Christmas 2014

I hope everyone had as wonderful of a Christmas as I did! We went to his sister and brothers for the night overnight on Christmas Eve. They share an apartment in the same apartment building as his parents and some of his aunts and uncles and cousins. His parents and some of his family came up, or we went to see them on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Since a large number of his fathers side of the family including his siblings all have the same disease Cory has, Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) they mostly live in the same building or (including us) very close by within the same neighbourhood Fairview. The building is fairly accessible and large enough for wheel chairs and other things. Plus they all grew up in the neighbourhood on or near the street they are on. So they are all very close knit. It’s kind of a foreign thing for me. Not the close knit part, my family is really close but we are all spread out all over the place and my immediate family in particular has moved a lot due to my father being military when I was younger.

So anyways we had a great Christmas. Cory and I got a lot of money for Christmas in the form of gift cards or cash ($450 in total) from his family along with some other smaller things. His family prefers to give gift cards then go shopping together on Boxing Day or in this case Boxing weekend as boxing day is actually a holiday that the stores are closed here. I have to say I like this idea a lot!

I picked up a new tablet. It was not a super expensive one, about $130 regular but I got if for $100. So far I am really happy with it. I have been using it for about 3 days and it has a way better picture and is much faster then my older Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (which is not working anyways). I had enough left over to order a case, a musemee notier v2 stylus, a 3 pack screen protectors for the tablet as well as a cooling pad for my computer off of Well I will once Cory gets paid since is not accepting one of my gift cards for some reason, which I will have to use for something else later.

The only downsides to this Christmas so far are that I ended up taking Cory to the hospital at 2am on Boxing day morning because he was still having issues breathing. We were there 7 hours and did not get home till about 9:30 am. I slept most of the next day, which I was off anyways. And secondly I have not seen my own family yet. I saw them last at Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving not US, which is in October 13th here). They are coming up this weekend though to help us with the boxspring and mattress which they bought us for Christmas and which we are picking up on Saturday or Sunday. I’m excited to see them again and my brother.

Overall it was a great Christmas and I really had a great time with Cory’s family even if I missed my own. Over Christmas I also fed my friend Erin’s cats and she and her boyfriend gave us a surround sound system, they got one for Christmas and there’s is still good other then missing one speaker and the DVD player not working (they knew we had a PS3 to use for DVD’s). We actually have one ourselves that they did not know about because it has not been hooked up since I moved here as the DVD player did not work and one of the back speakers (Dolby 5.1 as well) broke.

I figured though that as they both were the same brand (Samsung) and had the same connectors for the speakers that we might be able to get one working set out of the two of them. Cory tried all afternoon while I was at work and couldn’t get any combination of them working. I am going to try myself tomorrow as I am typically a bit better with audio and video equipment (cause of my job) then he is. We are also going to hang out with them New Years, either at our place or theirs.

We kind of had a bit of an conundrum. We were invited to a friend of his that used to live in our building. Both of us actually have a hard time being around him because he is always drunk and high. Cory smokes or did. He quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago but has smoked marijuana since he was 13. The doctor at the hospital scared him with talking about COPD (which he has a mild case of) and he wants to quit completely. So she gave him information for addiction councilors and programs in the area. Anyways his friend is always bugging him (us, everyone) to smoke or drink and just gets supper annoying. Neither of us van handle him much. So we feel bad but don’t want to hang out with him and his girlfriend. We talked about it and both would both prefer hanging out with my friend Erin and her boyfriend even though his friend asked us first.

Also he decided for the month of January he is going to try on his own to give it up. So the less he is around his friend the better since he will literately wine and cry if you say no to him. We both decided it was best that no one smoke around him at our house at all (even though they went on the balcony before). And at the end of the month we will re-assess and contact the addiction program if needed (or if he feels he needs to along the way).

I have to say I am so so so proud of him for committing to do this. I was starting to get concerned for his health. His blood pressure is high enough that if it stays like this he will have issues. He is on medication which has brought it down from immediate danger to damage over a period of time if it is not brought under control. So I am hoping that this will help with that. Though I read that pot lowers blood pressure not raises it. Any thoughts on that?

So that about sums up our Christmas, and the last week or so.

6 thoughts on “Christmas 2014

  1. Gift cards is actually a really good idea. That way everyone can get the things that they want.

    I am sorry to hear that you ended up in the hospital on Boxing day, that would have been so stressful.

    That would be a hard situation with the friend. I can really see how it could be an ‘unhealthy environment’. In the end you do need to do what is right for you.

    It is really great that he is willing to do this and I imagine it would truly good for him health wise in the future, I think. I don’t really know a lot about pot. xD

    1. That’s what we thought too. I love getting gift cards

      Cory’s friend ended up showing up the day before after us telling him 2 or 3 times that we were not going to be able to come, he just ignored us and showed up on the 23rd and said he had everything all ready for the next night and could not wait for us to get there. So we told him again we were not coming and he stormed out and deleted us off Facebook. So childish lol.

      And I am really proud of Cory. He has been 5 days now and is doing good. Keeping his mind busy helps

  2. Stay away from that friend! Very well done of Cory to decide to quit. I was a bit confused when you said he was having breathing problems but when you mention mild COPD I get it. So sorry about your hospital stay. Seven hours in the ER is quite commom waiting time here… so sad.
    Glad you had such a good Christmas after all! I agree that gift cards are good presents.

    1. I am happy to say that the “friend” is out of the picture now. I was sad to see Cory loose a friend, however that’s not really a friend if you ask me. Too bad since he made the decision to quit that he seems to have lost a few friends. I wish they would be more supportive.

      Seven hours in the ER is pretty common here as well. I have been as long as 20 hours before even being seen after triage. It’s the cost of having free health care. But it make sense. The more injured or sick first. Our ER here has implemented what they call “Pod 5” which is for people with clean breaks, or cuts, or uncomplicated things that require less testing to help get them get treated without having to wait as long and free up space for people who really need it. I have never gone through there with a wait time of more then 3 hours so that is good I think.

      Thanks and I am glad to read you had a great Christmas as well.

  3. Well sounds like you had a nice Christmas. Hoping you enjoy the time with your family this weekend! Sorry that you had to spend some time in the hospital during the holidays though. That’s no fun. Hoping everyone feels better in the upcoming week.

    1. Thanks Carolynne! Cory’s feeling a bit better, and seems to be doing better every day. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas as well!

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