Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Greatest Gift Of All

February is quickly coming to an end, and despite how harsh the weather has been, it’s been a wonderful month. And I have a lot to be thankful for.



This month I entered the last year of my 40s. I am grateful for all the years that I have been gifted so far. And humbly welcome any more that life may grant me.



It was also the month where I had to go for my physical. My doctor’s office called in January and said I was due for a complete checkup. So we scheduled an appointment for early February.



From a physical examination to a blood test to a mammogram to a few other tests in between, I had a few days worth of medical appointments in different locations around town.



Then I waited for the results; one of the worst feelings on earth. You hope for the best, but your mind starts to conjure up all kinds of terrible scenarios. Ah, the rampant imagination of the mere mortal being.



Last week my doctor called to give me the results of all but one of the tests, and Monday she phoned in the final one.

“Everything is fine”, she said.



And with those three simple words, I was given the greatest gift of all: a clean bill of health. Something that no one should ever take for granted, and the only thing we should wish for.

I am extremely grateful for this blessed good news. It has indeed been a wonderful month.

I'm so looking forward to my garden waking up this spring!

Wishing you all a lovely day.

40 comments:

  1. I am in will be in my second last year of my 40s next month but have days I feel 90 lol Happy belated Birthday by the way ! Yup I am thankful for everything to , I find as you get older you appreciate life more and the little things . Thanks for sharing . Lovely photos I am sure spring will show up just don't know when lol . Have a good day !

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    1. You are absolutely right, Country Gal; you do appreciate life much more as you get older, and enjoy the little things you ignored in your younger years. With age comes wisdome....hopefully :)

      Ah, spring...I am eagerly anticipating its arrival!

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  2. So happy for you, Martha.
    Our good health is everything.

    I have my colonoscopy tomorrow and very anxious but I am praying all will be okay.

    Thanks for the uplifting post and the beautiful flowers.

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    1. I am praying for you, Margie. I know how anxious you must be. And I hope all goes well. xo

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  3. These are so beautiful and refreshing from all that white I'm happy that you are healthy...and I know that like I am, you are also praying for Margie, she will gel her clean bill of health as well

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    1. You bet I'm praying for Margie! I want all my blogging friends to be happy and healthy.

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  4. I haven't minded the snow at all, but we're used to it. It's called winter. And I'll be a little sad to see it go. But that will be replaced by flowers and greenery.

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    1. I like winter....for about a week or two, and then I want it gone! It's pretty, but it's very long and hard here. Much too long. Eventually you get sick of it. Plus, I'm an outdoor girl. I enjoy sitting outside, hiking, working in the garden...and winter can be so cold here at times that you can only be outdoors for so long. Some day, frost bite can hit within a few minutes, and you have no choice but to be stuck inside. Not to mention all the adorable critters that migrate to the south; in the winter it's dull in every which way. The birds and butterflies all return from the south in the spring, and the garden wakes up, and the days get longer, and the temperature warms up, and...and...and...and...on and on. Yup, winter is a drag after awhile. Spring is where it's happening!

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  5. So glad that the test results came back good Martha! There are few things as wonderful as a clean bill of health :)

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    1. You are absolutely right. Health is above all else the most important thing!

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  6. Glad to hear that everything is functioning properly!

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  7. Bravo Martha!
    The pics are gorgeous.....I am certainly guaranteed to enjoy your summer posts equally as well as your winter ones. ♥️
    Happy for your great news....
    Us February 11th gals have to stay healthy for a LONG time.....
    Enjoy your day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yup, we sure do have to stay healthy for a LONG time. Places to go, people to see, things to do...

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  8. Such good news, Martha! There is nothing worse than waiting for test results is there? And I must say I enjoyed your flower photos SOOOO much. So nice to be reminded it won't always be winter!!

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    1. Even if you feel good and don't think there's anything wrong, you just never know what's going on inside of you. The waiting time can just about kill you!

      Spring will be here before we know it. I can't wait till the birds and butterflies return, animals wake up from hibernation, the garden wakes up, and we all start spending more and more time outside!

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  9. At your age, a clean bill of health is always a great gift hahaha

    Seriously our doctor only call when there is something wrong... he has been calling too often lately!

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    1. You are so right, Richard. At OUR (snicker, snicker) age, it's the best gift we can get. Life is a crap shoot, you know. Don't waste time on nonsense. Get out there and live. Laugh. Smile. Be happy. Life is too unpredictable to live any other way.

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  10. I've had a couple of scares in the past year - ( and I think they could kill you quicker than the results lol )
    Happy clean bill of health Martha - enjoy this year to it's fullest - 50 is a real shock to the system - trust me I know )
    XOX

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    1. Half a century is coming my way soon, Suzan! It boggles the mind, but it's also kind of exciting. In a crazy kind of way...hahaha...

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  11. Yessss! So happy for you! :). Mine is coming up at the end of March, and i'm always a nervous wreck over it. But i'm thinking positive thoughts! Congrats on your clean bill of health! Love your flower photos! Spring is drawing near. :D

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    1. No matter when I go, I'm always nervous with these things. You just don't know from day to day what will happen. That's why I live each day joyfully. May as well do that while I can!

      Yes, spring is getting closer and closer. It's exciting!

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  12. someone's thinking spring! Lovely blooms. Congrats on your clean bill of health! I once had a callback on a mammogram, it turned out ok but....the worry I went through.

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    1. Oh my god, that must have been so stressful! They warned me at the clinic that there might be a callback if the results weren't clear, and that I shouldn't freak out. But if I'd been called back, I would have exactly that...freaked out!

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  13. Loved seeing all these signs of Spring here on your blog ! Great photos.
    Congrats too on the birthday and clean bill of health .

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    1. Thanks, Willow. And thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

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  14. Great news, indeed! I'm due for a TOTAL physical, mammogram, pap smear, eyes, blood work, dental. The only one I truly hate - you guessed it - the dreaded pap smear. My doctor is a male with lovely bed-side manners. Name me one women who enjoys this test and I'll bake and mail them brownies. Cheers!!

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    1. I have a female family doctor now and I must say it makes things easier. Not so much for my husband...hahaha...

      I think women will lie and say they enjoy the pap smear just to get some brownies! Be careful putting that out there...hahaha...

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    1. Thanks, Adam! Can't wait for them to wake up from this winter.

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  16. That is so so wonderful, I am truly happy for you. Throughout and after my pregnancy I had to keep having regular tests, especially because of my age, so I know the feeling! Beautiful pictures -- a reminder to appreciate every single day regardless, and live each one to the full :)

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    1. You got it! Appreciate every moment. You just don't know how long you've got.

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  17. Oh Martha what a beautiful post. I can feel your appreciation for life and gratitude for your body. Only when faced with the fact we seem to have no control of our bodies that we realize how blessed we are. I am walking towards the door to my 40s and I am still watching in awe

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    1. That's it, Ana. We don't have any control of our bodies in the big scheme of things. No matter how well we take care of ourselves, something can go wrong. Best to live each day with joy and gratitude.

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  18. Stay healthy
    There's nothing like to be in good health
    warm wishes :)


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    1. You are right, Goku, there's nothing like good health.

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  19. I am so happy that you got all good results. I'm doing all of that next month. Dislike going to all those exams but it has to be done. I'm glad you are healthy. Hugs and blessings, Bird

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    1. Thanks, Bird. I am grateful that things are good with my health. It's not something I take for granted, and I'm happy about the results. It really isn't fun going to do exams, but it has to be done. I hope everything goes well for you. Hugs and blessings to you, too :)

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