Kids Get Arthritis Too

This is my, amazing, courageous Grandson. He is now a 22 year old college graduate, embarking on his career! This is a reblog from my Daughter’s new blog. Please drop in, read her other posts, and leave a word of encouragement for her.

The Empty Nest

Today is World Arthritis Day. This is the face of arthritis. These pictures were taken shortly after my son, Joshua, was diagnosed. Kids get arthritis too! Let’s raise awareness.

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Courage

This is my Daughter’s blog. I’m very proud of her for sharing her thoughts and feelings with others in this way. She, indeed, is a very courageous person. Her son, pictured in her next post, is now an amazing 22 year old college graduate on the verge of launching his career. He has also been very courageous in dealing with his Juvenile Arthritis all these years. Please pay a visit to Terri’s blog and leave a word of encouragement for her.

The Empty Nest

This quote really spoke to me today.  First, because I thought of all the people fighting to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey stole from them.  He took so much from so many of my friends and neighbors here in Texas.  He took possessions.  He took homes.  He took the feeling of security.  He took lives.  It breaks my heart that so many lost so much.  But this tragedy is about so much more than that!  It is about courage.  The courage of those who came from near and far to help.  The courage of the families who walked away from everything they owned.  The courage of those who opened their homes to strangers.  The courage of those who let go of their ego to ask for help.  My heart aches and rejoices at the same time.  Weird how that can happen.

After shedding another tear or two for the hurricane victims…

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Moving on…

It’s going to be difficult to find excitement to compare to my stay at WalMart, and I definitely don’t find it on the next night.

Once again, it is a long day!  Unfortunately, I have been experiencing a lot of sleepiness during my morning drives, and have been needing to stop each day for a little power nap.  Later that afternoon when I stopped to check for a nearby campground, I found nothing within my price range.  So…thinking I would stay away from WalMart this time…I look for something else.  Lo and behold, I look up, and there is a sign for Cracker Barrel right in front of me.  Must be fate!!  When I pull around to the back parking lot, it is empty, and I end up having it to myself all night.

In the morning, since I’ve not eaten very well for a couple of days,  the thought of a big plate of biscuits and gravy sounds very enticing.  And it was delicious!!

Moving right along…next stop…my first time in a National Forest…such fun!!

 

Walmart Movie

First night of leaving Texas I decide to just stop at a Walmart…somewhere.  I get settled in at the edge of the parking lot.  It was a long, hot day, and I was not prepared for the excitement to come…

As dusk settles in, Coco and I sit out on the steps where it is a bit cooler.  Suddenly I hear screeching wheels of a car coming around the corner.  I look up to see a police car seemingly headed straight for me!  At the last minute he turns into the first lane right next to me, slams to a stop, jumps out of his car while pulling his gun.  Now I am in full panic mode.  The officer yells at a male figure walking up the isle toward him to “Get on the f****** ground”.  “Get on the f****** ground or I’ll shoot your a**.”   Wish I had thought of my camera as this was the stuff of movies!  At this point they were on the other side of the police car, but I see the officer put the man in the backseat of the cruiser, then he walks around the car, looks up, sees me, and in a very calm, quiet voice makes a comment about the weather.  Then he gets in his car and quickly takes off, lights flashing.

So there it is…the most exciting time I’ve ever had at a Walmart!!

 

Exiting Texas

 

Well, here I am sitting and sitting in Texas, my home state.  Waiting for the results of one final test. Once I get that I’ll be heading north to, hopefully, a little cooler weather.  My stay here has been great for the most part.  I’ve spent time with my beautiful daughters, saw a Grandson graduate from college, a Granddaughter graduate from high school as valedictorian, watched the same Granddaughter sign to play softball for the University of Texas, Dallas, where because of her academics will have her tuition paid for all four years of college.  I attended a graduation party for both of these, celebrated the graduation of  another Granddaughters fiance from college,  ate lots and lots of real Mexican food(sadly not to be found in northern states). In the last game I watched my  Granddaughter play, she fell while delivering a pitch, and tore her ACL.  She will be out of the game for several months after surgery.

I’m staying on the property of some of my dearest friends.  These are but two of their many horses, and I am greeted with a similar view out my door every day.

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The above was written two weeks ago, so I’ll add a little update.  I left Texas a couple of days later, headed north.

My Granddaughter had her reconstruction surgery, and is making an amazing recovery!!

My Grandson is off to his first job!

The friend I was staying with took her prize donkey to a show, and he won Reserve Grand Champion!

And I was off to my first trip into a National Forest…I’ll pick up on that in my next post…

 

 

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My Day of Awakening

July 6, 2015 is a day I will never forget, not because anything happy and exciting happened, but because it was the day I suffered the most horrendous physical pain I have ever felt in my life.  I was on my way to the bathroom when suddenly it felt like my head exploded!  I remember grabbing my head and falling to the floor.  I have brief memories of a couple of times that day; one being as the EMT’s took me down the steps, another later as I was being transferred from the first hospital to another via Life Flight.

After that, I remember a few times of feeling like I was in a very far off place, unable to communicate.  Of course it didn’t help that I had a tube down my throat, two drain tubes in my head, and a feeding tube.  The doctor’s told my family they didn’t think I would ever be the same again.  But I fooled them all.

When I began to come around after about six weeks and they removed all the life support goodies, my Daughter started bringing me Ningxia Red every day.  On the third or fourth day, I had this amazing feeling like my body was working overtime to heal itself.

I’m not claiming that the Ningxia healed me, but I firmly believe that it gave my body the boost it needed at the time.  By the following January I felt better than I had felt in years.   I have taken it every day since, and will never give up my Ningxia Red!

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