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Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Talk with a Couple of Strangers

Good evening, everyone. I hope you have had a great day so far.
It has been a very interesting day for me so far. Let me tell you about it.

This morning, I decided at the last moment to get the van inspected instead of going out this afternoon after dialysis. I guess it was what you would call a little bit of God intervening.

At first, I had a notion to go to Pep Boys, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and went to a different place. It was here that I met a very nice young man by the name of Patrick. This young man was listening to some music on his phone and I made a comment about it. We got to talking and ended up talking about so many different things that we didn't realize how long we had talked until I had to leave. And this was for over an hour and a half!

Patrick was such a great guy to talk to. The funny thing, though, is that I have a feeling this meeting was for Patrick and the woman that came in not long before I left. I found out that these two people had the same feelings about death. When I heard about this, I couldn't believe my ears. These two random people who I just met said that they were ready to go. And yes, you know what that means. I explained to them that we are here to help others by telling them about God and teaching His word. This is part of why we are here. Patrick said that maybe that was why I was there.

As I was checking out, I just happened to catch a glimpse of the woman's name and the odd thing is that her name was the same as my middle name...Charlene. How odd is that? Odd, but cool. Of course, I like to find out odd things like that.  It makes me feel good knowing quirky little tidbits of knowledge.

Last but not least, as I grabbed my stuff to leave, he asked me if he could hug me. I told him "yes", and we hugged. It was a very dear moment that I will cherish for a long time. It made me feel good.

Here's what I would like for my followers to take from this.
Please take the time to meet new people. And every once in a while, ask someone if they need a hug or a shoulder to lean on.

Ciao for now.
Crystal


Sunday, July 12, 2015

What A Week

Good morning, everyone. I hope everyone has been doing well this past month. It really has been a doozy of a month for me, though.

The biggest obstacle was this past week.
Yes, that's right. And you won't believe what it was about.

This past week, I was thrown a curveball. My husband was sent to a hospital in Hickory.

Let me start from the beginning. Last Monday, I took him to see his psychiatrist. After the appointment, Richard came out and informed me that they were taking him to the hospital and that I needed to walk back with them to sign some documents. They gave him the option to go with them or to let me take him. Naturally, we agreed for me to take him.

We got there at about 4:10. He got to the ER suite at 4:30 pm on Monday afternoon. He was there for 26 hours before they sent him to Hickory since the hospital here was not in our network. So, we are now visiting him up there at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. We went on Wednesday, Thursday, and yesterday (Saturday). We are headed back today right after church. This week, though, we won't be going up as much since he is doing much better.

Between this, my dialysis treatments, working, and trying to take care of everything else, I feel as though I am going to go insane myself. Let's hope not.

All I can say is to help those around you who you know are having a tough time getting through their day.

~~Here is an update on my transplant fundraisers as of today ------ $8,770.00. Wow! Thank you to all of my family and friends and anyone else who has helped me out this far. We still have a long way to go. Keep up the great work.
Thank you.

Ciao for now.
Crystal