Friday, September 22, 2006

Grateful to be alive

Hi you all.  Tomorrow will be a week since John and I got back from the hospital.

Wow.  Now that we have had a little time to settle in, John and I are realizing how grateful we really are.

The home healthcare nurse came this morning.  She told John how sick he really had been while in the hospital.  Truth is he almost died.  But we are not focusing on that now.  We are focusing on the fact that John is alive!

John is helping me write this right now.  He says "I am grateful to be alive.  I am grateful for Krissy.  I am grateful to the doctors, and of course I am grateful to God."  I think it is neat that with all the complications he has had he is not bitter, and is not asking, "why me?".  He has never asked that.  He has been in the hospital or day hospital for about six months out of the past eight months, and has never complained that it is not fair.

We don't take the little things for granted.  We are so excited to be home.  The other day we were outside, and John remarked how good and how warm the sun felt on his skin.  When he was in the hospital for a month, he never felt the sunlight.  He never was even able to make it to the lobby until the end of his stay.  We also enjoyed the fall colors on the trees this week.  I enjoyed being outdoors.  One morning this week I walked barefoot in the grass!  It was great! 

John has been enjoying the food at home!  So have I!  There is also nothing like being with Mr. Michael The Maine Coone Cat.  He curled up last night and slept with his head on John's arm.  I think he knows something is up with John, and that John's situation is still somewhat delicate. 

John required blood on Weds.  He still may need blood every two to five days.  We have no idea for how long.  But whatever happens, we will just take it one day at a time, and enjoy each day.

I hope you all are enjoying your days also, and looking for the bright side, even when life is hard.  And I hope you all are enjoying and taking care of each other.  For what else do we have, except for God and each other?  And by the way, John and I thank you all for being here for us during our horrible ordeal.  We wouldn't have been able to make it without you.  I don't know what else to say.  Those of you who were here for us know what I am talking about.  Your love and kindness has exceded any that I have experienced in my life.  I shall never forget it.  You all are the best.

Remember, keep your chin up and keep staying positive.  Life is worth it!

Krissy :)  with a little help from John! :)   

44 comments:

  1. We will always be here for you both friends. You two mean a lot to us. We have learned a lot about ourselves and each other through this. J-Land is a family. Tammy

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  2. jlocorriere059/22/2006 5:11 PM

    Hi Krissy and John and not forgetting Mr Michael! It's so nice to know you're back home, lets hope it's for good now! It's been a long hard time for you both and I'm thrilled that you've both come through it so well. It's the things we take for granted, like fresh air and sights of nature that you seemed to miss the most. Let's hope you can catch up on everything now you're back with us again! Welcome home! Jeannette xx  

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  3. Beautifully said Krissy.  Love and Hugs to you both.  Sandra xxxx

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  4. so happy all is well. still keeping you in prayers. hope you have a wonderful weekend. (((hugs))))
    Cindy

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  5. The good Lord has blessed you both !  Through all the trials I think your great faith has carried you through !  I'm so glad you are able to enjoy being home again and hope it's only the beginning of many more days.  We all need to be thankful for all the little things that we take for granted every day !  I love how you walked barefoot in the grass !!!  Take good care - both of you.  You know I'm always looking on the BRIGHT SIDE !!!  All my love and prayers !!!  'On Ya '- ma

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  6. so good to hear your news!
    Becky

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  7. Ah, Krissy, how wonderful it is to sense your smile; to know that you and John are enjoying being home & especially together. God IS so good; so quick to fill us with His strength, to surround us with people to support us. We, your readers, and all of us who tried to support you love you and so admire the two of you. Stay strong, stay sweet, stay close to HIM.
    God bless you both,
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK
            http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HOPEFORTODAY

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  8. rebuketheworld9/22/2006 5:31 PM

    Hi Krissy, I was imagining what it was like for John to sense the sun on his skin and those moments are solid. I'm glad your guys are both home. That environment will be so much for both of you. Again, thank you for your postive force of strength and hope your words offer on your blog. Blessings Raven


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  9. aww.. I have happy tears right now.  You may not know it.. but God is using you both to inspire others.

    Much Love,
    Mary

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  10. Beautiful!

    Christy

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  11. Awesome Krissy and John!! I'm so glad you are home and seeing life the way you see it! Martha :-)

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  12. newsworthy8229/22/2006 5:43 PM

    This is a great entry. I am so happy you & john are settling in at home. You're right...the simple things are the most important..and family is all there is that's really important.
    That's neat that you felt the sun and saw the leaves & all that stuff.. I think this is a good lesson for everyone.. We all only have one day. we never know how much time we'll get so we need to remember time is precious.
    HUGS to you & JOhn
    Melissa  

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  13. One word: Perfect!
    http://journals.aol.com/astaryth/AdventuresofanEclecticMind
    http://adventuresofaneclecticmind.blogspot.com/

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  14. You two fought a battle worth fighting. Well done. Hope the bloodtransfusions can be stopped soon. Keep smiling!

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  15. I'm so, so,  happy for you both. I don't know what else to say, except you are wonderful folks and a pleasure to count as friends.  
    Hugs and love,
    Sylvia xxxx

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  16. I am so glad that things are going well since you two have been home. May God's blessings be with both of you. Helen

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  17. The power of prayer is a wonderful thing

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  18. sugarsweet0569/22/2006 6:20 PM

    Have a good weekend guys! Still got you both in my prayers.
    God Bless,
    Sugar

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  19. AWESOME ENTRY!!!  I am so glad you two are home and getting accustomed to life, again!  Jae

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  20. enjoy your weekend:) glad you are home

    Deb

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  21. midwestvintage9/22/2006 8:25 PM

     I am glad your home John and glad things are starting to normalize for the two of your.  It has been hectic to say the least I bet.   I hope you continue to get better and I know you'll continue to enjoy life to the fullest.


                            Julie

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  22. tendernoggle9/22/2006 9:17 PM

    PRAISE GOD IN ALL HIS GLORY FOR BRINGING YOU BOTH BACK HOME!!!LOVE YA,
    CARLENE

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  23. Wow you are an amazing lady!  So strong!  I'm new here so I'm just getting to know you.   I'm amazed so far.   I hope you and John are getting settled in and comfortable. Enjoy each other.
    Pam

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  24. hugsdoodlewacky9/22/2006 10:59 PM

    (((((((((((((((((KRISSY AND JOHN))))))))))))))))))))I am glad to hear that John is home and you both have so much goodness in your heats.Have a great weekend.

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  25. I'm so thankful that John is home and doing well, and that you are both together and happy, enjoying life's "little" blessings, which are often times the biggest blessings of all.  Thank you for the heartfelt reminders for us to keep our eyes open and see all that is beautiful around us as well... God bless,  Michelle

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  26. This has been a difficult, yet wonderful journey for you and John.  Thanks for letting us all tag along.
    Love,
    nancy

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  27. Bless your hearts! I'm so thankful your alive too. what a journey. ANd knowing the Lord is with you thru it all makes all things endurable and once thru the storm you can see the rainbow.

    hugs
    angelrose

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  28. Cats are very intuitive when it comes to illness.  I can't count how many times my cats have "known" I was sick and have stayed right beside me.  Cats usually aren't given enough credit for their ability to care for their owners....er, I mean their staff.

    Greg
    http://journals.aol.com/radar446/PhotoTrek/

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  29. Welcome home, John and Krissy!! May God continue to give you joy and love in each other's company for a long time to come!

    Your post is SO inspiring and pro-Life, Krissy!  God bless you always, Hon!

    Lots of love and prayers,
    Gette

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  30. it is wonderful that john is enjoying all the wonders of being home and the sun and just the view of the neighborhood!  i wish him nothing but good luck with his recovery!  you guys can make it through anything
    hugs
    noelle

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  31. quartrlyfecrysis9/23/2006 9:50 AM

    Aww :)  I'm so glad you guys are doing well, and so glad that you're able to enjoy being home!
    You two have been so strong in faith through this whole journey, it's uplifting.  I'm so happy that you two get to enjoy these moments, like walking in the grass and feeling the sun, together.
    <warm fuzzy feelings inside!>
    take care Krissy and John~
    ~Bernadette

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  32. springangel2359/23/2006 11:25 AM

    We are all so thankful to have John home ...doing well...and you, my girl...you have been his rock!  Thankful for the medical treatment he has received and thankful, God has been by both your sides...yes, we are all very happy for you both...have a wonderful weekend...
    Hugs and love,
    Joyce

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  33. Hi sissy =)... Give John and Mr. Michael the biggest hug for me!  It must be so nice for John to be able to just look out the window any time he wants to.  To be able to open the window and smell the air.  To see Mr. Michael's face.  To have his Krissy right there in his arm's.  Awww... I know you guys love being home.  Things seem right when you guys are home.  Keep gaining more strength, John!!  Take care of yourself, too, Krissy.  If you need me you know where I am!!  Love you guys sooo much!!  YTP xox
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  34. Krissy & John,
    You truly know the meaning of living each day to the fullest.  It's amazing to see how you can appreciate all of the little things in life.  I hope you know you are a reall inspiration to me, and to many other people, I am sure.  Your advice about "keeping your chin up & staying POSITIVE" is wise.  And coming from you, I know it's TRUE!

    MY thoughts and prayers are continually with yoo.  I hope knowing that helps you get through some of the rougher days.

    I will stay in touch.  God bless!
    Love,
    Merry
    http://journals.aol.com/merry1621/Merrysthoughtshopesdreamsgoal/
    merry1621@aol.com

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  35. I am soooooooo happy for you both!!! God bless and keep you both safe and well. . its been a long journey full of ups and downs.Sending you lots of love and good wishes and prayers x x x x

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  36. Hi John, so glad you and Krissy are home...
    Love each other!!
    Linda :)

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  37. Glad things are getting better for both of you. Still praying for John's speedy recovery. Hugs.

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  38. The little things really are the most important, like sunshine, grass home cooking. I am so glad you are home and John is doing better. Val posted a picture of Michael he is beautiful. Love you guys.
    Barbara

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  39. Krissy~Awesome entry. Gratitude is so important. Your perspective is just precious as are you both. xox Sassy Deb

    http://journals.aol.com/sassydee50/SassysWORD

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  40. I hope all goes well with John and you!

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  41. I have been reading but not commenting, sorry for that.
    I am glad that John continues to improve. I do hope that the transporation gets worked out for the 2 of you.

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  42. Krissy,
    I am glad you and John are in your own home with your own cat.  We take way too much for granted.  I send my thoughts, love and support to you, and you know you're in my prayers, too.  Merry
    http://journals.aol.com/merry1621/Merrysthoughtshopesdreamsgoal/

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  43. Krissy how touching your words were today.  You and John definitely realize the beauty of each day, glad he is doing better dear.  It's nice being back home isn't it and in your familiar settings.  Take care.  Bless you both....Arlene (AJ)

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  44. Krissy, it's good to here that the two of you are back home and in such good spirits.  :-)  

    Here is a cool game that may help take your mind off things.  You just list six things that are unique about you.  

    Follow the link http://journals.aol.com/fjrav/PerspectiveonRotations/entries/2006/09/27/six-things...tagged-by-barbara/917 for more info.

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