Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thoughts for the Day!

Yesterday’s post was pre-scheduled so when I said I had a great weekend, it was only a half truth. We did have a wonderful Saturday. Sunday I woke with a hoarse voice, chest congestion and a pain under my left shoulder blade.
The hubby insisted I go to the doctors I argued. I relented and I’m glad I did. The doctor checked all my vitals, listened to my lungs and thought I sounded clear. But because of the pain under my shoulder blade she wanted to do an x-ray. She did and discovered I have pneumonia.
The only reason I probably didn’t have more symptoms is because I’m pumped up on steroids to control my crohns. Yes, my life is fun right now. I’m taking more meds than a drug addict. But if it avoids the big C…my doctors are afraid of me developing, well…crap, pump me up.
I never feared hearing the word Cancer as much as I have lately. My doctors have been talking more and more about it and their concern I’m susceptible to it. I’m doing EVERYTHING the doctors are telling me. I’ve changed my diet. I’m trying to avoid unnecessary stress and taking the meds faithfully.
I have my blood tested weekly because the counts are so low they worry about me needing a transfusion. With the new meds brings other concerns. They suppress my immune system so I’ve opened myself up to contracting other things too easily. Thus the reason for the pneumonia. Like I said, I’m lucky to have been on a steroid already. It probably kept the severity of it at bay.
It’s sad in some ways that it takes a scare or in my case a possibility of reality to have a person rethink the way they live.
In 2012 I faced many demons. In 2013 I’m determined to get my health back in order and be the best ME I can be. I have a positive attitude and I’ve surrounded myself with great friends and family. I’m pushing the negatives aside.
The point? Don’t wait until you get slapped in the face with a dose of reality to love life. Appreciate it for what it is…a gift!


  1. Wow, that really is scary. What a good message. Consider me slapped in the face with a dose of reality. Hope you feel better soon and that C word just stays away. Lots of hugs.

  2. Oh Amber, get well. Hang in there and hope for the best. I'm thinking of you.