(MikeBitter) Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone

Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone ( Original )

The first words of this song were shared in front of my name and a number of other wonderful Twitter ladies by my friend @MikeBitter this morning! He was just paying us all a marvelous compliment, but it encouraged me to tell him about my upcoming surgery this Thursday. He hadn’t heard about it because he usually keeps in touch through my smaller account @Publicity_Chick and my dear friend Hetty @AliveinMe had been sharing prayer requests for my upcoming surgery all over my @libbytalks account. She was taking the time to do this, in the face of the brain surgery she is having just a few days after my vascular surgery! Hetty and Mike are examples of the types of friends you meet on Twitter. Fantastic! Anyway, it got Mike and I talking about my surgery. He was floored, having heard nothing about it. I explained it in brief: I was having an major artery repaired that was trapped by a ligament, damaged, and cutting of a great deal of the blood flow to my digestive system, causing a lot of pain after eating. It had to be fixed. I was reassuring him that I had an excellent surgeon from Mayo in Rochester, MN and I knew God was in charge and all would be fine. He sent me back the most beautiful and reassuring post which I will hold close to my heart. It was: “Let go, let God is so appropriate.You are blessed and He has his hand over you.” I was so touched by what he wrote and that he picked up exactly on what I was feeling. Maybe the 140 characters we to express ourselves in make us careful and succinct in speech, but all the bigger in heart! Twitter love for our fellow humans! Pass it on!!

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1 Million Tweets for Alzheimers on Twitter!

This morning @libbytalks and @Publicity_Chick got a new Twibbon to wear representing one million tweets to remember people with Alhzeimer’s and contribute attention to their plight, as well as, stepped up research to combat this disorder! The one million signifies the number of tweets and of course the little bird stands for the tweets. This strikes very close to home for me because my beautiful, brilliant mother is so afflicted. It’s been coming on for years. Now her short-term memory is basically gone. I don’t mind so much because I am a talker and it’s my pleasure to repeat things over and over for her in conversation. So we are a good pair. She calls me her fun girl! I try to be. Some times I am sad for all she has lost, but I try not to let her see it, my brave, beautiful mom!

I’m so happy she is still around enough that we can still have good conversations. At times she isn’t herself and then she’ll toss out a word that should be our vocabulary lesson for the day! No wonder I have such a sterling vocabulary. Didn’t lick that off the grass as my grandfather, her dad, used to exclaim! So I plan to keep on learning all I can and keep on tweeting about dementia/Alzheimer’s, see my mom often as possible, talk to her daily — because as long as we can talk and she knows who I am… I haven’t lost her! And if we keep the research up we can stem the tide and lose fewer and fewer great minds like my mom’s!