Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year


Hello! Happy New Year. I hope you have had a good holiday season with your loved ones. We had a nice one here, with all the usual traditions, including lots of Christmas movies, fancy food treats and evening fires. We've also been working on clearing out some old things to make way for new ones, which is something I always enjoy. Carloads have been taken to the thrift shop and there are new spaces in the garage and office that I thought I'd never see. It's a great feeling. Tonight we'll have our usual small New Year's Eve celebration here at home, just the four of us (we wouldn't dream of going out driving around here, no way). I think we'll watch movies and I have some party food planned instead of a normal dinner, which I'm sure everyone will enjoy. Tomorrow, we'll take down the Christmas tree and the outdoor lights, and we'll get ourselves in gear for the return to school on Wednesday.

Aside from all of that, life here has been a little difficult lately. The Bear has been having some health problems and, after months of tests and visits to doctors, has finally been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. I'd rather not share much now, but maybe I will eventually. For now, I'll just say it isn't anything to panic about, but he will need to manage his condition indefinitely. The good news is that it can be stabilized with medication. It's a lot to get used to, and we've had some hard days getting everything straightened out, harder still for having to happen at holiday time, but the important thing is that he will get the care he needs to be healthy.

I thought dealing with bureaucracy over the LB's health issues was hard; boy, was I in for a surprise when I realized that due to federal law, I can do much less to help my husband than I can my child. As an adult, he has to do everything himself. I understand why this is, but it sure would be easier if I could talk to insurance and drug people too. But no, they won't let me do very much. In any case, I'm proud of him for handling it himself, and I'll support him here at home even if I can't be the one playing phone tag, chasing down documentation or submitting claims. And I have to hand it to the drug company for helping him enroll in a coverage program to make his shockingly expensive prescription much more affordable.

So, I haven't felt like blogging much lately, with all of this going on and the holidays at the same time. I'm sorry to be weeks behind on others' blogs and I hope everyone is well. I think I'll suspend the Winter Project Link Party. I apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment, but I would prefer not to have the commitment right now. I hope you'll understand. I plan to continue sharing projects as I complete them, of course.

I'm almost finished crocheting the stash-busting granny blanket I started in November, though I didn't get nearly as much work done over the holiday break as I'd hoped. I'm sure I can finish in January, though. Too bad this winter has been so warm where I am; we haven't even needed Maybelle on the bed yet! I'm pretty disappointed about that, but what can you do? I have a new lightweight quilt set for the warmer months and maybe we'll use Maybelle with that in the spring and fall. The new comforter I have on the bed for the winter (I've gone a little crazy bedding shopping lately) is plenty warm all by itself! At least we're saving on the gas bill.

I wish you a Happy New Year, my friends, and all the best in 2018. Enjoy and be safe. Back soon. xoxo

26 comments:

  1. Hope all gets sorted out for your husband. Thank you for all you have shared this past year. I like crochet and it's always enjoyable to see what you have made. Wishing you a wonderful 2018! Peace, love, good health and happiness! Happy New Year!

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  2. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's health issues but I'm pleased to hear that it's something that can be managed with medication. I'm pleased you've had a good Christmas, we're having a quiet new year, just the two of us at home now that Daniel and his girlfriend has gone home and Eleanor's out. Wishing you and your family all the very best for 2018.

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  3. Take care Jennifer, I do hope things ease up with the stress of sorting medical insurance issues. Wishing you all the best for your husband's health. Thinking of you as you take care of your family. All the best for the new year, Cathy xx

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  4. Was just thinking that I hadn't seen a post from you in a while. Glad to see you guys or ok, but sorry to hear about your husband's medical condition. Will be thinking of you guys. It's good to know that it can be managed with medication, though. Happy New Year to you! Hope it's filled with good health, peace, and lots of joy! We are also planning a quiet night in with dinner and a movie. My favorite kind of night!

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  5. So sorry to hear about your husband's health issues, and so glad that it is something that can be managed. Our insurance company allows us to give permission for someone to speak on our behalf, so we have done that for each other. You are so right, it makes it much, much easier. We are having a quiet New Year's Eve too, it's a nice way to start the new year. I wish you peace, good health and prosperity in 2018!

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  6. So sorry to hear about your husbands health issues. Just wait until your children turn 18 and they must do everything, you can't answer a question or find out any information, it is startling to say the least. I wish you and your family a very HEAlTHY 2018.

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  7. Hi Jennifer, what cute cookie houses. I am sorry to hear of your husband's condition and I know what a strain this can be. So good you got help re medication and I wish you all the very best for the New Year, for yourself and your sweet family. I am in Canafa having a very different Christmas season indeed!

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  8. I was wondering where you were, Jennifer. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's health problems. So stressful and worrisome, I know. I'm glad there's medication that can help him though. Blessings and good health to all of you for 2018. xoxo

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  9. Much love to you and all your family Jennifer and to the Bear especially. May 2018 bring a better year ahead for you all and keep smiling xoxo

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  10. sorry to hear about your hubbies medical condition; can it not be helped by diet also?
    all the best for the new year & hoping everyone's health improves
    thanx for sharing

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  11. Oh Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband s health issues, but very happy to hear it can be managed with medication. Medical issues can be so hard to deal with. Our doctor tells me all regarding my husband because we have made those arrangements with him. It’s also a small office where it’s easier to have a personal relationship with the staff than larger offices. Insurance is another issue entirely. I hope you have enjoyed your evening tonight and we’re here whenever you have time to visit. I will keep you all in my prayers for a healthier 2018. Much love and blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. wishing you all the best for 2018 Jennifer with less health worries for you all xxx

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  13. Sorry to read about your hubby's health problems but glad to see it can be managed with meds. Happy New Year to you all!

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  14. May this New Year be special in every way… bringing you the gift of love and excitement.
    (01/01)From Japan to friends all over the world; Happy New Year! ! https://ryoma2sakamoto.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/01-01from-japan-to-friends-all-over-the-world-happy-new-year/ @Sakamoto2Ryouma

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  15. Prayers for your Bear. Stressful.
    I must go to the thrift store drop off soon. It IS a good feeling.
    It's nice to hear from you, Jennifer.

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  16. Sending you love and best wishes. Happy New Year!

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  17. I am glad you had a lovely Christmas, despite the Bear's health problems. I am wishing you all good new year. Thinking of you xx

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  18. Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear about the Bear's medical problems, I am sending you both my very best wishes. It must be so difficult to have to deal with bureaucracy on top of everything else. And please don't ever think you have to apologise for being behind on blog reading. Blogland should be a pleasure, just there for when you want to visit, not a chore or something with responsibilities - there are enough of those in life already. I'm wishing you and yours a happy New Year and sending my very best wishes to the Bear as he gets to grips with his diagnosis. CJ xx

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  19. Sorry to hear about the Bears diagnosis and ensuing bureaucracy. Wishing you all best wishes for 2018.

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  20. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year. May things settle in the New Year and you adjust to the changes and the meds help your husband. Best wishes

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  21. Oh dear, I am sorry for the new medical stress. I know (as a wife) how hard it is to see one's Husband struggling with such things. Sending a (((HUG))) and will pray. I hope things will improve and that you will have comfort in all of this!

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  22. Wishing you a happy new year and good wishes for Bear. Gosh it sounds so much harder having to deal with health stuff - down under I have no medical insurance , pay about $70 out of pocket for doctor visit (which is expensive due to where I live) and scripts are $5 and hospital stays government funded.

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  23. Hope 2018 is a great year for you and things sort themselves out xxx

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  24. Hey Jennifer,
    I was sorry to read about The Bear's recent health. I'm glad it can be managed, but it's still stressful for you all. And the paperwork surrounding it all must be very vexing; especially when you aren't able to help. I agree with CJ; blogging should be a pleasure, and you shouldn't feel the need to apologise for not keeping up at times like these.
    I'm sending you and your family the very best for 2018. Here's to good things for you all.
    Leanne xx

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  25. Sorry to hear about the health issues your guys are dealing with. I can certainly understand your need to step back. We had a very short spell of cold weather awhile back but now it's been in the 70s which suits me just fine. All the best for the new year.

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  26. You are both in my thoughts at the moment, and I hope 2018 holds many good things for you. Our new year was very quiet - too quiet! - so I am hoping for a little more cheer and laughter next year, assuming we are germ free. So much comes down to good health, doesn't it? xx

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