Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Sad Situation

Every morning when I open my computer to my Yahoo home page, the news of the day greets me.  This morning the first story and picture was this. I don't know how long this link will last since its a news story, but in case its gone when you read this, the story is about the hoards of birds and marine life that are streaming to the shallower shore waters.  Its an indication that there life space has been tainted so they are looking for clean water.  Its a desturbing story to say the least. 

For the most part, I havn't been discussing the oil spill situation.  There are so many aspects of it that are affecting so many people on so many levels.  I try not to get involved in these discussions.  Most people around me are not very knowledgeable on current events. 

I have seen that the experts are burning off some of the oil that has surfaced.  I haven't heard a word about what that is doing to the environment. I am wondering if it is in any way part of the reason so many of our days have been overcast recently.

I hear BP officials trying to make apologies.  Where are their PR people?  Surely they must pay someone a fortune to help them project their image.  Who told the CEO to say he wants to get back to his life?  Who told the BP chairman to call people in the Gulf Coast the "little people"?

How will this earth ever recover from this destruction?  If it does, how long will it take?  I wish that I could see what this majectic country looked like before the first settlers came here. When the buffalo were plentiful and other wildlife flourished. 

Most of us can only watch and read about this situation. I have boycotted BP.  That doesn't mean much since I rarely bought gas there anyway.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I Am Determined

I recently had a lot of time to think about just every part of my life.  As always, I used some of that time to focus on some the things I want to do, but never take the time.   Sometimes I think I am just plain lazy.  But then I realize that I just need to focus on my own needs more, and not feel guilty that I did.

Terry has RA which is a very fatiguing disease so he usually goes to bed early.  I am going to make a better effort to use that quiet time to focus on  what I call "my craft".

I was thinking about my friend Susan and wondering what she will focus on this summer. Visit her blog and on the side bar click on Summer Charm School. I can't believe its been a year since she started that project. Anyway, my point is that I was thinking how Susan found a way to focus some of her summer time on creating. I recently asked Susan's advice kind of, regarding an on line class I was thinking of taking by Susan Sorrel. Susan asked what I wanted to learn and I never answered that question...because I didn't know how to answer. Now I know that I didn't answer mostly because I don't think I actually want to learn something new.  I want to do what I know, and maybe practice at doing it better.

So the question is what part of what I know do I want to focus on.  An honest answer would be CQ and stitching.  I honestly think that I have about 90% of the CQ books currently in print and some that are retired.

So, I am going to borrow Susan's method, kind of, and focus on creating CQ.  I will select a book (I already have a good idea which one) and go from there.  I will be posting again on my gathering process later this week.

Thank you Susan.  You are a wonderful Cyber friend and an amazing needlework talent.  I can't tell you how much I value your friendship.

What You Should Do

I my best friend spent 3 days last weekend keeping nd company during his emergency stay in the hospital. He's OK.  You know me, always looking for the good in any situation.  In this case it was finding out that he has High Blood Pressure. So lucky that we found that out.      Anyway it gave me a lot of time to think about a lot of things.  Of course the life changing stuff and most of it was focussed on him.  But I had a lot of time to think  while he was sleeping or off somewhere getting another test,  my mind flew off in every direction. ( I had a hard time keeping his family away, but I did it.  He didn't need all that activity coming and going.)  

So, I have a couple of thoughts here that I want to share.
You can't possibly know the warning signs of every illness that can happen. 
Don't mess around.  If you think something is wrong, trust that inner voice and call an ambulance or if the hospital is really close like ours, just get there.

Find out your spouses family health history.  We had NO knowledge that EVERY brother and sister besides his father have Hi BP!!!  I can't believe we didn't know it. That was a VERY big part of Terry's diagnosis.  The first thing I did when we came home was to sit my daughter and grandsons down and explain what had happened and to tell them all what our family health history is on both my side and Terry's.  Something I never thought to relate before.  Double wammy for them.  High BP and Heart on one side and Cancer on the other!

If your health insurance requires you to go to a hospital in the network, know which options you have...right now.  I took him to the nearest hospital.  Network or not, that is where I wanted to go, the closest.  Then as the tests added up, a small part of me wondered if the EGH was in the network.  Luckily it is. But I should have looked into it when we got our new insurance cards. 

I wanted to say so much more here like telling you the warning signs of stroke.  But you probably know them.  Hopefully, you will never need to use the knowledge.  Just follow that little voice inside that tells you something is not right.

I LOVE you Terry.  I always knew it.  I just had a scare of how life without you would be and you are more dear to me than ever.  I swear that I will be more kind and tolerant as we grow even older together.   You are the Love and Light of my life.