And Happy New Year

With just a couple of days left in the year 2022, I can’t help but think of the changes this past year has brought. I have an awesome new to me nurse co worker. Her name is Meg. We were hired by the DOE at the same time, trained for the position together but didn’t really know each other until Covid closed the schools and we were sent to Harlem to work at a nursing home. I immediately got in touch with Meg to carpool since we live close to each other. Thankfully we weren’t needed in Harlem. Fast forward to the end of June of this year and Meg was sent to train at my school for a nursing position at a different site with similar medically fragile students. We hit it off again and managed to have her work the summer with us; after the summer Meg was able to stay at my school permanently. She’s an awesome person to work with; helpful, thoughtful, ready to jump in when needed, and doesn’t keep score of who did what.

The summer of 2022 brought Tommy and I to the Happy Island of Aruba. It was amazing. The people there are so invested in making sure you have a wonderful time. I’ve never experienced anything like it. We had a great time. My husband is easy to go away with. He rarely complains, will let me get shopping out of my system and even hit the casinos so I could play the penny slots. He also loves to laugh. My husband and I have been through many difficult situations in our years of marriage and he always manages to be strong when I am not. Tommy somehow will find humor where there doesn’t seem to be any place for humor.

2022 brought changes. As I’ve mentioned: My Lelly graduated FIT early and moved to the city with a roommate. I miss her even though I’m happy for her new life. When she came here for Christmas she made me laugh even when I didn’t feel like laughing. That’s how she is. And she calls me out of the blue, it’s sweet.

2022 also brought a new physician in my life, a gyn in Manhattan who understands menopause like the back of her hand. Why I had to go to the city to find a knowledgeable doctor I’ll never understand but she is amazing. I emailed her with an issue I was experiencing and within minutes she calls me; we talk and she then prescribes exactly what I need. Talk about amazing. I am in awe of her compassion and understanding and being a real person.

These are simply a handful of examples from 2022. There are plenty more; good and not so good. I’m not sure you all would want to read about my whole year in review. I wish every one of my readers an amazing, healthy and happy New Year. And if it’s not so healthy I wish you all to find the best doctors to treat you. Don’t be afraid to go off this borough.

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