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3 day trouble and then blessings.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My stress test came out fine. The doctor said he didn't see anything wrong with my heart and wrote an ok for my surgery.
Yes my water heater broke and they still have work to do.
The next day my a/c broke and they had to put a new motor in it.
The third day a car broadsided me and my car is in the shop and I have a rental car.

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I will wait until they do the repair on the house before going in. A friend said he would pick up the car if it isn't finished yet and I will turn in the rental car as I won't be using it.
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Irene

  
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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/27/2013 5:41PM

    Glad you knew how to shut the water off! Oh Mercy!! Glad you weren't hurt in the accident!

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    emoticon what a time you had.

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CMWARDRN 1/19/2013 1:57PM

  Bless your heart. I'll pray for a few less troubles for you. I'm glad that your stress test was normal. emoticon

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MONAMOM 1/18/2013 9:19PM

    You will surely continue to be in my prayers.

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GLORYB2014 1/18/2013 9:22AM

    Irene, you never mentioned your accident on the team! I'm so happy you weren't hurt, your car will be fixed and all will be well.

I'm thrilled about your heart being good and you getting the okay for the knee surgery. Now we await the date and go from there!

One thing at a time dear, everything is getting done as it should be!
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PURPLELVR7 1/18/2013 8:53AM

    love your spirit - I know God will bless you with the surgery, but will be praying

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    emoticonI'LL SAY A PRAYER FOR YOU.

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CUSH1932 1/18/2013 2:51AM

    You have such a beautiful spirit in the midst of what life brings. Thank you for being such a good example. Sometimes it just get tough......

Keeping you in my prayers.

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SUNNYWBL 1/18/2013 12:45AM

    It's very true that life is what happens when you were busy making other plans! emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 1/18/2013 12:10AM

    Oh Irene I did not know you had an accident. So sorry, I am glad you were not hurt.
God was watching over you.

Love Mary

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_LINDA 1/17/2013 11:51PM

    Wow! Bad things come in threes.. So now you are ready for some good things!
So very glad you were not injured in the car accident!!! That is wonderful you are cleared for surgery! I have been awake for all my joint replacements other than the elbows. Its far better that way. You will find the knee replacement a long, difficult recovery, but the ability to walk without pain (and stand on it right away without pain) is golden! The main thing is to hang in and perform your physiotherapy exercises regularly no matter how much they hurt. It will mean a better and fuller recovery of your range of motion. It took me three months of exercising before the intense pain of bending the knee finally eased up, but my knee had been in very bad shape for a long time so the recovery was slower.
Will be thinking of you,
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CAROLYN0107 1/17/2013 11:39PM

    You've really had things go wrong but I'm glad that one thing is right.... you got an ok for surgery! WooHoo!!

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LMMIMI 1/17/2013 11:35PM

    emoticon is right. Enough already! Be sure to let us know when you are having the surgery. Love, prayers and good wishes.

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SHIRLEYX 1/17/2013 11:34PM

    So glad that everything worked out well at the doctors!
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MOM2GEO_JR 1/17/2013 10:33PM

    So glad to hear the stress test came out good. I am headed to bed, hope you have a good night's rest.

Marsha
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GRACEISENUF 1/17/2013 9:53PM

    Oh so sorry to hear of the trials that you have faced but you sure have a great attitude!

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MAZDAWD50 1/17/2013 9:43PM

    God certainly isn't short on the challenges He sends our way. But, He is also not short on the blessings and He is always with us to see us through. Prayers for your surgery and for continued strength from God to meet these daily challenges. My God continue to richly bless you.

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MJREIMERS 1/17/2013 9:23PM

    You've certainly had your challenges and "downs." Now you are ready to appreciate the "ups!" Hang in there!

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DIDMIS 1/17/2013 9:18PM

    Also the water heater broke before it completely emptied out. I was going to the BR to plug in my cell phone and since I was bare foot I felt the water. I shut the water heater off and when they came the next day they drained the rest out.

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SADIEDOLORES 1/17/2013 9:13PM

    TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE STRONGER IN THE LORD.
SADIE

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GGMFAY 1/17/2013 9:09PM

    Yet, wasn't it good that the water heater and A/C happened before your surgery when you were better able to take care of them. Happy you were not hurt in the car accident.

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JULIAMOONCHILD 1/17/2013 8:43PM

    Wow, what a time of it you've had!
Hope all is better now.
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RETURN TO ANTIOCH

Monday, January 14, 2013

(Acts 14:22).

I like how the Amplified Bible draws out this verse: “Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

And the Message Bible puts it this way: “putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: ‘Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times’.”

So we will have hardships but my preference is to not have them all at once. Nevertheless let the will of the Lord be done in all things.

Irene

  
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YELLOW09RED 1/25/2013 11:00AM

    Amen
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BACKMOON 1/20/2013 9:40AM

    Amen to that!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/18/2013 5:00PM

    Amen and thankyou!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/17/2013 9:19PM

    When you can't trace His Hand, Trust His heart! You are in His good hands, regardless of the trials the enemy throws at you!

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LMMIMI 1/15/2013 11:06AM

    Amen!

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MEME102 1/15/2013 8:41AM

    Couldn't agree more!!

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CVRONEK 1/15/2013 7:55AM

    SO true. Thank you.

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SHIRLEYX 1/14/2013 9:57PM

    It does seem difficult sometimes, doesn't it?
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/14/2013 12:44PM

    well said!!

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Hugs Mary

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123ELAINE456 1/14/2013 10:31AM

  Amen!!! Amen!!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/14/2013 10:22AM

    A favorite verse...James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith develops perseverance." God didn't promise things would be easy, He promised to be with us and help us. God is good all the time, all the time God is good!
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SADIEDOLORES 1/14/2013 10:06AM

    SO TRUE, WE GO THROUGH TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS BUT WE GET STRONGER IN THE LORD.
SADIE

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JUDITHANNIE 1/14/2013 9:41AM

    AMEN

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ANDYINBC 1/14/2013 9:01AM

    I so agree with your last two lines!

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CAROLYN0107 1/14/2013 8:36AM

    Amen!

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MAMISHELI53 1/14/2013 6:16AM

    I love your last statement! Reminds me of the line in Fiddler on the Roof -something like, "I know we're the Chosen Peiople, but once in a while I wish He'd choose someone else!" Shel

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LKWQUILTER 1/14/2013 6:11AM

    Amen.

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JSALERNO 1/14/2013 5:32AM

    AMEN

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DIDMIS 1/14/2013 12:33AM

    Amen.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2013 12:31AM

    I hear you. It's difficult in these times to find joy in our tribulation, but joy we must, if we are truly to abide in Christ.

I have faith that God will works through our trials and tribulations in ways that are often beyond our immediate comprehension. May you stay firm in your faith, grow, and find the Good Life God wants you to enjoy. As an heir and Child of God . . . that makes us sisters! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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MORE ON THE KNEE REPLACEMENT

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Some of us have had a discussion about being put under or being numbed from the waist down.

After the anesthesiologist asked questions and found out that at the last surgery where they put me under they were going to take me to my room and I told them I couldn't breathe they told me I could. I kept telling them I couldn't so they put oxygen on me and what a difference it made. She realized I did not need to be put under so chose the numbing. I feel good about that. I will be more in control of how I feel.

Several of you have told of your good experience with this. She said she would keep me comfortable. I really like her.

She used to be an anesthesiologist for cardiology and loves my cardiologist. Now she is working with her husband. That makes me feel even better about her.

Irene

  
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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/14/2013 11:50AM

    It is wonderful that you have such a great team of Drs! Hugs to you!!
Praying for the cardiologist appt on the 16th!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/13/2013 8:43PM

  Having faith and being comfortable with your doctor and the one who operates on you is the most important thing for you to have. This is a good thing that you are talking all these things over with your medical providers.

I really believe you will do very well with this and bounce back quickly to being able to walk and move around.

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MNNSAIDE 1/13/2013 9:19AM

    I like the way you are staying on top of your medical providers - hope you have someone that will be driving you to the procedure......when is it? Weslaco? Prayers my friend. When the medical providers approach you I know they will feel the power of our Lord Jesus in the room!!!

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POMCHI 1/12/2013 8:59PM

  Hi Irene,
Thanks for your blog on this ... I am scheduled for TKR surgery and have made the same decision as yourself. I had other surgeries and been so sick from being put under I always felt horrible. I was a little freaked out when the anesthesiologist told me about this but am warming up to the idea as my surgery gets closer.

I hope you do well with your experience ... and will keep you in my prayers!

Laurel

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SENIMMO 1/12/2013 10:03AM

    The most important thing is that YOU are comfortable with what is going on and that you trust your care providers. God will take care of the rest :-) I have panic issues, so had to be put under. But I'm also very young for having had 2 knee replacements (9-17-12 rtkr and 12-24-12 ltkr) at 45. I'm working hard now to get my bending back. We can do it! Being without the constant grating pain is wonderful! I will keep you in my prayers.

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MJREIMERS 1/11/2013 10:08PM

    I'm glad you are able to make the choice you want. It makes this process somewhat easy when you can make some of the decisions. It's good that you feel safe in her hands, too. Prayers for an easy surgery and quick recovery are coming.

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TEACHHAPPY 1/11/2013 7:12PM

  I just had a knee replacement 3 weeks ago. My last 2 surgeries I was so sick from the anesthesia for almost a week. When given the option for a spinal block I was nervous but it went great right after surgery. Even the 2 weeks after I just felt better. It is so much better on your heart too. Don't worry, you won't feel a thing and you won't remember anything. Rest easy and good luck!

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SWEETLIPS 1/11/2013 1:15PM

    I am so glad that you feel good about this. Will be praying for you, knowing that your are healed by the blood of the lamb.

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PURPLELVR7 1/11/2013 6:58AM

    praying for you that all goes well

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LKWQUILTER 1/10/2013 8:11PM

    So glad you are so comfortable with your medical team. That sure means a lot and got fingers crossed that your cardiologist ok's the surgery. (((HUGS)))

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/10/2013 6:25PM

    Irene i am so happy your found someone who wants to work WITH you!! thats FANTASTIC!!

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MEME102 1/10/2013 4:05PM

    I agree -- if you have faith in them and feel that you can trust them - that's half the battle!! Hope you keep getting good news!!

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123ELAINE456 1/10/2013 9:02AM

  So glad that You are Happy with the Doctors, Medical Staff and Hospital. Hope things will go fine for You. God Bless You and Will be keeping You in My Prayers. Have a Wonderful Week and Enjoy Today. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/10/2013 9:01AM

    That is so good to hear

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JUDITHANNIE 1/10/2013 6:59AM

    Sounds like things are progressing well, good luck. Sending prayers and hugs.

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CVRONEK 1/10/2013 6:41AM

    Sounds great. Nice when you are comfortable with the people involved.

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MAMISHELI53 1/10/2013 6:21AM

    I agree with Carolyn - it's good that you like the people who are working you over! emoticon I was "numbed" for my last two C-sections, so I could be awake and aware to welcome my babies. Shel

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CAROLYN0107 1/10/2013 12:30AM

    I'm glad you like your anesthesiologist. It sounds like she has lots of experience too.


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FLEMIDG 1/10/2013 12:27AM

    So glad you are happy with the care you will be given. It helps when you feel you are being heard. I am continuing to pray for you.

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RAINBOWMF 1/9/2013 11:33PM

    It is good that you feel comfortable with her.
Everything is going to be fine, You are in my prayers.

Hugs Mary

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SLENDERELLA61 1/9/2013 11:15PM

    Sounds like an excellent decision, Irene. Best wishes for a successful operation and speedy recovery!

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MNNICE 1/9/2013 10:30PM

    Happy to say I have no experience with surgery or being put under, but I think it's great that in this day and age we are given this kind of choice in our medical care. What's good for one person is not necessarily good for another. Best of luck to you in your upcoming surgery and recovery.

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MOM2GEO_JR 1/9/2013 10:24PM

    Glad that you are comfortable with that, and you will continue to be in my daily prayers.

Hugs
Marsha


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NELLIEC 1/9/2013 9:42PM

    It is good that she listened to what you were saying.

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THINGS ARE PROGRESSING on Knee REPLACEMENT

Tuesday, January 08, 2013



You asked and asked the date of my knee replacement. I so appreciate the kindness and concern of all of my Spark Friends.

Today I saw the anesthesiologist and she asked me questions, I asked her questions, my friend who is my health power of attorney asked questions. We both liked her very much. I told her one time I had surgery and they were going to take me to my room and I told them I couldn't breathe. They said you are breathing. I said, no, I can't breathe and they put oxygen on me and kept me in recovery a while longer. The oxygen did miracles. This lady told me I did the right thing.

She told me they would not put me out, that they would numb me from the waist down and not overdo it on the anesthesia but she would be right there to take care of me.

Now the 16th I see the cardioligist for a stress test and he has to fill out some papers if I can have the surgery or not, then they will give me a date.

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Irene

  
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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/14/2013 11:39AM

    Praying for you Sweetie! Sorry I have been delinquent from our team but hope to get back this week!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/10/2013 6:26PM

    I just found out mine is in March. i'm not real comfortable about it..but i know all will be well and i will be out of pain eventually, and that helps!!! you will be fine..as will i..and maybe we will do a happy dance in 6 months!!

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123ELAINE456 1/10/2013 9:14AM

  The Lord has You in his Loving Arms. God Will Take Care Of You. I'm glad You have someone there to go through this with You. Bless Them. God Bless You and Have a Super Nice Day. Thank You for the Update. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/10/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome, thankyou fo keeping us updated

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GLORYB2014 1/9/2013 8:13AM

    Thank you for updating us Irene, it sounds like everything is progressing nicely. I, too, ask my doctors a gadzillion questions! Since it's our body, we need to know everything they plan to do. You are a wise lady!

Let us know when you get the surgery date.
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FREEDOMSTAR 1/9/2013 8:11AM

    Good to know the steps you are taking. Take care
God Bless

John
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PATTYKLAVER 1/9/2013 8:07AM

    Glad to hear that you are being proactive and have someone there helping you ask all the right questions. I wish the best of luck for you.

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CVRONEK 1/9/2013 7:52AM

    Sounds good, Irene. Thanks for filling us in. Love the dancing couple. It wont be long now!

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MAMISHELI53 1/9/2013 5:30AM

    Modern medical techniques these days are wonderful. But things CAN go wrong. It's good you have a friend for POA and that she came with you! Will keep you in prayer! Shel emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 1/9/2013 1:31AM

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FLEMIDG 1/9/2013 12:40AM

    So glad you have someone with you who can ask questions you may have missed. Sounds like you are in good hands. Keep us informed. I am praying for you.

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GRAMMAP1 1/9/2013 12:32AM

    Good to know plans are proceeding well. It sounds like a competent staff so far. We will be praying. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/8/2013 11:14PM

    It sounds as if you had a good visit with the anesthesiologist. I also had spinal anesthesia for my knee replacement. On the other surgeries for my leg they did general anesthesia. Let us know what the cardiologist says and then when you have your knee replaced.
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MNNSAIDE 1/8/2013 10:53PM

    Irene - I was worried about you all day with the darkness / rain / wind....but I am so relieved that someone was with you besides your guardian angel!

Now stay inside tonight the storm is on it's way!!!!

Marcy

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HAPPYMOM8 1/8/2013 10:28PM

    Oh sorry I missed this blog, Irene. sounds like you are taking care of business just fine. It is good that they know your sensitivities and can take proper care of you.
You are in good hands.
Hugs, pat

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RAINBOWMF 1/8/2013 9:56PM

    Terrific! sounds like a good visit. You are going to do just fine.

Thanks for the update.

Love Mary

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for the update - WE CARE !


Have a Wonderful Wednesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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SADIEDOLORES 1/8/2013 9:04PM

    IRENE THE LORD WAS WATCHING OVER YOU PRAISE THE LORD.
SADIE

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YJNANA 1/8/2013 8:47PM

    So glad you had someone with you.
Second ears are so important, and glad your proactive yourself :)
Do you have Help lined up in case they go through with it soon?


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LMMIMI 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    Irene, thanks for the update. Now, prayers for everything to fall into place so you can have the surgery.

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MOM4407 1/8/2013 8:23PM

    Irene I am so glad you have someone to go with you today. The weather was so bad in Weslaco. Were you driving in it?

I am glad you take charge of your health and tell those doctors when you need something.

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JUDITHANNIE 1/8/2013 8:10PM

    Thanks for the update

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MOM2GEO_JR 1/8/2013 8:03PM

    Irene, you are in my prayers, and will continue to be in my prayers. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Marsha


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IS ANYONE ELSE SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



Is anyone else spending Christmas alone? Let me know if you read this.

This is the first year I am spending Christmas alone. My Christmas was the 23rd as we had church dinner the 23rd and also a later meal with good friends.

I enjoyed all including the wonderful service and program at church but Christmas day everyone wants to be with blood family.

God bless you and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Irene

  
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HEALTHYLADY12 1/9/2013 8:46PM

    aww sorry you were alone on Christmas. I had this one doctor 10 years ago ask if I was alone on Thanksgiving. She was going to invite me over to her house. She was inviting people who did not have anywhere to go. I ran into her at Trader Joes. I had family to stay with but I thought that was the nicest thing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2013 11:37PM

    Getting caught up on so many of the blogs here on SparkPeople . . . sorry for being so late to this party. Merry Ninth Day of Christmas as I write this and Happy New Year, Irene! We're never alone when we make Jesus the reason for the season! So glad you had the best of comforters along your side to remember why this day is so important. You share your faith with so many great people -- keep His message alive and well! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/2/2013 4:55AM

    Irene - I am just now catching up on blogs. Sorry you had to spend Christmas alone. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/1/2013 12:06AM

    Oh my I am reading this late. I am so sorry you were alone on Christmas. I know that the Lord was with you and I sure would have had you over if you lived in California.

Please stop by my page ANYTIME. It is a honor to be spark friends with you and I am so grateful for your encouragement and words of wisdom.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/28/2012 9:37AM

    Hi Irene!!
I am sorry i didnt read this sooner...I am hoping that next year you will talk to your minister and maybe the church can plan for those alone to meet for a few hours of fellowship on Christmas!!
For several years i have looked for people who would enjoy sharing holidays with us. This year there was a letter to the editor in the paper from a 30 year old woman who said she always spent holidays with her mom and her mom decided to go to florida, so were there others that would like to share her holiday meal? all she asked was for them to bring a dish to pass if they could, but if they couldnt that was fine, too. she offered to go pick them up, and take them home. She asked that no liquor be brought, and she had room for 11 people.
she later wrote that it had been wonderful..they had food from all different cultures, were planning on meeting for Christmas also (the letter was written 2 weeks before Thanksgiving) and were all good friends now planning for the fun of the next holiday.
Big hugs to you, Irene!!!

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RAINBOWMF 12/26/2012 8:53PM

    After reading most of the comments I want to say--Spending Christmas alone because there is no one to spend it with is so much more lonely then knowing
you are having or have had people over before or after Christmas.



Irene I know you celebrate Christmas because you believe it is the birthday of Jesus, well then pray and be happy about that. I would not mind being alone, Christmas is just a time of hurt and sadness for so many. WHY do we need a day to have family over and make Merry--- why can't we just do it anytime?

On another note , I have a son, that I love dearly, he spends all his time alone, I have a BIL who does the same thing, Jerry did it too. These people make their own choices to be lonely, I hurt for my son, but I gave up asking him to come in we are about 20 min. away from each other.
I know that doesn't have anything to do with you being alone on Christmas, I have said it before and I will say it again, you are such a wonderful thoughtful Lady, some Christian family should have ask you to dinner on Christmas Day, I know I would have cooked just to have you in my home.

Love and many many Hugs. It is a blessing to know you.



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LIVELYGIRL2 12/26/2012 1:23PM

  I just read this, and am sorry that you were alone.

I know you couldn't HAVE to ask someone, and people can be clueless, but sometimes there are friends or aquitences that genuinely would welcome you in their home with hospitality , if you made you need known.

Not everybody makes me one feel like an outsider , and awkward, although some do.

Two years ago, I ran into a gentleman name Tom at our local library. He told me that he and his friend Jerry didn't hardly have any contact with people from their church next door. They have health reasons, they don't go to church much.

They used to come for nearly 30 years

Everybody ASSUMED they had friends coming out the door and ringing off their phone.

Therefore I adopted them, and also send them cards and call and visit.

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DMSPEER93 12/26/2012 12:25PM

    Irene, may you be filled with the presence of Jesus! Sorry you were alone. Know that you're being thought of now! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/26/2012 11:23AM

  Irene, Just got done reading your comments people left on this lonely blog....I had no idea there were so many people alone on the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I feel in my heart and soul that Christmas and all other celebrations that we humans celebrate are meant to be celebrated with one another.

I am so sorry you were alone.

Christmas has to be the lonliest celebration time of the year. I don't know why but I think that many people commit suicide on Christmas Day and the devil just loves it.

The day light hours are short and if we are alone it just really makes us feel so alone and empty and the streets are empty and the stores are closed and everyone else is busy with their own family and friends.

I can really feel your lonely empty heart on this day that is meant to NOT be alone.

When we spend Christmas alone it is like we are abanded and left alone with no one caring for us.

I used to feel this way when I was growing up because my mom worked every Christmas and I was left alone till the day after Christmas and I did not have a dad.

I spent my growing up years alone all the time and getting into trouble all the time because I was always thinking of things to do that were not the best things to do for a kid.

But, then I got married and married three times and had seven children and just have never been alone since then.

I turned 16 and had my first baby and then got married when I was 17 and life has been so busy and full of my family ever since then.

But, anyways I am so sorry you were alone on that most important time to be with someone,

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PATTYKLAVER 12/26/2012 9:46AM

    If you lived closer, I'd come get you so you wouldn't have to be alone. I always make sure that no one around me is alone.

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BRMCMILLAN 12/26/2012 9:27AM

    Hi, I relate to much I just read. I spent Christmas alone too. My husband died almost two years ago and this was my second Christmas alone. I received a couple of calls from adult children but not from all of them. I felt sad most of the day and am very glad its over for another year.. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 12/26/2012 7:46AM

    Irene, though I didn't get on here yesterday, I thought of you dear. Reading your blog, it is surprising how many are alone at Christmas.
It is too bad that the churches don't get up something for those who are alone, so they can get together for Christmas Day. Even a few hours would brighten the day.
But as I've said before, you are never really alone, you know He is with you, always.
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LITHGIRL 12/26/2012 6:22AM

    I spend my Christmas's alone every year. My husband died in '94 in a car accident at the age of 43. No kids. My oldest, married brother is busy with his wife's family and/or his kids and their families. One other brother is always working, and the other, after going thru a messy divorces, decided 6 yrs ago he doesn't want to talk to me, or one of his 2 daughters, any more.

It is a lonely time, I can relate. I have the pleasant memories of growing up, when my parents were alive and I lived at home. The smell of a Christmas tree in the house, the family get together and Christmas dinner. My one strength is my faith, and going to Mass on Christmas Day. Yesterday I had a simple dinner after church, and I listened to all the wonderful Christmas carols on the classical music station. My working brother called me. I don't miss the commercialization of the holiday, the frantic shopping frenzy portrayed every year, and how secular the country is getting......

Hope you made it thru the day with a few good memories, and the Peace of the season..

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YJNANA 12/26/2012 1:15AM

    IRENE
I am sorry you spent the day alone. Sometimes people don t Think about the ones with no family around.
I think this Holiday is very hard on you having lost your brother.
then then losing your nieice as Family....
HUGS

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SUNNYWBL 12/26/2012 12:10AM

    I spent my Christmas with my Rusty kitty and a new cat I received on Saturday. The new one is almost all black with a dot of white on her (I think it's a her)chest. She is very shy and spends most of her time under my bed.

I did call two of my three daughters to wish them a joyous Christmas, for some reason, I don't have a current number for my youngest, so I "called" her on
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SHIRLEYX 12/25/2012 10:52PM

    Irene, this year I am with my family, but for many years I was alone on Christmas. My mother-in-law lived 9 hours away, and since she really disliked me, my gift to her was to send my hubby and the grandkids to her house for a week so she wouldn't be alone. My hubby was an only child.

I never minded being alone for Christmas because I was with my family for the rest of the year. Now that the kids are grown and gone, and hubby lives 6 hours away to take care of my son I am so grateful to have them for Christmas.

We were not able to go to church this year as we don't all fit in the vehicle with the wheelchair. You are so blessed to have a wonderful church family!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/25/2012 10:11PM

    Dear Irene, No, I am blessed to be with family today, but I know ONEKIDSMOM and JOHAL are both alone. Hope things worked out for you today. Glad you already had some good holiday time with friends and church members. Sorry you didn't have family with you today. Hang in there. -Marsha

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GR8CATSBY 12/25/2012 9:26PM

    Hi, Irene -
I had lunch with my brother at a Chinese restaurant. But it's been a hard few days. I would rather have had people at church invite me over, and I know others got those invitations. If I didn't sing in the choir I would have skipped last night's Christmas Eve service. But I went, and I was blessed and reminded of the awesomeness of God coming to us in human form. And a friend there knew I was feeling down and gave me a box of Christmas goodies - for me and my cats. :-)
Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season, but Christmas is very family-oriented as well. God promises to "place the lonely in families", and I'm still waiting for that to happen for me.

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SADIEDOLORES 12/25/2012 9:10PM

    IRENE, IT WAS ME AND MY DAUGHTER JANET, SON WENT TO HIS GODPARENTS FOR CHRISTMAS, IT WAS QUIET AND PEACEFUL AND ENJOYABLE, DIDN'T HAVE TO COOK.
SADIE

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123ELAINE456 12/25/2012 7:07PM

  I have had to spend all Holidays alone for Years. It has been extremely had on me knowing my Son is 50 miles away spending them with his Dad and that side of family. There is no phone calls etc. I have to let go and put it in Gods Hands. Let Him handle it. Have no friends either. I hope You have a Very Merry Christmas. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season. Happy Birthday Jesus. We Have an Awesome God. God Bless You and Have an Enjoyable Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUDITHANNIE 12/25/2012 6:10PM

    Merry Christmas Irene, We spent Christmas Eve with my late husbands family. Alan's Mom is 91 and he had 6 brothers and sisters. It was awesome with about 60 people..all the kids grandkids and great grandkids. Grandma loved it. I have done this since 1968 more or less. All the Mareks accepted my new husband right away and treat him like family. He was blown away. It was nice to see my 3 sons and grandchildren. All my brother and sister-in laws and of course Alan's Mom. They live in Il. and we live in Mi. but it not to far to visit once in awhile. Today we are home alone but happy thinking about last night. Sending you blessings and hugs today. Judy and Ken

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LKWQUILTER 12/25/2012 6:03PM

    Irene, it is just hubby and I today as we had our Christmas yesterday evening. Our son was here but left early this morning going back home ahead of the bad weather (lives 4 hrs away from us) and our local daughter had to go to in-laws today. Our younger daughter called Friday morning that they would not be coming home from Indiana this year--first Christmas Holidays that we have not had all the grands for
Christmas. Also first Christmas without any parent as daddy died last May. Thinking and praying for you today too. (((H*GS)))

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MEME102 12/25/2012 5:37PM

    Hi Irene - I didn't spend it alone but I wanted you to know I"m thinking of you!! I was widowed over 35 years ago with 2 small girls....and at that time I was alone and I do remember it well. Yes I had my 2 girls but it was so overwhelming as my dh had just passed away in November. But, as I"m sure you know -- life goes on and we keep moving on. (and I never reallly liked that so much!!!) So I'm sending you warm winter wishes...hoping you're warm, and found something to do that you enjoyed today. I read where someone was listening to music - that would be my way of spending a quiet afternoon!

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ALWAYSLOWFAT 12/25/2012 5:21PM

    yes, Irene, i am alone but no alone as i know God, Jesus and my guardian angel are with me.

had hoped that since my niece decided to reconcile me that she and her daughters in their 20's might invite me over or come here for at least a cup of tea. but not even a phone call. she did come yesterday for a few minutes, i gave her a present, she had given me one a couple of weeks ago.

I think she had different motives for the reconcile but like your Memo to God i put my feeling in his what i call 'incoming box' for His action in His Time.

i am very happy with my Spark friends. happy you are having a good day.

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GGMFAY 12/25/2012 4:16PM

    With my husband snoozing (again) in his lounge chair, I would welcome your company. Thinking about the loss of your brother certainly adds to your loneless. I have been listening to Christmas music today. It has lifted my spirits a lot.

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GLABARBERA 12/25/2012 4:14PM

    Irene, I am also alone today. My husband is a deputy and is working a 12 hour shift today. The kids are 6 1/2 hours away. We will get to see them and the grandkids later this week. That will be more like Christmas. We are getting snow - I'm guessing about three inches so far. It is still coming down. Thinking of you on this blessed holiday. emoticon Glenda

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SCOOTDOG 12/25/2012 4:08PM

    Second year spending Christmas alone. DS and family will be coming tomorrow and staying til Saturday. He wanted to come earlier but I remember how hard it was to travel with small kids and their presents at Christmas. So I insisted that he wait til after Christmas. He will be returning early so they can spend time with DIL family at cabin in Wisconsin.

Friday had annual Christmas dinner with church friends. After church Sunday exercise buddy was over for dinner and gift exchange. Yesterday took lunch to friends where I used to work then delivered cross stitched stockings I had made to BF and her family.

Today I'm baking cookies for grandkids. Waited til today so I would not be tempted to eat too many - making monster cookies, Niemann Marcus, snicker doodles and my fav cherry winks. Still have a few presents to wrap.

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CAROLYN0107 12/25/2012 3:58PM

    Irene, I'm here. Spent Christmas with 17 other Americans, including two children. I'm bushed and I ate too much. It is almost 10 pm here and I'm headed to bed. I'm glad you were able to spend time together on the 23rd. Sorry you had no one with whom to spend today. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.
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