Wednesday, October 16, 2013
We celebrated our 59th Wedding Anniversary in June...or did we? I had been having stomach issues and George wanted to take me to Bob Evans to eat. Now I am glad I agreed even though I was sick. I ended up eating Mac and Cheese and Mashed potatoes; the only food I thought I could handle.
Two days later, Friends stopped to pick up a couple sets of sheets I no longer needed. I couldn't get out to visit as I was busy between the bedroom and bathroom. When they left, I called out to George to call the squad. I couldn't breathe when I stood up. Also I knew I had rectal bleeding. I managed to get to the living room and asked if the squad was coming. We are just three blocks from the station. George said no, I wanted be sure that was what you wanted.
Arriving at the Emergency Room, I was feeling foolish. What if I didn't need to be there? After numerous tests I was told I would be admitted to the Hospital. Since I am care giver for Hubby, he had to be taken to a Care Center. I was hospitalized for three days with nothing but IVs and two units of blood. We learned it was Crohns Disease and our first recognition of it. Previously it was called Colitis or a stomach disorder. I also had an intestinal blockage.
I wound up in the same Care Center with Hubby for Physical Therapy. Yes I was tremendously weak. We shared a room and really became much closer than we had in a number of years. God used my illness to remind both of us that I was not sufficient in myself but God was truly m y sufficiency. George has been ill for many years and he was very dependent on me for his care.
I returned to our home in 2 months, but George is still at the Care Center. Thankfully he is fairly content there and I visit most every day. We usually have two outings a week, but he has to lean on the Lord and not his wife so much. We can learn much in being healthy, but we can also learn much in sickness.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The weather was perfect. We gathered at a lovely Church for the marriage of our Grandson Mike and his bride, Casey. I have to admit, the first time I saw them together three years ago, they looked like they belonged together. Neither are very tall, but the difference in their height just seemed right.
It was great to see Friends and Family from all over the Country. These reunions usually happen at Weddings and Funerals. The Weddings of course, are lots happier occasions.
Their wedding was sensible. Casey wore a lovely white gown and her attendants wore turquois gowns. The men were in black pants and vests with white shirts and orange ties.
The minister knew the couple quite well and had a very personal tribute to them as he watched their romance flourish. Since they met at Church, many of their dating activities were at the Church. They pledged to honor Christ in their union as Husband and wife.
The refreshments for their reception were Cupcakes, cheesecake (miniature) and cheese and cracker plates. An assortment of drinks were served also. Their slideshow of their separate lives and courting days were so interesting. I thank God for bring Mike and Casey together and I truly believe this marriage will last ('til death do us part). So three of our Grandkis have married now, and seven to go God bless you: Mike and Casey.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
For many years I have endured back pain. I assumed it was genetic because five of my six Brothers have experienced back pain. Four of them had back surgery and all but one was successful. I have not felt I needed surgery though my pain is severe. I have had numerous treatments, but when 5 Vicodin a day could not help that much, my Doctor sent me to a Pain Management Clinic. I have degenerative disc disease, curvature of spine, and now I know for sure I have Fibromyalgia as I have suspected for many years. Being a caregiver, I need to be mentally alert and would love to be stronger. That is why I joined Spark People over five years ago. Oh yes, and I am obese.
The pain specialist arranged for me to come in the next day and he proceeded to inject medication into three points in my lower back. Pain free? No, but I can't believe the improvement. How long it will last, only God knows. I still have a painful neck, shoulder and knee (that should be replaced.) But the back is so improved; Praise God.
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