The Last Moments of 2012
Well today was my birthday. There are a couple things you should know about my day every year. Every single year I end up at the hospital on my birthday. I start panicking at least a week before and try to put all sorts of safeguards in place ahead of time to stop it from happening. Last year I did not end up at the hospital for me – but I did for my dog and we lost him that day. I was determined to not have anything major happen today. But the last week? Seemed like everything that could go wrong was and it wasn’t looking hopeful. I will share a personal story with you – sorry but it is part of the hell I live with a disease. About four weeks ago I started having pains – really bad pains. Went to my PCP – said I have more kidney stones (I just had a bunch blasted two months ago and I left stone free – they’re baaaacccckkk…). So off to the urologist I go – who gives me strong pain medication and schedules a catscan. The catscan showed stones on both sides but none showing a blockage – yet I still had unbearable pain. Friday I called the doctor again insisting something was wrong and I needed help. They called in medicine which did absolutely nothing. I was up all night in pain knowing what my destiny held for me today – ER! But the stars must have aligned – just as I was getting dressed to go to the hospital, I went to the bathroom and heard (yup that’s right – that stone was so big I heard it clank into the toilet) the stone hit inside the toilet…. YooHoo – No ER this year!!! And even better – my first pain free day in weeks on my birthday. I have no idea how that stone hid on the xray and catscans but it was wreaking havoc. Largest stone I ever saw come out of a person. Enough of that story – now on to my birthday. So what is my all time favorite birthday present – passing a kidney stone!
Every year our town has this huge event called Frostival with amusement rides, free food and hot chocolate, entertainment, exhibitions, fun games etc… And at the end of it all – a full complement of fireworks. The kids (and I mean all five of them) have always believed in their younger years that this full event was my birthday party. This year I think the kids are pretending to believe – for me – but in fact I don’t think they really do. These are some shots from our night out on the town.
We live so close we walk downtown – Anthony is afraid of the dark so Sephora is holding his handing and reassuring him that she will never leave him.
The moonbounce with a slide and she is screaming as she rounds the corner and sees me with my camera
The chainsaw guy is making a carved bear out of this log
The horsedrawn rides – aren’t they beautiful?
This woman is here every year and she can hoola hoop for hours on end.
The Karate exhibition – Tang Soo Do
Remote control car races
and a couple edited photos…