Friday, August 21, 2009

Simplicity & Attitude

First I should explain why I have been blogless for several weeks. I have been having much more pain in my neck and left shoulder and reducing my time on the computer gives it a break. We also lost our family dog on July 11th which caused both me and my husband much sadness and loneliness. Much more than either of us had anticipated. I also have been dealing with nondescript chest discomfort and palpitations which led to a full cardiac workup and then a trip to my G.I. doctor. I also was noticing difficulty and pain with swallowing liquids. The G.I. doc thinks as I do that I am having esophageal spasms. The end results were a prescription to increase my Metoprolol for the palpitations, switched from omeprazole to Nexium for the GERD and was placed on Nifedipine for the esophageal spasms. My next goals are to see an opthamologist and to get an MRI of my c-spine. I need a chauffeur.
We got a new puppy on July 18th and let me tell you life as we knew it has ceased to exist. My daily schedule has been blown out of the water. Not that I am complaining as Maggie the puppy has brought us great joy and comfort. As my husband stated yesterday "there is a reason people have children when they are young" and able bodied.
I must say the past few days have been extremely difficult for me as far as having any energy at all. I have let myself start feeling down. My vision has kept me from keeping up on blogs and today I knew I needed to do some reading and hopefully become enlightened in some way. I visited
http://beingchronicallyillisapill.blogspot.com/2009/08/simple-pleasures.html
and got the boost and kick in the pants I needed. Thank you Maureen. Thanks to her blog Simple Pleasures I walked the puppy a few minutes ago with a totally different attitude.
First I realized how lucky I am that I can walk and enjoy the beauty outside and enjoy the mischievous ways of Maggie. The blue wildflowers appeared much bluer today, I didn't ignore the tiny yellow wildflowers I noticed yesterday. I had a closer look today. So tiny and so beautiful. I enjoyed the wonderful cool breeze and watching the trees sway. Have you ever watched a puppy chase butterflies? It really is quite enjoyable. Instead of having the attitude of just being outside for the puppy and her potty break my attitude was to treasure every moment we were out. How refreshing.
Oh by the way the flower at the top of the page I took this morning. It is a simple flower of blooming gourds. Bird house gourds no less.
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs

7 comments:

  1. Hi Kelli,
    Came by to see how you are and read your latest post.
    The flower is lovely.
    Maggi sounds like a little darling.
    Thinking of you.
    Have a good weekend.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  2. So happy to have you drop by Herrad. Thank you.
    Yes Maggie is a little darling. I will post some pictures of her soon.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Kelli

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  3. Kelli,

    Thanks for the link to my post, I am so glad it made you take notice of all the simple pleasures in your own life. As soon as I feel better, I promise to add your blog to my blogroll. I am happy to have found it and look forward to keeping up with you and your adventures with the new puppy!

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  4. You are welcome for the link. I look forward to having you visit more often. Oh yes, there will be many more puppy adventures to write about I am sure.
    Kelli

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  5. Wow, so sorry to hear about your loss. Pets are our family. You have recovered faster than I (who still grieves her dead parakeet 20 years later) and I know you will find great joy "in the simple things."

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  6. Hi Kelli,
    Came by ti say hello.
    Hope you are having a good day and Maggie is keeping you entertained.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  7. Diane,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We haven't recovered but Maggie has helped fill a big void.
    Kelli
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    Herrad,
    Thanks for dropping by Herrad. Maggie is indeed keeping me entertained and busy.
    Take care,
    Kelli

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