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What a holiday!
Rick's Corner
Well Christmas was approaching and for some reason I wasn’t very excited.

I wasn’t necessarily sad just kind of blah! I quite honestly just wanted to get through the holidays and start a new year. Not sure if I was depressed, melancholy or just kind of feeling sorry for myself. I was stuck in a proverbial rut.

It’s interesting when you have gone through a lot of trauma you sometimes just check out emotionally. I’m good at running on empty, I have no choice. Owning a business I can’t just take a month off work, nor can I take a month off parenting. So to survive I just checked out, if that makes any sense.

Then God gave me a huge wake up call. It started on Friday, Dec. 23. It was my first day off for the holiday and I was getting the boys up for school. The day prior Aiden hadn’t gone to school because he was sick. By Friday morning he came upstairs again saying he wasn’t feeling well and his throat was very sore. He had a slight fever and so I gave him some ibuprofen and sent him back to bed.

The day proceeded with washing and ironing, present wrapping and dinner making. Throughout the day I checked on my Aiden and he still wasn’t well at all but it seemed under control. After raising four kids it takes a lot for me to go to the doctor.
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By 7:00 that night I was in the laundry room folding clothes when Aiden came in and said, “Mom I need to go to the hospital now, I can’t breath”. His lips were blue, his face was red and he was struggling. The on call doctor was Dr. Annand and I tell you I couldn’t have asked for a better person to take care of my son.

He was thorough, he was calm (cause I certainly wasn’t) and he was kind. Next thing I knew we were off to the Alberta’s Children’s Hospital. The weather was too bad to bring in STARS so we had to drive. Road were so bad the ambulance drivers didn’t want to go, but with Dr. Annand in tow we were off. It took us 4.5 hours to get there. It turns out that Aiden had a bacterial infection in his Trachea. Aiden has had throat issues as a child, having already had a surgery and been intubated twice in this life. Dr. Annand wasn’t taking chances.

We have since learned that Dr. Annand made the right call, gave him the right antibiotics at the hospital most importantly at the right time, and may have saved his life. After meeting with a specialist in Calgary, Aiden is going to have to have more throat surgeries, wear a medical bracelet and will need emergency medication on hand whenever he gets a cold. Things could have been much worse but with a thorough, quick thinking doctor he made it through just fine. However, every time I ask him to clean his room since that day, he says, “Mom I could have died”. I’m afraid he may milk that one for a while.

This situation was an epiphany for me as it certainly got me out of my proverbial ‘funk’ and made me realize some pretty important things. It’s easy to get caught up in the crappy situations that happen in life. It’s easy to get mired down in grief, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself, what’s not easy is picking yourself up and moving forward.
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This made me pick myself up, showed me that things can definitely get worse and I need to stop looking back on the bad things that have happened and look at all the wonderful things ahead.

So for the New Year I give you this message:

It was a tough year. It's been a tough three years but instead of saying it was the worst years of my life I'm going to say it's been the biggest growth years of my life.

I have loved, I have lost, I've been beaten up, I have screwed up, I've been deceived, I've been lied to.... but I have learned some amazing and valuable lessons from it all.

I've felt joy, I've found true friendship, I've found character and actions outweighs words, I've learned from my despair, I learned to pick myself up, I learned to rely on myself, I've learned to love myself. I am learning to forgive or let go. I have learned I can make mistakes, own them and move on, and from that I've learned not to judge.

So from it all I'm hoping 2017 will be more a year of gratitude for what I have, for what I've had and what I may be granted in the future.
Happy New Years to all!
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