… a little something for the invisible hopeful masses


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Call the hospital



My heart is erratic

And my head is a mess

I fumble and mumble

I must be in duress

It all happened today

When you had something to say

You spoke to me

And I felt the glee

Of actually being seen

And not by someone mean

So hurry quick

Which doctor do I pick

One to stop my pounding heart

Or one to pick my brain apart

I do not know

Which way to go

What is this feeling

I know I’m reeling

No need to push and shove

I think it may just be love

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hospital


It had been too early.  She came into the world so small.  She was only 5 pounds and 4 ounces.  She was about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.  Her mom had been released from the hospital, but it had been Stella’s first home for 3 weeks while she grew a little bit more.

Today was the day though.  She would be coming home, and mom and dad couldn’t be happier.  The nursery was ready and waiting.  They had to finish it in the weeks after she was born while waiting for this moment.  Dad was putting the car seat into the car while Mom was gathering the first clothes Stella would be wearing.

They arrived at the hospital and were so happy to be able to hold their daughter.  The doctor and nurses talked to them about all they should know and filled out the discharge paperwork.  This was it, finally, Mom, Dad and Stella all walked out of the hospital.  A happy family on homecoming day!

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – homecoming

Dinner On Hold

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The table was set for two and dinner was just about ready.  She had just opened to wine to breathe.  Her cell phone rang, and Mandy answered it, “Hello.  Yes, this is Mandy Ivers.”  After a long pause she continued with a shaky voice.  “Are you sure?  He should have been closer to the east side of the city about now?  Yes, of course.  I will be there as soon as I can.”

Mandy drove to the hospital the gentleman on the phone had told her that her husband was in.  She approached the registration desk and inquired about her husband.  The receptionist said, “I will page the doctor for you.”

What seemed like forever, Mandy waited.  The doctor arrived and led her to a consultation room.  “Mrs. Ivers I am sorry to tell you that your husband was in a serious crash.  He is in surgery right now and it will be a crucial night for him after he is out of surgery.”

“What is wrong?”

“From what the paramedic told me he was hit by a driver running a red light.  He at least has broken bones, a collapsed lung and some internal bleeding.  We will know more when the surgeon comes out to speak to you.  It should be within the hour.”

The doctor left Mandy all alone and she began to sob.  Jeff was her world.  What would she do without him?  They had tickets to go to Vegas next month, he couldn’t miss that!  The door opened and the surgeon stepped in removing his mask.

“How is my husband?”

“He is weak, but stable.  He will be in the iCU tonight and if all goes well, we will move him to a private room tomorrow.  You can go home and get some rest or if you would like there is a ICU waiting room where you can stretch out on the couch and if there is any change the nurse will let you know.”

“Can I see him now?”

“Maybe later in the night, he is still in recovery from the surgery.”

Mandy sighed and said, “Okay.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – dinner

Hospital Hell In the Dominican Republic — Building The Love Shack

(This is a good example of why you need to be wise about where you vacation…)


Things have been pretty quiet here on our blog for the month of February. That’s because we went on a most waited for vacation. Unfortunately, while I was away, I ended up in the hospital. The best way to share this story is to share with you the letter I sent to Air Canada, […]

via Hospital Hell In the Dominican Republic — Building The Love Shack

Mumbles … Being

I have just gone through the motions of being… it has been a long week. My week started out with 6 appointments planned for the week for both me and my dad. Then Dad went to the ER early Wednesday morning. He was having lots of trouble breathing. My sister called me and I got ready and out the door before 6am. He had pneumonia and lots of problems with edema and fluid around the heart. The pneumonia has cleared up on his x-ray. But his is having lots of confusion. It really scares me… my Mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s and the way Dad is acting reminds me of that. I talked to the nurse about it tonight. She paged the doctor and he finally got back to her and said he wasn’t too concerned about it. I really dislike my Dad’s doctor… he is an ok guy, but I think he has a lot of flaws as a doctor, but I can’t convince Dad to go to a new doctor.

So I’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital the last few days and have gotten so far behind on reading posts and my daily prompts. I may read through some tonight yet but I am so tired, physically and emotionally. I am just barely being.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – being

Happy and Grateful – Day 272

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

*Yawn*  I am posting this after a very short “nap” last night.  I didn’t get home from the hospital until almost 2am and had to eat something so it was nearly 3 when I fell asleep only to wake up at 7 and be wide awake.  Oh, I bet you are wondering about the whole hospital thing.

I went to visit my Dad and get him some dinner when he was complaining about his leg.  It was painful, swollen and tender to the touch.  After a call to First Nurse she said to take him to the ER.  So Dad finished his dinner and away we went.  After several tests they found only what appears to be a pool of blood in the tissue of the leg that was likely from a bump he was unaware of.  No blood clots.  No problems with the hip replacement.  I am grateful they did not keep him overnight.  It is now just a matter of elevation, ice and time.

So needless to say I was happy to get home to my comfy chair and some food.  I had been running some errands with my boyfriend during the day and never did eat lunch after only having a honey bun for breakfast.  I was so hungry.  So I reheated dinner that my boyfriend had already made.

Now I need to get ready for a birthday party… wrap the gifts I was going to wrap last night and maybe catch another nap before we have to be there.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 208

July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning.  It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life.  It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night.  I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day.  Join along in the comments or on your own blog.  There is always good in every day.

“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date…”  Over 12 hours later I am finally posting, will you forgive me?  I had been going on only 4 hours of sleep and a 45 minute nap… that caught up with me and I went out in full light, TV on and still in my jeans and t-shirt.  So the fatigue captured me last night and I am still trying to catch up today.  Oops!

Yesterday was a beautiful day as is today.  There is still some humidity in the air, but the temperatures are much more manageable.  Now if we could just get some rain…

This post is all about kids.  Yesterday was Miracle Treat Day at many Dairy Queen’s across the country.  It was a day when all Blizzard Treats purchased would provide a dollar donation to The Children’s Miracle Network.  CMN is a network of hospitals that works with children and families of children facing disease and injury.

I took a tour of our CMN hospital here in Iowa once and got to see some of the benefits the funds had created for kids and families… things like specialized surgical equipment for smaller bodies, recreation equipment that is inclusive for those in wheelchairs, programs that focus on the well-being of the kids during treatments, and many more services.

As you know I have a daughter who I love with all my heart, she is healthy.  When she was little, a boy almost her same age was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and not expected to live past the age of 12.  His mother worked with me.  I was so grateful that my daughter was healthy.  Incidentally that little boy is now a young man working in the nursing field… still monitoring his cancer, but doing well in remission.  He was helped by some of the things CMN donations provided.

Yearly Miracle Treat Day happens and I love ice cream.  So yearly my daughter and I buy Blizzards to support CMN in a small way.  I am still so grateful that I didn’t have to face the fear of a short life expectancy for her.  I am happy beyond words to help a cause I believe in every year in this way and other fund-raising events that take place.  And honestly the ice cream is so yummy! 🙂

Do you have a charity that is close to your heart, that makes you grateful, that you are happy to help on a regular basis?  Cherish those in your life who are well and be aware of how lucky they are.  Find your happiness every day!

Day 30 – 100 Days of Happiness

From bad to good news… that split second when things improve is such a relief and a moment of happiness.  Today a good friend’s son was in a car accident.  Those moments waiting to hear news on his condition took far too long, but when I heard surgery was over and he was going to be ok it brought a relief and happiness beyond words.  There is a lot of healing to go through, but the healing will come and life continues. I am so happy things did not turn out worse…. thank God.