Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 15, 2012~
Ay yi yi!! Didn't think it was THAT long since I last wrote, but when one is as busy as I am, then I can see why I haven't written.
Have two children now: two little boys, one aged six and a half (Rheese Kendall) and Chase Ryder (1 1/2). They keep both Kendall and myself very busy (not so much Kendall, as he works a lot of hours, but ME!). They are truly wonderful little guys: I can't imagine my life without either one of them!
I am happy to say that I no longer have the crippling, intractable pain that I had since being struck by lightning in 2000. I had been chasing a storm with Kendall here in the Nashville area when I got struck; don't remember much of anything until waking up in a hospital and I was in severe pain, some of the worst pain I had ever experienced. I eventually got better, but the pain continued. It was so bad I couldn't do anything.
I had surgury back in 2008 where I had an implant installed to take away the crippling pain I was experiencing. It has truly been nothing short of a miracle!
I do have some residual weakness on my right side and wear a brace on my affected leg; I also have some memory issues, but they are managable. I can remember stuff prior to 2000, but sometimes I have problems remembering things five minutes after someone's told me. It is very aggravating.
I work part time for a church; I help with the filing and answering the phone. I work for a local woman's job corp held at the church, where young ladies go through training in how to find a job. I have been there for a couple of years and truly enjoy it. My boss is very understanding of my limitations and makes allowances for the memory lapses. Sometimes I get so frustrated I cry, but she always reassures me that all is well and she tries to give me exercies to help me boost my short term memory.
I still get disability, just not nearly as much, since I do work part time. At least it pays the bills. Kendall makes good money, so it helps out in the end, but it never lasts long: not with the ever-increasing gas prices (which, in kind, drives the cost of everything else up!), and the demands of two small boys! Raising children is NOT cheap, as I have long discovered!
I just thank God that both boys are healthy. Not like their Momma ... LOL
Kendall has been a paramedic for over 12 years now: he's one of the top guys on the squad, with a team of dedicated, hardowrking souls who truly enjoy what they do. I know people appreciate him, especially when illness or injury strike.
He has saved my life; the rest, as they say, is history! :)
Yesterday, for Valentine's Day, Ken got me a dozen red roses and a very mushy card. He also got me some Lady Godiva chocolates. I LOVE chocolate!! Yum!! (People get mad at me: I can eat like a horse, yet I am as skinny as ever! Even when pregnant, I looked good, especially with Ryder. I looked six months pregnant at the most while carrying our second son! :) )
I do keep my weather skills current. Every year, I go to storm spotter training classes here in Nashville. I have to, especially when severe weather threatens, such as the flooding we had back in 2010 or the tornado threat last year (thank God, no tornadoes hit the Nashville metro area, but the skies sure got interesting!).
I just don't chase anymore. Can't. Health, my job, and children won't allow it. Do I miss it? You bet!!
Well, it's way too early for me to be up, so it's bedtime for Bonzo (I'm Bonzo! LOL). Good night; I will try to do better in writing in my journal. Sorry about that ... and the last time I wrote, I was not pleasant. I hope you accept my apologies, but the pain was talking; it was not me.
Until later, this is Rachael Dian Smith saying so long! God bless!
~Love, your friend in Tennessee, Rach. :)