Easter 2021 and then the Big COVID scare!

The last weekend in March we celebrated my brother Joel and Ashley’s birthdays! They brought the puppy to show us. We bought them a wine maker set for their birthdays! We ordered Skyway Chinese food and we had mini Easter eggs cheesecake for dessert.  This year I went home back and forth to the house for Easter. We had egg decorating on Saturday afternoon. We had wrapped up Easter eggs for a game! We rolled dice and used the oven mitts on our hands! We unwrap the ball of goodies until someone else got double numbers on the dice.

On Easter Sunday, my staff Kelsey and I dyed my hair purple.

My Mom and I enjoyed Sunday afternoon colouring pictures of Easter eggs and bunnies. We watched Heartland. On Monday afternoon Mom and I made meat casserole with the leftover turkey and ham with some potatoes and carrots. I got a French pedicure. Even though I got to see my brother Joel, I had to isolate in my room for five days! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

My school presentations job has started up again, due to COVID and the rules of the health system in Alberta, and Canada, we made a video of the presentation and taped myself talking to the kids! After the kids watch the video Cherilyn and I meet the class to do our activity and the class gets to ask me questions. What a blessing for us! It is so much fun and I appreciate the teachers still getting me to come share my message.

How did I keep busy in my room you may ask? In the morning I got fed in my bed with my head up, have tea at my desk in my bedroom. I can still get a shower in the morning! I am doing a lot of word searches! Our staff had dressed up in white gowns and blue shields and masked! I think it’s a learning experience for the whole world.  I got to FaceTime with old staff Nancy from New Brunswick that moved back home two years ago. 

The second weekend in April was the Rose Club radio on Saturday night but with the isolation of being in my room for a week I couldn’t go and listen to it. Instead, I just stayed inside my bedroom and did word searches!

On the Sunday afternoon we watched the puppy for Joel and Ashley! Coco is her name! Yes, even though the puppy is a supposed to be not allergic, I had a reaction to the puppy. That evening I was sneezing, and my eyes got red, and they were bothering me!  We thought it was just when a dog gives you kisses, and I get rashes on my body and I guess it’s more than that! We also had a zoom call with our Edmonton friend Janet who got married to David on July 19, 2019.  They had a slide show of Janet’s & David’s life we watched and we had a great visit with them!

We also sent out Easter cards for the other teams and my family for celebrating Easter wishes and good thoughts!

In the middle of March we got a new washer in the laundry room because the old washer was making a lot more noises and it was loud! I can’t really turn it on because I’m too short in my wheelchair and the buttons are too high up! I can still get my clothes in and the soap!

We went walking to the skate park today. It was busy!

Have you guys ever heard about Katie Joy from Without a Crystal ball on YouTube? She’s a girl who does research on the TLC shows and families! I like watching her show on YouTube while I am doing word searches!

We are watching Our Daughters with Danielle and her family! They have 6 kids and only daughters! The oldest is about 10 and is named Blakley and they had five children at the same time which is quintuplets. Her husband Adam has a blog and they live in Texas!  The young kids are Hazel, Parker, Lulu, Ava and Riley! The kids just graduated from kindergarten and going into grade one in the fall. Can you imagine if you only had girls and no boys?  Poor Dad!   I’m watching Sister Wives too!

Sister Wives are in around the city of Arizona and they hope to build four houses! They also have lots of kids and some kids are married and have their own kids and families! I can’t imagine what it’s really like being on television and the world knows your life!

I have been to Arizona with my parents and youngest brother Luke. We went there for spring break when I was in grade ten!

My favourite part of spring and summer months are going outside and going on long walks around the lake with my roommates and my staff!            

Outside on the deck

FaceTime with Auntie Gail from Lloydminster!

In March and February we watched the Twilight movies on Netflix. In April we watched the Hunger Games on Netflix as well. I think my taste in movies are changing into action movies and love stories! My favourite actor in the movies were probably Bella and Edward in Twilight and in the Hunger Games I liked Petra and Peter! What are you watching in 2021?

Theresa, my staff Kelsey and myself planted flowers and thyme, sunflowers, oregano, basil and parsley.   We got flowers that butterflies like!   My mom always plants flowers and has an amazing garden in the backyard! I love flowers and gardens too! My love of planting flowers comes from my Mom, my Auntie, my Grandma on Mom’s side! I can’t wait for them to grow!

When my world turned upside down and I can’t go to see my family?!  It’s hard because my love language is quality time with family and friends. Hello to FaceTime! 

Mom and I made Facetimed and made dough for buns! While I was at my house doing word searches books! I got to watch mom shape the buns! If I was able to go home, then I would be able to put the flour, eggs, yeast, salt and oil into the mixer. Also, I would like to put the dough into balls!

My mom was watching Coco again! Isn’t she cute?

Second pan done! You can see different in those two different pictures and two different pans! One is more golden brown than the other one! Mom said they were good! I’ll have to take her word for it.

Some flowers are growing already!

Being sick and being stuck in our rooms, there isn’t that much to do.

Kinda hard to do stuff like with Rose club because every one of my roommates and myself had to stay in our bedrooms. My staff Kelsey brought her iPad so I could get updated with Sister Wives! I even got to watch Counting On with the Duggar family. I was wanting and waiting to see Jinger has another baby girl! I need this app on my iPad!

What’s a week of not feeling good, resting in my bed it’s just the flu I don’t have COVID.  On Wednesday I had my 1st PJ day! It’s weird that I haven’t seen my roommates since Saturday!  I guess I will have to FaceTime Mom and Dad on Sunday because I can’t really go home for two weeks! 

Trying to get some rest in my bed!

This is a day where I’m in pain and laying in bed with my massage bed on.

I did a fun picture.

This is an example for you to see what I do when I’m not feeling well.  I was playing with the camera and effects to make myself a blue dog. I also did a butterfly picture.

My Mom and her PVC

My Mom and I have made some very good memories growing up. Mom and I have been to Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and Keith Urban. My Dad and Mom took me to Dean Brody and Dallas Smith. Amazing experiences.

My Mom helped me do my school presentation in Red Deer at the Self Advocacy Conference on my birthday a few years back.

I look forward to what the next year brings for the whole family. Over the years, we had made some amazing memories and I love my Mom, she’s a amazing woman who I have looked up to, she’s very happy and nice person for my brothers and I to be around, I love her so much!

My Mom had an issue with her heart called Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVC). I interviewed her to help you understand what that means.

Kelsey: What’s was the 1st sign of skipping beats in your heart and how did you feel?

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): It was a very strange feeling – it felt like there was a butterfly in my shirt, and then I felt like I was going to faint. 

Kelsey: What did you do?

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I went to see my doctor, and he told me that I probably just had a panic attack.  He was wrong. 

Kelsey: How did you find out what was wrong? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I went to give blood at the blood donor clinic.  The nurse took my blood pressure and checked my heart rate, and she told me that I had an irregular heartbeat.

Kelsey: Then what happened? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): My doctor did a bunch of tests.  She told me to take magnesium and to stay away from caffeine.  I lived with it for many years before I had surgery. 

Kelsey: Explain what was going on with your heart. 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): My heart was skipping beats, sometimes several in a row.  This made me very tired.  If I went grocery shopping, I’d need a rest before I could find the energy to put them away. 

Kelsey: Why did you finally have surgery? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): One day I felt really bad.  I went to the walk-in clinic and ended up in ICU.   My heart was skipping 8 beats in a row. 

Kelsey: What kind of surgery did you have? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): It was ablation surgery.  I was awake during the procedure.  3 wires were put into an artery in my groin, and they went up into my heart.  I was given drugs to speed up my heart, which caused my heart to go into the bad rhythm.  They then cauterize the parts of my heart that were causing the problem.  I think they cauterized 7 different spots.  It was quite an uncomfortable procedure, but it was very successful.  I felt way better immediately after. 

Kelsey: Why did it take so long before you had surgery?

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I guess the doctor didn’t think it was serious enough. 

Kelsey: Why did they finally operate? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I guess it got serious enough.

This is a picture of the four holes where they put the wires in.

Kelsey: If a friend was going through the same thing do you have tips for feeling better? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): Stay away from caffeine and tell your doctor how you’re feeling. 

Kelsey: Where did you grow up? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan. 

Kelsey: How many siblings do you have? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I have two older brothers and one older sister.

Kelsey: What was your childhood like? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I spent a lot of time outside.  We had cows, horses, dogs and cats.  I loved the outdoors.  I spent many hours outside playing with the dogs and cats.  

Kelsey: What were your jobs on the farm? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I helped plant the garden, I picked many buckets of raspberries, strawberries, and peas, and fed the dogs and cats.  In the house I dusted and vacuumed, and baked.  When I got older, I helped my brother move irrigation pipe and build fence. 

Kelsey: Where did you meet my Dad? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): We met in Moose Jaw, where we were both going to tech school. 

Kelsey: What did you take in school? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I took computer aided drafting. 

Kelsey: Can you tell me about your kids? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): I have two boys and a girl, who are all grown up.

Kelsey: How long have you lived in Camrose? 

Sheila (Kelsey’s Mom): It will be 23 years in August.

Here is some more information on PVC that I found on the internet.

https://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/premature-ventricular-contractions-pvcs-and-premature

I have learned to be safe with coffee and stay healthy, no caffeine in your drinks! I hope you learned something today about your heart and your health reading this blog. I sure did!

Thanks to my wonderful Mom, and friend for this interview and this information.