Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blog finds still on Hiatus......Otherwise Known as Be Careful What you Wish For!

So, for those of you who have been following the unfolding Drama in the Mayou household, you may remember a few weeks prior to Convention my long rambling post about Matt (My wonderful Hubby) receiving orders for a year long remote tour (meaning no family) to Izmir, Turkey.

I, as well as my children, were understandably upset. We whined about all the things he would be missing in the 12 months he would be absent from our lives (Things like teaching my daughter to drive, My Son's 10th Birthday, and Christmas just to name a few).

Being the wonderful man that he is though, he insisted I still attend the Stampin' Up! 25th anniversary convention, So I did. By the way, I had an amazing time and met tons of wonderful friends! (to see more on what all happened at convention, please visit

Anyway, fast forward to the day after I returned from Convention. It was a typical day in my life. I was tired, crabby, and had to be at work at 6 AM. Around noon I received a phone call from my darling husband telling me that he wasn't feeling well, and he thought he would come home early from work. Around 1 pm or so, he came home and laid down on the couch.

I finished up work around 4 and after finishing up for the day I asked hubby if he was feeling any better. He still said he felt "funny", so I insisted we go visit the local urgent care facility. To make a long story shorter, he ended up being taken by ambulance from the urgent care facility to the hospital where he spent two days and was diagnosed with A-fib. A disorder that causes the upper chambers of your heart to beat out of sync with the lower chambers.

Talk about scary! Since then, we found out that A-fib is not totally uncommon and millions of people live with the disease. The docs put him on medication and sent him home.

Well, this week, we were notified that his orders to Turkey had been denied due to his heart condition, and the lack of adequate cardiological care in Turkey.

All in all, it's been an interesting ride. While we are ecstatic that Matt will no longer be absent from our lives for the next year, we are worried and concerned about his health. At no point in time did I believe I would be dealing with a 37 year old hubby with a heart condition.

So, that being said, the next few weeks will be taken up with Doctor appointments and Air Force briefings to determine how, if anything, this will affect his Military career. He is 18 months from retiring, so we do have that going for us.

Obviously blog finds have been the last thing on my mind. I know I told several of you during convention that the blog finds would be returning once I got home from convention, but I've had to put that plan on hold while we take care of my husband's medical issues. My current plan is to reactivate the blog finds starting in September, but I have now learned that nothing is certain and life can throw you a curve ball at any point in time!

So, I'm asking for your patience and understanding. I know you have all been creating like crazy, and I've still looked at your posts. Please note that while you aren't currently "making the list" your creative genius is noticed and appreciated. Here's hoping that the universe has finished wreaking havoc on my life and that blog finds will be returning shortly.

Until then, Keep Creating!



  1. Paryers and hugs to you and your family. I will be waitng patiently for you to return..take care of your hubby and kids...we will still be here...

  2. Kelly we will be here when you are ready- take care of your family and know that we are praying for you all-

  3. Wow! Kelly I have been following your blog Finds for a couple of years now (and featured in them a couple of times too BTW - Thanks)

    My love and prayers are with you all for the uncertainties with your husband's health. Life certainly throws up curve balls sometimes!!! Take care of your family AND yourself. They are the priorities in your life. We look forward to you sharing Blog Finds when life is more settled for you.

    Sending Downunder hugs,
    Jenny xx

  4. HUGE Hugs to you and your family. We all enjoy your blog and your finds, but don't stress for us, we'll be back visiting your blog when the time is right again.

  5. Hi Kelly - I know what you're going through. My husband had A-fib 3 years ago. His happened at 2am! When they finally found out what was wrong (3 mths later) they restarted his heart and he's been fine ever since - no medication an no side effects. It is a VERY stressful time. We are praying for you and you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Look after and be kind to yourself. Love and hugs Paula

  6. I encountered an episode of A-Fib...after eating a bowl of ice cream. Duh! After a couple more episodes which the heart put itself back into regular rhythm and one ER visit to put it back into sinus rhythm, I am not on any meds for it. I do watch for the triggers...If I'm out in HOT HUMID weather too long, caffeine and chocolate overload, overly tired and those in combination of each other. Once he identifies his t riggers, life is normal. BUT not on the combat field. True.Thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Thanks for sharing for finds. LOVE IT.