Thursday, December 09, 2010

Friday Fragments

It's Friday Fragments Day!  
It's Friday Fragments Day!  

Our fearless leader is Mrs. 4444 whose blog, Half Past Kissing Time, is a JOY to read.  She has gathered many wonderful bloggers to Frag on Fridays and we love her for getting us all together.


It's been kind of a busy day today.  I do believe that this busy day is going make up the majority of my Fragments!


It's Thursday so that means that it's the Liver Transplant Support Group day.   We've been having giant groups the past 6 months.  Standing room only!  It's really nice because that means there are more families that get to know each other.   It's always good to have friends around when going through such extreme illnesses.  Even though we have just met everyone, we can become friends quickly.


My husband had a liver biopsy today as a part of his five year post transplant evaluation.  That's quite a process.  The biopsy takes just a few minutes, but the patient has to lay on a gurney for 3-5 hours to make sure that there is no internal bleeding.  So we just sit and watch TV and chat a little.  I have to admit that I usually don't wait with Tom (I know, bad wife) because he is just going to sit and watch the news the whole time and not talk much, so I don't see the point in sitting there.  Today, since I was already there for the support group meeting, I decided to go and wait with him for the last two hours.

He watched the TV that was on an adjustable arm and it was about two feet in front of his face.  I sat in the chair and kept dozing off.  It was nice though.  I haven't had to be the caregiver for him in quite some time.   His five year birthday is Dec 23rd.


This evening I went to my friend's church Christmas party.  It was the women's group actually.  Several of the women went with us to Rome in February, so I'm sort of an honorary member at times.  I was asked to bring my camera and take some photos of the event.  It was nice.  I was editing the pictures when I realized that I needed to finish my blog post!

Tomorrow night (Friday) I'm going to be with several of the women who were at the Christmas party tonight.  We are having a girls sleepover.  I think there may be a dozen of us!  I can guarantee that there's going to be a lot of giggling.  I'm really looking forward to it.


One of the newest support group friends got the call last night and this morning he was given the gift of life by way of a liver transplant.   I spent the day with him and his mom two weekends ago.  I took them to the Riverside Arts Market and then drove them to a few lovely spots on the St. Johns River to see the houses that I photograph so often and just to see the beauty of Jacksonville.  We went into the Avondale community and I took them to an art gallery.  Then we had lunch and chatted up a storm.  I am so blessed to be a part of these peoples lives, even for this short amount of time.    I'm going to go see him in the hospital tomorrow.


On some Animal Planet show that my husband was watching tonight he heard that hippos kill more people than any other animal in Africa.  I never saw hippos as being that big of a threat.  Maybe people get too close trying to take pictures or something.  If I ever go to hang out with hippos, I'm taking a zoom lens :)  Stay Away from the Hippos!

I sold my first photography print on Etsy this week to someone that I didn't know.  It wasn't a blogging friend, a real life friend, a relative, was someone searching for a specific photo and I had it.  I was elated!  Wanna know what they got?  It was the gate detail at Bunratty Castle in Ireland.  I got it printed on metallic paper and it's gorgeous!  I'm always amazed at how lovely the photographs are once they've been printed.


I guess that's it for tonight.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Happy New Year and whatever else you may celebrate!  Birthdays, anniversaries, liver transplant birthdays - it's all being celebrated this month.



lisleman said...

wow I think I learn more in this post than the others I have read up here.
Rome, Ireland, - do you travel often? So you must have been in Durty Nellys - that was a fun place.

Eternal Instants said...

Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead of you... And lots of celebration!

So glad to hear about the Etsy sale... I know I wouls be elated as well! Awesome... It won't be your last :)


Dysfunctional Mom said...

I love the idea of the sleepover, how fun! Congrats on the photo sale, it is beautiful.

Carolee Sperry a.k.a. The Blogging Biz Mom said...

I didn't know your hubby had a kidney transplant- I thought you WORKED with Kidney patients..

I had my left kidney (and spleen) removed 5 years ago due to a tumor.

Have fun at your sleepover- I haven't had one of them in a while!

Brad said...

I just stumbled on your blog. I am approaching my 2 year Liverversary on 12/17 and doing well. I'm glad to hear your husband is also well.
Oddly, I also sold my first photo this week to someone that had googled a specific location. I had the exact shot they were looking for. It feels pretty good.
Have a great day.

Karen and Gerard said...

Sleepovers are always fun if you are with people you like. Congratulations on your sale. That was nice of you to stay with your husband for the last two hours. I'm sure he understands though when you aren't there--bad enough he has to waste all that time doing nothing, doesn't mean you should too.

Stopping by from Friday Fragments

Tettelestai said...

i am super impressed with your photography skills, and i love your background!!! i need to find some time to focus on just getting better at using my own camera. super big woohoo on the photo sell!!!

it is also very exciting to be at the 5yr anny for the liver transplant... sadly i know folks don't always get the chance for that. hubby sounds like he is doing well and i think it is very cool to be involved with other's and their lives at that time!

i would love to have a ladie's sleepover... that sounds fantastic!!!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on the Etsy sale! Here's to many, many more!

I didn't have enough to frag, but I did manage to get a post up today. Its been awhile since I had a few in a row each day.

Jene said...

Five years, that's amazing.

Jealous of your sleepover! I had SO much fun on a random east coast trip with one of my best girlfriends. We stayed up way too late talking and gossiping and acting like teenagers. I wish we could do it every month!

qandlequeen said...

Congrats on the Etsy sale. That's fantastic!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Praying that all is well with your husbands biopsy. How wonderful that someone was given the gift of life today, I can only imagine how awesome that must feel. How exciting on your photo. It's a good one. Have fun at the sleepover and have a great weekend.

jb said...

What an amazing life you have created! I am so blessed to have you in my life, so I know you are such a gift to the transplant community in JAX!
Congrats on the Etsy sale, how getting published!
Hippos are indeed the most dangerous animals in Africa...their skills have been well documented...don't go near them!!! Buy a 70 ft long lens!
<3 Bob

Unknown Mami said...

I'm so jealous of the sleepover! I'm sure you will have a blast. I can't remember the last time I went to a sleepover.

Melani said...

You have a lot to celebrate! 5 yrs is amazing, hoping for many more.

Sleep over sounds fun!

Have a great weekend!