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Challenged but Grateful

Original post made by Claudette McDermott, Del Prado, on Feb 4, 2009

Aloha to all of you and welcome to "Reflections." I'll be posting a variety
of topics to Reflect on and I hope you will converse with me by commenting
when you feel compelled. This is a weekly post so the topics will change weekly
but I will do my best to keep up the conversation during the week on the
current topic of Reflections. Let me introduced myself. You may have seen me around
town, chatted briefly with me but I am sure I've left you with a smile,
normally. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, artist, business owner (currently online
Poetry On Canvas, perviously downtown Storefront and others). I'm active in my
community, and meet regularly with a variety of groups to stay in the mix of things.
Life is good, even when I am challenged. For instance, this past week I was
hit hard with pain in my chest, under my ribcage, an uneasiness with my
insides.... Like you, I didn't want to think it was anything other than a random tweak
in my day. Because it wasn't consistent I tried to overlook it but after two
weeks I needed to know, what was what. I've always talked from my heart and I
was able to compose myself and get the message across to the attending
physician who was gracious to see me at the last minute, that something serious was
going on. As an Artist I pay close attention to detail, and colored my pain as
best I could to create a true picture for her to diagnose. I ended up in
Emergency at Valley Care, here in Pleasanton. As much as they wanted to help everyone
there, and it was packed, it took hours before I could get a look see by a
doctor that was younger than my oldest son. Diagnosis was the same, possible
bleeding ulcer or gallbladder trouble. I got there by 7pm and was in a thin hospital
gown by 3:30am. I guess you just have to "Reflect " on this experience. It
could have been a lot worse. I'm alive and was treated well. I was able to get
in to see my doctor, get a couple of Lab work ups to get to a possible
diagnosis and a plan of action within 24 hours. After another 24 hours I was in for
surgery. I'm home recovering still needing to resolve another medical issue, surrounded
by my family and lots of calls by friends and well wishers. I walk away
feeling Blessed. Life can change forever on a dime but it's up to us to "Reflect"
on it anyway we choose. I choose to be positive and dig deep to see the bigger
picture and take action. How about you?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 5, 2009 at 7:47 am

Claudette,
I am glad you are well and with a positive outlook. I had a very similar medical crisis in October that left me with a life altering diagnosis. I too have a greater appreciation for my wonderful family and friends.
I wish you good health and friendship.


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Hi Julie,

Thank you. These wake up calls make you realize that all the other things are really secondary. Who's doing what for who, he said she said, politics.... :) Secondary. I think we need to make our time count, even if we don't get that wake up call. Hopefully our actions will not only make our own lives better but others as well. Imagine if all of Pleasanton had a "Wake Up Call" not that I would wish that on anyone, but think about it. What do you think would be the First 5 improvements we could make as a Community that our Community could benefit from? Anyone want to try to give me their top 5?

Take Care, Wishing you Laughter, Love, Good Health and Friendship.


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Posted by Amy
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for sharing. My Moms has gall bladder acts up and the pain is so severe. Too often we do try and ignore it.
Glad to hear it paid off to go in and get it looked at and fixed.
Amy


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Claudette,
First off let me tell you how much I admire your attitude! I wish more people (including myself) could have a sunny disposition like that. Most people (also including myself) don't remember to 'look up' from their everyday life to appriciate the small things like friends and family...and living life in general.
I can honestly say that I am trying to live life happy. Although the seven deadly sins often get the better of me. I'm kind of a work in progress.
I look forward to reading your topics in the future. And don't let some of these negative blodders get you down. They can be pretty mean sometimes. Sometimes people post before their morning coffee. Don't take it personal.


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Posted by Ann
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Do not ignore it an ultrasound will show if it needs to come out. Don't wait until it is a crisis as there will be severe consequences.
Glad you are well Claudette.


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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 7, 2009 at 10:41 am

Yes more than not, people don't go in until they have a ragging infection. The doctors that came to my aid, told me that I came in way before their normal clients have, which made their recoveries worse and created other problems to other organs, which can be life threatening. Get yourselves in when you get that FIRST "slap on the back of the head" of intuition that the pain is not "Normal for You." You all have been great and I hope this helped many people to pay close attention to their own needs. It's hard to be happy if we aren't healthy.


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