Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When it rains, it pours

Well, I didn't really feel like posting tonight...I was going to put it off until a few days later when I was feeling "better" about everything that happened today.  But now I'm feeling that maybe I should write it all out in the moment, and it might actually help me or someone else.

If you read my Facebook updates you'll see that I didn't have a great day.  But the weird thing is, none of the bad things today were things that happened to me!  My poor family is just having all kinds of health troubles.  First, my 2 year old nephew Eli had to go the ER because he had an extreme asthma attack, and no one even knew he had asthma.  He even go to ride to the hospital in Salt Lake in an ambulance.

This is a pic of poor little Eli when he was in the midst of the breathing treatments that made him feel awful.  At this point he hadn't slept much in the last 24 hours nor been able to eat or drink anything.  Reports from later in the evening were that he was doing much better, getting to eat solid food and his breathing has greatly improved.  Hopefully he'll get to come home tomorrow. 

Next, my Dad is having knee surgery tomorrow and I'm praying it goes well for him...he's so nervous that he won't be able to run, golf, hike, ski and all the other fun activities that he loves to do.  I really hope the doctors do a good job and give him something great so he won't have so much pain and limitation anymore.  And at the same time, my step-mom is waiting to hear back on tests from a tumor or cyst that she recently had removed during gall bladder surgery, and there is a chance that it's cancerous.  She just went through a brief episode of breast cancer last year.  I am also praying for her, that it's not, and that she doesn't have to go through chemo or any other crappy cancer treatments.  But, if it is, at least she does have crappy cancer treatments that could help her...trying to look on the bright side here!

My sweetie is dealing with an unexpected new challenge as of today as well.  He hasn't talked to his family about it yet, so I don't feel like I should share the news just now, but I think it could possibly be a blessing in disguise.  Only time will tell, but I pray things will work out for him too.  I'm so proud of him and all he's been doing, and I know he'll be able to use this situation and make it as beneficial as possible.

Then, I did have a bit of good news for me.  I happened to be in Salt Lake at the University Hospital at my ear doctor's office having my 2nd post-op, when I heard about Eli being next door at Primary Children's Hospital.  Anyway, he said my hearing in my left ear has improved a little bit!  Granted it's not as much as he was hoping for, but I'll take any improvement I can get, and I'm just glad that he doesn't think I need hearing aides yet.  And I don't have any infection in either so everything looks to be doing pretty good right now, and I don't even have to go back for 6 months!  Yippee!

Lastly, I happen to get a great story from my lovely mission president's wife, Nance, about one of our former missionary's, Nathan Ogden.  He happened to have the terrible luck of breaking his neck skiing about 8 year ago, which left him a paraplegic.  Only a year later, he was in another tragic accident that broke his neck again, which left him a quadriplegic.  This sounds terrible, but not only has he overcome these awful challenges, but he's far surpassed being a victim and become someone of inspiration and motivation.  He's done so much, traveled many places, had 4 children and started his own company during all of this.  Truly amazing!  If you'd like to learn more about him and his story, about the wonderful things he's been able to accomplish with his beautiful wife, check out his blog here.  It'll definitely cheer you up and help you put your own challenges into perspective.

So, just to summarize, things may seem pretty bad right now, but I'm so grateful that they aren't TOO bad!  And my hope is that these trials will only help us all to become stronger, to learn and grow from the experiences.  And just maybe, we can help inspire others too.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Politics, some good and bad

Well, I hesitate to even begin a post about this, mainly because I think what I think and I don't really like to have confrontations with others about my views.  I love listening to others' views and to always be learning so that I can make informed decisions, but the part I hate is when a polite discussion turns into an argument and becomes a source of contention and turns people into enemies and produces hate!  I abhor contention! :)

Anyway...so yeah, I'm not going to discuss health care or global warming, but I will share the fact that I went to my first local Caucus meeting tonight and I thought it was so cool!  I love that this close to home, we have the opportunity to choose our own representation and provide a vote for what we believe in and support!  Granted a lot of us there were first timers and we didn't really know what was going on at first, but you gotta start somewhere right?

It's actually kind of interesting to me that I've never been before.  Should I have known about these before?  How would I have known?  My parents never talked to me about the political process when I was growing up, never really discussed my obligation as a United States citizen to participate in such activities.  And me, being as patriotic as I am, how did I just not understand the process?  Well I'm thinking it's just needing more education!  I think the only way I knew about it this time is because the leaders of my Church have been encouraging our Members to get involved in the political process.  Not to promote any candidates or issues, but just to speak our voice.  So, I hope that in the future, I'll be a better public servant for my own community and maybe help spread the word to others about the importance of these meetings.

And the coolest part about tonight?  I got to say the Pledge of Allegiance!  I know, I'm a big nerd, but I can't remember the last time I did, and it almost made me cry!  We may have a lot of troubles, challenges, and problems in this Country, but it's also pretty cool, and its my home.  God bless America!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

One of those Days

So, it started out very lovely, my alarm went off sometime...but I was seemingly so sleepy I didn't even realize this consciously, so I pressed snooze and went back to dreamland!

         then SUDDENLY the alarm was going off for a different reason....
                    my 8:30 AM CONFERENCE CALL!  Whoops!



So, I quickly sat up, grabbed the phone and dialed in, then put myself on mute and the speakerphone on.  I was just in time for my team's part, so I happily laid back on my pillows, closed my eyes and prepared to listen.   Until....

         Co-worker: "Ok, Clarrisa do you have anything?"   Silence....    "Clarrisa???"
         Me: "CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!" (spoken to myself as I fumbled with the phone and tried to get it off Mute!)  "Oh, I'm here, sorry, I don't think I have anything today"
         Co-worker: "Ok, thanks!"

Yeah, that was great....ha ha.  Our part was done so I hung up, got up and went to take my bath, which I love!  Again, I sat back in the tub to just close my eyes for a minute and quickly somehow, fell asleep!!

Ha ha, so I don't know what the heck was wrong with me, but I finally made it to work about an hour late, forgot my jewelery, didn't have time to put on my makeup at home, and felt the rest of the day like I was behind!

But, weirdly enough, I got a lot done! 

         Well, maybe if I go to bed now, I'll make it on time tomorrow?   Crazy, funny, silly day.