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2 Weeks Post Mohs Surgery

May 26, 2021 3:40pm  Finally, the phone call that I'd been waiting on. It was the Medical Center. ( Finally, we can schedule my surgery. ) She tells me who she is, and then tells me that she has a cancellation for tomorrow. ( Me stammering... )  "Ok, but I was thinking the end of June."   Then I hear "We just had a moment to look at your file. We really don't think that you should wait. We really think you should come in tomorrow at 8:15am" ( Me stammering again ) "Ok, I'll be there."  Wait, what? My mind is all over the place. I'm supposed to work. How am I going to get our son to school? Will my husband be able to go with me on such short notice. I expected this to be the end of June, not tomorrow. I'm not prepared! I was overcome with emotion.  May 26, 2021 Surgery Day I woke up at 1am with a horrible headache. By the time we arrived at the surgery center, I was definitely a bundle of nerves. I got checked in, went through the usual

Feel All the Feels Then Deal

Not what I expected when the phone rang. It was a routine dermatology appointment.  "Do you have any concerns?" “Yes, a small spot on my face. It comes and goes. Two weeks ago it had disappeared (again). So I'm actually glad that it’s back.”  It was the size of a pin head. It was teeny tiny. A nuisance, but not something that really seemed to bother me. “I suspect that it’s skin cancer.”  “So, we just burn if off, right?” “No, it needs to be cut out and sent to the lab.” I was not prepared for this. It’s on my lip! She’s going to cut a hole in my lip! She warns me that the shot is going to hurt and possibly a lot. She tells me this several times. (I’m thinking surely it can’t be that bad.)  I was wrong.  It hurt.  A lot.  I’m creeped out at the thoughts of her taking a chunk off of my face at the top of my lip. I’m even more creeped out as she tells me she’s going to burn it to stop the bleeding. Time and time again I hear the sizzle and the smell is nauseating. I’m tryin

It's Been a Hot Minute

It's been a hot minute since I've written anything.... over a year. Between being a mom, full time student, and a substitute teacher during a pandemic, writing hasn't been a priority. More than once,  I've felt like I was in survival mode with classes. I didn't expect early block  to be so intense.  I admit that I broke down and cried several times this semester with feeling overwhelmed. But, I endured until the end, and I got straight A's for the semester. I'm proud of myself that I didn't give up. I am enrolled in 2 summer class, and 4 fall classes and studying for standardized tests that I must pass before I can begin my student internship.  I will be close to 50 when I graduate. Am I too old to do this? Who starts a career at 50????? I guess I do. I don't know what's going to happen when I graduate. I do know that I am enjoying the course work, and I'm enjoying being able to put what I have learned into practice as a substitute.  This sch

Above All Else Be Kind

It’s something that I’m constantly saying as a reminder to myself and a reminder to my son. It’s something we all could use a little more of... KINDNESS. He’s only 8, but he knows what it’s like to receive and give kindness. He also knows what it’s like to be teased and picked on.

Have You Tried Ellie Claire Art Journals?

Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the affiliate link.  I’ve always enjoyed journaling. You’d think I’d have decent handwriting, but it’s quite the opposite. And although I do enjoy blogging, I also enjoy putting pen to paper. In addition to journaling, I enjoy coloring. So I was super excited when I found the best of both worlds. Drum roll please...  journaling and coloring in one beautiful book - better known as an art journal. Well, to clarify, let’s make that 3 beautiful art journals. But, I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

Get Out Of The Pit Of Despair

So, I came across some of my old writings when typewriters were a thing ... oh goodness.. 18 or so years ago?!?! before I blogged.. but I obviously still had the desire to share my heart with others..... and I thought I would share it with you... so this is straight from my former self ... when I was in my late 20's. Get up, get up, get up! Get out of that pit that you have dug for yourself. Get out of despair! But I can't Lord, there are so many things going on, it's just too much to bear. Get up! Put on the whole armor of God and face the day.

God's Great Love For You By Rick Warren

Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  What a difference a year makes! I can't believe how much progress that Lil Man has made with his reading. He's in 1st grade this year. It's definitely been an adjustment for our family with him going to school all day, and I rejoined the workforce. ( My Life As A Non-instructional Aide ) But I'm extremely happy with his progress in school. I love watching him grow, and it amazes me that he is now able to read to me. We enjoyed reading God's Great Love For You by Rick Warren together. I could tell that he was proud of himself for being able to read most of it to me. I loved this book. There is a big message behind the book ( God's great love ) but it's written in a way that children ( in my opinion ) can identify. The main character is the little girl that's on the cover. You see her in various situati