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Sept 9, 2012 Lesson Of The Horse Mask

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I sat down this morning to read today's devotional from "Our Daily Bread" and almost cried from the blessing. God loves us so much. He sent His Son to die for us, He sustains us, and one day He will take us out of the presence of sin.

"Not far from where my husband and I live is a farm with a lot of horses. During certain seasons, some of the horses have masks over their eyes. For a long time I felt sorry for the horses who werenít allowed to see. But then I learned that my assumption about the masks was wrong. The masks are made of mesh, so horses can see through them. But flies, which cause eye disease, canít get through them. The masks donít keep the horses from seeing; they keep them from going blind!

Non-Christians often make conclusions about the Bible similar to the one I made about the mask. They think of it as something God puts over our eyes to keep us from seeing all the fun we could be having. They feel sorry for Christians because they think the Lord keeps us from enjoying life. What I didnít know about the horse mask, they donít know about the Bible. It doesnít keep us from seeing all that is good; it keeps us from being infected by lies that cause spiritual blindness. The Bible doesnít keep us from enjoying life; it makes true enjoyment possible.

The Bible doesnít keep us from knowing truth; it prevents us from believing lies. --
Julie Ackerman Link

O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto meThat He may touch my eyes and make me see;
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see Thee, Lord. óLathbury.

When we see the world through the filter of the Word, we learn the truth about both. "

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IUHRYTR 9/11/2012 10:23PM

    An image that hits home. Thank you. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 9/10/2012 6:35PM

    Thank you for putting this blog up-it is certainly well said and thought provoking. A message we all really need to take to heart.

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CANDOK1260 9/10/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon blog emoticon for sharing

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2WHEELEDSHARON 9/9/2012 2:50PM

    I can't imagine judging any kind of lessons as keeping us from fun or enjoyment or goodness! I think that when people think that, they're maybe guided more by their heads than their hearts. Thanks for sharing this lovely blog, Nancy! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 9/9/2012 10:50AM

    Awesome blog, my friend!
I love the corrolation!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/9/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks for sharing this story. It helped me on so many levels. There are masked horses near my house I see almost daily and did not understand. There ar so many times I need to be protected as well. -Marsha

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Dental work and other things

Friday, August 31, 2012

My friends, for if you're still reading my blogs, you are my friends (or just plain curious LOL).

I got kicked out of the internet on Tuesday, and am just now getting back....I hope it stays as I have dozens of email messages, and lots to do on SP!

I did go to the endodontist, who sent me to a peridontist for another consult. When I called the peridontist, the earliest I could get in was late October....even after I told them my problem. I called my regular dentist who called the peridontist's office. I was able to get in to the peridontist at noon on Thursday. Praise the Lord! Many, many times over. The dr had a cancellation at 3:00 that afternoon, so I came back because sure enough, I'd broken the tooth (which caused the infection) and it had to be removed.

Now, if you're squeamish about dental things (and frankly, I am) stop reading now.

The peridontist cut a flap of my gum to verify which of 2 teeth was involved - the xray showed the infection between 2 teeth. Then, he tried to take the tooth out in one try, but had to take it out it pieces instead. There were 3 roots, the first came out ok, but I felt a little pain with the second one. He shot more novicane into my mouth, and started on the 3rd root. OH MY WORD!!! Can we say "PAIN"? Unfortunately, my body had tried to wall off the infection, so the novicane couldn't reach it. I was praying HARD, and mercifully, it was over. Then I had to have cadaver bone implanted because the infection had ruined some of my bone. My DH says I have a dead person in my mouth.....well, I DO. LOL

I'm on Rx pain meds, and am thankful for them. But within a few days it all should start feeling better.

Ok, on to other things. We're still having beautiful weather, into the 80's and I think today got into the low 90's. The humidity isn't too bad - it's not like living in the south (I've done that) or the tropics (done that, too).

I am going to have to figure out what's wrong that I cannot consistently have the internet. I have WiFi, and my DH is hard-wired into the provider, so I get jealous that he can get in and I can't. The router is less than a year old, so I don't know what I'm going to do. Is it my computer? It's less than 18 months old. So I don't understand what the problem is. Of course, you can take what I know about computers and fit it neatly into a 1/4 cup measuring cup and have room left over. Hahaha

Been nice talking with you. Have a wonderful weekend.

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THESHELBSTER 9/3/2012 5:36PM

    Sorry to hear about the pain but thank goodness it is over with. I had to have a frenectomy and gum tissue replacement in my mouth last year so I have a dead persons gums in my mouth also! :0)

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NEWNAC304 9/3/2012 4:51PM

    All I can sayid Ouch! That sounds so painful. I went through a period of time when I was getting teeth pulled pretty frequently but thankfully have never gone through what you did. I hope you're feeling better soo .

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FLEMIDG 9/1/2012 12:24AM

    Sorry you had to go through all that pain. Hope you feel better quickly. I hope you are able to find out what is causing problems with the internet. Have an awesome weekend.

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IUHRYTR 8/31/2012 10:37PM

    Good news about the tooth, except for the pain. emoticon Wish I could help with the Internet problem. What does your provider say about it? -- Lou

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USMAWIFE 8/31/2012 10:00PM

    Glad you were able to get an earlier appt.

I am getting ready to go to the oral surgeon to have 3 molars pulled due to a medical issue which is taking calcium from my body.

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PURPLELVR7 8/31/2012 9:26PM

    Glad your back, did not read all the dental stuff (can't stand dentists)
But read enough to know you need prayer, so will be praying

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FROSTY99 8/31/2012 9:23PM

    Oh goodness gracious, glad you were able to get into the dentist sooner than originally thought. What do these drs think when someone is in pain.- one hopes they don't get preferential treatment if they don't have mercy on folks in pain.
Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/31/2012 7:41PM

    I came over to your page to holler out your name in hopes of getting at least a peep back, but now I know if I heard anything, it was while you were at the dentist. Ouch! I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. Hooray for pain relievers! Look at it as a good deed of bringing someone some life back and now you can say you're speaking for them too.
My computer savvyness wouldn't fill the rest of your cup, sorry I can't help. Sometimes I get the nerve to call a technical hotline and they're usually helpful even though I feel like a big dodo head.
I missed you! I hope somebody can help keep your service going.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/31/2012 7:35PM

    I'm glad for you that these dental problems are over.

It's awesome that you are still having great weather!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Good afternoon. I went back to my dentist this morning, and he's sending me to an endodontist (tomorrow for a consult; next week for the 'cutting') because my dentist says it's abscessed and may have gone into the bone - even though I had a full round of antibiotics already. I'm on a second round now, and because the pain is worse, I'm also on Vicodin. sigh. Of course my insurance doesn't cover any of that. Why would it?!!

Nevertheless, I am thankful that I can get in tomorrow for the consult and not have to wait any longer. Gettin' the ball rolling.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day, and I'm celebrating that as well.

I've been enjoying a spy/terrorist novel on my Kindle. I prefer paper books (I'm old fashioned), but the Kindle will have its uses.....like when we travel: I won't have to carry a couple of books, just the (smaller) Kindle.

Have a wonderful day, y'all. And Y'all down on the Gulf (Missy!) be safe.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/31/2012 7:31PM

    Insurances are always fighting to have to not cover things...it's irritating. The saving grace is, Vicodin is cheap.

Sorry to hear about your dental problems though.

I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

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NEWNAC304 8/29/2012 5:45AM

    Good luck with the endodontist. I'm sorry you're in so much pain. I also prefer paper books,but I do love being able to carry books with me. I have an iPad and a Sony reader. I'm getting used to reading from the iPad.

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IUHRYTR 8/28/2012 10:42PM

    Hoping you get healthy real soon. I'm like you regarding liking old fashioned books. I don't own a reader of any kind, just visit the library, Goodwill and the Dollar store for books. I like turning the pages and holding a book in my hands. -- Lou

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PURPLELVR7 8/28/2012 8:32PM

    praying all goes well

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SLENDERELLA61 8/28/2012 7:51PM

    Wishing you well soon!! An endodontist helped me out of pain not too long ago. Hope you have the same experience. Take care.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/28/2012 3:15PM

    Oh no! I hope that means the endo dr takes care of it quickly. Is the Vicodin helping your leg and back too? Since you have to pay for it, I guess I'm just hoping you're getting the most out of it!
I'm old fashioned like you. I tried to get magazine subscriptions on my computer instead of killing trees but I just don't like it as much.
Enjoy that sun!
Thanks for the tomatoes, lol! I have to admit I was got more excited about the mozzarella balls. emoticon

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Sunday, 8/26

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hi Y'all. I changed my mind about getting the epi - I've talked with my psychiatrist and she reduced my one medicine slightly and ok'd my taking NSAIDs. I will be getting blood work done this coming week to see how that's working out. But I think the anti-inflammatory properties of the NSAID are helping my knee some....not perfectly (yet), but helping. emoticon I know that doesn't have anything to do with my pinched nerve, but if I'm going to get a steroid shot, I think I'd rather first address my knee problem.....it's been going on since early December. I WILL have to address my pinched nerve one of these days.

This weekend DH and I went to (near) Aberdeen, MD for grandson Josh's travel baseball team's last tournament of the year. They played at the Cal Ripken complex - an interesting place. Josh's team started each game well, but lost all three games. emoticon

Before we left home, DH looked at what weather.com had to say about the forecast. Boy! Was it ever off base! It said there was only a 20% chance of rain, and the temps were to be in the 80's. Reality was temps in the 70's and rain sprinkles all day yesterday and we awoke to a downpour this morning. Haha! Fooled us.

All's well that ends with no injuries (except maybe to pride), and Josh played well. He batted something like 5 or 6 doubles during the tournament, and since the coaches rotate some of the players in positions, Josh pitched (got several guys out), played catch (again, did VERY well), and had a good time. Too bad they lost all the games.

My s-i-l has promised to help with my computer tomorrow. I am so happy. I've been having fits with it, and sometimes think about 'rebooting' a la the Dilbert cartoon - kicking it off the top of a very tall building. LOL

God bless you all. I hope you have a great week.

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/26/2012 3:55PM

    Have you ordered your black cherry juice extract to help with the arthritis/joint type pain? It works on my shoulder and back. I order mine in 32 ounce concentrate bottles n just drink a small glass 3 to 5 times a week. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 8/26/2012 3:45PM

    As I mentioned before, I've had so many injections in my back the last five years that I'm surprised I don't start spouting liquid when I drink something. But they have all been to subdue the back and leg pain and do work, but only for a short time. Living in pain is not fun, is it? Hoping your injection (different than mine) works wonders for you. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/26/2012 3:33PM

    Ok just make sure to kick it with your good leg;-)
I'm sorry to hear that the team lost but good for Josh getting to practice his talents. He'll go far with those!
Enjoy the progress with your leg and deal with the nerve when the time is right. You've come a long way through a lot of pain, so you deserve to enjoy it.

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Anxiety and God's Peace

Monday, August 13, 2012

I've been feeling a bit anxious about the epidural I'm to get this Thursday....I don't like needles and the thought of one being stuck into my spine turns my stomach. So why am I having it done? I have a pinched nerve, which is causing pain down my leg. The epi is supposed to help that.

I've been praying about it, and gained a small measure of peace, but it wasn't until this morning when Scripture came to mind that I gained much more peace.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Now, I don't see anything there that guarantees that everything will work out the way I want it to, but that's ok. God is in control of EVERYthing. He has plans (for good and not for evil) for each person. God is my loving Heavenly Father. He knows far more than I do - He sees the big picture, I just see a tiny portion of things. I choose to trust Him.

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IUHRYTR 8/24/2012 7:22AM

    Yesterday I had another series of back shots, these were a nerve block to block the nerves from telling the brain my back and legs hurt. The pain will still be there, but maybe I won't feel it and finally be pain free. After so many injections over the years, and from donating blood and for lab tests, I've gotten used to them I guess but I know how fearful it can be for some people. Like you pointed out, be grateful for the technology that may relieve some of your pain. Hope you feel better. -- Lou

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    I have a gratitude stone that I carry with me and when I feel anxious I hold it in my hands and rub it and it actually calms me down. When and if you have to have another shot bring something with you that you can hold (assuming they let you) and hang onto it to give yourself some strength. Maybe a small bible or paperback book with scripture in it?

I hope the shot helps you; be well. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Pat

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/14/2012 4:22PM

    I do not like epidura thing either. Think about it your nerve is pinched.. All the ep will do is lesson pain for a bit ..then you have to have it over and over. Try the traction thing... it helped my back along with exercises to strengthen the area helps even more. I understand wanting the pain to stop..but the epi will only last a month or so max... ask your Doc to be honest as to the length it will last.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/14/2012 7:44AM

    I hope everything goes fine, and I'm sure it will.
When God is in control, nothing can go wrong. Relying on your faith is definitely the way to go!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/14/2012 12:01AM

    That reminds me of a service I went to once where the pastor said God in you knows how to handle everything. I thought that was very beautiful too.
Remember you can pretend Bernadette has one hand and I have the other:-)

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/13/2012 8:30PM

    I hope everything goes well for you on Thursday. I am trying to keep my head up but it is not easy.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/13/2012 4:54PM

    I had a pinched nerve in my arm and neck. and I got myself one of those hanging neck stretchers/traction contraption. It helps by stretching the spine, because as you age your spine degenerates and shrinks and the disk can pinch off a nerve. But uing the traction device helps relieve that pinched nerve. It helps take presure off the nerves that are pinched.

No needle will help but may make it worst! Even surgery does not help a nerve that was pinched or is dying! Epidurals jsut anesthesize the pain but soemtiems can kill off a nerve too! Sometimes all you can do is best to leave it alone, but the stretching does help. I would go to a physical therapist who can place you in a neck stretching device. I Cant recall the name of the device but it a form of traction and it does help relieve the pressure on the nerves if you have shrunken disk or had a fall and your disk have caused a nerve to be pinched. (Been there) Mine was from a fall. They do help! Just do it for 15 minutes at a time!

Many Drs wont tell you that, you can do things to help yourself deal with the pain besides medication. But I knwo soemtimes mdication and pain medication and burning out a nerve can create new problems. But they wont tell you that! The thing (traction device has pulleys on it and bag that you fill with water) It will help relieve the pressure of a pinched nerve. Sometimes how you sleep or rest on a pillow can also cause a pinched nerve too, and over night or while your sleeping. Doing it even for sitting ina chair too long does help!

Also Investing in one of those pillows made of sponge that are hard and formed to go under your neck , the shape of the curvature, can helped relieve the pressure of a pinched nerve in the neck. It helped me a lto. NEVER sleep ona fluffy soft pillow again!

But as for those Needles from an Epidural just anesthesize the nerve and not always helps! They can make thinsg worst .... no feeling at all!

I hope all i wrote helps you! ay good to do, because they can actually kill the nerves depending on where it is done, and can affect you long term, and make things worst. My nerve in my arm was killed off. They can actually kill the nerves, and if its in the upper part of your spine can cause you tremendous loss to feeling esp if its a main control center nerve in the neck. Be cautious! But if its in the lower extremities can cause your legs to go out from under you and cause even more difficulties!

I am telling you because of the stuff I been thru! If your nerve is alive anestheziing it could kill it! Or paralyze you if your otehr nerves dotn take over. Some nerves can regrow but if a main nerve center is killed off, it cant be replaced! Its like having a stroke!

I had an Epidural in my arm, and my nerve in my arm went dead and I coudl nto feel a thing but other nerves took over . The other nerves grew and took over, but that does not always happen! The higher up the nervous system the Epidural is, the more difficult for the nerves to regrow nerves. I was fortunate it was below my elbow! Dont ever get it done in your neck region, they can paralyze you! It can kill off a lot more than just the pain. In the neck region it can kill off you! Paralyze you! I took some pain medication and it caused me to get paralyzed for a while.nIf it was not for me panicking and my adrenaline taking over, I may have made a mistake allowing the Dr to administer such medication to me. They can make mistakes! But if you have pain, the nerves is still alive! Try the traction thing first! susana

I would not wait for a Dr, to tell me hat to do, I would just go to a pharmacy or Medical supply place and get a neck traction thing-a-ma-jig! I wish I knew their exact name , but the box mine was in got tossed. They sell them at most medical supplies place and you dont need a subscription to get one! Buy one. and use it. They help by lifting the spinal disk in your spinal column off the nerve in the spine. It can relieve a lto of the pressure and pain. I think I paid ten dollars for one. It has a bag that you fill with water, put the least amount of water in it, and hang it over a door and then place the neck thing around the neck under your chin. If the spine is squeezinga nerve that woudl relieve the pressure. A nerve will die if you wait to long, but they can heal if you dont wait too long to get help. If you do it within 4 to 5 months of a fall, it still can heal and the traction thing helps greatly. You may have to do it repeatedly, but it does help relieve the pressure on a nerve and can help prevent total loss of that nerve tissue. But an Epidural soemtimes kill off nerves! If ist in a lower extremity and not on a main core nerve, go for ti. It just anesthesizes that particular nerve and soemtimes kills them off! . It depends where it is. But numbing is a sign the nerve still have soem sensation. I alos dont like needles eitehr. Hope this info helps.

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