2016: A Year in Review

Happy New Year!!  It’s almost been a year to the day (January 11, 2016) that I have written a blog post.  The horror!  You have seen posts from me, but they weren’t live, they were Memorex (for those of you old enough to remember the commercials) – set up well over a year ago as #TBT’s.

This past year was pretty eventful for us.  I’ll tell you about everything from a new puppy, to eye surgery, to heart procedures, to turning 50, and to my photography business!

The first one being my dual cataract surgeries in January of 2016.  The image below was the day before my first surgery.  I would never be able to look at things close up like that again:

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Boy was I sick after that first one.  They had given me a narcordic to ease my nerves a bit.  I was highly allergic to it!  Since I had the surgery an hour away from home, we had to wait around the area for four hours until me post-op appt.  I literally slept in the pick-up truck for three hours before we went to eat.

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We ran out of the nurses tape, so my husband made due!

I went from seeing 20/400 WITH my contact in my right eye, to seeing 20/70 UNcorrected.  With my new glasses for distance, I can see 20/50 in that eye!  My left eye was 20/30 with my contacts, and now it is 20/25 UNcorrected!  If I would have been told that I would have cataract surgery when I was older (49 in my case), I wouldn’t have cried every time I was told that I wasn’t a candidate for lasik surgery!

Also in January, my husband got frostbite on his feet.

AND in January, we adopted a Sammy.  Yes, I say a Sammy.  We adopted him when he was 6 mos old.  He’s a Russian Great Dane that was actually born in Russia.  He was, and still is, SUCH a puppy!  These images are from around the time when we first got him last January.

He had (has) NO idea how big he was (is)!  His head is like dead weight, he knocked the furniture over (although we now have it against the wall), my legs and arms looked like they’d been through a war zone over the Summer from him pawing them (I bruise easily).  He’s gotten much better.  But isn’t he cute?

Let’s see, OHHH, the main reason why I haven’t blogged – I started my photography business back up since having the big “illness”.  I have 10 Senior Reps from the Class of 2017 who are still representing me until they graduate!

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They are an amazing group of individuals from surrounding schools!  This image was taken in May during our first get together as a team.  I’ve also done a couple of commercial projects along with many other clients.  I’m hoping to double my team this year!  To check out client images and behind the scenes videos, head over to my Facebook page.

My Mom has been back and forth from Florida a few times, and is in the process of trying to sell her condo to move here to Colorado.

My eldest son who is a Fireman, got his EMT license and now works for a local ambulance service tied to a large hospital.

In August I TURNED 50 !!!

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My boys took me out hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park for the day and to a nice lunch in Estes Park!

In October my husband was in an accident.  A pick-up truck collided in to his semi. Although there weren’t really any bad injuries (a sore hand and elbow), his truck had a lot of damage to the front driver side.  They did vitals at the scene and found an irregular heartbeat – Bejeminy .  They kept him in the hospital for 5 days for a cardiac work-up where they performed a heart cath (through the groin) and found one of his arteries completely blocked.  He went back a couple of weeks later and had three stents placed via both groins. Immediately afterwards, he said that he couldn’t believe how much better he already felt!  It’s a miracle when one thing leads to another!

I’ve only hiked three times this past year and went on two small off-roading trips. In 2017, I’m going to manage my time better, blog more, hike more, and off-road more!  I’m glad to be back!

 

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13 thoughts on “2016: A Year in Review

  1. Hey Carol,

    Talk about a busy 2016, and an eventful one. I’m glad your husband had good paramedics at his accident scene. Sometimes, those things are completely missed. And, now that you can see again with those pesky cataracts gone. 🙂 Make sure you wear your sunglasses, even on cloudy days. It’ll help with reducing the UV reaching your eyes which in turn causes cataracts. (This is from my eye doc.)

    Your new lap pup, Sam, is a handsome one. Bigger the dog, more a lap dog they are. 🙂

    Birthday congrats on crossing the big 5-0. On my 5-7, the waitress serving our table carded me when I ordered an adult drink. My wife was not carded; the daughters giggled (they hadn’t crossed that 21 threshold yet). I ended up changing my drink order to a cola. It is a compliment, nonetheless, when they guesstimate your age wrong.

    Stay well,
    David

    • Thank you so much on all fronts! The paramedics were from a volunteer Ambulance Company in the boonies. They showed up and work boots and jeans! LOL. I didn’t think that I volunteer company would be dressed like that. But yes, they were good!

  2. I feel like you are around all the time Carol, but guess that is because I’m seeing you on Instagram. Glad you can see better and everything is working out, good thing you husband had that accident. Take care, looking forward to hearing more.

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