Category Archives: Family

Santa Claus is coming to town : )

I’m in the Christmas spirit that’s for sure!! Yesterday husband & I went to Best Buy and bought ourselves a 51″ Plasma Christmas present. I’ll let you figure it out ; ) Husband surprised me, saved his pennies and it’s all paid for. No buying on credit for this family!!!

We’re giving the apparatus (TV) we’re replacing to Sacheen and her kids. It worked out so very cool!! I was thinking of who we could give it and the stand to and Sacheen’s name popped into my head. I called her to see if she’d like it and she almost cried. She told me due to finances she was only able to get just one gift for all her kids and it was a Play Station. However the TV they had was too old to play the games. They were going to save for a TV after Christmas then had car problems. Her kids, she has three, all decided the car was more important to save for then the TV so that’s what the family had decided. Unbelievable kids for sure!!!! The day before I called, she had been praying for a miracle and that something would work out so her kids could play with their Play Station. Her DVD player was also broken and we just happen to have one for them as well. Lo and behold from Sacheen’s lips, to God’s ears, then to mine. Husband couldn’t be happier that it worked out for Sacheen and her kids. They’re a wonderful family, she’s a single mom and to bring joy to them simply warms our hearts!! THAT’S what Christmas is all about!!

To celebrate, I’m cleaning up the house & getting it ready for Christmas, baking pumpkin biscotti and playing Christmas music. We’re getting our tree tomorrow………I can’t wait!!!

WOWEEEE What a weekend!!

It’s taken me until this morning 12-12-11 to catch up on what happened this weekend it was so glorious!!

It started with my appointment at NW EyeCare Professionals Dr. Bruce’s practice. Let me rephrase that, Dr. Bruce’s perfection, it’s hardly practice what he does there!

When I met and first started seeing Dr. Bruce way back in Aug. or Sept. of ’99 it was just months after my TBI and my eyes were a real mess! Not only was I seeing double, my right eye had become so strasbismic that every time I  turned my head what I was seeing could move to triple images and kind of ‘float.” At the time he refracted me with a 12 diopter base in Fresnel prism with an additional 5 diopters base up and down ground in my glasses. I required so much prism in order to see single vision it couldn’t be ground, thus the stick on Fresnel. Even with all that prism I was still seeing ‘ghosting’ images due to the information my peripheral vision was sending to my brain. I was also scheduled for Vision Therapy and was to see Carol twice a week for an uncertain time frame. We had to see how it went to know how long I’d be coming in.

Long story short, I made improvements from then until now and also had surgery to put my right eye back in proper placement. That procedure involved a scalpel and cutting into my eye to detach the main muscles, reposition my eye and re-attach the muscles. I required more Vision Therapy since my brain was getting “single vision” messages after 4 years of “double sometime triple vision” messages. The surgery went wonderful an I could see single vision again!! It was a surgical miracle in my eyes……….literally!

In another procedure years post eye surgery, through cranial sacral manipulation something was touched or moved in my head and it immediately sent my vision back to pre-surgery effect. I was devastated as with my family and Dr. Bruce. He called in the Dr. I was seeing for that procedure and the two of them worked on me at Dr. Bruce’s office together. One doctor manipulating my head white Dr. Bruce adjusted prisms for my best optimum vision. Once you’re a patient of Dr. Bruce’s, he doesn’t stop, give up, or anything short of produce miracles until you’re the best he can bring get you to!! THAT’S how good he is!!!

Last Friday 12-9-11 my life / vision was saved by him once again. To give credit where credit is due, my Vision Therapy work with Carol in the past months and my diligence to do the work needed at home payed off  BIG TIME!!! Dr. Bruce refracted me with no change to my distance vision and a total of 5 count them only 5 diopters of base in prism!!! I, at know time in my rehab, ever dreamed my eyes could have gotten so much better especially considering where they were when I walked / stumbled into Dr. Bruce’s office 12 years ago! This truly is another miracle with God being in charge of course and working through Dr. Bruce, Carol, Dr. Wheeler (surgeon) and Dr. Bruce’s entire staff. I can and could never thank everybody enough who participated in this phenomenon. I am truly blessed and it is more obvious to me then it’s ever been that I am on track and living my purpose filled life!!!

Thank you my good friend & mentor Chuck Goetschel for influencing me to find my purpose and pursue it with passion!

 I can’t wait to get my new glasses, husband’s taking care of that. After all, that’s what he does and does it with such skill and perfection. That’s my man!!!! I love him SOOOOOOOOOO much!

The weekend was finished with a call from my sister Tina telling me Adam, (her son and my first nephew) became engaged this weekend. I couldn’t have heard better news on a weekend like this. Rama is a beautiful, smart, out and out wonderful woman and they couldn’t have made better choices. She’s going to be a GREAT addition to our ever growing family as he will be to theirs! Don’t know the date or if they even have one. Adam said we’d hear more after Christmas. This Christmas will be magical in more ways then one.

 And let us not forget, my nephew Ryan and his amazing girlfriend Maddie move in together this weekend. They’re living in a beautiful apartment in the Pearl. Could Ryan and Maddie be next with the ring exchange? We’ll wait and see – Film  at 11:00 : )

 I’m tellin’ ya…………..this weekend was truly a one of a kind deal and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!!!

It breaks my heart

It hurts me and it’s troubling to get a call from Mama telling me she’s not sure of where she is. My sisters and I had to move her into Assisted Living in June and it’s a marvelous home!! She sometimes is unsure of where she is and has even mentioned being at the beach or at the Aero Club where my sisters and I learned to swim as children. The Aero Club has been torn down for many years now, however it’s obvious Mama remembers spending many hours there. And that she did! Whether it was to take us girls to our swimming lessons, to sitting on Santa’s lap at Christmas or possibly the family swimming we did on some Friday nights. Those swims were always followed by dinner at the Char Broiler on SE Powell now the Original Taco House.

I talked her through where she was and that she had been there since June and really liked her new apartment & friends. She was relieved although still confused. Then came the “where is my car” question. She still thinks she has a car and can drive although that hasn’t been a factor for a long time. My sisters and I periodically get these calls so we’re used to them however the sadness on our part always follows.

We all had a great time at my sister Rita & her husband Chuck’s yesterday for Thanksgiving and she did remember that so that was good to hear. She remembered the birthdays we also celebrated however not the name’s of her grandchildren who were having the birthdays or who they ‘belonged’ to.  She’s just so ‘fragmented’ so much of the time that hearing any anxiety in her voice tears my heart out. And who’s anxiety level wouldn’t escalate if they didn’t know where they were, how they got there or when and who was going to take them home? Even though she is home, her new home. She really does like it there and loves the staff and people who live there so that makes us all feel good about our choice. None of us, daughters, sons-in-laws, grandchildren or friends from the past want her to feel ANY anxiety. So we all do our best to calm her when she calls and is “lost.”