Continuing to Thrive at 55 on Good Friday 2013

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, today, 3/29, is my 55th birthday.

I’ve been battling a bit of melancholy today. I don’t know that it’s so much my age, as all the changes over the past few years that struck me with their finality, such as my parents no longer being around (my Dad also had a March birthday – 3/15 – and we used to celebrate together), and being separated by so many miles from my kids, granddaughter, and other family and friends.

BUT… I got dozens of birthday greetings on my Facebook wall and have heard from 3 of my 4 kids (so far).

My hubby, Dave, took me out to LongHorn Steakhouse and we enjoyed a nice steak dinner – and had to bring home half of the “Chocolate Stampede” dessert! Then we went by his shop for a “show and tell” of the machines he’s learned to operate and other tools and parts he’s been working on. Now I have a better understanding of all the things he’s been telling me about!

New skills – hubby learned to make this cube using 3-axis CNC machining.

Then, on the way home, Dave mentioned a line in a particular song that he says always makes him think of me from when we first met – such a romantic gesture!

On my birthday each year, I also reflect on the fact that I nearly didn’t live to see my 27th birthday. As I mentioned in my previous post about Angels Among the Flames, I fell out the second-story window and landed on my head first, and immediately entered unconsciousness.

I nearly died that day and was unconscious/semi-conscious for about three days. I had lacerated my scalp and lost massive amounts of blood; sustained a skull fracture and broken neck (fractured C7); and suffered multiple bruises, lacerations, and muscular and internal damage. This fire happened on a Monday and I regained consciousness on Thursday that week, with no idea what had happened. I just knew I was in excruciating pain all over my body and I couldn’t figure out where I was or why I hurt so much!

When nurses realized I was “back” – they notified my husband – and little by little, I started remembering at least some of what happened – but I was sure the children were dead. They had to bring them to me, so I could see that they were really alive and well!

That year, 1985, I celebrated my 27th birthday in the hospital — a birthday I nearly didn’t live to see. Yet, by the grace of God, I walked (well, limped, gingerly) out of the hospital about a week after the fire. I eventually recovered from my injuries, after about three months in that SOMI brace you see in the photo (SOMI: Sternal-Occipital-Mandibular Immobilizer), followed by a soft cervical collar for another couple months. I was even blessed with two more children in the four years after that near tragedy.

Now, 28 years later, I am continuing to thrive at 55, with no significant residual effects. My birthday has fallen on Easter only 3 of those 55 years; today–Good Friday–is the first time in many years my birthday has been this close to Easter, or as I prefer to call it, the Resurrection Sunday.

How about you? Any other March birthday folks? How do you handle birthdays as you approach or pass middle age? Have you ever wondered if you would live to see your next birthday?

If you celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a blessed 2013 Easter (the Resurrection) Sunday – and for everyone else, have a nice weekend!


Angels Among the Flames--March 25,1985<< >>The Birthday That Almost Wasn't

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7 comments to “Continuing to Thrive at 55 on Good Friday 2013”

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  1. Carolina HeartStrings - March 30, 2013 Reply

    I’m in that age bracket too and it gets me a little blue sometimes. Birthdays are a time to reflect on the past and hope for a healthy and enjoyable future. Sounds like you have a great hubby and for me a visit to see some machine work would make my day. Plus he’s sharing with you. Sounds good to me. Celebrate your earlier recovery and all that you’ve done since then – half of your lifetime has happened since then, and so much more to come. Happy Birthday.
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  2. Heather - March 30, 2013 Reply

    I celebrate (big time) on my birthday. Depending on what else is going on in my life I like to celebrate the day with friends. Sometimes it’s just one family. Other times it’s a whole host of people. My husband is quite gracious and puts up with my need to celebrate. He always provides a gormet cake.

    I am so glad you are now part of my life and I was able to help you “celebrate” the anniversary of your birth. Happy Birthday (again), K’Lee!
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  3. AMummysLife - March 30, 2013 Reply

    Happy belated birthday.

    I don’t really celebrate my birthday. I haven’t really done so since my sweet 16th apart from my 21st. Every now and then hubby tries to make it a special occasion for me but mostly I’m just happy to let it pass quietly with my family. I suppose this year will be a year hubby decides to make a big deal of it since it’s the big 30 but it doesn’t really bother me much.
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  4. Ashley Porter - March 31, 2013 Reply

    Happy birthday to you Klee. Awesome story you have here and its good to see you are so grateful to be celebrating each year you have…given your close call a while earlier.
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  5. Gary Stein@Fire Damage Portland - July 22, 2013 Reply

    Great article. The Chocolate Stampede sounds so delicious right now.

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