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Ten Things of Thankful - August 31st

I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today..."
 
1)  About that rather strange looking illustration up there, do you know what green object is that the line is pointing to? It is a gallbladder.  Everyone has one, or at least does in the beginning. Mine was surgically removed thirty years ago, along with my appendix, in response to an acute gallbladder attack.  Or so I was told...   This week I finally decided it was time to go to the doctor to address the chronic pain in my right side, I've suffered from it for a couple years and always believed it to be a hernia.  It's been getting worse, causing me a lot of discomfort, so the doctor sent me for a sonogram. Lo and behold, it soon became apparent that I still have my gallbladder, alone with the accompanying stones which have no doubt been the source of aggravation!  I was STUNNED!  I remember the hundred mile ambulance ride and the surgery clearly!  But, apparently the gallbladder was not removed as I was told.  I am curious to review the sonogram results at the surgical consultation this coming Wednesday.  Do I still have an appendix too, or did they discover that was the only problem and remove only it (although that is not what I was told)? I did feel much better following the surgery and recovery period, so something happened.  I sure would like to know what!  Sad to say, this kind of thing actually occurs all the time, my attorneys are friends with attorneys who deal in medical malpractice, and you would be surprised (or maybe not) at the stories they hear! In this case, no real harm was done, other than that I have been telling doctors for thirty years that I do not have a gallbladder, as I believed to be true. Had I known that I did, it would have explained symptoms that have caused me problems for years that I just learned to live with.  Needless to say, a bit of minor surgery is in my near future, hopefully this time it will be the end of Mr. Gallbladder :-)  So, when it comes to being thankful this week, I am VERY thankful for a doctor who  listens, and for sonograms that make discovering problems so very simple!

2) I am thankful for parents who have taught their children manners, and I am thankful that those children grow up to retain them. Twice this week I had people open and hold a door for me in public places when I had my arms full.  It was refreshing!  We should never be too busy to stop and help someone else.

3) I am thankful for the cooler mornings we had a few days this week.  It was heavenly to drive into work with the AC off and my windows open, catching the morning air! It doesn't happen often here in the summertime.  Our days won't begin to cool down for another month at least.

4) I am thankful for my hair rapidly turning silver.  I love it and wear it with pride, I've earned it!  I spent younger years coloring out that gray from my mid-thirties on. When I met Papa Bear I loved his beautiful silver hair and he encouraged me to let mine stay natural too. We are all about being real, and aging is part of that. I have grown weary of a society that shuns everything to do with the elderly.  While I don't love all that getting older entails, I think silver hair mixed in with my brown is wonderful, and I hope that someday it turns entirely white!

5) I am thankful for a few new followers that joined my blog this week. All of us enjoy it when this happens, it is fun to think that, for reasons that defy logic, some folks enjoy reading my scattered thoughts!

6) I am thankful for the relationships I have built with the two attorneys (a young married couple) that head our office. They are both intelligent and knowledgeable, and we often engage in conversations about all kinds of things from community issues to human nature.  I love conversations that require intelligent thought and have nothing to do with new shoes! :-)

7) I've said it before, but I am so thankful for the love and affection of my furkids. Coming home to find them watching for me in the windows and wrapping around  my feet when I enter  the door is heart-warming! I love how they vie for lap space and petting/brushing time, and nudge against our hands and bodies as their own way of showing of love.

8) I am thankful for all the wonderful quotations we share and exchange on Facebook. They inspire and encourage and lift us up!  My page is sort of a "Cats and Quotes" page, not a whole lot of personal stuff such as I share here. It's a fun way to keep in touch and also to offer support to those who need a little boost.  If anyone likes this kind of stuff and wants my FB address, feel free to email me for  it.  My email address is over there  on the right sidebar of my blog.

9) I am so very thankful for this three-day weekend, and that Papa Bear will at least have two days off... a break from the crazy pace at work for both of us!  I believe that every month should include one three-day weekend.  Wouldn't that be wonderful? 

10) I am thankful, truly blessed, to have a husband who wants to spend  his time  with me. He just texted to ask "What would you like to do when I get off work?"  He gets off at 3 PM on Saturdays, and typically Saturday is "date night".  When we are not at work, we spend 90%, at least, of our time together.  I remember past relationships that were like ships passing in the night, coming and going in the same house, often doing our own thing in separate rooms, and meeting up for meals and bedtime. This, what I have in my life now, is what companionship is all about - it's easy, and it's wonderful!

Life is GOOD my friends, we are privileged to be able to enjoy it!  Make sure that in the business of your week, and in addition to time spent on the Internet, that you plan time to spend with those near and dear to you... get up and do something fun together... go make good memories!
~Share your blessings with us at Ten Things of Thankful~
 
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34 comments:

  1. So much to be thankful for. Each of these are valid and can be expanded. One blessing always leads to another, even when we don't see it at first. Enjoy your long weekend!

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    1. So true Annie, while grumbling about the gallbladder issues I realized how blessed I am for the sonogram that "found" it! No mysterious source for my discomfort, nothing more serious... a blessing indeed! There is always, always much to be thankful for!

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  2. I guess the doctor should be no different than the auto mechanic, always ask to see the old parts which they remove!

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  3. That first story FLOORS me. Have I followed or liked you on your facebook - if I haven't would you send me the address. I think I have. And you are happy about your gray - I was too - getting a little tired of it now. lol

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    1. It floored me to Sandie, I was stunned. When you believe something to be true for thirty years and suddenly find out it's not, that's a bit overpowering. It speaks to the trust we place in people.

      Yes, we are already connected on Facebook :-) Mine is rapidly growing frosty on top, and I remember my mother's doing that. Yes, I embrace it, this is who I am, I am not 30, or even 40 or 50 anymore, sixty is just months away! :-)

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  4. Life is truly wonderful (even when it doesn't feel like it). I shall try to retain that conviction.

    #1 begs the question 'what on earth DID they take out?!?!' - I'm so glad that the problem was discovered and that you can soon be rid of that pesky gallbladder! Hope that all goes really well.

    Can't agree with you more about children with good manners. Simply warms the heart.

    And I love that you're happy to age gracefully and real-ly, and that you and Papa Bear are as much enraptured with each other as ever. And that you get to spend extra time together this weekend - that's a real boon :)

    Thanks as always for your lovely contribution to our little hop :)

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    1. I strive to look at the big picture, Lizzi. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes not. Sometimes the little daily irritations really get to me, but I don't like myself when I am in that clouded, angry, frustrated state, so I am learning to think bigger, that overall my life is lightyears away from what it once was. I truly have it good now, so very blessed!

      Yes, we would all like to know what, if anything was removed during that surgical procedure, done at a large military hospital. Though at this point it's pretty much irrelevant. It is what it is. Hopefully removal #2 will be more successful! :-)

      I love good manners in people of any age, and I tell them so, too!

      Papa Bear and I see life very much alike, so we have no problem finding things to do and share that we enjoy, we will make the most of every month and year God gives us to share!

      Your little blog hop is growing and it is such a good thing!!

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    2. Ahhh I'm the other way around at the moment - I'm trying very hard to take each day as it comes and not stress about the Big Picture. If I focus on what Good I can do each day, perhaps (as in the adage 'take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves') the Bigger Picture will take care of itself.

      I hope your second surgery will be completely successful - all the best with it.

      And YAY for spouses with similar outlooks.

      The hop is going well. I'm so happy and so privileged to have so many people supporting it and building it. It's so much fun.

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    3. That's a valid position too, Lizzi, sometimes we can let the big picture overwhelm us, or use it as an excuse to take no action today, since there is always tomorrow... but sometimes there is not! I do live very much one day at a time, trying to make it count. There will be plenty of time to worry about tomorrow when it gets here!

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  5. Wow, no. 1 is definitely.. well.. scary, unbelievable, crazy, and a little more! Last year, I've wen to see a doctor for my recurring sinus infections and was told that I had a seriously deviated nasal septum. Courtesy of a broken nose 8 or 9 years back. Which was supposedly set correctly and fixed by the doctor at the local hospital. Thanks for not checking properly and having let me go through that crap for all those years now. Have an appointment with a sepcialist next week, there might be some surgery in my future, too. Good luck on your surgery!

    Love the stories of your relationship with your husband, beautiful! Enjoy your weekend together!

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    1. Yes, #1 is all of the above. When the tech first mentioned gallstones I told her that was impossible, which surprised her until I explained why. Then she surprised me by showing me my gallbladder, and having the imaging center doctor confirm it! And no, they never grow back, I even asked that just to make sure.

      Stories like mine, and yours, are more common than we want to believe. The sad part of deception, for whatever reasons, is that it leaves the patient with incorrect information and understanding of their own bodies. I have had four sinus surgeries in past years, and my issues have never been and never will be fully resolved, but are much better, I hope that you have wonderful results with yours!

      My Papa Bear is the joy of my heart, he always comes to mind with the topic of blessings, he has many attributes that I love!

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  6. After a first week back, I am allowing myself time to hop around some blogs and catch up with comments. I always LOVE your thankful posts, as it reminds me to continually count my blessings. So WOW...#1...that is unbelievable, but believable in this day and age, all the same. I hope you get that worked out and that you feel better soon!

    Love encountering kids/parents who uphold good, old-fashioned manners and courtesy. I always compliment the parent(s) if I can.

    I hope to get to a point where I am fine with my hair graying. Right now I 'paint the barn' ha ha! Right now, for me, it is about how it makes me feel more than look. One day I do plan to embrace the natural hair color and hope that it looks like spun moonlight!

    Your Papa Bear is just the best!! :)
    Enjoy your long weekend!!

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    1. I'm so glad to see you finding a bit of play time this weekend, Carrie! Yes the first story was quite amazing to me too! You know it happens, but you don't ever think it can happen to you!

      I spent many years playing with various shades of hair color and it was fun. Where I think it becomes ridiculous is seventy year old women with coal black hair trying their hardest to still look thirty. I am so glad that John is in favor of silver, it's much easier and far less expensive with hair as long as mine!

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  7. Maybe you're a medical marvel and grew a new gallbladder? No?

    I commend you for embracing your silver hair. I am not ready to throw in the towel yet. I just hope I'll stop before it looks like I use shoe polish to color my hair.

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    1. I actually asked if there was any way that was possible, Dyanne, the answer was a definite no, at least no one has ever had that happen so far. Maybe I am the first? Somehow I doubt it.

      You are exactly on target with the hair color, it's about knowing when to say when. My grandmother used to tint her white hair a lovely shade of pale lavender which was common at the time, we grandkids thought that was amazingly cool!

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    2. @Dyanne lol this is one of the reasons I like this bloghop... not just humor but the spontaneous kind of cracks and comments.

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    3. I agree Clark, there is a lot of humor shared on this blog hop, along with encouragement and consolation. It's one of the most supportive blog hops on the Net, and I'm loving it!

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  8. Well, that gallbladder was a shocker, wasn't it?!?! Not quite as big as those women on "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" having a baby fall into the toilet, but a huge shocker nonetheless! You are taking it very well, it seems. Hope it actually gets taken out this time, and you get to feeling better.
    I so enjoy hearing stories about Papa Bear and the way he treats you. Such a good man you have there. I'm sure he would say he was the lucky one. :)

    I don't know if I'll be able to embrace the silver hair. I hope I can, but this whole getting older business is not making me exactly happy.

    I so enjoy reading your lists each week.

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    1. It was one of those bizarre experiences that left me wondering if I'd lost my mind, Christine... did I really remember the previous ambulance run and subsequent surgery, well yes, I surely did! I''m believing that the second time will be the charm, and this surgeon comes with high recommendations, fingers crossed and prayers ascending!

      Papa Bear is indeed one of God's finest. If I could clone him and sell copies, we would be quite wealthy indeed! :-)

      The getting older thing, not so much fun at all, the only part I really do like is learning to be comfortable in my own skin and not really giving a hoot what anyone else thinks I should be or do!

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  9. You'll feel much better when that gallbladder is gone. Yes you will. Now I bet you wish you'd gone to the doctor sooner.

    I hope you had a wonderful date night last night. Hubby and I with 3 other couples went out to a wonderful prime rib dinner. It was a fabulous night.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

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    1. Yes, I know I will feel much better when it's gone, Sandee. That's the only maddening part, that I dealt with those symptoms all these years, never dreaming there could be a better! I doubt an earlier doctor would have sent me for a sonogram because I wasn't in all that much pain then, now frequently I am, like after eating. It's time!

      We did have a wonderful evening, Papa Bear brought home wonderful ribeye dinners from Texas Roadhouse (our favorite steak place), and we watched an old movie we'd never seen - "Children of a Lesser God". It was excellent, no violence, no graphic sex. Refreshing!

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  10. Your gall bladder story is scary! I'm glad that somebody finally figured out what's going on and will be able to help you. I wonder what they took out (yikes)? I think it's wonderful that you're embracing your natural silver hair. I'm not there yet. But someday, hopefully, I will be!

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    1. Yes, it is a little scary, Kristi, because I KNOW what they told me way back then, and that is that they removed it along with my appendix. Hmmmm! I'm sure glad it wasn't a more critical issue!

      Aging... you can dislike it, you can fight it, but it's still going to happen, so might as well embrace it at some point. I am feeling my age these days, so it's a natural progression to senior status.

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  11. I can't believe that about your appendix, but on the other hand, I can. That's horrible. I hope they figure and fix what's ailing you.

    I too, love reading these posts. We would all be surprised at how much there is to be thankful for if we sat down and put it to paper.

    I am enjoying my 3day weekend. Hope yours is going great too, as I'm sure it is. Oh and about the hair...yours is beautiful. Me? I color mine. I am not ready to go there just yet. LOL Maybe someday...just maybe

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    1. Yes Lynn, rather disturbing to find out something you were quite sure of it undeniably untrue! I believe in karma, and I wouldn't want the karma of those doctors, deception is not nice!!

      If I start looking at all the thankfulness posts I've done in the past year, I have quite a list of things that are really good in my life... it's eye opening and perspective changing!

      We are loving the three day weekend, and don't have the usual Sunday night blues, having a nice glass of Wild Turkey American Honey instead! :-)

      You are a good deal younger than me yet, your day to embrace silver will come later! Enjoy youth while you've still got it by the tail!

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  12. That is just crazy about your gall bladder! Hope you get an answer soon!

    Your comments about grey hair are uber convicting...I just colored mine this week and every time I think about "when will I stop? When does it look totally fake?" And yet I keep on. Kuddos to you!

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    1. I can't wait to go to the consult appointment with the surgeon on Wednesday! I haven't had an opportunity to talk to someone about what the sonogram shows yet, I saw just a glimpse of it, and really she shouldn't have told me that much, but I'm sure glad she did!

      You don't have to worry about "totally fake" hair yet!! It looks totally fake when you are seventy and your natural hair is all gray/white and you are still pretending it's black or dark brown... then it looks downright silly!

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  13. I can only imagine how shocked you were to find out you still have your gallbladder. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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    1. Yes, shocked is a good word for it! I didn't believe it until she turned the screen around to show me, and yup, there it was, plain as day! I'll be glad to get it really removed, I'm thinking that they'll make double sure to get the bugger out this time!! :-))

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  14. Oh, I recognized that green appendage right away! Mine was removed when I was 19, back in 1988. Holy Cow!! To find out they had not, in fact, removed yours? Surprise! Wow. Well, I am glad you are on the road to having it removed for real this time...I am sure that will resolve some issues for you.

    You are blessed, indeed, to have such a sweet man and sweet fur babies to fill your home with so much love! :-)

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    1. Isn't that an amazing turn of events, Joell? All I could do was smile in dismay. Life throws us some funny curves at times, and yes, I'm certain the surgery will make a noticeable difference! Strangely, it eliminated the severe pain the first time too, which makes me think the problem might have been appendicitis instead of a gallbladder attack. Curious to find out if I still have one of those!

      Papa Bear and the furkids are indeed the very best things in my life! He is the very best of the best, and they give me endless affection and reasons to smile. They make life good!

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  15. I am so glad you have your furkids too. I wouldn't know what to do without mine. I hope you feel better soon. :)

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    1. They really bring so much love and pleasure to our lives, Mary. The year that I lived alone and couldn't have a furkid was the saddest, loneliest time of all. I will be fine, surgery scheduled for early October, after we get home from our road trip! :-)

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