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Not your everyday situation!

13 Jan


January 5, Grandma and grandson check into the hospital and are allowed to share the same room (they don’t usually allow girls and guys in the same room, but hey, this doesn’t count!) – making it easier for me and hubbie.  Don’t you love the matching wardrobe! 

All went well with the surgeries and patients are home and doing fine.   Mom came home Sunday and has done remarkably well after her surgery (pathology was all negative).  Nick’s was outpatient and even though it is terrible to get your tonsils out at 18, he is on the downside of the journey.  I want to give praise God for their recovery and healing. 

PS:  Thanks go to Bro. Ray for the photo. Also many thanks to the church family who were there during the surgeries and after.  We love you all.


Hurry up and wait……oops, not today afterall.

31 Dec

My mother has breast cancer–again!  She was diagnosed in Novemeber 0f 2003 and opted for mastectomy.  She has had her yearly mamograms and does self exams.  Her cancer was estrogen receptive or tamoxofen was given which she could not tolerate and discontinued.

Week before Christmas, we learn that she now has cancer again.  Things have moved swiftly, she had a biopsy, which was positive, surgery was scheduled quickly and today we arrive at the hospital.  Mom dresses in the lovely hospital gown provided.  They poke, prod and ask 2000 questions.  At some point in all this, boom, darkness!  The power went out.  No problem, we thought, the hospital has a backup generator.  We wait……..we wait………..we wait!  Pediatrics has power, ER has power, other units have power, but our area has no power——–after over an hour!!!!!!!

Finally, the nurse comes in and says no surgery today.  The equipment needed for mom’s surgery would not come up. 

So……………….now we wait more.    We wait until Monday. 

Then, I get to wait while my mom AND my son have surgery.

Won’t that be a wonderful day!!!!!!!

Prayers needed, please.

Wii Fit frenzy……….

30 Dec

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The top contender for present of the year for us is our new Wii fit game.  After a long hunt and search process (I refused to pay the on-line price after the beginning of December), my sister managed to snag one for us.  The gift was actually to my hubbie, but secretly, I really was the one that wanted it. 

We have such a competition raging here.  Right now, my youngest is the reigning king of soccer and a whiz at the ski jump,  and I am the queen of the hula hoop. 

I have managed to get in 3- 1 hour workouts (and don’t even think for a minute that because it is a game, that it doesn’t give you a work out).  I begin with balance exercises, move on to aerobic – my favorite is the advanced step – peak with a basic run – cool down with the step again and then finish off with 2-3 yoga exercises. 

Tonight I practiced the “tree” position in yoga and almost fell on my face!  It took a little while to figure out which muscles I need to use to maintain balance (I was trying to use my foot and ankle, but that’s not it 🙂 . I actually ended up looking more like that position in the Karate Kid. You know the one – standing on the rock on the beach, yeah, that was me!

Last night we had some friends over and it was so much fun to create the little characters and then watch each other attempt the different activities.  We cheered for one another and laughed at one another – the most fun I’ve had in a while.

Hopefully, the effort will reap rewards of improved fitness, which is something I badly need.  Using the regular Wii game, my first wii age was, gulp,   80!  Shock  After the first 24 hours passed, I improved until I was, OMG 61! 

Well, today I did the Wii fit test and I was 47 Way Too Happy .  (yes, I am older than 47 so this is good!)  Criteria for this assessment involves, balance, agility, speed, BMI, and who knows what else. And, the test is not the same every time, so you can’t practice up for it. 

 I don’t know how significant it actually is, but it made me feel better and want to push harder to keep going and I suppose that was my actual purpose for wanting the thing.

Anyway, as the new year approaches, I have goals set, time frame for accomplishing the goals set and have taken the first step forward.  Now, lets see if we get any results.  Whether I meet the goals or not, I am certainly having a lot of fun trying and it has given us another activity that we can come together to do as a family.  Now, that’s worth $89 wouldn’t you say?

Double Whammy!

3 Oct

My kids are getting their whole two days of fall break right now.  For a mom who nearly had a meltdown last year when the first one left, I think I am swinging to the opposite side of the pendulum and I am just about ready to shoo them BOTH out of the house.  But, that’s just my impatience talking. Guess I need to grow a little more fruit here.    

Well it’s Friday!  We head out to O’boro for an ortho appointment with #2 – his retainer is messed up and after spending a gazillion dollars for ortho, the retainer has to get fixed.  They fixed the retainer and called us back to “consult” – which means talk and look at x-rays.  It turns out that he needs to have his wisdom teeth out (he only has bottom ones thank goodness). 

Here’s the catch – he had an appointment yesterday with a surgeon for a consult on getting his tonsils out.  It turns out, that, if the surgeon is agreeable both can be done at once.  DONT WE ALL WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THAT.  I’m kinda doubting that the surgeon is going to be hip on that, which means two procedures over Christmas break. 

Looks like we will be having a very, merry Christmas this year!  Please pray for us.

Why do I do stupid things?

2 Oct

Today has been extraordinary busy.  MOPS this morning, then home to continue with painting.  We are on the living room and that one is the most difficult since it is the largest and has a staircase.  In order to keep things from being an overall mess.  We are doing one wall at a time – complete and finished, trim and all.  That method worked great when we did the bedroom and I get some sense of accomplishment by being able to put one area back in order. Since I was running around, kinda back and forth, I accidently took my meds twice today.  I didn’t even realize I had done it until my stomach started hurting – BAD – and then the vomiting came.  I managed to call the dr and he got on the phone.  No need to go to ER, but I would probably be pretty hyper for 4-5 hours.  Was he ever right. I’ve been like a kid needing a dose of rydalin (sp?).  Then, a few hours ago it must have all cleared my system because now I feel like the gunk on the bottom of the river.  This has just NOT been a good day!

Finally some answers are coming…

1 Oct

Today I had a doctor appointment with my doc in Eville.  After my appointment, reviewing lab tests, medications, etc., he arranged for a consult with an endocrinologist.  This doctor was a lady and when I sat down in her office I was aware that there was Christian music softly playing.  (I love this wellness center, there is a very Christian atmosphere). 

We talked, she asked questions, she listened while I explained the sequence of events that have transpired the last year and a half.  When I told her that I at one point I was just about at the jumping off a bridge point.  This is when she blew me away.  She said, “Well, did you think about God?”  Have you EVER had a doctor ask you something like that on the first visit.  She didn’t know me, I didn’t know her.  Well… about an ice-breaker of a question. 

My 10 minute consult turned into a time of fellowship, once the medical stuff was out of the way.  What was even more helpful was that she has had exactly the same mid-life experience that I have had.  (I had tears in my eyes – finally somebody “got” me)  She was telling me her story and it sounded like me talking.  I can’t tell you the word she used for me -adrenohyposomething-, but it amounts to adrenal exhaustion.  About 1 in 100 women experience this during menopause and it can be potentionally life threatening. 

Dr. Gabhart’s specialty is endocrinology, her subspecialty is neuro-endocrinology.  I have never had such a thorough explanation, accompanied by picture drawing, at any doctor visit. She also did it as a courtesy to Doc C, which means there was no fee!!!  Another thing I really liked is that her frontline of treatment is naturopathic. 

 From this point on, she will collaborate with Dr. C and I believe between the two of them I will finally get well!  Praise God!!!!

By myself, but not alone

26 Aug

Today is a BEAUTIFUL day.  The weather is wonderful here.  I am preparing to begin a fitness program called Body for Life, designed by Bill Phillips. It’s not a diet, but a lifestyle and a lifestyle change is what I need.  If anyone is curious, check it out .   

 So….this morning I hit the trail to do the walking routine.  After that, home and to my backporch retreat.  I am finishing the final week of Patriarchs.  This study has been so wonderful and this week’s lesson, with Israel bestowing the blessing on each of his sons brought tears, especially as my two sons have embarked on a new season of their lives. 

As I was sitting there, eyes closed, just thinking about this family, these brothers, I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me in such a gentle, quiet way that I have to record it here so that I can go back and remember. 

I was thinking about the guys and remembering some funny stuff that has happened in their childhood and I heard this as distinctly as if it were spoken aloud. 

 “The joy they will bring in the years to come will be more than the joy of the years that have already come.” 

Was it an audible sound – no. Don’t even know that it was those exact words, but the general idea (and the words there do sound sort of Old Testamenty, right?)  Anyway…Did it speak to my heart – yes. It was simple.  No trumpets, no fanfare, no parting of the clouds, no mighty wind, no drama, just a sweet simple voice. But, a very real presence with the voice.  Knowing that I was not there, on that porch, alone.  It brought a sense of anticipation.  A sense of something to look forward to. A hope and a future, just what I needed.  Once again, his faithfulness overwhelms me – aways there, even when I don’t see it.  It’s His grace, His sufficiency. 

It’s Him!

  God, I praise you that you promise never to leave us or forsake us.  That although we are by ourselves many times, we are never alone.  I thank you for the right words at the right time –  for that still, small voice that is there, when we take the time to listen.  Blessed be your name! 

Now, for anyone not already doing it, get out there and soak in this glorius day!