Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Health Update

My ankle is still attached to my leg. It's still a little swollen. I have some discoloration (but it's not bad). I'll see a specialist tomorrow who I'm sure will tell me that the ankle is fine and I should be able to power shop on Friday morning starting at 5:00am. This is a ritual and I would hate to have to do it in a wheelchair. (Have you ever tried get through the isles with a cart let alone a wheelchair?) Enough said. If you're out there on Friday morning...look for me.

The cough? It's still there, though it's much better. Not so deep in my chest. My sexy raspy voice is softening. I'm actually coughing stuff up (sorry for the visual). I have a CT chest scan and a brain MRI next Friday. Again, I'm sure they will tell me I'm defying odds and everything looks great. I'll give you the update after my follow-up appointment on December 6th.

It was just about a year ago when I really started to feel cruddy with a wheezy cough and pneumonia that wouldn't go away. I'm so glad to be where I am today. Happy, feeling good, and loving life.

When my kids were little we used to share this poem (I think one of the girls wrote it)

I love you, I love you, I love you so well...
If I had a peanut, I'd give you the shell.

Though it might sound cruel to some of you, it means "I really love you". So for tonight....

If I had a peanut, I'd give you the shell,


Anonymous said...

Yep, that was me. I remember writing it in Elementary School and at the time I was very proud of myself. I guess it does sound a bit cruel but it was intended to mean "I love you THAT much!"

I'll always give you my shell...

Love you,
Angela Jo

Anonymous said...

The more I think about it, the more I realize what "shell" means. It is the protection. It is the part that is not afraid to get the scratches, dings, or to take the hard fall to keep the precious nut safe. I may have been a little kid when I wrote this but I think I knew what I was talking about. Now I know that "my shell" is exactly what I want to give you.

I love you from the bottom of my heart-


Anonymous said...


Enjoy the holidays with your family. We will be thinking of you and including you in our thanks for the good things in life.

Love, Karen and family

Amy Schmitt said...


Although you mean well by giving mom your "shell"... the family voted and we think you should keep all the protection you can. You are the most accident prone person we know and it might do you more good than it will do mom. :)

Just an idea to ponder...
Your big sis