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Friday, September 30, 2005

The closet door

I woke up early this morning and found I was freezing cold. The weather seems to have turned here and it will require a change to my fall clothing. A very good thing happened when I started finding something to wear. None of my cool weather clothes fit! That’s right the clothes I was wearing last April (?) are way too big. I’m so excited and it’s a real milestone for me. I’ve been working my program really hard and don’t stray from it often. My concentration has been on getting (and staying) healthy and keeping my focus off the scale. It feels so good not being able to wear those clothes and I’m going to take them all out of my closet this weekend. Honestly, I don’t want to see them again because I’m never going back to that point.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

A Simple Poem

I read this poem today and it captured my feelings, the author is Henry Van Dyke.

Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is not.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Bad Blood

My mother needed another 2 pints of blood yesterday. She’s been averaging about 2.5 pints down per week and has been getting transfusions. This is done almost reluctantly (on her part). Her doctors suggested that family come in and donate blood. I’m a regular donator (I have my gallon pin) so this wasn’t a problem for me and I happily agreed to go to the hospital. The surprise came to me when they told me I had “bad” blood! My blood type is O negative and my mother’s (and my brother’s) are not. The nurse even asked me if I was adopted because our blood was so different. I don’t know my father’s blood type but I’m assuming he was an O too. Hearing I had the bad blood I started rolling down my sleeves and getting ready to leave. The nurse looked at me in surprise and said, “well since you’re already here you can still donate, your real family might need blood too”. I laughed and she stuck the needle in my arm.

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

How?

When I talk to my mother it just breaks my heart. I feel so alone now and don’t know what to do. I see and hear in her voice the cancer is winning. She is no longer the strong woman she once was. The loss is enormous and none of us are fully prepared, except her. I can tell she is ready and doesn’t want to suffer any longer. I’m working on making however much time she has the best it can be. I visited several hospices today; there are some very good places in the area. When I was finished visiting the first place I completely broke down in my car. I cried, for what seemed an hour, in the parking lot until a staff member asked if I was alright. I thanked her and told her I was fine but just emotional. The visit to the second facility was much better. My family needs to be supportive of my mother’s choices and allow her the peace she’s looking for. How?

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

September 11


The horrible events of September 11, 2001 forever changed our world. That day set in motion the chain of events we are still fighting today. Please remember all those who were forever taken from us.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

1986 Renault Encore


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This was my first car. It was a 1986 Renault Encore. My father got it for me in 1995 and I drove it for about 4 years. My father had many faults but he really wanted me to be happy. I asked him for a car and the very next day (the day before Easter) we went and picked up the Renault. I don't know where or how my parents got the money, and honestly I never asked. I knew we were poor and didn't talk about money. I LOVED this car and thought I was so very cool. My friends and I did everything in this car.
I have some great memories of my father and me driving this car. I would drive us places and he would sit in the passanger seat offering advice and smoking.
I saw another Renault just like mine this morning and I couldn't help but smile and think about my Dad.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Today is a good day!

The latest from New Orleans........My cousin has made contact with a branch of the park rangers. The uniformed relief workers had flat bottom boats and were cruising the neighborhood where their apartment is located. They were focusing on elderly people who had difficulty walking, or needed urgent care, but assured them that they would be back quite quickly today.
Rescue workers, possibly from the park service, are taking them by boat to a levee near the intersection of St. Charles and Carrollton (Riverbend) from which they will make a long hike on foot to the Causeway. There are busses waiting there that will take them out of the city. She does not know yet to where they will be bussed. She will try to contact us as soon as she knows where her bus is going, but expects she won't be able to for awhile. This could take another 12 to 24 hours. They are each taking a bag packed with water and food.
My other cousin is leaving, once they have made contact, to pick them up and bring them to Kentucky.
I hope every family can get some great news.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

How can we let this happen?

How can we let this happen? How did humanity come to this? People starving and killing each other in the street? Thousands of people without food, water, shelter in a major American city? I am horrified by the reports from the gulf coast.
My cousin Katherine and her husband Marc are trapped in New Orleans. The tried to exacuate on Sunday, but the traffic was too overwhelming after 5 hours in their car. Their home survived the hurricane but isn't surviving the flooding. The water is about half way filling the ground floor of their house. My family has been contacting all the available agencies to get them rescued. They still have food and water but it won't last forever. We are now posting their information any place that people might be able to help them. It's absolutely heartbreaking.


The American Red Cross

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

New Icon


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