A Happy Weekend

The last month has been busy for me. I have been working, going to my therapy, communicating with my husband, and being there for my son.

And now fall is here. This is my absolute favorite time of year. I took Buddy for a nice long walk first thing this morning around 2 lakes in the middle of my little town. It was cool and cloudy and raining a little. I don’t know why but I love this weather.

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Today is a special day. My son is making his first trip back up to school to spend time with his friends. My brother-in-law is coming up to spend time with my husband. And I am going to New York City for the weekend with my 2 good girlfriends. So much to be grateful for! Continue reading “A Happy Weekend”

Why I am Practicing Gratitude When Our Health Insurance Denied Us 3 Times

when you accept what is every moment is the best moment


Today I am going to actively practice gratitude. Bob still doesn’t feel well. He missed 2 days of work last week, and he has to be half dead to not go to work. So I know he feels like shit. I am going to not focus on that today because it makes me feel very scared and hopeless. Instead I am going to be thankful for what is.

Last Saturday Bob finally got his Remicade infusion- hurray! 😀 Seriously, I want to shout Hallelujah from the mountaintops!  I’m glad I spoke up to the doctor and told him how his office and the new insurance company were giving us the run around (as I said in my last post, they denied his Remicade THREE times- and he’s been getting if for over a year!). I only wish I hadn’t waited a full month before I did say something. Note to self- remember to advocate for my family’s health care.  I am so happy and grateful that Bob finally got the medicine he needs. Continue reading “Why I am Practicing Gratitude When Our Health Insurance Denied Us 3 Times”

Walking my dog in the rain

I started a new work schedule this week after asking for it months and months ago. I went from working 5 eight-hour days a week to working  4 ten-hour days, with one weekday off each week. Well today is my first day off, hurray!

Enjoy the little things in life


I didn’t sleep well last night which is pretty par for the course lately for me. Once Bob left for work around 6am I slept hard for about an hour and woke up with my right leg completely numb. Ugh.

It’s rainy and cold out and I decided to forgo a morning Spin class because I feel pretty lazy and besides, my dog Buddy deserves some fresh air. So I bundled up and put on my rain hat and out the door we headed… Continue reading “Walking my dog in the rain”

Happy new year :-)

grateful for this day



Today is New Year’s Day and I had planned on starting the new year with a good workout at the gym. But that’s not what happened.

When the phone rang at 7am I had just showered and was just about to fall back asleep. I am on call for my job in the recovery room this weekend. I had to get to the hospital stat as a patient was bleeding internally.

The operation was very involved and took several hours, but it was a success. At one point we didn’t think the man was going to live. Although the surgeon had found and sutured the ruptured vessel, the patient had lost too much and his body started shutting down.

His oxygen saturation was very low, and I watched his skin turn deathly purple blue. I quickly got the crash cart and got ready to start the code. As I drew up the epinephrine, miraculously he started to turn around. Somehow his body just started to right itself. Once he he stated to pink up, everyone in the room breathed a collective sigh of relief. It was still touch and go for about an hour, but we knew he had turned around.

Eventually we brought the patient up to the ICU where he would rest and recover for the next few days. After getting him stabilized in his room and giving report to his nurses, I was free to go. As I was leaving the ICU I saw the man’s wife talking to the anesthesiologist. I remembered giving her a quick hug earlier that morning as I ran into the OR.  I remember she told me how she and her husband just retired and still have so many plans..

I drove home exhausted and in silence sipping my morning cup of coffee, even though it was now after noon.

I felt a deep sense of peace and gratitude for being alive and for being of service. And for the gift of this day. When I got home I crawled back into my unmade bed and slept.

Wishing you a day of peace,
Lisa

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