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Friday, October 28, 2016

Always Celebrating The Small Things

Welcome to this weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

*phew* This is one of those weeks, where this blog hop comes at a perfect time. I need to sit down and remember to smile. Ready for this run-down? (It's pretty heavy)

On Saturday, my daughter's car died. She blew a head-gasket and warped the engine head. Since she originally purchased the car way under value (got an amazing deal), it's worth repairing. But it will still cost her quite a bit and won't be done for several weeks. That means back to Mommy taxi (which she hates).

Tuesday, I took my truck in for new tires and discovered that a ball joint is going out and several bushings need to be repaired. Ugh.

Wednesday, my husband's truck started acting up... or rather the transmission has made itself known. In other words, that's going to die here soon too.

And if this wasn't enough, my husband received some pretty bad news this week.
 Over four weeks ago, he was scratched by a cat and punched a wall (he was trying to catch said cat). That night, his finger swelled up. A few days later (because we were sure he just bruised his knuckle at first), we decided to take him in to the doctor. They announced he had 'cat scratch fever'...(now, they just decided this out of the blue without any tests or x-rays or anything...and my husband didn't show all the symptoms. Yep, I googled.). So he took antibiotics for 10 days and was told to be patient. After the ten days, his finger was still pretty swollen. So we went back.
The doc said it looked just right for that stage of the injury (again, no blood tests, x-rays or anything, although my hubs asked if they weren't sure that something like that might be necessary) and they prescribed another 10 days of antibiotics. After this 10 days was up, the finger was still not normal. So off to the doctor again. (Because seriously, after almost 4 weeks and 2 runs of antibiotics, a finger should look somewhat better, right?)
This time, they finally took an x-ray. The result:  his entire joint and half of the lower bone in his ring finger (right hand) no longer exists.
His bone has been and is still eroding away as the infection happily spreads. So. . .today, they are performing an emergency surgery to see exactly what type of bacterial infection my hubs has and see how deep it's already gone.

Best case scenario--my husband keeps his finger but will never be able to use it again.
The other scenarios aren't so rosy.

So this week, I'm chairishing those reasons to celebrate

1) My son and his fiance had engagement pictures taken, and they turned out great!

2) Pumpkin Spice Latte! I finally received one this week and enjoyed every sip.

3) Very helpful family members! When my daughter's car broke down, of course it happened over 50 miles away from home. So my parents and brother drove out, loaded it on their trailer and drove it all the way to our house (which is a HUGE detour for them).

What about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Did you see a lovely flower? Hear a song you haven't heard in a long time? Discover a dollar bill in the back of a drawer? What are you celebrating this week?


  1. I'm sorry! Wow, take some tests and x-rays, folks. Will pray for the best for your husband's finger.

  2. Yikes! Sending positive thoughts your family's way.

    Cute pic! :)

  3. Oh my. My thoughts go out to your husband. That sounds frightening either way. I also hope your car issues get resolved as well. That's one heck of a week!

  4. Oh my gosh!! So hoping for the best with everything!!

    Those are all great reasons to celebrate.Son & fiancé are so cute together! And helpful family members are worth their weight in diamonds. :) I also LOVE pumpkin spice lattes!

  5. Beating my exhaustion this morning and actually blogging. After Monday I fell off the wagon but with a few changes I'm back on and intend to stay there. I'm sorry about your husband's injury. But let's be grateful. Earlier this week Emily Shakespeare found out hers had died after going missing from a hunting trip. No matter our troubles, someone always has it worse. My heart goes out to her and the six kids. Heartbreaking but prayers and hope abound regardless. Enjoy your pumpkin flavors and that engagement photo is precious.

  6. OMG!

    My husband works for a medical supply company and travels all over the country visiting hospitals, helping to install their equipment. His list of "medical facilities that probably won't kill me" is very small. Since he got this job, my goal is to stay healthy.

    Hoping that your husband is in the hands of the best!!

  7. Oh dear that sounds terrible and I am amazed they didn't x-ray it just to make sure the finger wasn't broken even though here in the UK they often will just strap your finger even if it is but at least you know it will mend straight. My thoughts are with you and I admire your fortitude in finding things to celebrate this week. The photo of your son and his fiancee look great - will they be setting a date for their wedding soon do you think? And as you say thank goodness for kind family members in helping out your daughter - it's want every mother would want when their child is in a pickle! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  8. Tonja, I am so, so sorry to hear of all your troubles. PLEASE contact me if you need anything. I know this may sound awful, but in addition to doing everything medically possible to get the best outcome for your husband (I'm assuming you're getting a second opinion), have you considered consulting a lawyer? Sorry if that sounds inappropriate, but depending on the medical outcome, you could have a real case against this doctor. I know that's not the most important thing to you right now (not saying it should be)--just wanted to throw it out there. And since I don't seem to get your replies to my comments on your blog (some weird computer voodoo, I'm sure), just e-mail me if you want to talk more about this (or anything). SENDING ALL THE HUGS (plus more hugs).

  9. Wow. What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. I'm so sorry about your husband's hand. It seems the doctors really weren't careful or thorough. Perhaps you should take Ilana's advice. If something so dreadful should happen and it's their fault, it would only be fair if they paid reparations -- and I'm sure your family could use a cushion of security. Speaking of your family, your son and his fiancee are adorable!! They look optimistic and perfectly matched. I hope next week's better, and Happy Halloween!

  10. We've had weeks like that when it comes to cars. Right now we're down to one car until at least February.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's finger. That's awful. I can't believe it took them so long to run tests and x-rays. I'd be livid. I hope he heals up soon!

  11. Hell's bells. O_o That doctor sounds incredibly irresponsible. I hope things turn out as well as they can for your husband, and I hope you guys find a new doctor after this. Gah!

    This week, I finally have something to celebrate - getting great feedback and suggestions from my first beta reader. ^_^ It means quite a bit more work, but it'll all be for the best for my book.

  12. Tonja, Whoo, so many problems going on your end! Yikes, I hate hearing the news of your hubby's finger. DS was injuried at work about 4-weeks ago when a palette jack ran his. The problem is his big toe was crushed in the collision. It literally popped like a grape from the impact. The doctor stitched him up and declared nothing broken prescribed pain meds and antibiotics. He's been on Workman's Comp ever since. The toe got infected but at his last appointment they found out his toe is not only infected but it's broken, too. I wonder if the bacteria in his toe is doing the same thing as what your hubby has gone through? I'm saying prayers for all the misfortune on your side to go away and everything be ok. Thanks for visiting and have a safe, uneventful Halloween!

  13. Oh man! My heart goes out to you. That is QUITE the week. You deserve some epic cheese.

    I adore the picture of your son and fiance. So cute!

  14. I hope your husband's hand is healing! What a week!

  15. Praying for you and your family!!! My dad . . . had something similar as a kid after a surgery. Bone tissue loss is tough. I hope that somehow, a miracle occurrs and all is well.


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