Leaves…

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Fall has always been one of my all time favorite seasons, ever!

Once I purchased a home (with many trees on the property), I soon began to feel dread at the sight of falling leaves. How was I gonna get this mess cleaned up?

The first year, my neighbor so kindly cranked up his leaf blower and proceeded to blow the leaves off of his lawn into nice neat piles over onto my property line for me. How thoughtful (slightly grinning).

I remember feeling so embarrassed at the amount and the piles and thinking how I was not able to get it raked and bagged in a timely manner. My yard was the worst on the cul-de-sac.

The second year, I vowed to outsource for the job and avoid the embarrassment. The folks I hired took over a week and $400 dollars later I found myself vowing to never pay that again!

The Third year (this year), I decided to start raking early and get a method to the madness by having the leaves processed as they fell. Even if this meant I had to rake several times, I would use this time as exercise… What was I thinking?

This season I am vowing to invest in a few items of equipment that will solve this once and for all, allow me to do the job myself and use my time more wisely without so much strain on my body.

I am going to purchase the following:

  1. A Mulching Mower w/ Bag
  2. A Leaf Mulching/Blower Combo w/ Bag
  3. Flower Bed Rake (for small spaces)

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Pictured above (lower right corner) is a leaf disc, this is a great investment for a small yard. This awesome tool forms into a taco shape, you rake leaves into it, pinch it at the top and slide it right into the trashcan liner and boom, done and ready for the next load. I would definitely recommend it for a smaller job! I may use it for flowerbed rake outs next year to make that job easier/quicker.

If you have ideas on additional equipment that will help me with this awesomely fun fall task of leaf disposal for a party of one to complete alone, please comment below with your recommendations!

Now… let’s move on to snow and shoveling! NOT !       Signature

 

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My Son & TBI

My son was born on Christmas Day…this was such as beautiful gift … I can not even express the gratitude I have for this event …

The years flew by and during the summer of my sons 17th year of life he was hit by a van that was traveling at 45 mph while he was crossing the median on his skateboard.

He was flipped up and over the van due to impact and landed on the pavement below.

He was instantly lifeless… and not expected to live.

When I arrived at Children’s Hospital I was greeted by the Chaplin and a Social worker … my son was NOT going to die – why were they here?

They guided me to a private room and started to prepare me for the worst….

I broke down…

He survived …

He ended up with a broken orb, broken clavicle, lobe damage and a diagnosis of TBI.

The broken clavicle required surgery for bolt placement so he went under…

12 days after being admitted he went from being in critical condition to walking out on his own! I was told over and over by so many doctors this is very rare and they have only heard of someone surviving what he went through and most lost use of their legs…

He had a short set back and was readmitted due to an infection at the clavicle surgery site, which required an additional surgery to clean the wound and all I could think was he is NOT going to die… is he?

He stayed a few more nights and was sent home with a picc line. It was the first time I was alone to be his nurse… I had to go to work and leave him on the couch and hope that he did not start to bleed out at the site. I was a wreck leaving him there …

We made it …

He has gone through physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other types of therapy… He has taken physiological tests… he has been measured, reviewed, watched, prodded…

Loved…

He continues (years later) to experience issues with response time, fine motor skill, depression, anxiety, emotion control, a sleep disorder and involuntary limb movement when he does sleep… (there is more)

Sometimes I cry for myself because I am tired, sometimes I cry for him because he is tired and sometimes we cry together…

I have a lot going on … It has been a hard year with a few really good victories!

We are not giving up…
For more information about TBI please visit the below website and remember you never know what someone is going through, be kind, you don’t have to understand it all… just be kind :

http://www.traumaticbraininjury.com/injury-resources/state-resources-for-tbi/ohio/