Friday, October 22, 2021

A Big Legacy

 This is my grandpa and grandma on my mama's side and one of my uncles. Back when he was able my grandpa made many handles for tools such as shovels, hoes, mattocks, axes, etc. We lost him in 1974. They had 8 sons and 2 daughters counting my mama. He spent many a day in that little shed beside the house making handles for tools for others

He had one son that kept it up till he got disabled. They made them out of hickory, and white oak because they lasted longer. My uncle Clinton worked on them many years till his mind got bad and we lost him a few years ago at the age of 86. Lots of folks brought their tools and in his later years his mind started getting so bad that his wife would put their names on the tools cause he couldn't remember who brought them. She would sit in that little shop in later years and watch him cause he had already cut his hand really bad in the past.

Lots of people still have their tools that he put handles in today like my husband and son and many others as well. . Some folks may have some that my grandpa did as well. I know my daddy did at one time. My uncle even made handles for tools for the road department for many years. I know this is an old trade and a lost art but they sure did leave a big legacy behind..

Blessings to all ~Susie~

Monday, October 4, 2021



Thought I would give a little update to let you all know how things are going right now. I've been trying to push through and seemed to be getting my strength back a little each day but with Addison's disease it's hard to find a new norm. I've been trying to sit up more each day and it made me feel more like a human being but that all changed with me again last week.

I have some old crud that I was calling the change of season crud and hoping it was just a viral thing and I could overcome it but no such luck so far. I know it's not the covid but it sure has hit me hard. I called my Dr. today and talked with her and she put me on an antibiotic like last winter when I had pneumonia and it took me two months to get over it. I haven't been out of the house since this past February and it's just me and my husband and my home health aid that comes in 4 hours daily and she has been very careful .

With Addison's disease we live on steroids to replace the cortisol that our Adrenal Glands can't put out. Cortisol is our Stress hormone that keeps us going when stress hits our bodies. Sickness of any type is stress on the body and taking antibiotics causes even more stress. So when this happens we have to double or triple our steroid doses to get through it.  When we get better we have to slowly taper our steroids back down to our usual doses. I take five small doses daily and it takes a long time to taper each one back down. 

I know you all get tired of reading about my ups and downs because everyone seems to have their own battles to fight. It's very sad times we're living in but God is our only constant and the one we can always depend on to help us through this hard walk of life. I'm clinging to him cause he has brought me so far. I'm sorry for not checking in on all of you like I should and keep up with your sweet posts. 
I'm praying for all and for the day when we can feel better and secure enough to live our lives in some peace for a change.

I will close for now and will check back with you all soon as possible. Sending lots of Hugs, Love and Prayers to all. May God Bless.  ~Susie~

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hello Everyone

I guess you all think I've flown the coop since it's been long time no see. I just wanted to update you all and let you know I've missed everyone. I'm on a hard journey right now fighting a disease that has a mind of its own. We never know how strong we are till we face hard battles in life. Addison's is suppose to be a rare disease that not even the doctors know much about. It's basically called Adrenal Failure. When the Adrenal Glands go down we are in a bad place cause they produce so many of our hormones that our body lives on like Cortisol which is our stress hormone. All they can give us to live on is steroids to replace it. Cortisol is a very important hormone and living without it can lead to death because it goes to every organ in our body and without it one can go into an Adrenal Crisis and die within a few minutes. I've been bedridden since the first of May but I'm doing a little better since I had some in home Rehab for a while. I was to weak for much Rehab .

Ok, I don't want to bore you all with my ailments but want to let you all know that I will try to do more and check in as often as I can with your posts. It seems time is flying so fast and is gone before we know it. There's alot going on in the world today and all we can do is pray. God is our only hope.

 I pray that all of you are well and have enjoyed your summer. We are starting to see signs of Fall here in Western N.C. I'm hoping I can get back to my writing soon cause I've missed it so much. I had to stop my quilting a long time ago and all the other things that I loved to do. But my husband is such a Blessing as he's been by my side every step of the way even with a bad back. One Blessing is having a Home Health Aid coming in four hours daily to help me with my personal care and help him with some house chores. Through this journey I've come to find out that the little things are the most important . I've grown even more close to God and he knows our needs even when we don't know ourselves. He is so good. 

I'll close for now and will check back soon. You all take care and God Bless.. ~Susie~