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Early Signs of Spring

The weather has been lovely lately, even with the little bit of rain the other night.  It is still far from the official start of spring, but some signs are starting to show themselves.  Most recently, the camellia bush near the front door of my apartment started blooming—at least a full month earlier than usual. It never produces very many blooms, being in the shade under a stairwell.  But the ones right now are brightening my day!  Spring is almost in the air!

Here are a couple other surprises that eventually turned into items worthy of thanks and appreciation.

Since before Thanksgiving I have been seeing my dentist:  root canal, capping procedures, filling some cavities, and finally a cleaning.  That cleaning was the other day and I was thrilled to be done, but wait, the technician saw something that needed further investigation.  After some more probing, another x-ray showed that another tooth—that was sensitive to the touch—needs to be extracted to avoid future problems.  I am not thrilled about more work, but the cost is actually pretty minimal, is catching the growing infection early, and thus I am grateful for more dental work.  How surprising is that?

My mom’s assisted living facility has been overcome by some infection.  The patients were sharing the bug, so some control procedures were started: patients eating in their rooms, CDC called to help review procedures, and eventually restricting visitors.  My mom had a few symptoms but not many, but then she was being sent to the hospital via ambulance.  OMG!  But once there, her dehydration was addressed and tests showed she was basically okay except for the infection that she is now getting antibiotics for, an infection that probably would have gone unnoticed for a little while if not in the hospital. Plus, since she has been needing more and more help with daily activities, she is now receiving—via the hospital’s rehab unit—some consistent physical and occupational therapy about 4 times a day.  Hopefully she will become stronger and get back a bit more of her independence.  This initial situation worried me—and even raised some ire at the lack of communication from the assisted living center—but now I am grateful that my mom is getting some more detailed intervention that may improve her day-to-day routines.

I hope you too are enjoying some early spring weather and some unexpected surprises! My most recent surprise was meeting a friend the other day for breakfast at 7 am.  Anyone who knows me knows I am not a morning person, but I was thrilled to be up and out so early, since we had been trying to figure out how to connect for months and months.  Surprising, but I can get up early for fun stuff!

What are you grateful for lately?

Comments on: "Early Signs of Spring" (14)

  1. Our entire winter has felt like spring this year, and the daffodils are already in full bloom. In January! I fear it will be another excruciating summer like last year. Ah well, it’s out of our hands. I am grateful for my health. After a sudden health issue last week, I’m on the mend and grateful that it wasn’t something more serious.

    • I had not thought forward to summer, but you are probably right that we could be in for a hot time. I will enjoy the early spring while it lasts. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’m grateful for you, my friend!

  3. I’m grateful to be feeling optimistic about this year, even though I haven’t been feeling too hot since last August. But, I’m making appointments and trying to get that taken care of. I’m glad your bad situations are all working out to be good things in disguise. I need to take care of my teeth, too, and once I get my credit card taken care of, that’s the next thing on my list!

  4. Deborah the Closet Monster said:

    I’m grateful for even the thought we might get to catch up over tea/coffee/lunch in the near future. That makes me smile.

    I’m not glad about the extra dental work you need, but I am glad your mom’s doing OK!

    • Thanks. Mom does seem to be improving. I will feel better when she is finally back at home, etc., but those decisions might come this week. Yeah. Once I know when I might be in the LA-area for more than a couple hours, maybe we can get together. I would love that!

  5. aFrankAngle said:

    For the most part, our Cincinnati winter was been mild. Heck, the low 60s today! Of course as spring appears, the cold blasts that will still happen can affect the real spring … so time will tell.

    Hey – we look at the dentist the same way! Meanwhile, I am very grateful for my general positive, yet realistic view of life. Best of luck to your mom.

    • Time will tell! That just about covers everything. Thanks for the good wishes for my mom–we hope she gets to go back “home” soon. I appreciate your postiive, realistic and very perceptive blog posts as well as your attitude.

  6. The flowers are lovely. It’s hard to be happy about dental work, but you found the good in it. Glad to hear that you mom is getting better care that will improve her daily life.

  7. Love your positivity…and that your Mom’s infection was caught early!

    • Thanks for stopping by. I love your postiive outlook too, and your sense of adventure! Mom is getting stronger so might be home in about a week.

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