|Thirteen Things about random facts about Wakela
1. I just got my own domain name! www.wakela.com. I moved my blog over to my own domain and set up WordPress on it.
2. My first job was working at a local hospital. I loved that job. I stayed there for 5 years until I moved away. At first, I worked in transportation department. That was a very physically demanding job. I would have to push patients around the hospital in wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds. I also had to bring the bodies down to the morgue. After awhile, I transferred to the radiology department and worked as a tech assistant. That was the part I really loved. Since I worked in the ER radiology department, I got to be in the ER rooms while the doctors worked on patients. I have seen so many things there. The most memorable was when the doctors were working feverishly to save a person’s life and I got to witness them perform open heart massage. To see the doctor with the heart literally in his hands while trying to get it started again was amazing.
3. I have basically lived in the same area of Florida all of my life. I did move out of the area two times. I didn’t stay away for very long. In fact, the majority of my life I spent living in one house. My parents bought that house about ten years before I was born. I was finally forced to move out of it in February this year because my mom had a reverse mortgage on it and with her passing we had to sell it.
4. I have never been to any other state in the US. I have visited other countries though. I have been to Jamaica, Bahamas, and Canada.
5. My favorite food is pepperoni and bacon pizza. I especially love it from Papa Johns with tons of their garlic butter sauce on it.
6. When I was younger, I used to go fishing and bowling with my dad. I loved hanging out with him. I was daddy’s little girl. We used to go out to the everglades to fish for bass. My dad would always bringspearmint leaves candy. He would put some on his hook instead of the worms. He actually ended up catching much more. The turtles loved it too! They would always try to steal them off the lines.
7. My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer. He didn’t suffer with it for too long. He was diagnosed in January and passed away in April. By the time it was discovered, it was throughout his entire body.
8. I have an auto-immune disease that is hereditary. I got it from my mom. Apparently, auto-immune diseases are passed down, but they aren’t always passed down in the same form. My mom had rheumatoid arthritis. I ended up with Hashimoto’s disease. They had started testing me at 16 for rheumatoid arthritis since I had signs of an auto-immune disease (prematurely gray hair).
9. If I have a recipe, I can cook. I can’t just whip something up though without complete instructions. Hence, the real reason forSecret Ingredient Tuesday. I love to see and try different recipes.
10. When I was 14, I did volunteer work at the hospital. I wanted to work there, but I was still too young. So I was a candy stripper. I think that the main reason I loved it was that I got to check out all of the young hot guys that worked in the transportation department.
11. My dad was a roofer and when I was young, he would take me out on side jobs on the weekends. It was mainly to work on his friends houses. I became really good at spotting inside where leaks were and being able to pin point the location on the roof.
12. As a youngster, I was going to marry my next door neighbor’s grandson. PL and I were always making plans. In fact, we had picked out a house that we planned on living in once we grew up. Its funny how kids think. Especially realizing that the "house" we picked out was this run down shack.
13. I still remember going to my pediatrician. His name was Dr. Burndt. He was a really great doctor. I remember when he walked in the room, he would always kiss me on the forehead first. My mom later explained to me that is the easiest way to see if a child has a fever since the lips are more sensitive to hot and cold then your hands. Then he would check my ears since I was always having ear infections. According to Dr. Burndt, my ear infections were due to cookie monster leaving cookie crumbs in my ears or big bird spilling bird seed in my ear. Ok, that is a little crazy sounding, but as a kid, I bought the whole idea of it.
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