The "Cure" is Sometimes worse than the Illness!

Earlier this month, I got what seemed at the time to be an annoying summer cold. Well, that cold turned to Pneumonia. Well, after nothing was really working, the Doctor decided to put me on Prednisone. I told him about the cortisone shot I had gotten a few weeks earlier and he said it would not matter. So, I took the Prednisone. A few days later, my breathing was much worse and the Dr. put me on Advair. Sounds simple enough...and inhaler should help right? Well, what he didn't tell me was that Advair has an active steroid. After 3 days of taking the Advair, I started having severe chest pain, neck pain and headaches and spent 5 hours in the ER. Turns out that my body was overdosed on corticosteroid! DUH!!!

I would have been better off without the drugs that the Dr's had offered me!

Also, I am now looking for a new Dr. because I went to him with the chest pain started and he apparently thought I was having a panic attack and gave me Valium and sent me home. He didn't check anything! What a total ass!

Painful Goodbyes...

Well, I honestly meant to try and post at least once a week...but a tragedy struck my family last week and it was the farthest thing from my mind.

A week ago this past Thursday, my grandfather fell and hit his head. Doesn't sound to bad, huh? Well, it was bad...the worst kind of bad. He had a cranial bleed that caused irreversible damage. He laid there for 2 days in a coma. Last Saturday, about 5:15 pm, his breathing became very irregular and I held his hand as he peacefully slipped away.

I can honestly say that it was one of the most beautiful, special moments of my life. You see, my grandfather was more than just a grandparent. He was practically my father since my dad left when I was 5. He taught me how to drive the riding mower, the tractor and how to garden. He taught me the meaning of work.

On Monday, I looked at his yard and decided that it wasn't up to "Pa's standard" and I cranked up the riding mower and took care of that problem. It was a very cathartic thing to do. Besides, I was really tired of sitting around....I needed to DO something.

The funeral service was especially beautiful. Since my grandfather was a soldier in WWII, he was given full military honors.

Now I need to explain the most amazing part of the graveside service that many of you may think is corny or silly. Just as the horn player started TAPS, the cows at the neighboring farm started bellowing. To some this may sound like a tragedy but to the granddaughter of a cattle farmer...this was where I started uncontrollably crying. It was almost like the cows even knew what was gone. It was a perfect send off for him.

I will always miss my grandfather. I will miss his "fine, thanks" response when someone asks how he is. I will miss how he waved at people as they drove by. I will miss the person that is tried and true and always the same. I will miss his smile and I will miss his graciousness.

Rest In Peace, J.E. Smith...may you always rest in the arms of God.


To anyone that knows me well, they know that I am not that great at keeping house. It isn't that I am is the clutter! Well, since moving last week, I am putting forth an honest effort to break some bad habits. So far, so good! And it feels great!

Also, I am really going to try to start posting at least 1 time a week. I really do miss having a place to post my thoughts. Thanks to a dear friend for reminding me! :)

My New Adventure

In less than a year, two different jobs at two different locations has been eliminated because of the economy. Because of this, I decided it was time to make a change in my career. I can not continue to live with the instability that I have had since August.

So, I decided to try and fall back on the medical experience that I had before I had kids. Well, it worked and I start my new job today at a local hospital. I will be the unit clerk for the PCU at Hilton Head Hospital.

I am VERY excited and a little nervous. A lot has changed since I did this type of work 14 years ago. The biggest change is that now everything is computerized.

I will try and keep this blog posted....

It is almost here!

Well, the best holiday of the year will be here in just 2 days, 2 hours and 15 minutes!

See, I LOVE my birthday!!! It isn't the getting older isn't even the presents is just because it is a day that is about ME!

It may be juvenile...but I refuse to look at a birthday as a bad thing like a lot of people do. A birthday is a day to reflect...a day to celebrate LIFE!

I would really rather have them than to not have them! LOL

I Love Green!

I LOVE ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Most reason's have nothing to do with the holiday itself. Here are my top 4 reasons:

  • It means that my birthday is only 9 days away. For those that may not know me very well, I LOVE my birthday! I treat it as a day to celebrate ME!
  • It means that Spring is only 4 days away! Sure, Spring brings nasty pollen but it also brings the warm weather, trips to the beach, beautiful days for photography, etc.
  • I can wear green without worrying if it looks good on me. Green isn't my color at all...but, I do not like getting pinched! LOL
  • It is a day when people want to go out and have a good time. Everyone seems happier even if it is only an illusion created by green beer