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In Sickness and in Health

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 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon 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.

  
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JUDITH316 12/1/2013 1:47AM

    Came back to send you some HUGS and wanted you to know you were being thought of and my prayers are with you ongoing... How is your DH today? Just wanted you to know I care and am praying for him also... emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 11/2/2013 2:09AM

    I am so sorry to hear this, for sure my prayers are with you and your DH, praying for continued strength and for healing... Happy Anniversary and God Bless, may you both have many more happy years together, my grandparents were married for over 64 years...You have an awesome testimony of God's Grace and Love.... emoticon emoticon + 9 more years=59 years blessed of God....

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CAROLYNVIL 10/25/2013 9:41PM

    so sorry to hear about your sickness and hope you will be better soon.praying for both you and your DH.Happy Anniversary.

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JOYLJL 10/19/2013 1:01AM

    You are a trooper! God bless you for " in sickness and in health". Congratulations on all those 59 years! emoticon Two parts -one heart.. Bless you both

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CAROLYN0107 10/18/2013 4:13PM

    Sorry you were so sick for so long. I'm glad you're back home now and Sparking.
HUGS.

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GLORYB2014 10/18/2013 6:29AM

    Everything seems to happen for a reason Jane. When we reflect on things that have happened, we understand the 'why' but at the time, it is difficult to get through.

It's good that George is fairly content at the Care Center, I don't think anyone would be entirely happy in a home but to be content is good.

I'm praying your health is settling down and you are feeling better and that George and you spend many more years together!
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MIA-MORSEL 10/17/2013 4:41PM

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SUSIEPH1 10/17/2013 3:28PM

    Jane dear .. So sorry to hear of your health problems .. And those of your hubby's .. Hope with diet and meds your problems will cease. Glad hubby is happy at the health centre .. It is much better for you both ... Sending love and understanding ... Susie xxx emoticon

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CIROHIO 10/17/2013 5:58AM

    Oh Jane I am sorry to hear of all this sad news. However I believe that all things happen for a reason. Maybe this was a sign that you needed to help with your hubby and it was time to take care of Jane. I think with all your hubby health issues the Care Center is the best place he can be. He will have professionals caring for him at all times, they can do things that you and I can not do. Oh my goodness when I was caring for Johnny it was so demanding and I was so exhausted. I had home health care come in twice a week to help me out and to give me a break, but in the end I was very thankful that God provided me the strength that I needed to care for him because I ready needed and wanted to be able to do that for him. But I was in good health, and able. But you are right illness does seem to bring you closer. Johnny and I were always very close, but when he becme ill, we talked about anything and everv thing. Shared many deep thoughts and feeling. Boy I sure do miss him. Crohns disease is a serious disease but can be controlled with medicine and diet. You are going to have to be careful! Slow down a little rest more. So happy that you are starting to feel better and are on the road of recovery. Goodness I didn't mean to ramble on. Take Care my friend! emoticon Cathe

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GRANDMAFRANNY 10/17/2013 12:23AM

    OH LORD, I AM SO emoticon ABOUT YOUR NEWS. BUT THERE MAY BE A emoticon SIDE HAVE ALL THIS DONE AND AFTER CELEBRATE ALL OVER AGAIN. WON'T THAT BE EXCITING BUT THE FOOD PART HAS TO CHANGE. YOU KNOW THAT. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH. MY THOUGHT'S & PRAYER'S TO YOU

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How to Eat Crow Smiling!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A few months ago we started receiving two fine magazines. I snarled ,"What were you thinking about to my peaceful Husband?" He wanted to get a book his High School published about Graduates from his much larger High School. He paid for the book and had to buy two magazine subscriptions. "You're just too loose with our funds," I grumbled. Now Hubby went to the same school my mother graduated from. While we were dating, I would fall asleep to their boring conversation of people from their "home town".

The book arrived today and of course, he is in the rest home. So I opened it and still disgusted , thought about the wasted money just to get his name in the book with me and our four Boys names.

I went to the front of the book and saw the Class of 1928 mentioned. Wasn't that the year my Mother graduated? I scanned through the names and there it was; my Mothers name. Tears came to my eyes. That book wasn't so useless after all. I also found a couple of her classmates that she often talked about. Mom died in 1975 at 66 and I was a Missionary in Africa at the time. I couldn't get home for her funeral. But I have this special book that gives my Mother's name in the first Class mentioned.

UH HUH, I am eating crow with a smile on my face. And I already apologized to Hubby about my narrow mindedness! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JENGRAMMER 9/7/2013 11:42AM

    Jane, God knows what we need, when we need it.
You needed a special hug from Mom and He gave it to you

God bless you AND GEORGE.

jEN

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TUTUNAN 9/5/2013 9:45AM

    This is a wonderful story.

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CAROLYN0107 9/5/2013 7:30AM

    Jane, how wonderful of the Lord (and your dh) to give you this special gift!!! It's hard living abroad, you and I know this but God can meet our special needs. Yes, sometimes our needs are special. Many can not understand but God can.

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SUSIEPH1 9/5/2013 6:55AM

    What a lovely surprise! Hope you enjoy .. emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 9/5/2013 6:49AM

    Aren't we characters? Again, we all handle problems according to our needs being met. Poor George! emoticon

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GLORYB2014 9/5/2013 6:35AM

    Jane, that is terrific! And though 'eating crow' can humble us, it's good for us once in a while!
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RGEETING 9/5/2013 12:41AM

    God's special blessings come to us, sometimes, in the most unusual ways and places! We are blessed, eh, to have a God that cares about the little things!

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SARAHTAIT 9/4/2013 11:20PM

    Awesome! It is great when we can connect with family. So glad hubby didn't waste money after all!
Hugs,
Sarah

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Three down; seven to go.

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. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CAROLYN0107 5/26/2013 11:29PM

    I have missed most such family reunions because of living in Africa. I will miss another one this summer as my niece will marry then. She and her fiance are both "International Workers" in Asia but they will marry in the States.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 5/21/2013 12:31PM

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RFJSJ50 5/20/2013 9:38AM

    Jane~
It sounds like a lovely wedding filled with joy and love.
Best wishes to the happy couple and all their loved ones.
Sheila

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INSPIRATIONAL3 5/20/2013 3:38AM

    Dear Jane,

What a blessed gift to receive as a Grandmother seeing a happy union such as this.
You must have felt wonderful inside and I am sure you were glowing in all the pictures they took of you. Love is probably the most beautiful gift God gave us and you seem to have an abundance of it in your life.

Love
Yvonne

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LINOVER 5/19/2013 9:42PM

    Sounds like a beautful wedding! Best wishes to Mike and Casey!

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TUTUNAN 5/19/2013 7:46PM

    What a lovely day for your family. Best wishes for the happy couple.

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GLORYB2014 5/19/2013 7:10AM

    Congratulations to Mike and Casey! It sounds like a beautiful wedding and they sound like a well matched couple.
I'm glad you and George had a nice time at this wedding, Jane!
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CHERIRIDDELL 5/19/2013 12:16AM

    How lovely may they have a long and happy marriage!

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SUSIEPH1 5/19/2013 12:12AM

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Wishing your Grandson and his Wife, all the love and happiness that their union will bring .. hugs Susie

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KRISKAY1962 5/19/2013 12:08AM

    MAY THEY HAVE A LONG AND HAPPY MARRIAGE. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Pain has Diminished. Thank you Lord.

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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RGEETING 5/27/2013 11:59PM

    So glad you were able to get some relief!
May God continue to give you the strength you need to continue what He has put before you!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/19/2013 9:44PM

    I am very happy to hear that you are finding some relief with the pain. PTL
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IKACEY 4/14/2013 10:20PM

    Praise the Lord for His blessing on you and your diminished pain from it! I too deal with intense chronic pain and have been a caregiver so have a good idea of what it puts you through from day to day. Also getting free of the Vicodin, if this allows it will keep you more mentally alert. My very best wishes that this continues for you Jane emoticon
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TUTUNAN 4/14/2013 2:17PM

    So glad your pain is lessened. Modern medicine is wonderful!

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GLORYB2014 4/14/2013 11:46AM

    Chronic pain can be a terrible thing Jane and I'm so glad the needles are giving you some relief from that pain.

As a caregiver also, I realize how we must be mentally alert and also fairly strong, in order to help our spouses but we also need to tend to our own health. I think we ARE strong Jane!
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RGEETING 4/14/2013 2:07AM

    So glad that you are feeling some relief! I, too, have fibromyalgia and herniated disks in my neck. I've been getting injections - but my insurance has put obstacles in getting the best combination of steroids in the nerves and trigger points in the shoulder muscles. My first set worked great! But timing for the second & third shots and waiting for the trigger shots has been more of a challenge, but we're doing what we can.

I hear that most people do really well with the injections - and it sounds like you're one of those! The dr says that with each additional of the 3 shots the relief increases.

Again - so glad for you! Thank You, Father!

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1GR8FULGAL 4/14/2013 12:13AM

    Oh, praise the Lord!! I am so very happy for you!! I have chronic pain, too and have some idea of the constant challenge it can be. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 4/14/2013 12:10AM

    Hi Jane Dear, so very glad your pain has diminished , I also live with chronic pain and I know how you feel .. I am guessing you had cortisone injected in to your spine.
My last injection was 18 months ago and I am just about ready for another.

I think it wonderful that we can access pain relief ..
Thinking go you my friend and also thanks for your comments on my feeds ETC ... Hugs &Love .. Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I missed celebrating my 5th Sparkversary

Saturday, February 16, 2013

emoticon My last blog was long and at the last touch of the computer; I lost it! emoticon So I will try brevity this time. Five years ago in Jan., I joined Spark People. Actually, I was looking for a weight loss websight and when I saw FREE, I knew this was it!

So what have I accomplished in five years? I have read many wonderful articles filled with good advice. I have changed eating habits getting lots of water and fruits/vegetables into our daily eating. DH is Diabetic and just had his 82nd Birthday. Many of us thought he would never see 70. I am exercising 6 days a week. And I have made some wonderful Friendships on this sight.

My medical advisers all know about Spark People. My Family Doc who doesn't need to lose a pound went to the site to see what I was talking about. Have I lost weight? Not much, but I am 77 and under stress as a caregiver. Am I healthier? I know *I am, but with age the diseases keep showing up. But honestly,

emoticon And I am thankful for what I have learned here. Thanks to the Spark People Staff. I believe I can say I love you too. Thanks for 5 years of fantastic care. emoticon emoticon

  
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JENGRAMMER 2/20/2013 11:29AM

    emoticon HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

I AGREE Sparks has been a faithful friend and companion through the years...it's been about 5 for me too--I'll have to check my start date.

I'm still trying to lose--guess that'll be a lifetime project emoticon
But I know I'm healthier than I woujld have been w/out the advice from Sparks

Your friend
jen

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TUTUNAN 2/18/2013 5:03PM

    Congratulations from me, too!! Just think where we might be if we hadn't found this site!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLORYB2014 2/17/2013 9:20AM

    It's never too late to say "Happy Sparkversary" Jane!
I think your blog could have been written by me because I feel the very same way about Sparks . . . the best health/weight loss site on the net and I've met many beautiful friends here too.
Age is taking it's toll on my health but we never stop plugging along, eh?
All the best to you in your next 5 years and I'll be happy to celebrate your "10th Sparkversary" with you then too!
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EVWINGS 2/17/2013 1:11AM

    Happy Anniversary. Better late than never!! I had my 5th this past week. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/17/2013 12:56AM

    emoticon Hello dear friend!!.
Happy Sparkversary, even if it is a bit late !!
Love that you are feeling better, and enjoying the camaraderie that Sparkpeople represents . Keep sparking and soon you will be feeling even better..
Sorry that your DH is not well ..
Hopefully he will improve with the warmer weather.
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RGEETING 2/17/2013 12:22AM

    Congratulations on your emoticon !
You're doing great!

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