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A New Year's Day - 2010 Unfolding

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As year 2009 ended I thought about all things big and small in Don't Forget to Stop and Smell the Flowers.  I wrote, "I am once again in awe of the curve balls that life throws me....and how I handled it to bring on a fresh 2010 with glorious dreams, hopes and wishes that I will soon fulfill."

My family started out January 01, 2010 as any other New Year's Day.  We were having a relaxing morning and went out to run a couple of errands. As soon as I walked in the door my phone rings and it's the phone call that every mother dreads.

My son only calls when he's sick and when I hear the "MOM" in a weak voice I know it's not good.  He was in the emergency room and to make a long story short his gallbladder had become infected and the infection leaking into his stomach.  He was on Morphine by 11am as the pain was so bad (usually excruciating pain when the gallstone is in the bile duct as I'd had when I was 25 yrs. Old)

Emergency surgery started by 4:30pm and we were waiting for him when he came out of recovery at 8:35 or so.

He'll be fine and he's home now but here's the kicker. HE DROVE HIMSELF TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT 5am New Years Day because ‘he didn't want to bother anyone'. You can bet he won't do that again....especially after mom ‘counseled' him.

Those curve balls hit at any time folks. I'm just happy that in my latter years of life I recognize the importance of Stopping to Smell those Flowers......

You can never bring back time.

Do you know what your flowers are?


Note:  I want to thank all who attended to my son (Emergency Room, Surgery unit, Surgeons, nurses and staff) at Tripler Army Medical Center and for taking good care of my son, Michael,  a veteran of the US Armed Forces

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Oh my!   What a start to the new year.  I am so glad your son will be fine.  I can only imagine how you must have felt!  I hope the rest of your year is calmer.

Jan 03, 2010 06:12 AM
Christine Hynes
American Capital Corporation - Laguna Beach, CA
Orange County Senior Loan Consultant

Sally - Boy you started your year out with a sprint, great to hear your son if fine!

Jan 03, 2010 06:19 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Irene: Actually, there are many learning lessons here....and the main one being my son realizes the need to turn his lifestyle around....and ask for help when needed!

Jan 03, 2010 06:20 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Christine: No kidding...he'll be fine...he's already back on his pc :)  Mostly resting and trying to walk around as much as possible.

Jan 03, 2010 06:23 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

Glad your son is okay Sally. Like you, I've had my own experience with curve balls in the last couple of months. It's important we stop and smell the flowers and enjoy the finer things in life every opportunity we get.


Jan 03, 2010 06:30 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Denise: Thanks much. If we didn't stop for moments what would be there to carry us through those times? 

Jan 03, 2010 06:32 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Goodness, that must have been scary!  I'm glad he's doing better and can't believe he drove himself.....that sounds exactly like what my son would have done.  Hope the rest of your week is a little less exciting!

Jan 03, 2010 07:17 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Celeste...Not a great way to start the new year, but I am glad to hear everything came out okay. I guess that is the kind of curve ball that reminds us what is really important to us. I hope the rest of your week and your year is better.

Jan 03, 2010 08:08 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

HI Sally, Sounds like you raised a very thoughtful son - but perhaps a bit TOO thoughtful!  I'm glad to hear he came through surgery alright and will be fine.  He had the prayers of a lot of your blogging buddies once we heard about it on your facebook page.

Jan 03, 2010 10:20 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That is a rough start to the new year. Glad he is doing OK.  We jump every time the phone rings.  Both sets of our parents are still alive and starting the slow down dramatically.

Jan 03, 2010 11:02 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally the is a big curve ball.  I know that with MomMa Sally taking care of him now he will be back on his feet real soon.

Jan 03, 2010 11:09 AM
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Above & Beyond - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Sally, I am so glad your son is ok.  Sounds like you will all be starting out the new year with gratitude! Happy New Year.

Jan 03, 2010 12:13 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Wow, that must have been a shock, Sally.  Thank goodness he is on the mend, and how sweet of him not to want to bother you.

Jan 03, 2010 12:47 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I'm also the type that will drive myself to Urgent Care so that I don't bother anyone. I'm fortunate that I don't have a mom to counsel me, though. LOL. Glad all's well.

Happy New Year!

Jan 03, 2010 09:29 PM
Kathy Clulow
Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Sally - Good to hear he is on his way to recovery but I'll bet his ears are still warm. 

Jan 04, 2010 02:19 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Spent some time with Michael this morning. He is 'allowing me to drive him' to the college so he could check on his class stuff. Went to breakfast and we spent "quality time" ....very nice.


Jan 05, 2010 09:15 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Sally - I hope he is showing improvement.  I am sure he has a the very best nurse.  Happy New Year. 

Jan 05, 2010 01:37 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Woo Ho,I am so glad you son is fine. I think it might be a guy thing, but he knows you love him and that he can always count on you. But he just had to flap his wings, not the best time necessarily to do that but thankfully it all turned out OK.

PS, You certainly took some beautiful pictures of your collection. The faces are certainly beautiful.

Jan 05, 2010 03:02 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Carol:  He sure does :)  He's an independent kid....but at least I'm getting to be a mommy again lol

Hi William!  No kidding...thankfully. I added on the first comment that they were gifts from my dearest friend William!

Jan 05, 2010 03:18 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

 I really love these little figurines that you have in this post!!! Adorable!

Jan 08, 2010 06:45 AM