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Please Help To Heal.

We are all touched by the tornadoes in across the south…but living 300+ miles away is hard. Even harder b/c I can’t get in the car and go help. My family is there. My friends.

Every day I hear of more people dead, more destruction. The news is showing the scenes from Tuscaloosa, but they aren’t showing as much the more rural towns I called home. I am NOT saying the smaller towns were hit harder, or that it is any more tragic there- but people go and help where they KNOW help is needed. One whole county was initially left OFF of the FEMA list and didn’t get outside help at first.

The rescue and recover effort was neighbors, EMS, etc going out and looking themselves. There are still areas with trees down- there is only so much that can be done in these places with limited resources.

There is looting after dark. People are staying in tents at night just to protect their last few possessions. They literally have NOTHING

Being on bedrest the last week has left me feeling utterly helpless. I wanted to send stuff, but couldn’t go to the store and buy it or mail it.

Then I got online to check out my daily deals at Amazon.com and a light bulb went off. HELLO? I have the Amazon.com/mom Prime account that gives me free 2day shipping on Amazon.com purchases (not Market place, so you have to make sure you check to make sure you search for items that are Prime Eligible)

I ordered up some diapers, sunscreen, bug spray, tarps, work gloves, sunglasses, crayons and paper for the kids, baby food, plastic bins/totes, suitcases, small luggage bags, female sanitary items, hats, and such.

“clothing, new undies, socks, etc, Gatorade, first aid kits, rubbermaid containers, non perishable foods, can openers, garbage bags, bug spray, sunscreen, hygiene products, diapers, gift cards to fast food places, wal-mart, gas stations,  etc etc” (from a friend)

I confirmed with my friends where to send it, and contacted a local church they are connected with.

I also have information to the Red Cross of a county that could use some extra help.

We have to remember this is NOT something that will get fixed in the next week. This will take months and months. Some people will never be the same. I think A LOT of mental health healing begins immediately after a natural disaster if you can help the people feel taken care of secure as soon as you can.

That can of bug spray you send to keep the bites away at night when they are staying up in shifts to protect their stuff from looters may keep them from feeling too overwhelmed.

The diaper that gives their child comfort and a dry clean bum helps the parents realize they can STILL help their precious child even if there isn’t a roof over their heads.

The sunscreen can help prevent injury when working under the harsh sun,and prevent immediate health problems- or skin cancer later down the road.

I am challenging you ALL to look up on Amazon or Alice.com or where ever and send a pack of diapers. A tarp to cover items. A can of bug spray. Anything.

I particularly like Amazon.com b/c there isn’t a minimum of what you have to buy- and if you are already a Amazon Mom or Amazon Prime member you get FREE two day shipping.

This makes it super easy to buy whatever is in your budget. Nothing is too small. You never know how your one little can of bug spray can comfort a hurting and heartbroken person.

So, the two places I am donating to are:

Gadsden Christian Fellowship

719 Nunnally Ave Gadsden, AL. 35903

Five Points Baptist Church
3718 36th Street
Northport, AL 35473-2908
This info I got through Toomers for Tuscaloosa- a designated shipping point.
There is also Toomers For Tuscaloosa who are doing AWESOME things across the country. They have drop off points coordinated in Phoenix, AZ for goodness sake. Check out their website and look and see what is around you.
Hope this isn’t confusing anyone..but I am trying to get the post up for people to link. 🙂
I pray I don’t totally ‘OUT’ myself…but I couldn’t imagine a better reason to “out” my online anonymity than in this situation.
Thank you to My Reality, Suze, Andrea, Two Moms and a Baby, Meggin J from NY,  Farahbeth, The Happy Hours, Jackie (Cranky Ovary),  and hopefully MANY MORE.
Please be assured these mail points I have listed are LEGIT!
If you have ANY question please don’t hesitate to email me at bumpyjourney at gmail dot com
I can’t believe so many “strangers”  I have been blessed to meet on TWITTER of all places are reaching out to people I know.
THANK YOU just isn’t sufficient.

All Mixed Up, Don’t Know What To Do…….

Hallo there my loyal followers! LOL. Do I have anyone left?

What is new with me. Humm…well I had my Beta #1 on Tuesday N0vember the 30th.    I had my local OB’s office write the order, and the results sent to them and to my RE.  The RN called me the next day at around 11am with the results (super fast results b/c I got it drawn around 430pm.) The result was 311.

All I could think was “Thought a Freak would be the thing, but you know it won’t last…..so just get off of your ASS”. HA HA HA.  So I was to go on Thursday afternoon for beta #2. Thus the madness begins. I called and left a message Friday around noon b/c I needed to know when to our follow appointment was going to be b/c Kingman has to tell his office manager and RN so they can reschedule patients. We have to know in advance, and sometimes they can get these patients worked in earlier, and everyone is happy. SO, the RN called me back and said she didn’t understand my message, and wanted to see how she could help. I explained. Her “oh, I didn’t realize you didn’t have your appointment. The doctor has your chart on the desk to go over everything. We need to get you in to meet with him and talk.”  Or pretty much something like that. She didn’t say anything about an ultrasound… but didn’t say the beta was bad….I just don’t know. PERHAPS I might be overanalyzing it all. I KNOW the doctor has to sign off on all lab results- even normal ones- before the RN can tell the patient. I KNOW this. I have LIVED it.  Um, I also know there is a way to not FREAK THE FUCK OUT of your patients. LOL.

I understand emergencies happen, and Fridays are rough. I live this life. My husband lives that life- I DO UNDERSTAND.

It doesn’t make it easier. My hubs stepped up and called the office again, but it went to voice mail.  They return phone calls that were received before 3pm, after 3pm calls are returned the next business day. Sigh. So here we are- the next business day is MONDAY. Blah.

So of course, the stress of IF, and the disbelief that I am actually pregnant lit a fire that I have miscarried and they don’t want to tell me. Stupid I know. Probably it was good and doubled, so they just moved on the next thing. Maybe she thought she already told me. I dunno.

Patience has NEVER EVER been a positive virtue of mine.

So what does a normal and sane person do? Go directly to the drugstore and buy 6 pregnancy tests and promptly pee on one. Duh. I KNOW even if my pregnancy was goign to crap, I would still have HCG in my urine- thus a BFP. Needless to say, I peed yesterday and today to stare at them and compare from day to day.  There is just some sort of comfort in peeing on things. Neurotic much?

Other than I am doing okay. Just tired. I am not really nauseated or anything. Sometimes I get “meh- don’t care about food”, others I am like “OMG if I don’t get some chicken tikka masala right now at 6am i am going to die a horrible death” LOL.

Yesterday I was in a sour mood. So I went on a little retail therapy. Okay- A LOT of retail therapy. Back in July we got the Geek Squad to come out and assess our home for a new TV and home theater. then we got skittish on spending the money. We talked ourselves out of it. Oh, then I had a bad day. A hormonal freaking out bad day.

So what did this chica buy? A huge ass tv. Oh yeah. 3D and 55 inches of pure joy. A new receiver and dvd player. Speakers and all that jazz. Everything. I am beyond excited. It is going to be delivered the 16th, and the Geeks are coming on the 17th to install it. I haven’t told the hubs- just going to have them set it up and surprise him. 🙂  I think I just MAY win wife of the year.

He wins husband of the years since he works so hard and is basically buying it himself. LOL. I got an extra set of glasses so we have have FOUR people watch at the same time. 🙂 I am too freakin’ excited.

Anyhoo- going to run off and attempt to do something today. blah.



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