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Jason’s Journey: Jason is Jason Minus One Leg

When It Rains, It Does Pour – Minus One Leg, Plus One Life

I know I have gone a bit silent the past couple weeks for good reason and now that Jason has announced the news, I share with you all what has been happening the past couple weeks.

Right before my dads celebration of life Jason was coming down the stairs at my father’s house where we are now living and slipped + sprained his ankle. At the time we got him a boot and crutches and he started to recover albeit very slowly.

The next morning he was scheduled to return to work and as he approached the car he fell again telling me he lost his balance while knowing it might be a bit more serious but thinking he would heal.

A couple of days passed and on Wednesday he had apparently passed out in bathroom that afternoon/evening after he saw the injuries he sustained. After about 8 hours upstairs I headed down stairs since I had not heard noise in a while and when I went down I noticed he was slurring a bit and not very alert, but I chalked it up to him having no fluids and being suddenly woken up in a bathroom.

Later that night he saw a small black mark on his foot with something sticking out, which turned out to be bone. As I slept he came in and out of consciousness and spent entire night in the small bathroom. As it turns out he felt little pain though due to undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

When I awoke that am, I made a promise to the pets to call 911 if needed, and that is exactly what happened. He was taken to the local Emergency Room and as it turns out he had necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disorder), MRSA and due to the high blood sugars (in the upper 600’s) he was like a candy cane for the infection.

There I had to make the hard decision for them to take Jason’s leg to save his life. They removed his leg to below the knee at our local hospital but due to the serious bugs he had and with the infection still growing he was rushed to the local trauma hospital where an amazing trauma team amputated above the knee leaving about 15 inches of his leg for a prosthetic down the line.

There is no doubt that the trauma doctor saved Jason’s life – once he arrived at ICU the doctor was there, and ready to do what had to be done to save Jason while keeping calm and making me calm in the process. There is no doubt that the trauma team at saved his life. As it turns out he was within hours of death (4-8 hours is what i had heard from numerous doctors).

For the next three days Jason was medically knocked out and unconscious until that Sunday when they awoke him. One of the best moments was hearing his voice strong and not slurring, a good moment in lots of stress.

It has been 18 days, and while we have a long hard road ahead and he is not ashamed, nor embarrassed about this situation. His one wish is that everyone take care of yourselves and remember that we are not invincible and especially as we age. If you feel something is off with your body have it checked out, and trust your instincts.

Jason also wants to let people know to be your own health advocate. He doesn’t want people to feel bad for him as he is not going to allow himself to do so. He is looking forward to the hard work, as nothing gained is ever easy. He is tough mentally, and knows that he will have ups and downs. Jason is ready to meet these challenges with a renewed sense of self-worth and he is on the right side of the dirt. First step complete!

Today he starts a new journey in his recovery and begins learning how to live with one leg and I will be sharing this amputation journey with you all, as well as all the new foods that we will be trying with his new diabetic diagnosis.

Do you have any questions about a above the knee amputation or being newly diagnosed with diabetes – please ask! 

A Daughters View of Her Father’s Lung Cancer: The Diagnosis

The Discovery of the Long Journey Ahead

March 2nd, 2018 began like any other day, but by the end the date would makes itself memorable and known.

I was taking a nap since I had not slept well the night before, and at about 12:00 PM I received a text from my father that said “911 on way to Scripps” shortly followed by texts from my fathers neighbors that had words like “ambulance”, “your dad’s house” and “what happened”. My initial reaction was confusion as I had just woken up, and then panic.

Luckily, his particular Friday, my husband was home, and he was able to keep a calm that I was unable to attain. I did not know which hospital within this particular health system my father was being transported to, but started closest to our homes.

Again, luck was on my side, and when I spoke to the ER he had just arrived and we were less than 5 minutes away! We literally arrived before a doctor even saw him.  Continue reading

Our Favorites from GFAF – San Diego 2018

Our Favorite Finds from the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo San Diego – 2018

2018 marks my 3rd year attending the Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo in Del Mar, and my 3rd being a blogger and ambassador. It is the first expo of the year I attend, and one of my favorite to get a peek at some new products and my new favorites.

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GFAF is Coming to San Diego in February of 2018

The Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo is Coming to Del Mar – WIN TICKETS!!!

– February 10th and 11th –

Tickets to the Del Mar show were provided to me free of charge courtesy of GlutenFreeMediaGroup and this post may contain affiliate links but this in no way will influence the post to follow and all opinions are my own.

The Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo is the THE place to discover, learn and find valuable samples and coupons of your favorite gluten-free products.

The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo features over 100 exhibiting brands, samples and coupons, discounted products will be available for purchase (in case you find something you HAVE to buy), classes that are related to the gluten-free and allergen friendly lifestyles, the opportunity to meet brands and bloggers and a free reusable bag to hold all your new discoveries! Continue reading

DIY Halloween Wreath for under $10.00

DIY HALLOWEEN WREATH for under $10.00 at Dollar Tree

Living in a tiny house, the decorating options can not be as extravagant as I may want at times. I am always looking for ways to decorate, while keeping the space available in my home. One of the easiest ways to decorate for the upcoming season is with a wreath and this DIY Halloween Wreath is the perfect way to welcome all the ghosts and ghouls of the season.

This was an easy, project that took about 4-5 hours, and I know you will love it!

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Know Your Apples – A Guide to Apple Varieties

How ’bout Them Apples – A Guide to Apple Varieties

When I think of the holiday season I think of apples – from their scent to taste there is nothing that this fruit can not create. One of our favorite snacks is apples with peanut butter and caramel.

There are many varieties of apples and each apple has it’s own flavor and own taste, and it can be hard to decide which you want for the family pie. Here I have provided a simple listing of apples and what the apples ideal use is.

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DIY Wine Cork Pumpkin

DIY WINE CORK PUMPKIN

If there is one craft supply that is in abundance at my house, it is corks. I have family that only drink’s wine and the corks get saved for me. Since, Fall is upon us, and so I thought i would make a DIY Cork Pumpkin for my Fall decorating.

This was an easy, relaxing project that I know you will love!

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On a more personal note: A Story Of Return After Loss

The Incredibly Way This Journal Was Returned To Me

Almost a decade ago my life was very different than it is today. I was married to another man and desperately unhappy. When the ultimate end happened and we separated I was forced into putting almost all of my personal effects into storage, and because of the frantic nature of our separation I had to put everything in boxes for a undetermined amount of time. I had about 28 days to find a new home for me and my beloved cat Sebastian which was 190 miles and 3 hours from where I was currently living. To say I was under a time deadline is a understatement.

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When Strength is Found in the Routine

When Strength is Found in the Routine

When the word routine pops in your head, I am sure you are thinking of the definition which is a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

A couple of weeks ago I woke up early to take my father to the hospital for what should have been a routine procedure to improve blood flow in his lower legs. The main reason I thought this would be so routine was that he had literally had the same surgery with spectacularly positive results a couple weeks prior. This first surgery started at 8 and by 9:30 I had a call that he would be released around noon.

When we entered the hospital and began to repeat the same process we had 14 days prior, I was worried but mainly was looking forward to the process being over, and having my father healthy again.

I stayed with him until the last moment when they wheeled him away and decided that I would pick up some donuts for the nurses (it happened to be Nurses Appreciation Week) to deliver when I returned to pick him up. I drove home wondering if I was making the right decision to leave, wondering if I was really treating this as routine, and not giving it the thought and seriousness I should. Should I stay? Should I go home? I wrestled with that decision and in the end decided to head home.

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Nectar Sleep: Get Some Sweet Sleep with a 365 Night Sleep Trial

Get Some Sweet Sleep with Nectar Sleep

Best Bed Under $1000

Nectar Sleep provided me with compensation in exchange for this sponsored blog post. This post does contain affiliate links, but all opinions expressed here are my own

If there is one thing that I have always valued, it is my sleep. From the time I can remember I have loved sleep and can get upwards of 12 hours at times. Sleep and I get along, and we get along well.

Sadly for my husband the opposite is true – he is lucky to get 2 hours in a row on any given night. The disparity in our sleep patterns are obvious and at times frustrating, I have begun the process of researching mattresses that are good for me, yet will also work for my insomniac spouse.

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