ROAD TO RECOVERY…MY STORY…2015

Hello, you may be new to my blog and others maybe loyal subscribers who have been wondering where I have been for the last few months!?

Here’s MY STORY!MyStory2

In late November I broke my femur and had surgery in which the doctor placed a metal rod in my upper thigh since then it seemed like I had health issues one after another.

On January 19, 2015 I had trouble breathing because I was suffering from hypertension due to my bladder being full of urine and we could NOT get the urine to flow through the catheter after several flushing of a syringe. A little over 6 years ago I had a procedure on my bladder called a “Bladder Augmentation” in which they took a piece of my bowel and attached it to my bladder to make it larger so it could hold larger volumes of urine to avoid leakage (best surgery I had and fully recommend it). The piece of bowel attached to my bladder still makes mucus which clogs up the catheter and when this occurs we use a syringe to unclog it however that particular night it didn’t work. What is bladder augmentation?  After trying for over an hour or so I started to get hypertension (which is common in spinal cord injuries) making it difficult for me to breathe so I had a caregiver call 911.

In my mind I thought I it would be a quick trip to the hospital’s ER and they would find a way to drain my bladder by flushing it or surgically putting a temporary catheter through my stomach, however they had NO knowledge of my condition and the procedure I had had done on my bladder. There main focus was to get my blood pressure, and heart rate down to normal which was very high. I received three shots of this supposedly fast acting medication to bring my vitals down. I had passed out before they got my vitals back to normal however I woke up four days later on a ventilator and later discovered I had surgery on my stomach as well. Being a quadriplegic I have minimum arm movement so I couldn’t write plus I had this tube (ventilator) down my lungs preventing me from speaking. You could imagine what was going through my mind when I woke up and had no way to communicate verbally. The next day I was taken off of the ventilator and my first words were “Do not ever put me back on that thing”! All the while my family was by my side especially my Mother who thought they were taking me off the ventilator too soon because she felt my breathing was not normal. Well the doctors should have listened to her because a few days later I went into cardiac arrest and had to have CPR and was placed back on the ventilator this time a lot longer (almost 3 weeks).

An unnecessary surgery I woke up to…

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My Mother stayed at the hospital with me 24/7 not leaving my side unless someone she trusted was there to watch over me so she could literally go home shower and change her clothes. Other than that she had an overnight bag and spent every day at the hospital sleeping on a semi hard recliner chair. She talked to me endless hours until I woke up from the cardiac arrest ordeal. I heard almost everything she said but in my mind it played out in my dreams for example she talked about everyone who had visited and in my dreams there was a woman who resembled my Mother all the way down to the mole on her face. This lady told me she knew all my loved ones and started naming them off which in reality it was my Mother speaking to me while I was sedated. In my dreams I also could not talk verbally however when I woke up and weeks later taken off of the ventilator I described the lady in my dreams to my Mother, she said it must have been her Mother who had passed before I was born.

Sedated, pumped full of fluids you can see it on the right side of my face… :(

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After waking up from having CPR and being placed back on the ventilator I could only communicate with my eyes and head. I literally could not make one sound with my mouth or lips being on that machine and I tried everything I could! The only time I could get someone’s attention was when they would look in my direction then I would move my head frantically. For about a week I could only communicate with my Mother who took the time to understand what I was trying to say with only my eyes and head. I would get these horrible spasms in my back and legs and the only way to stop them were to bend my legs up to my stomach and  my Mom would look at my frantic face and  movements I made towards my legs and knew I either needed my legs bent up or I needed to be catheterized. Eventually we got this board called the “EZ Board” that has pictures on the front and back of different actions you may need done and a keyboard in the front lower right corner to spell out what I wanted to say. That board was a miracle and made communicating a lot easier despite the frustration when it came to spelling out the words. I would nod my head yes when my Mom or a family member would put their finger on the letters of the word I was trying to spell and at times it wasn’t easy. I got frustrated and I know they did trying to figure out what I was trying to spell however they showed nothing but patience.

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Eventually I was transferred from that hospital to another who specialized in my injury and knew the proper care I needed. Despite this hospital being an hour away from home my Mother came with me and in less than two weeks the fluid the previous hospital had pumped me up with was removed off my body especially my organs and I was also taken off of the ventilator which I had to work hard on. When taking me off of the ventilator they called it weaning where they would lower the oxygen which made it difficult to breathe however it was to strengthen my lungs so that I could breathe on my own. Whenever the oxygen was lowered for me to try to breathe on my own it felt like my three year old was on my chest and I had to struggle to breathe with his weight on me. The first few times the doctors lowered the oxygen I would panic, get scared and not try breathing on my own until they talked about putting me on a trace. When I heard those words the first thing that came to mind were my children and I didn’t want them seeing me like that, plus it would delay me going home so I convinced the doctors to continue the weaning process. The first time I went almost five hours breathing heavily to avoid being put on a trace, the next day I did it again then the third day I believe the doctors asked was I ready to come off of the ventilator. I was happy and nervous at the same time because what had occurred at the previous hospital. The day I waited for them to turn off the oxygen dragged finally after an hour later the doctor told me I had been breathing on my that entire time and had come to remove the tubes from my lungs. You couldn’t imagine the feelings I felt!!! I could not talk once the tubes were removed because I was on the ventilator longer than I was supposed to (usually you’re kept on a ventilator no longer than two weeks and usually that is too long before they do a trace). I was on the ventilator all together almost three weeks and my voice was barely above a whisper. First after being removed off of the ventilator I thanked God because he kept me going, second I wanted to talk to my children whom I had only seen a total of four times during the month and four days I was in the hospital which was VERY difficult for me because I missed my babies.

I spent a lot of time in the hospital starring at my hand and fingers because I wasn’t a huge television fan and I got tired of looking at the walls…You can also see how swollen my hand is… :(

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After being transferred off of ICU and on a rehabilitation floor I finally had the opportunity to see my husband and children for the first time in weeks. My husband visited me in the hospital but I did not want him to bring our children because they wouldn’t understand why Mommy could not talk and why she had all those tubes going into her. Their first visit which was on my youngest son third birthday, February fourteenth I was elated and didn’t cry however on their second visit the day before my oldest sons birthday which was February twenty third I cried like a baby despite the fact I would be home within two days! 

My Mother & I….I LOVE this WOMAN!

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I missed a lot while being hospitalized for over a month however I gained a lot as well because my family and I are closer than ever and my children have a better relationship with their Father because before my hospitalization the boys only knew Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy due to the fact that my husband had just retired from the Army after being stationed in another state and now the boys yell DADDY which I love!

I am currently home with my family however I have a long road ahead of me to recovery but I am not alone and have a huge support system!

My Boys & I (Easter Day 2015)… A month after being released from the hospital.

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Thanks for reading “My Story”!

Teena

Community Parks for the Disabled

This picture brought a smile to my face because this shows that the disabled are being recognized and accepted in today’s society. I can not wait to see more community parks for the disabled in every state, city and town! This is just beautiful those children are doing something they probably never imagined would happen. Those without disabilities take a lot for granted however these children probably think this is one of the best things in the world “to swing on the swings like other none disabled children”. NO CHILD SHOULD FEEL LEFT OUT!Swings

Teena

THE BOYS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE BIRTHDAY PARTY

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I am blessed to say that after being in the hospital for over a month I was well enough to get out of the hospital for the boys birthday party. My oldest turned 5 years old and the youngest turned 3 years old making Mommy feel like her babies are growing too fast! :(

On 2-28-15 the boys had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party the oldest had a  Michelangelo cake (the orange turtle) and the youngest had Leonardo cake (the blue turtle). Both boys had a blast and enjoyed themselves which made me feel good.

Here are a couple of pictures of the boys at their Birthday Party!

The birthday boys and brotherly love!

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Their cakes are on top of a pizza cake.

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MY BABIES!!!MyBoysBDay

Teena

THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT! UNDER $50

If you are having a hard time finding a Valentine’s Day Gift visit Unique Jewelry Candles!

They have a “Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Candle with Genuine Jewelry Valued at over a $100“. That’s right each candle has jewelry in it of your choice with a minimum value of a $100. :)

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Vdaytart2There’s also Mother & Daughter Heart Shaped Tarts or Cupcakes!

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Cupcake Tarts!

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Unique Jewelry Candles also has this FABULOUS GIVEAWAY going on!

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For the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Please Visit Unique Jewelry Candles!

Teena

THURSDAY THOUGHTS 1/15/15

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Today I am linking up with Jen at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom.

I can’t believe it’s Thursday 1/15/15 which means half of the month is almost over already! :( It also means my children birthdays are going to be here soon which I have already started on. Their birthday theme will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so if you have any birthday ideas please comment!?

Tmnt_(3)I am also looking for an artist who can make the boys some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shoes. Something like this:

8ed79915d46df59aa3b581958302831aThose are my Thursday thoughts! Please share your by commenting?

Teena

 

STEVE MADDEN BOOTS $6 PLUS FREE SHIPPING

Steve Madden is having an additional 60% off of their clearance and I took advantage of it by using a code and Ebates. Everything is explained below! :)

I just bought these Steven Madden boots for $6 shipped Value: $39.98!
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  1. Sign up for additional 3% cash back from Ebates if you’re not already signed up.
  2.  Then type Steve Madden in Ebates search box.
  3. Go to the website, under clearance is where the boots are (you can also get additional 60% off of Steve Madden other clearance items).
  4. Use code SAVE.

It’s that easy! Need help just comment.

Teena

MOMMY’S ME TYME DECEMBER SPOILER

Mommy's Me TymeMommy’s Me Tyme is a subscription box
that focuses on getting women (not just mom’s) to take time out of their busy lives for themselves.  Each box is filled with goodies that any woman, mom or not, can enjoy, and each month promises a value of $50+.

Their December Spoiler is Unique Jewelry Candles

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My Life….2014

It has been awhile since my last post however I want to let you all know I am enjoying life and those in it! The Holidays always put me in a great spirit!

Life is taking me into so many different directions that I am LOVING it despite the trials and tribulations! My businesses are prospering, my children are healthy and growing fast and my husband and I are at wonderful place in life!!! What more can a girl ask for?

What are your holiday plans?

The boys are ready for Christmas…

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UNIQUE JEWELRY CANDLES GIVEAWAY ON FB VALUE $561.88

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Tonight 9 pm CST / 10 pm EST / 7 pm PST. there will be 3 huge Unique Jewelry Candles basket Giveaways Valued at $561.88 please join this group to participate and learn more about it. If you have any questions please contact me!
Click Here ———-> All Wax with Jewelry Games & Giveaways!

Visit Unique Jewelry Candles Website!

Teena

ALL WAX WITH JEWELRY GAMES & GIVEAWAYS!

IMG_228894828952721Come join this amazingly fun paid game & giveaway group on Facebook! On Saturday, 11/15/14, we are playing for a HUGE Christmas Basket from Sweet Smells N Trinkets! It contains 32 prizes in Wax, has a shipped value of $1,268.80 and is RTS (ready to ship)! ALL winners chosen on video because our games are: Always Fair, Never Favoritism! Join Now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllWaxWithJewelryGamesAndGiveaways/ “

Teena

ONE OF MY FAVORITE FACEBOOK GROUPS… All Wax with Jewelry Games & Giveaways!

Please Watch the video below, you might want to join in on the action!!! :)
The Facebook group is All Wax with Jewelry Games & Giveaways!

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A List of everything I WON!!!

1.) SIX (6) ScenSei – Master of Scent Sparkle Jewelry Tarts in 2 “sets” of three (3) tarts each. Each molded wax tart is 3-3.5 Oz each and will be contained in their own separate gold box with metallic or glitter Turquoise or Gold ribbons.

Each “set” of three (3) SPARKLE Jewelry Tarts/SPARKLE Jewelry Tart of Whimsy will contain the SAME MAIN gemstone for the “set” of the customer choice from the choices below. Each “set” will include:

– ONE (1) SPARKLE Jewelry RING Tart in your chosen size (size 6-9 , only, please. See Note Below for other sizes.), Genuine gemstones and genuine .925 silver or better metal, with an MSRP of AT LEAST $100 or more. ****You choose 2 scents for this tart.

***If you need a size 4, 5. or 10 or 11 ring, you can still order, BUT I cannot guarantee that those sizes will have the same Gemstone as the other 2 SPARKLE Jewelry tarts in the set of 3. I will try my best to locate matches!

– 1 SPARKLE Jewelry Tart of Whimsy – with a pair of Earrings to match the gemstone in the ring of the set. Guaranteed genuine gemstones and genuine .925 silver or better metal. You choose 1 scent for this tart.

– 1 SPARKLE Jewelry Tart of Whimsy – with either a pendant or a bracelet, my choice, depending on what I find to match the gemstone in the ring and the earrings of the set. Guaranteed genuine gemstones and genuine .925 silver or better metal. You choose 1 scent for this tart.

YOU CHOOSE the gemstone you want to be the “main stones” in the jewelry pieces of EACH set. All three SPARKLE Jewelry tarts in each scent will have the SAME TYPE of gemstone you choose to be the MAIN STONE in each jewelry piece found in the SPARKLE Jewelry Tart in that set. In the SECOND set of 3 SPARKLE Jewelry tarts you can choose the SAME or a DIFFERENT MAIN STONE to be in the jewelry pieces found in the SPARKLE Jewelry Tarts in that set. In addition, each “set” can have the Sparkle RING Tart of the “set” chosen in a different size (great for getting one set for yourself and one set to give as a gift!!)!

-**- Gemstones to choose from for each “set” of SPARKLE Jewelry Tarts: Purple Amethyst, Green Amethyst, Mystic Topaz, Orange Azotic Topaz, Smokey Brown Topaz, Swiss Blue Topaz, Green Peridot,

($260 retail value for the package of 6 SPARKLE Jewelry Tarts and choosing your own main stone for each set of 3 tarts)

2.) TWO (2) ScenSei Master of Scents Custom Blended wax loaves that weigh 16 – 24 ounces each. PLUS – TWO (2) SPARKLE WHIMSY Jewelry Pieces…one in each loaf.
– Your may choose up to TWO (2) scent choices for your “chunks” in each loaf.
– You may choose ONE (1) Over Pour Scent for each loaf.
– Sent as 2 complete wax loaves packaged in a polypropylene bag with a twist tie and then in a decorative cello bag finished off with turquoise satin ribbon bows.
– Your will receive ONE (1) tin tie, Polypropylene lined bakery bag with a label identifying the scent combination you have chosen for each loaf to properly and neatly store the loaf’s chunks after you cut your loaves up.

($74 retail value)

3.) Two (2) Sets of 10 regular ScenSei – Master of Scents 3.2 ounce, 6 cavity clamshells in your choice of scents that can be found on the website athttp://www.scensei.net/ under the “Buy ScenSei” tab at the top of the page. (There are more scent choices available for the clamshells.)

($60.00 Retail Value)

4.) ONE (1) ScenSei MixMaster 24 oz custom Blended wax chunk bag with up to 4 scent choices for chunks WITH a SPARKLE Jewelry Surprise Golden Bag of a Guaranteed ring in your chosen size worth a minimum of $100 MSRP.

($55.00 Retail Value)

5.) One ADORABLE Snowman or Santa Clause Christmas themed full size wax warmer.

($25.00 Retail Value)

6.) One custom ordered for the winner ScenSei SPARKLE Hoodie in your chosen size and your chosen sparkle graphic color for the two elements of the Hoodie. Choose Gold or Teal Lettering! **Please note the sizes available: Hoodie: S- 3XL with a looser fit.

($65.00 Retail Value)

7.) FOUR (4) Hard copy gift certificates with the SPARKLE logo on it containing 4 different coupon codes valid for $50.00 of any product on thewww.scensei.net website. This is GREAT for Holiday Gift giving!!

($200 Retail Value)

8.) Jumbo Premium basket with a Christmas Theme, completed by curls of Christmas themed ribbons in differing colors, patterns and length, all in a shrink wrapped clear basket bag to hold contents in beautifully and finished off with Sparkly Christmas embellishments.

($25.00 Retail Value)

9.) Shipping to the winner of the basket securely packed and ready to be given as a gift or enjoyed all by yourself!!

($75 shipping charge with signature confirmation, insurance and tracking. This price is reflective of the VERY large size of this basket, the weight, additional packaging material due to the odd shape and to make the basket secure. This basket is SO BIG it fits and ships securely only in a medium Lowes Moving box!! It will likely be arriving via Fed Ex or UPS rather than the usual USPS shipping we do because if the size and weight of this basket.)

TAT for this custom ordered basket is up to 21 business days and will arrive before Christmas!

The Facebook group is All Wax with Jewelry Games & Giveaways!

Teena

Unique Jewelry Candles Website in UP

Today marks the anniversary of the day I was in a car accident. Despite the trials and tribulations I have endured I have still come out on top as proof I would like to introduce you all to my NEW BUSINESS and WEBSITE!
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Thanks to those who have supported me because this project has been my baby in the making for almost a year now.

Also Thank You for believing in me Jen momsgotmail she is my first online customer! She’s a sweetheart and I adore her.

 Teena

Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop 10-31-2014

 

Today I am linking up with Moms Got Mail for Friday Fave Five Blog Hop.

My entire week had something to do with Halloween and the boys. :)

1.Trick or Treat at Shark Park.

My youngest was scared of him so he didn’t get into the picture. lol

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2.Trick or Treat at Potter Park Zoo.

The boys got their face painted according to which Ninja Turle they were. My oldest is Michelangelo (orange) & my youngest is Leonardo (blue).

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3.Trick or Treat at Eastwood Mall

The boys with “Culver’s” ice cream cone guy.

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4.Trick or Treating in East Lansing.

The youngest was acting up and didn’t want to take a picture. lol

Eastwood Mall5.Trick or Treat Party at Crown Plaza Hotel

The boys loved dancing and playing the games! My oldest also won one of the raffle gifts!

Click link to see the video.

THE BOYS LIGHTNING MCQUEEN BEDROOM IS COMPLETE + EXTRA

My oldest son decided to peel the jumbo Lightning McQueen sticker off of the wall so I decided to have their bedroom wall above their bed painted.

The beginning...

The beginning…

Getting Started…Getting Started.....Almost done…

We are almost done...

We are almost done…

FINISHED paint job…

FINISHED!

FINISHED!

After the painted wall was complete my sister hung up the decals and pictures (my walls are HUGE and make everything look small however in person it’s perfect).

The boys bedroom door.

The boys bedroom door.

My youngest side of the room….

My youngest side of the room.

My youngest side of the room. His name is above his dresser.

My oldest side of the room….The Playland door leads to their toy room & closet…

My oldest side of the room with his name above the dresser.

My oldest side of the room with his name above the dresser.

Looks who’s enjoying their decorated bedroom and beds…

Their beds...

Their beds…

WAIT! There’s more……

The boys bathroom… :)

The boys bathroom...

The boys bathroom…

The boys bathroom.

The boys bathroom.

The boys bathroom.

The boys bathroom.

The boys bathroom.

The boys bathroom.

On the wall across from their potty…lol

Across from their potty...

Across from their potty…

More to come so please subscribe for more…..Please comment as well. The boys and I would love to read them.

Teena

THURSDAY THOUGHTS 10/23/14

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Today I am linking up with Jen at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom.

Before I began please Check out my GIVEAWAY!

There are some awesome bloggers on the internet and the first ones to come to mind are:

Moms Got Mail

Mommy Splurge

Practically unperfect in every way

These are some awesome ladies blogs I enjoy reading, rather it’s reviews, talking about themselves or family you get a sense of genuineness and that they blog because they enjoy it! There are more blogs I enjoy but those three came to mind first. :)

Please share with me some of your favorite blogs by commenting?

Teena