The Love of My Life

Clyde Leon Snyder in 2004

Clyde Leon Snyder in 2004

Here ya go, Leola, here is a picture of my hubster! Clyde Snyder is his name… I love him cause he is a manly man, and yet soft spoken and gentle. He is open, honest, and respectful of those around him. He is kind to kids and animals. (no small thing with all I have been through) He’s no dummy when it comes to common sense, and whatever you do don’t get him going on Politics unless you really want a good discussion. Hahaha!! He does now how to “agree to disagree”. That is pretty much how we solve our disagreements. Not that we’ve had any. We did have our first fight last month though! Whew… get too hard heads who want to get along into the same room and it’s quite an interesting show…

He knows all my faults and loves me anyways. I don’t know… I just find him terribly handsome and irresistable, so I suppose I’m madly in love… and I know that I have never felt so accepted and loved by a man before. There was always some kind of catch, or something I didn’t do good enough, or right enough for the others. This one thinks I am just right the way I am. I find that very comforting.

So, there is a picture of my Clyde…. the one who makes my heart go pitter patter at age 43!  xoxoxoxo, Peg

Little Thoughts

you know, I try to encourage everyone to share memories on these genealogy boards… someday, our grandchildren will have only those memories we leave behind for them…

and maybe.. I’m a bit stressed out…

but, I woke up…
and was thinking what could I do for my husband…
just about since I”ve known him, I’ve been singing to him, a song
that my dad (Alvin C. Rowe) sang to me and my sister when we were
little girls…

You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine,
You make me happy,
when skys are grey,
You’ll never know dear..
How much I love you,
PLease don’t take your sunshine away.

My uncle Richard sang me songs when I was a little girl….
he liked a song by Neil Young… Heart of Gold.

When I was a little girl, I made the connection between my uncle and myself.  I grew up KNOWING I was special.  My uncle Richard sang me songs!!! He played guitar for ME!

I have NO idea I never made the connection between myself and my dad until this morning.  I never realized until this morning that I was in any way passing along any love he gave me.

Love is such a beautiful gift.
Tell someone you love them today….

I love you, Peggy

clyde gets a six way bypass today from 2-5 p.m. please keep him in your prayers and positive thoughts…

Happy Birthday, Nea

I have a daughter.. she adopted me and I adopted her when she was around 12 or 13 years old.  It’s a very strong emotional attachment.  She’s 22 now, getting ready to get married and plans on starting a family really soon.  Her babies will be my grandbabies.

She is a person that I am most proud of.  She works hard, and has been working that I am aware of since she was 16 years old.  Her ethic is remarkable.

I don’t know, if I really played any part in helping her become who she is.  It’s a nice fantasy to think so.  But, you know it doesn’t really matter. What matters, is that she is just a great person.

Her birthday is tomorrow.  And I want her to know how proud I am of her, how much I love her… and I hope her birthday is the best one ever!

Love you Nea… xoxoxoxoxo, Mommy

Take Your Medicine!

About two weeks ago, my 42 year old husband had what is being called a “mild” heart attack.  It was his third, my first.

We drove 70 miles to a hospital that our insurance would accept, and found out when we were there that in the state of Oregon, if it’s an emergency the hospital must take the insurance you have, and the insurance you have must accept the hospital you land at.  When he was in the worst pain, he was 2 blocks from a hospital with a heart center but did not go for fear our insurance wouldn’t pay the bill.   So, there was lesson number one for us…. know more about the laws in your state, knowing them could save a life.

Lesson #2: A lot of people don’t know the symptoms of a heart attack.

Symptoms as posted here:
http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter/pub/guide/disease/cad/mi_symptoms.htm

  • Angina: Chest pain or discomfort in the center of the chest; also described as a heaviness, tightness, pressure, aching, burning, numbness, fullness or squeezing feeling that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It is sometimes mistakenly thought to be indigestion or heartburn.
  • Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body including the arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Sweating or “cold sweat”
  • Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like “heartburn”)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Light-headedness, dizziness
  • Extreme weakness or anxiety Rapid or irregular heart beats.

PLEASE, PLEASE don’t take any of these symptoms lightly.  My husband had a sore wrist, he had pain between his shoulder blades, and his chest felt like he had “a softball in it trying to come out.”  He had heartburn for ALL of the little over three years I’ve known him, and it’s gone now.

He had six blockages, and had to go through by pass surgery.  He had four by passes, one was a twofer, and one they cut open and cleaned out and sewed it back up.  It’s two weeks post surgery and he’s doing great.

It was inevitable that this would happen, his family genetics prove it.  His biological father was dead at age 34.  His older brother and sister have had heart attacks and stents placed.  My husband had two stents until the by pass took them out.  But, do you know he could have prolonged this situation by doing some favors for himself!

1. Be Educated & Follow Medical Advice:  He was diagnosed with diabetes after receiving his stents. He never tried to control his sugars, he never tried to learn about the disease.. and diabetes causes arterial disease to accelerate.  Diabetes and Stents do not mix, if you have stents and develop diabetes, do what your doctor tells you to do, it can save your life! Be educated and follow medical advice.  Talk to your doctor and if you don’t like your doctor find one you do like so that you feel free to discuss issues, these discussions can save your life!

2. Take your medicine… Take  YOUR MEDICINE… TAKE YOUR MEDICINE, and just in case you didn’t hear me… make sure you Take Your Medicine.  My husband put our bi polar son first, he put his wife second, and he put himself last, and that put him so close to death it wasn’t’ funny.  The cardiologist at the hospital told him it was bypass surgery or it was death, more than one of his blockages were at 100%.  Had he been taking his blood thinners, and statins (Lipitor for example), along with his metformin and toprol, he might have put this off a couple years!

3. Watch your diet.  A good diet before these things happen can forestall them. A good low cholesterol diet that is mostly plant based is the best.  Stay away from fried foods, bbq, broiling, baking are good choices.  Stay away from salt and too much sugar too.  If you stay away from too many sugars now, you can even keep diabetes from visiting you as soon as it might have.  And I’ll tell you, if you are the same place my husband is in now, watching your diet can even help you live longer! It’s never too late to start all over… you can start over EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Okay, I’m done preaching now! LOL…

Take care of yourself, in EVERY WAY. Peggy