Monday, May 29, 2023

A Day of Remembrance

 We have had a Beautiful Day here in East Texas.......


Memorial Day:   A day of remembrance for those who died in service for our Country!


Wouldn't it be great for this special day to be perhaps on a Wednesday.....a day during the middle of the week, where the true focus would be on "A Day of Remembrance" rather than a long vacation weekend.  Just sayin' .....


Hope you all have enjoyed a safe Memorial Day weekend and may we never forget those who gave their life for our freedom....

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Tiny Hummers

 One of my favorite things about Spring/Summer is watching  the beautiful Hummingbirds!  




I took this picture through a window outside the Hair Salon that I go to.  This little hummer was really thirsty this day.  It flew back and forth many times while I was sitting there.  


I have read where hummingbirds remember every feeder that they have ever visited.  This is pretty impressive.  


These tiny little creatures are so interesting to watch as they fly from my feeders to my flowers.  I have tried to put pots of  plants around the pool that hummingbirds and butterflies like. 


Hummingbird is the spirit of pure joy.  She is the messenger of beauty and wonder, and she reminds us to taste the sweet nectar of life.


Shug.   💛   

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Light at the end of the Tunnel

 Light at the end of the Tunnel........


Seriously friends.....I think I am beginning to see a light at the end of this tunnel that I have been in for the past two months.... 8 full weeks of being overwhelmed.  

I am not posting about this topic because I need sympathy, I am posting because I want others who might be going through a tough ordeal......TO FEEL ENCOURAGED.


The confident expectation of what God has promised and strength in HIS faithfulness.


TRUST .....in the Lord.

This is what has kept me going .....Trusting God for answered prayers..Trusting God for healing for Tammy.....Trusting God to help me make the right decisions in taking care of Tammy....Trusting God to help me make it through the day and night. 

I am so thankful for HIS Goodness....for HIS Mercy and HIS Grace.  

💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛

I am beginning to see the Light at the end of the tunnel and it looks really BRIGHT.  

Shug.....💫







Friday, May 12, 2023

Hot Button....Stay Positive

I am pretty sure that    Everyone has a HOT  button,

Including me! 

So.....who or What is causing your heart rate to go UP↑↑↑↑↑



For me.....It is Health Insurance!
I have recently learned so many things in dealing with Tammy's Health issues. Things I had no knowledge of. 

Just thought this would be good information to pass along.

1. Certain Supplemental Insurances become your primary insurance, therefore....YOU DO NOT HAVE your Supplemental insurance and Medicare that you thought you had.  The supplemental Insurance REPLACES your Medicare!! Yep..just found this out!  Not All supplementals are this way.  Be sure to check and see if yours is.  

2.  It is not your Doctor that completely decides if you get and MRI or other test that are very much needed.  NO...Your Doctor has to send the request to your insurance company and they ultimately make the decision...Not even knowing if you have a life or death situation going on.  

3.  In many cases, it is a hospitalist who decides what care you get and if you need to be admitted into the hospital.  They also decide when you will be going home! You might not ever see the hospitalist....they follow your CHART!

4.  Many of the hospitals and Rehab facilities have staffing shortages.  
Seriously...every patient needs a family member to HELP take care of the them.  I feel bad for those who have no one to help with even the small things.  
 
Hope this has helped....I wish I had known some of these things.  You assume that when you have insurance and you pay BIG premiums each month, that your Health Care needs will be met and covered.  It is BEST...to make sure you read every word...large print as well as the fine print. 

I have learned SO much!


   Shug....💜

  




Thursday, May 11, 2023

Positive Weight Loss Journey

Good Thursday afternoon!  Thank you all so much for your much needed prayers for Tammy.  Praying that she completely heals and will be able to walk soon.


 I think that most of us know just how difficult it is to lose weight.  And, when you have a lot of weight to lose, it almost seems as if you will never get to where you want to be.  

I have been on a weight loss journey now for about 7 months, and I am happy to tell you that I have lost around 40 pounds.  I can honestly say that I truly feel so much better.........



Here I am with about 30 pounds gone.  I'm the third one from the left.  I graduated with most of these ladies and we were enjoying some good Mexican Food for dinner the night we took this picture.    


This is my granddaughter (Tori) and myself...... at my in-laws home.  I think this was sometime around the middle of April.   Still at 30 lbs down.

I haven't taken any recent pictures with the extra 10 pounds gone, but it is amazing how losing that much weight can make you feel so good. 

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I would still like to lose another 20 pounds and hopefully by the end of Summer, I will be able to do so.  

What did I do?  What am I doing to lose weight?

First of all, I went to the Doctor back last October and my blood work and lipid levels were so very bad.  I had red alerts on so many test.   I knew that I had to do something.

I finally made up my mind to make some big changes in my eating habits.  I cut out ALL sodas (Dr. Pepper)
I stopped eating BREADS of any kind..... NO processed foods.....NO sugar!!

My A1C was 9.5 in October and of last week when I did my blood work, my A1C was 5.5

I still need to lower it a bit, but I know I can do it!!

I now eat healthy meals.......  Cottage cheese and fruits, Shrimp and salads, sweet potatoes, veggies of all kinds, Fish, nuts and lemon water. 

Did you notice there is no chicken or red meat on my list.  The reason:  I don't like chicken and I may eat a filet mignon once a month.  (not a big beef eater)

Maybe soon I will be able to start Exercising!! 😬😬 

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I hope you all have a great day....

Shug 💕




Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Seriously Speaking

 Seriously Speaking, I have had a world wind of things going on these past two months.  


But First....let me tell you how Beautiful East Texas is right now.   



I'm sitting at my desk and as I look out the window....this is what I see.  So much beauty with all the flowers, not only in my yard, but in my neighbors yard as well.  


Of course, my window screens do not do all this beauty much justice.  

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Seems like it has been forever since I have been here on my blog.  Sam and I made a trip to California at the end of March, not only to visit our grandson and his family, but to take some time to view all the scenery in different areas of the state.  

The next to the last day before we were scheduled to fly home, I had a phone call saying that my little niece was having some significant problems with her knee.  

Tammy is disabled and actually lives at a very nice home for mild to moderate adults with disabilities and this home is not very far from where we live.  Maybe 10-15 minutes away.  

I received pictures of her knee and oh my goodness, I could not believe how bad it looked.  It was swollen double the size of the other knee.  Needless to say, when Sam and I got home, we picked her up and took her to the ER.  She was admitted that evening due to having sepsis in her body,  as well as her WBC being highly elevated. 

She spent over a week in the hospital and had two surgeries and ended up having to have a drain tube in her knee and a pick line in her arm.  The big infection was Staph, which had not only infected the knee tissues, but was up in her femur bone.  The Drs inserted antibiotic pellets up inside the bone.  

Tammy then had to go to a Nursing Rehab facility. She will be there for at least 2 more weeks.  She has to have antibiotics that have to be given intravenously 3 times a day and for rehab to be able to walk.  

I spent several nights at the hospital with her and have gone everyday to the Nursing Center for the past 2 months.  

I have been overwhelmed in trying to take care of her as well as doing all of my usual day to day things.  
I will say, that the facility has been a huge Blessing and I am thankful that she is getting the care she needs.

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I have many pictures from our trip to California that I want to share, and will do so just as soon as I can get Tammy home and get back to my life.  LOL.  

anyways, I have missed reading all of your post and I certainly appreciate all of the many prayers that have come our way.  

Shug.  💜


Thursday, April 20, 2023

 Just popping in, to say that I am still in blogland.  We have had a couple of serious medical issues within our family and I have had to step away from blogging for a while.   Things seem to be improving and I hope to get back to my computer soon.  In the mean time, please keep our family in your prayers.  


Shug..💛

A Day of Remembrance

  We have had a Beautiful Day here in East Texas....... Memorial Day:   A day of remembrance for those who died in service for our Country! ...