Sunday, November 23, 2008

John's in the hospital for Pneumonia

I'm in Hershey with John. He's been hospitalized here since early Friday, at his bone marrow transplant center. He's got either zoster pneumonia (from the shingles he had in September and October) or he has fungal pneumonia -- the doctors can't ascertain which kind. He has been in and out of the hospital since the end of September.

That is one of the reasons I haven't posted much in the past couple of months. I haven't had time, as I have been taking care of John while he was sick, both in and out of the hospital. I have to be honest with you, I did have time to post some after I got home from his first hospital stay, but I was just having difficulty posting. I felt completely dry. I just couldn't write. I was completely overwhelmed from what I went through with John when he was in the hospital in September and October. He almost passed away about three times while in the hospital, and well, it took a big toll on me.

There were other things that took a toll on me that simply prevented me from writing . For instance, John and I only got home from the hospital after about almost a month, just in time to migrate our AOL blogs over to Blogger. It was horrendous. We literally only had a few days to migrate several blogs. I was sooo frustrated when I was trying to set up my blogs, LOL. I just couldn't get them the way I wanted them. I still can't. Never the less learn how to write in them... Lest you think I am silly, try to remember the first couple of weeks you were on Blogger. Remember how frustrating it was, LOL? A new format! I felt so stupid and couldn't do anything on Blogger. So I just got stifled and didn't write. For days.

After awhile I posted occassional. So now you know why you see occassional posts from me...

Don't be too concerned though. I am back into the swing of things now, and can right again. I'm "unblocked," so to speak, LOL. I am not so sure, but the pressure broke about a week or so ago, and I was able to write again. And then I ended up here. I am frustrated, but will be home soon to continue.

When I get home I am going to continue my series about The Best Way to Read Blogs... I see everybody has different ways, and it is kind of interesting, what I am learning. It has been very helpful to me, learning from all of you! I hope I can help you also! I am refining my method, perhaps you may even want to refine the way you read blogs also...

Finally I want to say that John may be able to come home from the hospital tomorrow (Monday). The doctors are not sure what he has, but they know it is some kind of pneumonia. So they will probably be sending him home on IV meds. What that will mean is this -- if Dr. Claxton says he can come home, then John will leave with a port in his arm (I don't know if it will be temporary -- or more long term like most cancer patients get for fluids and to draw blood). Through the port I will give John his IV meds. I will give him an IV at home for two weeks.

I don't mind doing this. I would rather do home IVs than stay at the hospital. I will be a little nursey at home, LOL. I used to be frightened to do this, when I first started it, a few years ago. I was terrified to do home IV. Now I find it a piece of cake. They will have to review it with me though. But I want to go home!

Okay, I just wanted to let you all know where I was, and where John was, in case we were gone for a few more days. And I wanted you all to know why you haven't heard from us. We haven't tried to do a vanishing act...

Okay, I am going to go get back downstairs to John. I need to get out of this hospital computer room. I am such a computer addict, LOL... John is probably awake now. I just wanted you all to know where we were, as I haven't been able to do an entry in over a week. This is the second time we have been up here at Hershey Hospital in the past week... Okay, back to John.

Bye you all, krissy :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What method do you use to read blogs?

I've been sort of stumbling around lately, trying to figure out a method to read my blogs. I've tried several ways, but none seem just right for me. So I wanted to ask you all --

What method do YOU use to read blogs?

I'm especially interested in hearing from those who were with AOL Journals, and are now at Blogger. Have you found a satisfactory method (or combination of methods) to read blogs yet?

The main reason this topic is important to me is because I want to find the blogs I like to read, and in a timely fashion, as they are updated.

But it's also important because, when I update, I'd like others to know about it, and read me. I am sure each of you feels the same way.

So, let's talk about this. I'm hoping it will help all of us.

I realize what works for you may not work for me, and vice versa. I think we should share our ideas and methods on the subject, though. It will help each of us find something that works. Both to read blogs, and have ours read.

Could you please leave a comment and let us know how you read / keep up with the blogs that are important to you?

Next Wednesday, I'm going to do another entry, after reading you all's comments.

After you've commented, if you have time, please check out my sidebar, and vote in the poll concerning this matter. Thanks!

Krissy :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Donna will be back

I got a message from Donna of D's Designs and Other Things. She wants everyone to know she's okay. She had an unexpected hospital stay for the past week.

But she's doing okay now.... She expects her recovery will take awhile, though...

She won't be able to get on the computer too frequently, and it could be awhile before she'll be posting regularly... Don't worry about her though, she's okay!...

She wants us to know she hasn't gone anywhere, and not to forget her!

If you'd like, please post this also.

***Edit at 10:00 PM on 11/8/2008:
I wasn't going to mention this, but since some people have put the word out anyway, I guess I'll explain what's up with Donna, because the above post could be construed as a little mysterious, thereby confusing you.

I just wanted to mention that Donna had a heart attack about a week ago and then had bypass surgery. It will be awhile before she can be back on a steady basis, but she really IS okay. Prayers please... Krissy

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's time to pray for our president elect and for our country...

Written the morning after the election:

I guess I missed it -- the historical significance of what happened last night. You see, it never occured to me to consider that it was historical that an African American had won the election. It didn't occur to me, you see, because I'm basically color blind. I neither thought of Obama as black or white. Actually he's both!

I awoke suddenly on the couch a little while ago, where I had fallen asleep while watching the presidential election results. The news was on in the background. So I listened. The newscasters were talking about how yesterday was a historical day, and that we had witnessed a historical election. The reason is because an African American had won the presidency of the United States of America.

I was taken aback. I had not looked at Obama as black or white. Just an American. So I was taken aback.

The newscasters were saying that those who were old enough to have gone through the 1960s and before would understand the significance of him winning the presidency.

Yes, I was around in the sixties, but barely. I wasn't old enough to see the prejudice that the newscasters were talking about. So to be honest with you, I was taken aback when they shared with us that this election held great historical significance.

You see, I grew up in DC and Northern Virginia. We weren't prejudiced. My generation and after, at least in the part of the country I grew up in, was basically color blind. As are, I believe, most young people today. Depending upon which part of the country you are in, I guess, and how your parents raised you. But my generation, and those of the generations after mine -- I would say -- are pretty color blind.

So I didn't grasp what the newscasters were saying at first -- I didn't grasp the historical significance of Barack Obama winning the presidential election. The newscasters said his win was a "healing thing" for the nation. A sign that America has dropped a lot of her prejudices.

Okay, so I am listening to the news again. The newscaster just reported that many around the world find it a "great hope" that Obama won the election -- as he is a black man, and America chose him... The news just reported that!

I'm still a little confused. If we're supposed to be color blind as a nation, why are there so many persons in America, and abroad, saying it is a "great hope", that a black man can be president? Why is he identified as either black or white, is what I am trying to say? Why not just an American? I thought we were supposed to be color blind!

Okay, I'll take a stab at understanding. Yesterday was a historical day because a man of color was elected to the presidency. And Americans are hopeful in this event, because it shows that prejudice is not as prevalent in this country as it was in the past. Many Americans -- black, white, or whatever color -- thought they'd never see this day. I guess the hope is that prejudices can be torn down, especially since Americans voted for a candidate regardless of his color or race...

This is a lot for my mind to comprehend, because the newscasters, and others older than I am, are just not coming from the same place as I'm coming from. When I think about people, I don't think of them as white or black or whatever. I don't think of their color at all when I see them. Sheesh, it didn't even occur to me Obama was black, until the newscasters said so! I mean now and then it occurs to me, but almost never.

I heard on the news program that a huge amount of young people turned out for Obama. They came in droves. This fact is known through exit polls.

The exit polls showed these young people are truly color blind. That's a great thing.

Perhaps we are getting color blind? This is a day of importance then. The newscasters said they didn't think they'd see this in their lifetime.

So it's a good thing that a person with a vision can be president. We need to celebrate that.

Now if I could just get to liking Obama's policies!

But I need to do what Betty of a corgi in southern california says to do. "Pray for our new president elect" whether he was my choice or not... Others are saying that also in my comment section of yesterday's entry. That we need to pray, and try to help make our country better in whatever way we can...


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It looks like Barrack Obama will be the forty fourth President of The US

A couple of hours ago, I cast my vote for President of the United States. I was the 1,278th to vote in my precinct. Do you realize that's an astounding turnout? I didn't even know there were that many people in my precinct! Such a big turnout. I drove by a couple of polling places today and there were people lined up around the block, waiting to vote.

So now I am listening to the news. I am a little frustrated. Almost immediately the newscasters started calling states for Obama, even before the votes had been counted and called in. Weird, why would you call a state for a candidate when only a small percentage of the precincts have counted their votes and called them in? How would you know if you should attribute the electoral votes of that state to that particular candidate, if all the precincts hadn't called in yet?

Okay, the newscasters just announced for Obama. They said it would be impossible for McCain to win. I guess it looks like Obama's going to be the forty-fourth President of The United States of America. He'll be President Barack Obama.

Sigh. Obama isn't my choice. Oh well, I said how I felt, I better not cry but move on. I don't think he'll be best for the country, but there's nothing I can do about that right now...

So, how are you feeling about the results of the election right now?

Throwing a party? Mourning? Somewhere in between?

Drop a comment and let me know how you are feeling right now...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Morning Question - What's your favorite sandwich?

Today is National Sandwich Day. What's your favorite sandwich?

My answer: Reuben

What's your answer? Leave it in the comment section. Or post in your blog, and come back here and leave a link, so we can all go read your answer!

Krissy :)

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