Friday, November 30, 2012

Another Sign


Throckmorton Sign


It STILL Cracks me up!  :)

And ...laughter is the BEST medicine!  :) :) :)


WHOA! Reign in the Chatty :) and Stuff



I feel such peace typing at a normal computer again ...even tho it isn't my new one yet.  I felt my body go into s-o-o-t-h-e-d mode the second I got into my blog.  (The computer ...especially blogging ... is my binky, blanky, first few sips of a gin and tonic with a lime twist, Breyer's chocolate chip mint ice cream, etc.)  I became even more soothed as began typing and using the mouse.  Ummm ...this may mean I am addicted right ...somewhat?  Although, I don't blog anywhere near as much as I used to.

But ...it is also a favorite indoor hobby.  And I do love to write and I love reading other blogs too and very much look forward to getting back into it again.  I've been busier and so hadn't been as involved in blogging even before I lost my computer.  Anyway, the computer is more than that. When the computer works well .... I read news, shop, pay bills, e-mail friends and face book ..although I'm still not a major facebooker.  Then also office work, pictures and other things.  I LOVE the computer!

That being said ...I can see where it easily sucks time away from doing things you should be doing ...actually getting out with friends and family.  It has cut into my book reading time and I have gotten back into reading more ...which I'm enjoying.  I know the key is balance ...moderation in all things ...
which is hard for an all the way or nothing SeaSpray. Sometimes I need to pull back on the reigns a bit.  :)

Ha ...once in a visit with my orthopaedic doc, while I was sitting up on the exam table and he was still sitting down in the chair ...I half joked and said, "I know I can be chatty sometimes and so if I am ...then you can just reign me in." , and I said that while pulling back on imaginary reigns. He just busted out laughing and I joined in.  I'm not sure exactly what he was laughing at.  I laughed because he was laughing and hit me funny that he thought I was so funny.  But, I don't know if he cracked up because he now had a patient in front of him who was suddenly acting like she's riding a horse on his exam table ....or that *I* was giving *him* - the DOCTOR, permission ...or that I used the word "sometimes" chatty ...or all of the above?  Truth is ...with most docs (not all) ...if Chatty was rated like a pain scale ...I'm the 10.

Ha ha!  Can't you just see that little reference chart?  Little faces with their mouths shut tight and then up to the 10 ...open so wide you see their tonsils?  Well ..no ... that would be yelling ...but you get the idea.  Or maybe a chart depicting the the expressions of little doctors and nurses reactions to the patients ...ranging from concern, calm, agitated and at the 10 chatty patient while grimacing behind pseudo smiles, sharing a bottle of Tylenol.

Who knows?  maybe Orthodoc was envisioning a lasso and duct tape at that point?  :)

The problem is that I genuinely like my doctors and also there's usually stuff to cover, but I also insert other things.  I may've been spoiled my my former PCP who ended up going to a corporate medical position.  HE was a chatty doc.  :)  I still miss him and hope he and his family are well.  Believe me there have been some doctors that I couldn't wait to get out of their presence.  So ...I'm not an across the board chatty patient. I've just been blessed with some nice doctors that seem to evoke the chatty in me.

Although, since learning so much from reading med blogs, I do try to be mindful of it.

I still feel bothered by hurricane Sandy and things that happened.  I feel unnerved about a few things and maybe I will write about them.  I also recently got some extremely upsetting news that had me reeling yesterday and last night, but I am fine now.  The situation isn't.  It's just beginning.  It is yet another reminder of the fragility of life.

I really want to write about some very personal thoughts ...but not sure if I should or not.

And I heard an amazing ...miracle (so it seems to me) story of healing for my spiritual mom ...a lady I met decades ago at the hospital where we became fast friends.  I think she is 82 or around there within a year.  She is this beautiful woman ..inside and out that radiates God's love.  It seems he really protected and took care of her.  Even medical staff didn't know how it was that she was still walking.  Thank you God!  :)

Oh ...and now ...I am going on 21 months that I will not have had a ureteral stricture/relapse.  Thank you God!  :)

I'm so excited that it is the Christmas season now.

Fa la la la l-a-a  la la la l-a-a!  :)
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Also - Not Ztring or Gstring

This pad is wearing thin on me right now.  I don't know why it wouldn't let me fix/finish previous post.  Just would not cooperate.

Anyway ...I also did not mean to sa Ztring.  OR Gstring.  Just STRING.  I meant to say/spell plain old STRING.  So ...where did G string ome fro in my mind's eye?

VICTORIA SECRET I suppose. All the Victoria's Secret news,commercials, etc., or just Gs on my mind ...no not thinking of Gs either.

I did work for a Mr Z once   He was an Asian man, my immediate sjlervislr when I workex at or local Playboy club.  Oh ...I am just Not voing back to make these corrections.  Word games are Fun!  I know you can figure it out.

But I digress.

Funny how the mind works ...connections we make.   For the sake of my sanity and a hungry Mr SeaSpray ...I HSVE to stop thpkng now.

zA ...that darned z again!

ANYWAY ...it might be amusing to decipher my typos while I'm using this ...or not.   But,  I'm thi.king that acter these two posts ...twitter lenggh blog posts is the way to vo.  Back to brevity ... I can do it. And NO ...I'm.NOTcorrecting anything.  Annoys ...yet amuses me.  Practice makes perfect, but may I not have to. :)


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Prolific Out - Brevity In

Still no computer.  Now son's computer dismantled.  *Sigh*  Using his google pad. Hence ...the brevity.  So...what's new?  Oh  ....yeah ..I just found out I won the lotto.  JOKING!  I rarely buy tickets.  Got your attention tho.  :)
Last night's full moon, casting a silver blue light on the snow covered fields and mountains -SPECTACULAR.  Midnight moonlight moonshadows while taking a walk even tho frigig temperature ...something else I appreciate.  Snowlite.  It's like the snow lights up on full moon nights.  Oh ...and the mountains look like tidal waves in moonlight.

Christmas lights up ...but of course  there is a snafu ...DARNED cheap Chinese lights!  WHERE are all the quality GE lights that actwally had recepters on the end of the string of lights  ...in this case a ztring of 400 lights ...that I still need   ok ...want to add a large extension cord to  down to a small pine tree to add 200 more.   The Chinese made receptacle wll not accomodate the 3 prong converter. #@$?!!  (I didn't really have a swear word in mind there ...just for emphasis on the frustration I felt. )  I'm not giving up!

Oh ....and it's too much work to backtrack to correct spelling errors with this pad.  PRobably easy -but I'm not used to this. I'm no Elmer Fudd (sp?) and honestly did not mean to say actWually.  Nor was IAttempting to swear with friGig ...if I had also inserted a n and another 3 gs.  Just saying.  :)  I meant FRIGID.  Btw ...where the heck are the quotations on this thing anyway?  AND

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Darn! I DON'T Want to go to the ER!


Seems I'm not the only one with a middle finger versus sharp can lid injury.  She got sutured though.  I don't have time.

My turn now I guess.

 How many times did I see patients come in to the emergency department with hand/finger lacerations because of an annoyingly dumb kitchen accident? A GAZILLION at least. I recall hearing med staff say the 3 most common reasons were from slicing a bagel, opening a cat food can and washing a glass and it seemed to be so. 


Our house smells wonderful with the baking and cooking and it's not even tomorrow yet with the turkey/stuffing roasting.  I'm in Thanksgiving mode - NOT ER mode.

 I was making a tortellini salad and put my fork into the olive can ..oh and my middle finger...specifically the knuckle of my middle finger into the olive can lid. DUH! I haven't used sharp lid can openers in yrs and picked this up when the power was out. It was all I could find in the store.  I didn't feel like pulling the electric can opener out ..which opens safely - no sharp lids.   All I had to do was move two things out of the way.


Anyway ...it's a jagged ..somewhat curved little slice in a real inconvenient place that just wants to keep bleeding. 

I REALLY do not want to go to the ER to get sutured!

 Everyone is coming here tomorrow and while things are /were moving along nicely ...no time for a trip up there. I'm up to date with tetanus. I've got  a few gauze and a stretchy pressure bandage on it and I'm keeping finger straight ...which btw ...of all fingers to keep straight ...ahem.


 I've always said there is no rhyme or reason to an ER patient schedule. I'm trying to calculate the best time to go if I have to. But, I'm hoping it will just stop.  I'm thinking 1 am ...or early in the morning after the turkey is in the oven.  The ETA of turkey into oven is at 07:00.  :)

Anyway, many patients often said they felt stupid about an accident. 20-20 hindsight and all. To help them feel better I would say, "No one plans to have an accident ..but they happen when we don't expect it and that's why they're called accidents." 


It's not helping me feel better. :)

I guess this precludes me from washing dishes. Now there's a silver lining. 


Hey Mr S-e-a-S-p-r-a-y ... :)

Finger hurts - I think I wrapped stretchy bandage too tightly.  The blood was pouring down my finger, but not bleeding through now.  Do I dare loosen it a bit?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cookie Time :)


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It's that time again.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cookies
(cookies in pic are similar yet different than mine)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees 
Cream together: 1 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar 
Then add: 1 1/2 Cup of pumpkin and 1 egg (sometimes I add a bit more pumpkin, but not much more) Cream together 
In a separate bowl mix together: 2 cups of sifted flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. of cinnamon (I like cinnamon so I always add 1 heaping Tbs. instead of the tsp.)

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well.

Then add 1 cup each of raisins, walnuts and butterscotch bits

Mix together and drop in tsp. on to cookie sheet. (can do Tbs. and bake longer - adjust time accordingly.)

Bake approximately 10 minutes - ovens vary (Cookies will rise and not spread out far and so you can get a lot on one pan)

While baking - make frosting

Frosting: heat on low - 3 Tbs. butter, 4 tsp. milk and add 1/2 cup of brown sugar. When cooler, add 1 cup of confectionary sugar and 3/4 tsp. vanilla.

Ice cookies while they are warm.

(I add and mix together as soon as everything is melted. Also, sometimes frosting starts to dry by the time ready for last batch and then I just stir in a small amount of milk.)

ENJOY! :)

p.s. I usually "only" make these for Thanksgiving and so they have become a Thanksgiving tradition that everyone looks forward to, which is a good thing since I DON'T do pies! :)  I have extended the recipe to Christmas for some people.  :)


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I'm off to Costco shortly.  Tomorrow I plan on baking these cookies ...LOTS of them and trimming bushes ...to prepare for the Christmas lights to go up on Friday.  :)



Sunday, November 18, 2012

6th blogiversary - Forever Hooked!


I just had to share that these six dolphins are leaping for joy that I am celebrating my 6th blogiversary!  Okay ...a SeaSpray can dream. ;)

 I feel so discombobulated right now that I even forgot that November 13th was my SIXTH blogiversary.  Wow SIX years!  Time sure does fly by - too quickly ...well unless you're in the dental chair ...having a stent removed in the office, on NPO forever and waiting for your first drink of water and morsel of food, waiting for the next presidential election ...or waiting to get your new computer ...just saying.

I feel so discombobulated with blogging because I am using son's computer when I can, but I can't get into writing like when I'm in my own little computer den all ...comfy and cozy.  Even though I'd love to be able to kick back and do my blog reading on a laptop, I am going to get a desk computer because I want to be hooked up to the printer and have scanning capabilities too.  But ..it would be so neat to just relax all comfortable on the sofa with a cup of coffee, tea or whatever... reading my favorite blogs. So - that is a wishlist item - someday. :) I will say that six years of sitting at the desk to read - not so comfortable.  But I think I would  prefer sitting up to write and so that is another plus for the desktop. I will be absolutely THRILLED to have my own computer again.  :)

Six years - seems like yesterday ...even though so many BIG changes have occurred.

The reason I  discovered blogging was because of my uro issues.  It's weird to think that I may not be blogging at all had I not had the urology concerns.  Oh and cervical faciitis.  The weekend of cervical faciitis ...when the only way to be pain fee was to sit upright, keeping my head still was when I discovered that blogs existed.  What better thing to do than read at the computer if you can't lie down to recuperate?  And so I did.  And now here I am ..still here six years later.  :)

Fortunately the faciitis cleared up soon after.  And even more importantly ...I have still avoided having the high risk ureteral repair surgery AND yesterday, November 17th was my 20 month ureteral stent removal anniversary. YAY!  I know I keep mentioning this - but it is a big deal for me because I've never gone this long without a relapse.  Double YAY!  :)

* All that urology stuff ...all because of one large kidney stone - first one ...back in may of 2004.   DRINK, DRINK, DRINK ...PLENTY OF WATER ...to help prevent the formation of kidney stones people!

In the beginning blogging was cathartic and a definite coping tool for all the medical tests, procedures and uncertainty/fear going on.  I often wrote inane, humorous (says me) posts about talking kidneys and kidneys and stents having separation anxiety - hence the spasms when the stent is suddenly removed.  Then the Bajingoland position due to the inordinate about of work being done in the area and whatnot ...my way of dealing with the stress, embarrassment and discomfort from all the things I had to do, i.e., was exposed to. (pun intended) I still think one of the funniest comment threads I ever read was in Trench Doc's post (wish he still blogged) about Germaphobia in which the comments somehow gravitated to Throckmortons.  (Do you capitalize Throckmortons?  Are Throckmortons worthy of capitalization?  I'm thinking ...Throckmorton-last name and so in here ...it's Throckmorton with a capital "T" :) The Throckmorton salad bar test and each man is his own compass - so funny.  Inside joke at this point.  :)

I 've enjoyed  the laughs from shared medical humor ...or ...the emotionally moving posts written by doctors, nurses and patients ..as well as some other non medical bloggers. The med blogs are certainly informative and I've learned so much.  And I've made some friends in the blogging community and it's pretty neat that we've maintained the friendships this long considering it's not real life.  Although ...in a way it is ...it's the blogging part of real life.

And since then social media has increased and people use Twitter, FB, pod casts, etc., but I just like to blog.  I did cave and begin a private facebook account last summer - 2011 and it has rekindled some friendships, brought me closer to others and been fun over all.  But I rarely twitter and I'm not a die hard facebooker.

Blogging is my love and I'd rather put most of my online energy into writing posts and reading/commenting on others and I will get back to it when I am hooked up with my own computer again. Of course ...they say never say never and perhaps in the future, I will become more interested in those other things.

Blogging also helped me when my mother began declining in health, went into the nursing home and died 6 months later.  That was a really rough time ...one of the most difficult times in my life.  Being able to write about my feelings and experiences and the supportive comments really helped me get through that time.  And even then my emotions were spilling over into comments in other blogs and one blogging friend suggested grief counseling.  I went for it, hooked up with an amazing counselor and she helped me tremendously.  I am still grateful to those of you that took the time to encourage me or let me know you understand. And Angel ...I shall always be grateful for your phone call (totally surprised me) when you called me the day after Mom died.

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I was totally and DELIGHTFULLY surprised one day when Ramona Bates ...from Sutured for a Living blog sent me the cutest, most adorable quilt for our soon to be born granddaughter, Wrenna.  Ramona is one of the most thoughtful and creative bloggers on line.  She often donates her beautiful creations to worthy causes or gifts them to family and friends.  More recently she surprised me with a cute quilt post card I fell in love with.  When I saw the return address... I was again delightfully surprised and couldn't wait to open it. Thank you again Ramona.They always evoke warm thoughts when I see them..   :)

Anyway ...I've written all kinds of posts since I began this blogging journey.  My personal favorites are the humorous ones.  :)  And I've written some serious ones that I really like as well ...the ones in which I poured my soul into.  I have always said I want to print out the special ones so I have a hard copy, but never have.  I would like to go back to the beginning in this blog, to delete things I don't want anymore and to print all the posts that are special to me.  (Comments too)  Because if  this blog just disappeared one day, I would be heartbroken to have lost everything.

I used to write novellas in other blog comments - but not so much now.  But,  I've always appreciated that WhiteCoat has always welcomed my novellas. :)   Btw - WhiteCoat's Call Room is a terrific blog!

And there are many good blogs I've enjoyed, but not mentioned here.

I was also both surprised and  honored when Jeff (blogging Psychiatrist) invited me along with Chrysalis Angel to be a coauthor for a new blog he was starting up. I really liked his writing and his humorous e-mails.  And also that a couple other medbloggers invited me to write guest posts. I just couldn't believe they read what I wrote and liked it enough to invite me to do something with them.  You see ...I just think of myself as an informal writer just writing in my diary ...that just happens to be open to the world.  :)  And I've written about this before and even told the story on Dr A - Mike Sevilla's (Family Medicine Rocks)Blogtalk radio show.

 It was a Saturday night, November 18, 2006 ... when I went into my 5 day old blog and was shocked to see that Fat Doctor had left my first comment.  Not only was I shocked that someone actually read something in my blog,  but that a doctor left a comment.  I shrieked, Fat Doctor left a comment!  Fat Doctor left a comment in my blog!"  Not only did I scare Mr SeaSpray and my son with my sudden outburst while they were quietly watching TV ...but they also didn't know what the heck I was talking about ...never mind excited about.  Ha ha!  And then I shrieked that I had two MORE comments.  But ...you never forget your first.  :)

And then ...I was hooked ...forever hooked on blogging ...hook, line and sinker hooked ...forever hooked on blogging.  :)

PS - I am sorry to see that the first blog I ever read and in it's entirety, Urostream has gone private.  KeaGirl ...a blogging urologist, was one of my favorite bloggers.  I both learned and laughed a lot while reading her posts.  And I greatly appreciated that she took the time to answer questions.  I loved her blog so much that I just had to check out some other bloggers on her blogroll ..read through them ...and the rest is history.

I also wish Scalpel, an ER doc, would also come back to blogging.  His has been dormant ever since he went off on his own into a private medical venture ...if I remember correctly.  I'm now also thinking of two other stellar bloggers that have me riveted to their posts when I read them,but if I don't stop here ...I'll never eat DINNER.  :)

Seriously ...BLOGGING ...one of best hobbies ever.  :)




Friday, November 16, 2012

Career Planning :)




Wrenna and I talking - Wrenna exclaimed she wanted a certain doll (now I know what to get her for Christmas:), and I said how do you plan to get it?

"I'll buy it."

Do you have money?

"No."

You need money to buy the doll.  You'll need to get a job to make money.

"Oh."

What kind of job do you want?

"Go to work."

Where?

"Be a doctor."

Awww!  I wish I had access to my computer so I could put up a picture of her in this awesome doctor's coat she got for her birthday.  She took her role as Dr SeaSpray very seriously.   :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

OOPS!



My single friend was planning on a cozy night at home, watching a good movie with a roaring fire in her wood stove.  But she made it too high and had black smoke billowing out.  Called and cancelled 911.  But here is her follow up to that ordeal.:

"911: ok you can cancel that call I seem to have my fire under control now.........8 firetrucks pull up,oh God!I now have about 50 fireguys all over my house looking for some good fire action when all I have now is a normal fire and a lousy movie. Welcome to my world"

Why waste a call ...CPR anyone?  ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You Veterans






Kissing __s! :)



"my daughters cat whom I love and adore was sound asleep in a donut position, purring away. She is so adorable that I began to kiss her little tucked in head for several minutes before she finally moved and I realized I had been kissing her ass all along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 Even if I didn't see her name attached to this facebook comment ...I'd know this was my friend.  Only Donna!  :)

Urolgy Blog Post Recommendation/ I Wonder?





*Sorry about the unintended highlighting below.  

I read an interesting post in Dr Schoor's urology blog, " Storm Related Lessons."

Dr Schoor discusses how hurricane Sandy affected the NY metro region, particularly the storm effects on local businesses.  "A practice's vitality is dependent on the vitality of its community.  You may have the best back-up and disaster recovery plans, but if your community gets destroyed so will your ability to remain viable"   He talks about some medical practices totally destroyed and others still intact, but lost their customer base.

Admittedly, I have mostly focused on  on the suffering of people left homeless or enduring power outages  and long gas lines ...but had not thought too much about the businesses that were damaged or devastated.  Well ...except for the 2 NY hospitals (NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellvue), that had to evacuate because their backup generators failed.  But,  I was also out of the loop and did not see any of this news in real time.  There is just so MUCH to take in. 


Dr Schoor shares some lessons for how to be as prepared as one can be for this type of calamity coming against a medical practice.


He also mentions that he still got calls from patients during the 100 year storm.  God bless doctors, other medical personnel and emergency workers that do have to go out in bad storms to help others.  

And that was something that ran through my mind when our power was out.  I am feeling fine, and STILL have an open ureter coming up on TWENTY months post mother of all ureteral stents removal.  TWENTY MONTHS!  I've never gone that long without a relapse and I am one GRATEFUL SeaSpray.  :)  

But, I was so miserable - out of sorts and cold without electric an no running water ...and I was thinking it would be a HORRIBLE time to have a relapse.  Anytime would  would be bad ...but I always want to shower and do all those girly things before going to the hospital.  Even in pain ...if possible ...I would always want to do that first.  Thankfully ...that was and is a moor point.  :)

HERE is the link to, "Storm Related lessons."
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As a patient, I wonder how doctors can access your medical records if they need to in these situations?  I confess, I still like the idea of hand written medical notes (I know - they've gone the way of the dinosaur), but then I am guessing that if any physician was still using hard copies in an area where the Atlantic Ocean met the bay, that those records were washed out to sea.   I've wondered though ...what happens if  something major happened in the world and electronic records are inaccessible?  At least you can still open the file cabinet.  Then again ... I guess if something that serious happened ...there would be a lot more than medical records to worry about.

I do have concerns about EMRs though.  I think errors are less likely when notes/orders are hand written.  Although ...I also know the wrong orders can be mindlessly written or mixed up with another patient. I think errors could occur or something important could be missed if rushing through computer screens.  And ...I don't like the idea of a medical error being perpetuated through the system to whomever has access to said records.


Also, from what I've read in the med blogs, doctors are inundated with superfluous information generated by EMRs and I am concerned important information about the patient could be missed.  I'm wondering if that happened with me recently ...but I've gotten off track now ...haven't I?  :)


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Two Words: Thankful and Surreal



I wanted to check out Ocean Grove next summer. (Pier- Ocean Grove)   My God - look at the size of those waves!   I simply cannot believe the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused all along the Jersey Shore ...places I am so familiar with.  It seems they may not even exist any longer ...except for a few remnants of what was ...here and there.  (Also in NY - I'm not forgetting NY)

I'm back on line - to stay ...I hope!  We were some of the people being referred to still living in the dark.  And some people are STILL without power!  And now this nor'easter bringing snow to us right now.

No power for 7 1/2 days.  It went off 10:30 last Monday nite.

I wrote the following to family and friends when I went back on line this morning: "‎7 1/2 days without power sure does foster even greater appreciation for the simple things in life - easily taken for granted when all is well. And I am still so thankful the large tree did not fall on our house or our neighbor's house and that the other tree/pole did not fall on our other neighbor's house. It is surreal seeing all the devastation from Hurricane Sandy and I've only seen a few pictures so far. I grew up at the Jersey shore and it feels even more personal. My prayers continually go out to all those suffering/affected by the storm and to all those helping."

I am extremely grateful that a tree fell into the pond instead of on our house or the neighbor's house.  I took pictures and will share when I get my computer back or a new one.

Oh...yesterday morning the power finally came back on and my computer wouldn't go on after I turned it on.  it just had a little red flashing lite and then would not turn off either.  So ..I've unplugged it.  :(  I will use son's computer when I can.

I knew it was on it's way out because it was working so hard when operating.  But I turned it off before the storm took it out.  I don't know if the cold damaged it or just a coincidence.

Anyway ..if that tree had fallen on our house it would've crashed right through the cathedral ceiling in the family room ...crashing down on my son, m-i-l and our dog.  Also... possibly me while I was baking oatmeal cookies in the kitchen.  And the oil tank.  We all thought a car door had closed and that someone was coming in to stay with us.  Faith barked.  No one came in and we forgot about it until son let Faith out.  Then he exclaimed, "Mom! the wind blew the tree into the pond!"  I think the water must've muffled the sound.

Also ...just that morning ...as the wind was picking up ...I told Mr SeaSpray and my  m-i-l, that our previous neighbor's son brought that tree home in a milk carton.  His mother said it was a fast growing tree, but doesn't have a deep root system.  it is about 30 years old now.  I told them that I always pray for our safety and protection of house and property during bad storms and also the same for the neighbors.

I envision an angel blocking the fall and pushing the tree in the opposite direction. :)

I was also thank God all night and the next day for protecting us.  I still do.

Also ...one of our neighbors had a large tree and a utility pole fall between their house and a gazebo. It was a narrow area and thankfully did not hit their house either.  It also left a live wire down.

Again ...thankfully we were all safe.

Sadly ...that wasn't the case for so many others during hurricane Sandy.

You all probably know more about the devastation that occurred than I do because I didn't see any of the TV coverage of the storm damage until this past Saturday.  And even then ..it was minimal.

I can imagine it was covered like Hurricane Katrina was.  And that is surreal too.  That people out of state and from around the world know more about your area than you do.  I thought all the cars lined up on the highway had something to do with a bad accident and was shocked to hear they were cars waiting in gas lines because of a fuel shortage.  The whole thing was/is surreal.

It was really hard not having electricity for so long ...particularly because it is so COLD.  Then when I saw the destruction on TV when I stayed at my m-i-l's Saturday night, it obviously seemed inconsequential compared to all that the hurricane victims were enduring and still are.  :(

At least we still have our house and family intact.  And the Jersey shore ...where I grew up and have since vacationed  ..I could hardly believe it.  Staten Island, Queens, and LI ...all surreal ...and tragic.  Those people in these areas DESPERATELY still need so MUCH Help.

I guess ...thankful and surreal are  the main words that comes to mind.  I am still acclimating to normalcy.  I learned some things too.  Particularly how unprepared we were for a LONG TERM emergency.

I'll post more about these things .