hospital. To cut a long story short they diagnosed excessive blood clots on my lungs, or pulmonary embolism The good news is I didn't have a heart attack or a stroke, for that I feel blessed. I spent 48 hours in hospital and frightened the living daylights out of everyone, including myself. Never in a month of Sundays was anyone, including me expecting this. So here we are nearly three weeks later and it's been a journey where I am taking baby steps in getting better. There are many stories to be told in this journey both funny and sad. I am managing to walk a bit further everyday and try and remain as positive as possible, but I am tired. I will be on Xeralto for the next six months at least. One thing that is different, is that my legs are clear of blood clots. No one knows why this happened, which is puzzling. I have to see a cardiologist and go to a thrombosis clinic, but I wouldn't think I will be seeing anyone until the new year, unless something else happens. Meanwhile I just go to my family doctor. I cannot get insurance, so dh and I cannot go to our son's wedding in the Bahamas in January, which is upsetting for all. At the end of the day, I am grateful to be alive, as the doctors said I could easily of died if I hadn't received medical attention. I will share more of my story over the next few days.
The "C" word is not well received this time of the year. Let me give you a hint what the "C" word is:
There are only 133 days until the "C" word.
I know who really wants to know this in the middle of a stinking heatwave??? However it will be upon us before we know it. Already the nights are starting to draw in. It's now dark until after 6 am. Despite this stinking heat the nights are a little cooler. So it is on the horizon. This year though I am no where near as organized as I normally am, basically because our son is getting married the beginning of January, so it will be a low key Christmas, as we are all travelling to the Bahamas for his wedding. As most of you know I put money in pots each week for various things. Been doing this for years now. I have three pots; a birthday pot, a Christmas pot and a "other thing" pot. I have a healthy $620 sitting in the Christmas pot. So will keep adding too it weekly and it should cover everything. The "other thing" pot will be saved towards spending money and payment towards our vacation/wedding. I put a deposit down with the travel agent the other day so that $300 will come out of that pot. The rest of the money in that pot will be saved and converted into US $. The birthday pot will take a big hit in September as it's Sammy's, son-in-law's and dh's birthdays. The good thing though is I know I have enough money to cover everything, It's a lifesaver those pots. Back to the "C" word though; a lot of thought is going to have to be put into this, this year as I seriously want to cut back, plus we have two new members in our family.......... Have you thought about the "C" word yet? Have you made plans for it?