The Kindness of a Stranger...

I cannot say thank you enough for a huge blessing that I received earlier this week.  One of the biggest things that I think I took for granted while I was working was insurance.  I never once worried about anything, because if I was sick or something hurt I would call my Dr and make an appointment.  Well once my Cobra ended I just couldn't afford it with Matt and I both not working so we got Kellen on Peachcare for Kids (a GA program that offers insurance for free for kids under 3).  Matt and I figured we would chance it until Matt started working again.  I won't bore you with the details but I don't have any insurance yet!  Last Saturday I just so happened to slip on the stairs and do something to my foot.  I wasn't sure what I did or how I did it, all I knew what it hurt and it was every color of black, blue, green, and purple and my big toe was about 4 times the size of normal.

I didn't have too much time to think about it because our good friends Deanna and Charles were getting married and I was helping with some of the details.  I taped it and iced it and headed to the Rehearsal.  On Sunday I was up-and-at-it and getting ready to head to Deanna's to help with any last minute details, and then we were off to the church to set up and get ready to marry Deanna off!  I took Advil, taped my toes together and put on some sexy, strappy high-heals and refused to let my foot slow me down.

By the time Monday came around the my toe looked horrible and I could barely make my way around the house, but I had several errands to run....like the grocery store.  I was in so much pain, but I knew that I had to get through it...my biggest concern was Kellen running away from me in the parking lot and not being able to chase him.  Monday afternoon, my mom had an appointment with her podiatrist and gave him a description of my toe and he really didn't like the sound of it.  So he told her to have me call and make an appointment.  He said he would like to get some x-rays and that it would be a minimal charge and that he would work with me since I have no insurance.  Well I rolled my eyes and said "minimal charge, yeah right" and went about my business.

Well Monday night Matt kicked me square on my toe (In his defense he was sleeping and didn't mean too)!  So on Tuesday the pain was getting to the point I could not tolerate it any longer.   So, I talked to Matt and he told me to call the Dr and see what he had to say.  I called and they said it would be $150 for the appointment and they would let me make payments.  So we set an appointment for Wednesday morning.

Nana watched Kellen for me and I headed to the Dr.  They took some x-rays and, sure enough, I broke my big toe all the way across, but it was not displaced and their doesn't seem to be any damage to the cartilage.  So the good news was that no surgery is needed....bad news is that he said it would hurt for awhile since there is not a lot they could do.  So he wrapped it in Green tape(to be festive) for the swelling and told me I would have to wear a boot for 4 weeks.  He did say it seems like a bit of overkill, but he is worried I would injure it further by trying to walk on it.  As the nurse was showing me how to put it on, the Dr came back in the room and said "Oh yeah I forgot you don't have insurance...that boot is really expensive, lets put you in a walking shoe...just be careful"!  The nurse then went to the Dr because they just so happened to have a "gently used" boot (It was worn for a day and then returned) and asked if that would be okay to send me home in.  The Dr said as long as it was my size that would work and there would be no charge for that!  It just happened to be my size!  The next surprise came when I was checking out.  The total...$75.00....Not $150.  I was super excited.  This was something I could pay and be done...no more payments.

So Thank you Dr. McGlamery!  I am sure he will never know what a blessing he was in my life, but it is nice to know that there are still people out there like him that his one small act of kindness lifted a whole ton of weight of my shoulders!

So now I am wearing this ugly boot and it is my friend for the next 4 weeks.  And yes I have learned my lesson....I wasn't wearing it this morning and tripped over my toe and cause myself so much pain!  The only difficult thing is it is my right foot so driving is to be kept at a minimum because I can't drive with my boot!

Oh well!  Just wanted to share my blessing!  Merry Christmas!


Holiday Fun!

There is just something about this time of year that I can't seem to keep up!  It seems like my "To Do" list only grows instead of shrinks!  Before we get to deep into the Christmas season I wanted to get a post done from Thanksgiving and from our trip to the Georgia Aquarium with my sister and her boyfriend!

Thanksgiving week was a little crazy because I spent that Monday and Tuesday cleaning and getting everything just perfect for my sisters visit with her boyfriend Johnny!  I was SO excited for them to make the trip from Colorado, because it was the first time that my sister had got to meet Kellen other than on Skype!  I know that this sounds a little crazy as he is almost 2 years old, but my family is all from Montana and not real big travelers and with the price of tickets being outrageous it is a little tough for them to come her or us to go to them.  So my mom is the only family I have here and Kellen just adores his Nana!  My mom moved here in 2007, because she knew out of her three children I would be the one to have "grandkids" for her and if she wanted to see them she would have to move here (Yes that was before we were even trying or not trying in our case to get prego).  I am so glad that she moved her...I would be lost without her!  I think Kellen would be missing something too!

Back to Thanksgiving...My sister Sara (Auntie RaRa) and her boyfriend Johnny arrived on Tuesday afternoon.  My mom and I rode down on Marta to meet them in hopes to skip some of the traffic.  I was SO excited!  We headed home just in time to start making dinner!  :o)  I made a yummy Chicken Tortilla Chili (It is really easy and very yummy)...it never fails that when I am cooking for a crowd or some special dinner I burn myself.  I think this one takes the cake as far a severity of burns go, but all in all everything turned out!  :o)  My mom and Deanna came over and the chili was gobbled up!  Kellen was not shy what so ever around Sara and Johnny...he played with them the minute they walked in the door.  Tuesday was an early night since Sara and Johnny had gotten up super early and Wednesday was going to be a BIG day.  Wednesday we headed to my mom's school so that she could introduce Sara to all her coworker's!  Then we headed to meet Kellen and Matt for Lunch.  As soon as my mom got off work and Kellen woke up from his nap we headed to the Aquarium.  We found a link to get tickets for $15 and they were open for extended hours due to the holidays so we got there around 4:30.  It was perfect, it was not crowded at all.  We got some great pictures and Kellen had a blast.  Johnny and Sara loved it too! 



Thursday we had dinner at my in-laws and can I say the Turkey was very yummy (the other food was good too, but the turkey was outstanding)!!!  It was beautiful outside so Kellen and my nieces played outside for a bit.  All in all I had a lot to be thankful for and it really was a perfect day!  Friday we got up early and headed to the mall to hit up some of the awesome deals.  Kellen really made out like a bandit for Christmas and I was able to get him some new clothes...he is growing like a weed!  My sister had an eye appointment so we took Johnny to Checkers (his brother told him he had to have a Checkers burger)...all I can say is that they make some YUMMY fries.  Friday night we took Sarah and Johnny to Bub-A-Cue  for some Southern BBQ...I really needed to be rolled out to the car, I was SO full!

Kellen turned 22 months...I really do feel like it was yesterday that he was born.  He really is up to the same things.  A couple new things that he has done is he can now jump off the ground before it was more of a bouncing.  Now when he jumps, his feet leave the ground.  It is so cute to watch him do it.  He has also add "Nana", "RaRa" and "Papa" to his list of words he will say.  He still isn't talking, but he is getting there.  I know that one day soon he will be talking up a storm.  He is changing so much and busy as can be.  I thought he would struggle with Matt going back to work, but so far he has been pretty good.  He gets so excited when Matt gets home!  :o)

We went and got our tree last week, but have yet to decorate it.  Matt promises that we will do it tonight.  But here are a few pictures from picking it out!  :o)


 Happy Holidays!  I am really hoping that I will be better about blogging in 2011 than I was in 2010!

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