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Spring Nesting

March 12, 2013

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Phew!  It’s almost a year since my last post.  In that time Mike’s VA disability claim was finalized and he is now a disabled Vet.  It’s a big weight off my mind…if something happens to me, there are resources available to take care of him, and that is a huge comfort.  And speaking of Mike, […]

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BVA and Me (Part 1)

June 27, 2012

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For the uninitiated, BVA =Bureau of Veterans Affairs. The BVA is divided into two sides of the house;  First, the VBA which = Veterans Benefits Administration and administers all benefits such as GI Bill, Compensation and Pension, Burials, Cemeteries etc.  Second is the VHA which = Veterans Health Administration which has accountability for all the medical care, hospitals, clinics, research etc. I’m […]

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Memorial Day Musings

May 26, 2012

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So here we are, it’s Memorial Day 2012.  A day when we are especially cognizant of and grateful for the sacrifices of our military warriors…to all of you serving or who have served, and to the families of those who served but lost their lives, thank you for your service! It’s also a year since […]

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My Christmas Wish…

December 22, 2011

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It’s been a week.  Hopefully the petty annoyances of the week are behind us.   The john had no need of an auger  <ggg> after all.  I’ve not yet gotten a new plunger, but will be right after the holiday.   Remember that I worked in IT for a  lot of years?  While not a programmer, I […]

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Well Intended Political Rhetoric

December 14, 2011

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords staff conducted a webinar on TBI today.  Apparently people who had written to the Congresswoman after her injury and expressed brain injury interest were invited to attend (among constituents and whoever else..).  The event was held at the Southern Arizona VA where the Veterans Administration has one of their Polytrauma Network sites.  The Brain Association of Southern Arizona […]

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Giving Thanks

November 27, 2011

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We’re a few days post Thanksgiving and this year was special indeed.  Instead of the usual looking toward Christmas, pining over kitchen “emergencies” with the meal, we were just truly grateful to have been given yet another year with Mike.   It’s also the last time Cam might be able to have Thanksgiving with us for […]

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Deja Vu, the VA, etc.

October 30, 2011

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 Talk about Deja Vu…!  Tuesday I got a call that my youngest brother had called an ambulance to take him to the hospital as he couldn’t breathe.  Turns out he has multiple pulmonary emboli which are causing the right side of his heart to strain and have periods of hypoxia…and a big clot in his leg […]

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Progress!

September 21, 2011

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It’s a day.  Neither a good day nor a bad day.  A busy day…but still just a day.  We’ve been up for hours because today is the day the super duper high efficiency heat pump/air con is being installed.  What a project it is too.  Mercifully the temperatures are cool today.  This afternoon brings a […]

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Mike: Moving Forward…most days

September 12, 2011

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How could I ever have been prepared for the reality of living with brain injury?  I’m a girl who doesn’t do grey areas in life.  Or anything.  It’s black or it’s white.  It’s literal.  It’s unequivocal.  Brain injury…nobody knows about it or what the outcome will be.  It could be this or it could be […]

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