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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, March 26, 2010

PUNCH ME - I'm already down!

I have often thought of myself as one of those blow-up clowns that you punch punch punch but it keeps on bouncing back up.
Those who know me and my background know that I've led a somewhat, shall we say, difficult life. Without getting into specifics here, suffice it to say that I've endured more than my share of upsets, both physical and emotional.
Recently, my daughter had to undergo gall bladder surgery after she'd already spent about 2 weeks in total in the hospital - on intravenous antibiotics to get rid of an infection that was making her very very sick. Naturally, I spent a lot of time at the hospital to keep her company and to keep her morale up. She just went back to work on Wednesday, feeling so much better after this long long haul of illness.
So I just got myself up and was able to relax after the lengthy "This, too, shall pass" episode when I accompanied my dearest L to the hospital this morning for a little procedure.
I was sitting at his bedside waiting for him to be allowed to leave when the doctor who had done the procedure arrived. Surgery is in the very near future to remove a cancerous tumour on his colon. The appointment to see his general practitioner has now been made for next Wednesday and he will arrange for the operation to remove the cancer and to find out how far it has advanced. Let's hope it has been caught early enough.
I feel like I'm down for the count this time. But then, life isn't fair, is it? Just when you think you've made it, someone/thing comes along and punches you down again.
I've been told I'm a very strong person but frankly, I'd like someone to look after me for a while. For now, I guess that someone will just have to be me. I'll be too busy looking after someone else - again.
I just hope that one of these days when I'm down, someone will hear me call, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"


mrsnesbitt said...

Loves leslie...passing over to you both! xx

Mimi said...

It does sometimes feel like the stronger you are, the more knocks you get, doesn't it?
Sending you hugs, love and light/


Take it easy.

Liz said...

Praying for you both.


nancygrayce said...

I'm so sorry! I'm praying for Lorne and for you! Being the caregiver is so exhausting even when you love the person!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Praying for you both Leslie. Yes we all need to be looked after now and again. take care of yourself Leslie, xx

Anonymous said...

I do believe some people are sent to earth to be angels in disguise. If you and Lorne had not found each other again, he would be going through this alone. You were sent back into his life just when he needed you most.

I also believe everything is going to be okay.

This, too, shall pass.

Shrinky said...

Oh Sweetie, this is too unfair!! I am so sorry hon, I'm sending lots of warm healing vibes your way, it truly is time you had a break here. Sometimes, it's okay to howl at the moon. I know that sometimes helps for me. Be kind to yourself, girl. ((((hugs))))

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, Leslie, I know exactly how you feel! Life isn't fair... I wish I were nearer so I could come and give you a hug. xxxx

Rositta said...

Sending by cyber hugs your way. Yes, I've felt that way too and now it's my husband who is probably feeling it. He's spending a lot of time taking care of me. All the best to your dearest. My sweetie had a cancerous polyp in his colon two years ago and it was successfully removed. Now though he has to have a colonoscopy every 6 months for the next 5 year. Every clean result brings a sigh of relief. Fortunately it is the easiest cancer to cure when caught early...ciao

Beverley Baird said...

Oh Leslie - I was so sorry to read your news. IT seems that at times life just is so unfair.
I will include you both in my prayers.
May you gain strength from all your family and friends.
Medical procedures have come a long way - all the best to your husband.

The Fairweather Blogger said...

Hello Leslie - found you again! It's been a while.

Sorry to hear about Lorne - hope everything goes well with the procedure and that they've caught it early.

Have as peaceful an Easter as you can.

Would love for you to visit my blog again (I was Bodge's Bulletin, but am now The Fairweather Blogger!)

Best wishes to you both.

Dina said...

Shalom dear Leslie.
Thanks for your visit. The statue in the window belongs to a rich ex-sister-in-law. I live in a much more humble setting, thankfully.

I'm sorry to read about the health problems in your family. Praying that you will have strength, patience, healing, and help!

Powell River Books said...

I am getting caught up on reading my favourite blogs and found your post. I am sending good wishes down to you from Powell River. - Margy