Happy Holidays

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Greetings, friends!

I love this time of year! Winter is my favorite season and Christmas is my favorite holiday. Some of you may be shaking your head, thinking, really? Winter is your favorite season?!

It’s true. I absolutely love it. Having grown up in upstate New York, winter was a magical time of the year. Sledding, skiing, drinking hot cocoa … love, love, love!

The holidays can also be stressful, especially if you are sick, injured or in the hospital. I have recently been asked by folks who are kind enough to follow my blog, how I managed to get through the holidays when I wasn’t doing so well.

The great thing about having a blog is that you try to reach people and if you are successful, you will inspire someone or provide a little hope. So let me try to do just that.

Here’s what I know for sure … the holidays aren’t about the presents, rather, it’s about the presence of family and loved ones. It’s a time to get together and celebrate the year gone by and look forward to the new year that will usher in.

Two years ago at Christmastime, I was attached to a PICC line where I had to give myself infusions every 6 hours. This meant that the medicine had to be taken out of the refrigerator an hour before the infusion. I was exhausted as I wasn’t getting quality sleep.  I was also attached to a wound vac on my foot which at times would sound an alarm in the middle of the night, always when I had fallen into a deep sleep. Talk about being frustrated!

Besides the PICC line and wound vac, I was also on blood thinners which left me bruised. I was always cold. I had lost a lot of weight from my surgeries, so that didn’t help the situation, either. Literally, it was a miserable and exhausting time.

Even though I wasn’t feeling well and hardly festive, I always tried to put on a happy face. I always reminded myself that this too shall pass, and I tried to find the silver linings. That year, I didn’t have the energy to put the tree up or buy lots of presents, two things that I love to do! Trimming the tree while listening to Christmas carols is so much fun! Wrapping presents while drinking hot cocoa is also something I love!

You know what happened that year? My family and friends made that Christmas extra special for me. They put my tree up while I sat on the couch having an infusion and we listened to music and I “danced” on the couch.

Secret Santa’s were constantly surprising me by having food delivered as well as gifts. Beautiful flowers and wreaths appeared. My daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter came home and made that Christmas so special. The beautiful people in my life lifted my spirits.

If you are like me and you like to do things yourself, shop for others, and be the one giving instead of receiving, let it go. For this one year, let people help you. The reality is that they want to help you and it makes them feel needed. Trust me on this. If you try to push yourself, you may feel worse, and who wants that?!

If you are in the hospital, (I know that stinks), be kind to the nurses. They are there, away from their own families so they can care for you. Hopefully you will be in better health next year.

 I can say with certainty, the holiday spirit will be renewed and you will truly enjoy and savor the hustle and bustle of the chaotic holiday time!

For now, rest up and get better. Know that better days are coming and you will get through your journey. Keep the faith my sweet friends.

Wishing you and yours, a holiday filled with peace and hope.

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Until next time, I hope you are showered with random acts of kindness!

Jewels