Silent Support

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I cannot begin to tell you all how many people have come up to me recently telling me how wonderful I look, how they have been following my journey on Facebook and my blog, and how much my courage in the face of adversity has impacted them.  They love my Positive Thoughts for the Day and say I am an inspiration.
Who, me?  Wow.  Well.  I do know that I had great positive relationships with all my nurses and therapists in the hospital, rehab, and home health care.  And my doctor just shakes his head time and time again and asks how I can keep smiling through all these ups and downs (most downs).  I guess having a chronic incurable disease (Crohn’s) has prepared me for the worst case scenarios in the past, and that is why I wasn’t too surprised to have all these issues and extra surgeries and PICC lines and infections and meds etc. with this hip replacement.  Been there, done that, alone most of the time.  This time I had the support of my family and friends, so many visitors, cards, phone calls etc., which really made the difference.  I would not have made it without them. Especially my little 3-year-old niece, who loved all the blood and guts aspect, and kept me laughing through it all.

Sometimes you don’t realize the impact you have on people, positive or negative.  That’s why I always try to have a smile on my face, and be friendly and courteous to people.  It just might make their day a little brighter.  So thank you, everyone, for your support, silent or otherwise.  It encourages me to keep on going, knowing that you are reading and rooting for me.  And it really makes my day when one of you comes up and hugs me and tells me that!

I am SO blessed….

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We are heathens

We all think that we live in the most progressive country in the world.  I’m afraid to burst your bubble, but we do not.  We are heathens compared to the rest of the world.

I’m talking toilet.  Yes, that porcelain God that you sit on (or bow to occasionally!) multiple times a day.  We don’t give it a second thought usually.  We use it, we clean it, we buy toilet paper.

Toilet paper.  See, that is the issue.  The tissue issue.  It’s a great invention for sure.  Especially for the manufacturers.  Charmin has been a large part of my budget forever.  All that soft billowy goodness.  That has been clogging toilets and septic fields for decades.

Now, most people don’t give toilet paper a second thought.  Unless it becomes a tissue issue.  Think back to the last time you had a bad stomach virus and how many times you had to use that tissue and how, sensitive, shall we say, your bottom got.  Made you scream to even touch it, right?

If you had a bidet?  Non issue with the tissue.  Don’t need tissue.  Clean yourself with water.  Give your bottom a mini-bath, instead of smearing things and germs around with tissue.  Hands free too folks.  Think of the sink soap you will save too!

Also, as a person with Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, I cannot begin to tell you what a life saver this has been for me.  I do not know why every GI doctor doesn’t suggest this to their patients.  I am going to make it my mission to remedy this situation.

You don’t need to run out and buy a new porcelain fixture.  They sell bidet fixtures that attach to your current toilet.  Some are cheap $20 and use just cold water.  Some have a line to the hot water and cost around $70.  That is what I started out with.  For a week.  I loved it SO MUCH I upgraded to the fancy remote control model with lighted heated seat, self-cleaning nozzles, and a warm air dryer.  Yes, I said dryer.  It washes you, AND dries you!  So no need for TP whatsoever!

bidetI love my bidet.  You will too.