I can’t believe it’s Friday already. This week has flown by. That could be because, for most of the week, I’ve been pretty unsure what day it’s been. I am extremely happy to report that we got our Internet service back last night!
I know that not having it was a trivial inconvenience compared to what many in our area have had to deal with, but I have felt so cutoff, not just from my Internet friends, but those locally as well. We could get one local channel with the rabbit ears antenna that my husband hooked up (sometimes it pays to be married to a pack rat) and everything was, “Visit our website for more information.”
Want to know how you can help locally? Visit our website.
Want to know where to donate blood? Visit our website.
Want to know where the drop-off locations are? Visit our website.
Very frustrating! Thankfully, we were able to go to Brian’s parent’s house on Monday night and get online there. I was able to get several names and numbers of people we could call to see about volunteering. As a result, we spent Tuesday and Wednesday at a local church helping out.
Monday was somewhat normal. Brianna had Spanish. After that, I had my first mammogram and was planning to go donate blood afterward. I’ve gotta say, the mammogram wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be…and, I don’t even think it was because I was a whole lot more nervous about the idea of giving blood.
They did try to scare me, though. After doing my scan, the nurse said she was going to show the results to the radiologist while I was still there. I knew that wasn’t normal. She came back and said they wanted to do an ultrasound and were going to work me in. I knew that wasn’t normal either.
While I waited, I was already having visions of radiation treatments and me with a bald head. I was already thinking thoughts of how my husband loved me when I was fat, so he’d love me after a mastectomy.
Yeah, I was freaked out.
Then, a friend whom I’d texted replied with a voice of reason and told me that the same thing had happened to her at her first mammogram and that, because it was a baseline, they probably just wanted to make sure they’d dotted all their I’s and crossed all their T’s.
Turns out it was just a cyst, nothing to worry about. Still, that 30 minutes of freaking out gave me a new appreciation for getting yearly mammograms. What if it had been something and it could have been discovered two years ago, but I didn’t get my mammogram then because I was a big chicken about getting my boobs squished?
Get your yearly mammograms, ladies!
I had planned to give blood after that, but by the time I got to the donation center, the line was out the door and they weren’t accepting any more donors that day. In the interest of full disclosure, I wound up not giving blood at all. By the time I was able to go back on Thursday, I’d heard that they were in desperate need of all the negative blood types. I’m O+.
I called, asking if they needed my type. I really expected the lady to say that they needed all types, but that they really needed the negatives. Nope. She said they were really okay with O+.
Works for me. I’ll just hang on to my blood then, thankyouverymuch.
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons were spent at a local church, sorting and packing donated food for distribution. Josh found his calling in life assembling boxes. Yep, a pile of broken down boxes and a tape gun and that boy was in his element.
It was really cool to see the willingness of kids – not just my kids – to help. There would be teenagers standing around just hanging out and somebody would holler that they needed some help with whatever and immediately a dozen kids would jump up and be right there.
Trucks were unloaded in mere minutes thanks to huge lines of teenagers carrying boxes. Floors were swept and mopped, supplies unloaded and sorted with nary a complaint.
I know they have their moments, but overall, I think teens have gotten a bad rap. Most of them, I think, are really willing to help, they just don’t always know how. I think they have a deep need to feel needed. They were this week.
Thursday we stayed home to get some schoolwork done and, I thought, to give me time to donate blood. Hey, I was going to.
Also, Brianna had her first job interview Thursday afternoon – at Chick-Fil-A. She’s supposed to hear from them Monday if they want her back for a one-on-one interview. The one she had Thursday was a group interview. I’d love for her to get a job with such a good company. I think it could be a great first job experience.
Today we stayed home to catch up on schoolwork, housework, and laundry, all of which were in bad shape since we were gone much of the week. The kids were eager to go back and volunteer some more, which I was glad to see, but I really think the church where we’d been serving pretty much had it together for now. I figure they’ll need our help next week when many people return to work and school. I’m glad we have such a flexible schedule.
I’m also really glad to be back online. Did I say that already?
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