Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Life is a Soap Opera

I figured I better check in and give you guys an update.  I wasn't going to mention any of this, but pretty soon you guys are going to start wondering where I am.

On March 16th, I was up, dressed and getting ready to go to chemo.  It was about 8am.  My bum leg was feeling better than it had in weeks.  I decided to fill up the dog bowl with more food since I was going to be gone all day long.  As I'm walking across my bedroom, with dog food bowl in hand, I slipped on something and went flying through the air.  I heard a snap in my bad leg, so as I hit the floor I just started screaming at the top of my lungs.  I was in a lot of pain.  My mom came running.  I had calmed down enough to see if I could move the leg.  I could, so I didn't feel like it was broken.  I decided to still go to chemo, but I was in so much pain I couldn't make it down the stairs.  I rescheduled my appointment for the following day.  I still couldn't get down the stairs and my doctor suggested I call emergency service and go get an x-ray.  I didn't want to spend my weekend in a hospital, so I told them I would just rest it and see how it was on Monday.  I reached out to my prayer warriors on my Dad's side of the family and told them to get to praying.  Monday came and even though I still couldn't walk very well, I decided to wait until Thursday (chemo day) to get the xray.  The following day, Tuesday, I went to bed around 6:30pm.  I hadn't been downstairs in 6 days, but I was exhausted from walking on the crutches and taking the pain meds.  I was awoken around 9pm to a loud noise.  I slowly got out of my bed and went to check to see if my mom was okay.  She was fine.  A tree had fallen in my backyard and with the flashlight, we could see that the tree was hugging the wall outside her bedroom.  Whew!  We dodged a bullet, or so I thought.  I decided to look in the bedroom next to hers and there was the tree.  It had come through the roof and ceiling.  I was dumbfounded.  I wasn't sure what to do or who to call.  I started with 911.  No one answered for over 40 mins.  I called a couple of my neighbors and they wanted to come rescue me and my mother.  I couldn't just leave my house with the huge hole and it still storming.  Finally, I got through to 911 and they sent out the firemen.  They partially tarped what they could on the roof and suggested we leave the house just in case the tree shifted and came further into the house.  Since I still couldn't walk down the stairs, I butt scooted out the house and one of my neighbors took me and my three dogs in.  Another neighbor took my mom in.  My neighbors were fabulous!

The two trees were removed the following day and my mom and I were back in the house around 6pm.  The following day I was able to get my x-rays and I'm happy to report there aren't any broken or fractured bones.  I'm still not walking very well.  I'm kind of scooting around with my crutches.  Hopefully, as I get more chemo in my body, the leg will start to heal.

DO ME A BIG FAVOR.  Please do not leave comments saying how sorry you are.  You wouldn't believe how many "I'm sorrys" I've gotten these past two weeks. I appreciate your sympathy in advance, but I didn't leave this post to get sympathy.  I'm leaving it to explain my absence, which may last much longer than I expect.  I do have my sewing machine right next to my bed, so I have been able to get orders completed and shipped.

P.S.  My new deck was not damaged at all. I still have to finish staining it. Secondly, the 1 ton tree that fell, wasn't even my tree.  It was my neighbors.  Sadly, I'm still responsible for getting my house fixed.  If anyone else experienced any crazy weather issues, I hope you and your families are all okay.



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  1. I'll be right here waiting for because if you're life is a "soap opera" you are a brave and strong woman that deserve all my admiration and respect.Take your time my friend and good care of your mom and your house.I'm sure you will be back better and even more creative.
    God Bless You! Kisses From Brasil!

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    1. Jorge - Thanks! You know I will make my way back as soon as I can. Much love to you.

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  2. I'm so happy that you and your mom are okay, and that you do not have any broken or fractured bones! What a blessing to have such wonderful neighbors!

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    1. RoxanneRoxanne - Me too! I was very concerned about broken bones because that would have meant another surgery. I gave that credit to God and my praying 1st cousins. They are truly gifted in that department.

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  3. So glad that the tree did not land on you or your mom or furry babies! We're getting into the stormy season here, too, and usually see some tornado damage. Not fun to clean up!

    PS I loooove the green safari Dasia jacket. I wish I had a Dasia to buy it for.

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    1. Erin - It was so close to coming through my mother's bedroom. We were truly blessed. It could have been much worse.

      So glad you like the jacket. If I can find some army green sweater like material, I would love to make her a zip up sweater.

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  4. Wow! I'm so glad you, your mom, your dogs, and your house are ok! I hope your leg heals quickly for you. We look forward to hearing from you again when you are doing better! Keep us updated.

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    1. April - Me, too! I will work hard at resting the leg, so I can get back to walking soon.

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  5. I am glad you and your mom are okay. I hope your leg heals soon.

    Wouldn't it be your neighbor's responsibility since it was their tree? This happened to us a few years ago where we lost a 50+ year old tree during a storm. It fell partially on our roof and partially on the neighbor's roof and fence. Our homeowner's insurance paid for their damage as well as ours.



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    1. DBG - Thanks. Me, too! Unfortunately here in GA the law says unless the neighbor was negligent, the home owner is responsible for their own damage. He and I both have State Farm. He had just gotten those trees checked out and they wasn't anything wrong with them. It was an act of mother nature. I will be asking a few more questions though, to make sure I'm getting everything that is entitled to me.

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    2. Do ask more questions.

      We had some horrible storms here this week and more to come. Thank God my area didn't get a drop of rain, wind, or hail that other areas experienced. Hoping and praying that we'll escape what they are forecasting for the rest of the week, too.

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    3. DBG - Glad to hear you dodged the storm. I hope it passes right on by you this week, without any damage. I did ask more questions of a State Farm racquetball friend, and it falls completely on me because the tree was healthy and it was just an act of nature.

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  6. God works in mysterious ways. He's there all the time!!! Glad to hear all is well now!

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    1. Rebekah - Yes He does! I tell myself that every time I experience some drama related activity.

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  7. I'm glad your leg wasn't broken and your mother was safe from the tree. I hope your leg heals soon, but the good thing is you have your sewing machine close by.

    Thank you for the update.

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    1. Jaye - Me, too! It's nice rolling out of bed and creating outfits.

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  8. Thanks for the update and your neighbors are fabulous

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    1. Male Doll World - You're welcome. I don't know what I would have done if my neighbors hadn't jumped into action.

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  9. Wow, Vanessa.....I was one of those who noticed and wondered that you hadn't posted in awhile. Where I am, we are truly blessed. We had a bad wind storm a couple weeks ago with gusts up to 68 miles per hour. About 3/4 million people in the state lost power...many for up to 8 days, this just as temperatures plummeted to single digits. Many trees came down on houses, some bringing down power lines. There was one sad story about a woman whose house caught on fire but the firemen were so busy, they couldn't help. So she watched her house burn down!
    On the other hand, no one in our neighborhood had any power loss or tree damage. We were blessed. God is good. Happy to know you and your mom are okay.

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    1. april_n_paris - That storm seemed to have come out of nowhere. We were blessed not to lose power, although friends of mine just a few miles away, did lose power. Losing power when it's cold outside is the worst. It happened to me years ago and I bought a kerosene heater after that. I can't imagine watching your house burn down to the ground. With all the trees that fell around GA, there was only one report of the tree killing one husband who didn't get out of bed in time. I do feel blessed. It could have been so much worse. Glad you guys are okay.

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  10. Whoa! That's terrifying! I'm disappointed that your neighbor isn't helping with fixing your house after their tree fell on you, but the important thing is no one was hurt by it. Thank goodness you didn't hurt anything when you fell, too!

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    1. Presto - My neighbor wanted to get his insurance company involved, which is the same company I use, but the insurance companies have to follow the law. My neighbor recently had a heart attack, their son is heading off to his first year of college, and the wife had to retire late last year. I'm sure they don't have any extra money laying around. They will be removing some other trees that are pretty suspect. That's good enough for me. I just have to worry about my deductible which is much higher than I remember. Lol. Isn't that always the case. We never suspect any thing is going to happen to our homes, so we choose slightly higher deductibles. Then when something does happen, we regret having the higher deductible. It will all work out in the end.

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  11. Well you sure have spent some "protection bonus stars"! I'm glad everything came out as positively as possible. Kisses from Portugal!

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    1. V - Thanks. I'm glad they weren't worse.

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  12. Im glad you and your mother is okay. GOD HAS YOUR BACK. You continue to get better. I have named one of dolls after you, due to your the one who inspired me. Still working on my blog. The name is the women of merritt place. I got some pictures up on IG. Take care and be blessed

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    1. Angelia - Thanks We were definitely protected that night. I'm so flattered that I live in your town. I really like the name the women of Merritt Place. What is IG? Send me a link to the pictures.

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  13. Hi Vanessa! Glad to read that you, your Mom, your fur babies, and your plastic folks are safe. You've got some great neighbors! Then again, you'd have their back were the situation reversed.

    Looking forward to your upcoming stories when you are able - your stuff is worth waiting for. Hug. Take care!

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    1. D7ana - Thanks. We made out fairly well, considering. I've been in this neighborhood a long time and although we aren't all "close", we are still there when we need each other.

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  14. So glad you and your mom were not hurt and your leg isn't broken.

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    1. AG Lanc - Me, too. Thanks. I look forward to the day when I'm back on my feet. You don't realize how precious the act of walking is, until you can't do it anymore.

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  15. Wow, Vanessa, when it rains, it pours (literally!), doesn't it? I am pretty sure that your homeowner's insurance covers that liability, not the neighbor's even though it was their tree.

    I hope you will be up and about soon! I look forward to your stories and will be here ready to read them whenever you are up to posting them!

    Take care of yourself!

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    1. Phyllis - Thanks. Yes, if that tree wasn't healthy or he and I had discussed it prior, he would have been responsible if not for the entire liability, at least for my deductible. He and I have had discussions about another tree in his yard, and his wife informed me they will be cutting it done as soon as they get another estimate. They are really nice people, so I'm not upset about the situation. I will just have to do a lot of sewing and a lot of tutoring to come up with the $2000.

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  16. Holy crap! Like my mom says, "If it's not one thing, it's another." Happy to hear you are hanging in there.

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    1. Muff - Isn't that the truth! Just when you think it can't get worse, it does. Tonight's tragedy in Atlanta is a bridge collapse on one of our major highways. Atlanta traffic can not handle a major highway closing in both directions for about a month. I'm just glad I don't have to be out there in the chaos.

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  17. Thanks for the post Vanessa. I have missed you and your post. Praise God that you, your Mom, and your fur babies are all okay!

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    1. Georgia Girl - As soon as I am back walking with my cane and not my crutches, I will be posting again. Yes, God was definitely watching over us.

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  18. Well dang! It's always something, isn't it? I fully understand where you're coming from Vanessa. I'm not a fan of hearing the "I'm sorry" comments either. We're in a similar medical situation, and my health changes in a snap. I also live in tornado alley, so severe weather is to be expected. Keep your chin up, and I'm happy that you, your mother, and the doggies are ok. All else can be repaired or replaced.

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    1. Lady Ed - I wish you the best possible outcome for your medical condition. If you ever need a friend to talk to, I'm here for you. Tornados are happening in some unexpected places. I'm not in a tornado area, and yet it's unexplainable hot the healthiest and largest tree in the back was uprooted so easily. My insurance company acted pretty quickly and repair should start next week.

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  19. I had been checking in a few times every week since the last post! I'm very glad you, mom and pups are ok!!! Even happier to know you didn't break your leg! Prayers and blessings! I can tell how strong you are through the blog site, this is nothing but a better way for you to come back even stronger! Keep us all updated with your healing process😘

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  20. Vanessa, I can only say thank God you are ok (& I mean that literally). What a great God we have who does indeed preserve us. I will be praying for you for a swift return to full health.

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    1. FIONA - Yes, God was definitely watching over us that day. Thanks for the prayers. I really need them right now.

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  21. Wow, you do have an interesting life. Praise God you are all safe (that includes your dogs - and that your new deck was not harmed) and that you have no broken bones. Do let us know how you are going and try to keep out of trouble.

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    1. Carrickters - Thank you. This situation could have been so much worse. We dodged a bullet.

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  22. Happy to know you and mum and your furry loved ones are safe despite all that <3 Take care always...

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    1. Shasha - Thanks for your well wishes. Repairs should start sometime next week. Looking forward to getting my house back.

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