Over the last few of years, a lot has been going on in our lives and we have not had as much time as we would have liked to devote to our business. Things are improving enough that we can now get back to growing Airmeith Naturals. Anna and I will be revamping our website and refining our product lines. We will be removing some items and adding in new ones. Despite all that has happened, we have been able to expand on our Herbal and Alternative Healing knowledge and practices. Anna is continuing her research into the herbs that can benefit cardiac issues without interfering with the different medications that are used to treat those issues. Yes, we are firm believers that there is a time and place for “Western Medicine” and it can work in conjunction with alternative treatments.
Anna and I, along with our son Adam, have been taking care of her mother, who has had several major strokes, since the fall of 2013. While she has improved dramatically (she came home with left side paralysis, in a coma and with a life expectancy of less than a month in 2013), she still needs 24/7 care. Anna’s mom has shown us what strength of spirit can accomplish. Despite the strokes and resulting complications, including double above new amputations, she still is an active member of the family. She participates in meals, cleaning, puzzles, playing ball, reading magazines and much more.
On July 7, 2015 our home was destroyed by fire. Fortunately everyone got out safely, including Pistachio & Filbert (Adam’s turtles). After living in hotels for several weeks, we were able to rent a house to accommodate all our needs while we were having a new house built. One good thing about the fire was our ability to design and build a new house that is more wheelchair accessible allowing Anna’s mom to even more an active part of the family. One of the downsides of the fire and subsequent construction was that we lost the majority of our gardens. This experience has taught us patience and how important it is to look for the positive in everything instead of wallowing in the negatives.
In March of 2016, Anna suffered a stroke and while in the hospital, she found out that she has had two previous strokes. She is now on blood thinners to help control the AFib that the Doctor’s think was the cause of the strokes. Since that time she has had quite a lot of episodes of AFib and after the last one sent her to the emergency room for treatment, her Cardiologist discovered that Anna has a myriad of electrical impulse issues with the heart including her being ultra sensitive to the two major classes of medications used to control those issues. That being said, Anna and the cardiac surgeons have decided that it was time to schedule heart surgery. Anna continues to push forward and is not going to let this get her down. She is taking the time when she is supposed to be relaxing to do computer work. I can’t complain too much, at least she is sitting down!
All in all, 2017 is going to be year of changes. Anna and I will be working on growing Airmeith Naturals, while recreating our herb gardens. Contending with Anna’s health issues and taking care of her mother will be balanced with making new product and working in the gardens. While we may not be able to do craft fairs this year, we hope to begin again in 2018. In the meantime, we will be more active in blogging and on Facebook.