Saturday, October 31, 2020

America Has Chosen

Updated November 10th, 2020

 

America has chosen

Decency 

Integrity 

Grace

America has chosen 

Diversity 

Character 

Compassion 

America has chosen 

Man's best friend 

Grandchildren 

A strong family 

America has chosen 

Joe Biden 

Kamala Harris

America has chosen good over evil. 

 

Let us be agents of change. Let us all shine brightly for the world to see.  


Peace and Goodness, 

Hannah!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Notorious RBG

Note: This was updated October 11th, 2020.

The legend of the Notorious RBG is now history. Unfortunately, she passed away this month. 2020, you are simply horrific.

While she was known for her advocacy for women, she also helped individuals with disabilities live independent lives. The Disability Scoop states, "This big moment, and (Ginsburg’s) staunch affirmation of the human dignity of people with disabilities and their rightful place in the community of their choice, fundamentally changed the course of the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.”  I am one of those people.

Her shadow lingers over me like an ever-expansive starry night. Picking up her torch seems heavier than the Olympic torch however, if we pick it up together, it will be easier to carry. I fight with words, so I admire how she used the English language to advocate for the little guy. Words are a weapon and if they are used correctly, the world changes for good. 

As I write this, the leader of the United States has Covid-19. The Senate is trying to push through a nominee for the Supreme Court in an unconstitutional way. Parts of the country are burning to the ground. Other natural disasters are rampant across the country. My mind also drifts towards third world countries who lack resources in a way we cannot begin to fathom. As a person who wants to help, I do not know where to begin.

And then I think of the people in my life that make me smile. I think of weddings, birthdays, graduations, we will get back to those eventually. I think of the impromptu dance parties with friends and it brings a sense of peace. We will eventually get back to normal. Meanwhile, I will spread love and try to do as good as possible.

 For now, take it day by day. 

Virtual Hugs,

Hannah!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Kidney Stones in a Pandemic!

 It's been one heck of a month! 

I was having pain on my left side. I went to the doctor and through an x-ray, my doctor determined it was kidney stones. I was told to drink a lot of fluids and wait it out. Fine.

Two weeks later, I am in writhing pain. I did not have an appetite; I could not do anything but sit. I called my doctor who wanted me to go to the emergency room. Wanting to avoid the ER in a pandemic (I cannot believe I just typed that sentence), my dad asked my doctor if we could avoid going to the ER and just send prescription pain medication. My doctor would not do that because I could have had an infection or blockage. I did not want to go to the ER, but the pain was radiating to my legs. My dad was pacing nervously the entire day; I felt so bad, but I knew I was in pain. I did not want to put my parents through this, but it was absolutely necessary. 

I asked my parents to take me to Rush Oak Park. This was because my doctors are all there, so I knew the x-rays were very much accessible to them. This is when I got frustrated. The fact that my x-rays were on hand did not speed up the process. Are you kidding? I just dragged my parents here for NOTHING. I was so angry they could not speed up the process.  

After a two hour wait, we get to a room. They finally give me morphine. Within two minutes, I am out of pain. After another hour, I finally got into CT. The technician's son happened to have a disability too, so he let mom be in the room which always helps.

It turns out that the stupid kidney stone moved. It did not become 15 stones; the darn thing just moved! I was so frustrated, happy to be on the morphine but what a waste of time! Since coming home, I only needed two pain killers. I am hoping it passed but I don't know. 

As if this wasn't enough, I had a new caregiver go through training and then quit. Yeah, that’s nice. September, could you go easy on us?

Hannah! 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Tubing

At warp speed, my head was going up and down. David asked if I wanted to stop. Yes, I did. Instead of going to the sand bar, we stopped in the middle of the water. This was not my plan. I thought we would go back to the sand bar. If you stop in the water, you fall in the water. David and I slip off the tube. David has me so I am more than safe and then Genevieve jumps off the boat to help us.

David chose the lesser of the two evils which was great me on the boat and not the tube. My siblings had the strength of every Marvel character and lifted me into the boat. I could have gotten scratched, but they did not let it happen. I am very thankful. My siblings are incredible!

While we were at the cabin, my family threw me a surprise graduation. It was incredibly thoughtful and special. Thank you to my family for doing something that extraordinary and for a great 4th of July!

America Has Chosen

Updated November 10th, 2020   America has chosen Decency  Integrity  Grace America has chosen  Diversity  Character  Compassion  America ha...