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dodged a bullet March 12, 2010

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sorry folks, i’m still here! just been crazy-busy lately, living life to the fullest and whatnot. ;)

i was on a short hiatus simply due to lack of time. my days are spent checking mom’s blood sugars, administering meds, changing lancets, cleaning wounds, and recording any changes. she is doing fairly well so far. she hit a roadblock with her pain medication, but upon seeing the surgeon on wednesday, things have gotten better. she just hasn’t had the strength to do a lot lately; even the simplest tasks become exhausting rather quickly. especially when, on our ride home from her appointment (about 70 miles from home), the following took place:

driving down the road. *speedometer drops to zero*
“uh oh, mom.. my speedometer stopped working!
i don’t know how fast we’re going!”
mom gets out the tom-tom, which tells us
my speed.
“you’re going about sixty.”
“then why am i at 2500RPM?!” *car starts chugging*
we pull over. “better call dad,” mom says. we call.
and call. and call.
:( finally we reach him.
he must’ve been outside or something. “dad, my car!
something’s wrong with the car!” (i’ve had my car for six
years now. this has never happened before)
“what’s going on?” he asks.
i explain the situation. i tell him the nearest
mile marker, and push my luck just a bit
farther to get off of the highway where
semis were speeding past us,

and onto a side road. a tow truck is on the way.
about 2 and a half hours later, mom and i
finally make it back to town, thanks to adam,
the awesome tow-man.

the next day, it turns out my speed sensor went out.
which tells my transmission when to shift.
(we thought it may have been the transmission
itself going bad, which would’ve meant $$$.)
i thank my lucky stars
that instead,
it was just a small part.

in the words of my boyfriend, “my dodge dodged a bullet!”

however, this happened at a really awful time. dad has been off of work to help take care of mom, and i have been jobless since the recession. money has been tight, so thank goodness it wasn’t my transmission, but still. i can’t help but feel.. helpless. i want to pay my own bills. but living in an extremely small town, where lay-offs are happening everywhere, makes it next to impossible. le sigh.

i’m keeping my chin up. there is a light at the end of this tunnel, at the end of this wonderful road to recovery.
it’s been quite an experience so far, that’s for sure.

one of my favorite blogs is doing a giveaway!

pixies & bearspixies and bears is a crafty blog featuring the wonderful adventures
of lindsay. right now she is giving away adorable pieces of art from
RVA. check out her site for more info! (& wish me luck! tehee. :] )

love, dani


some hearts February 28, 2010

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some hearts / they just get all the right breaks
some hearts / have the stars on their side
some hearts / they just have it so easy
some hearts just get lucky sometimes..*

quintuple bypass diagram on pillowmom is home. while i’d like to say it’s all back to normal
from here, it isn’t. i’ve turned into her very own nursing assistant.
i’m certainly not complaining; i love her, and i will do
anything for her. but i can’t wait until things get even better.
the photo to the right is a pillow she received from the
hospital. they draw on it to show you what the surgeon actually did.

this experience has had its rough moments, but some positive came out of it:

i have now..

  • rediscovered my carrie underwood cd. and fergie, too.i love my family
  • mastered my cruise control.
    (140 miles round-trip x 8 days = lots of driving on cruise)me & baby paige
  • discovered my speedometer is off by approximately 3 mph.
  • decided free wireless = awesomesauce.
  • met up with a friend from elementary school i hadn’t seen in years.
  • met up with another friend, from high school,
    who just had a baby girl. (see photo)
  • found out i have amazing family & friends. i am so thankful.
  • sent and received lots of mail. <3i love where i live; we have a leaning pine!
  • become more independent as i am now responsible
    for new things
    : grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions,
    making phone calls, etc.
  • taught marley how to “high five!”

so there you have it, folks. with every life lesson, there is the good and the bad,
and thankfully in this case, everything is good.

love, dani

*some hearts by carrie underwood