Hello, Hello!! I hope this new year is treating you well so far. Besides a case of strep throat that lingered in our house (River's first time on antibiotics) there have been no health issues at all! Amazing! Today is actually my 6 month, 2nd liver-versary. Whoo hoo! I can now officially garden again (with gloves and a face mask... but still) Rejection episodes usually drop after 6 months too. Looking good!! This is also the longest I have been out of the hospital in many years, it's been almost 3 months... and the longest that I have gone without some sort of surgery or invasive procedure in over 2 years. Happy body! Since I have been feeling better, I am trying to stick to my new years resolutions. I have started organizing... very slowly. --Sometimes I have to remind myself that it has only been 3 months since my last surgery because I am a little hard on myself. Things take me a lot longer to accomplish then they did years ago (But at least I can do it again, so quit complaining Ricki) Rivers room is about 1/2 done, a lot of my medical papers have been sorted, and my crafts are now organized. While cleaning out one of my old craft boxes I found a letter that I had written to my sister a few years ago when I first started getting real sick. I had put it in there because I figured if I died, she would get my box of crafts that she coveted so as a child. It was kind of sad to read, but it got me thinking about how far I have come! Of course that got me sidetracked, (I don't think I really like cleaning that much) and I hopped on the computer to look back at some of my first posts. First off, this has got to be the longest I have ever stuck with something... I don't think I have to worry about the resolution to write more (except actual letters to people, that I need to do.) And second, it really has been a long journey! I'm tired! But not to tired to not cook, which is something that I have been sticking to... I don't know how well my resolution is actually going though because River is NOT loving the food. He was under 3 when I stopped really cooking, so I know it will take some getting used to, but this kid has really started to chip away at my self confidence (except for my baked goods... he is a big fan of those) But I know I cook better then those damn Kid Cuisines, I know it!
I have also started to venture out more. Sometimes I still have to force myself to go because I get a lot of anxiety about getting sick or tired once I'm out, but I haven't yet. I also feel a little socially awkward, I'd say fish out of water but that would imply that I was at one point graceful or cool, and I'm not sure about that.... I have to stop with the fish metaphors anyway, I told my nurse that my stomach looks like I have been attacked by a shark, and she burst into laughter and then quickly apologized but agreed that it indeed does look like that (no offense to anyone who has a shark scar, I don't think you would be disappointed with mine though) Anyways, that was really off topic. I am venturing out more, and am even going to Rivers school on Tuesday to help out in his class. It worries me to make plans like that, but I really do need to start having more confidence in my health. I'll be ok on Tuesday!
Other then that, everything is just nice and calm. We are settling into a routine, I wish Jason was home a little more during the week to be part of the routine, but at least he has a stable job right now. I think we are going to take a little trip up North in March to visit the families so that will give us some good family time, and in July the in-laws offered to take River while we go away for our 10 year wedding anniversary Ohh la la! It's shaping up to be a good year for the Albertoni's!