Friday, October 24, 2008
Lord…give me the gift of faith to be renewed and shared with others each day. Teach me to live this moment only, looking neither to the past with regret, nor the future with apprehension. Let love be my aim and my life a prayer. ~Roseann Alexander-Isham
I read this today and knew that God meant this for me. I have been a little upset with my doctors this week and have been a bit down about their seemingly ineptitude. I have prayed on this but the mistakes seem to keep coming. I know in my heart that God is using me to teach them to be more careful. I have been very tired for some time and just assumed it was because I was eating so few calories. On Friday, 10/10, I went to the lab for my urinalysis testing that my kidney specialist wanted for my appointment with her on Monday 10/22. I received a phone call on Tuesday from her that I needed to have a urine C&S done as there was something there. Now that really threw me…I thought maybe aliens had landed in my kidneys…never thought she was talking about bacteria (an infection) and the urine C&S was a urine culture and sensitivity test. The sensitivity part was to know which antibiotic would kill the bacteria. (I checked it out on the internet.) She was dropping a script in the mail to get it done. I received and completed it on Wednesday, hoping that my primary doctor might have the results on Thursday. That didn’t happen as the test takes 48 hours. I went to my primary doctor last Thursday and she was most informative and helpful. She was happy with my lab work, etc. She wrote my prescriptions so that they would be covered under our $4.00 plan, (Giant Eagle, WalMart, Rite Aid, etc.) as I exhausted my prescription coverage back in June and it doesn’t pick up again until January 2009. One of them wasn’t covered under the $4.00 plan, but the price was still pretty reasonable. I just can not continue paying $800.00-$900.00 a month any longer for meds.
When I went to the kidney specialist on Monday, she didn’t have the results of the urine C&S test. My kidney function went from 49 to 55 which although it is CKD, Stage 3, to me it sounds better…by 6 points. I have to remain on the limited protein and limited carb diets. I am used to that now even if my body sometimes yells at me wanting those bad, bad foods. lol It is just too few calories for my body to function well…that is my opinion; 600-800 calories is just way to low. (sigh) My kidney doctor called me about half an hour after I returned home from her office and told me that somehow, she had missed reading the last line of the ultrasound report that I had done four months ago…which said that the tube going from the kidney to the bladder on one side was totally blocked or kinked shut. (I had already been told that the ultrasound showed everything was good…no blockage, stones or anything.) Amazing!!! Now I had to schedule an appointment to have a cat scan done of the kidneys which, because she was working out of a temporary office in Waynesburg, she would send the script on Tuesday when she was in her regular office. Tuesday I received a phone call with the results of the Urine C&S and she wanted call in a prescription for me. I picked up and started the Cipro and by Thursday I was feeling the result of heavy antibiotics in my system, so I called my primary care doctor and asked if she would call in a prescription for a Diflucan. They said I could pick it up after 4 pm. McKenzie and I stopped to pick it up on our way to soccer practice. It wasn’t there but the pharmacist called the doctor’s office and she gave him a prescription for Bactrim. DUH!!! When he asked me if that worked for me, I said yes, but I was surprised that I would have to take Cipro and Bactrim at the same time. He looked in the computer and started to “snicker”. I said if that is what she wanted me to take, I would do it, but I definitely would need that Diflucan for sure. He called the doctor’s office back and got it straightened out….took half an hour and McKenzie and I were late for soccer practice…not a big deal.
I just could not believe that Murphy’s Law had really kicked in and kicked my butt. I couldn’t even count it as cardio. lol I received the kidney doctor’s prescription in the mail this morning for the CAT scan and called the hospital to schedule it. She asked me to read the script which I did “CT Scan w/wo contrast”. She asked me what they were to scan and I explained. They couldn’t use a script that was not more detailed…it could have meant my head or any other part of my body. (laughing) After giving her the doctor name and phone number, she called and got that straightened out. She wanted to know if I wanted her to tell the doctor when the appointment would be or was she to call me back. I, of course, asked her to call me because I wasn’t sure if I would get the message. Within ten minutes she had talked with the doctor, the CT scan scheduled, and called me with the appointment…10/30 at 1:30. However I have to get a prescription now for a BUN and Creatinine test before they can do the scan with contrast. Laughing as I type this…here we go again. I am stopping to pick that up on my way to McKenzie’s house.
What happens next in this saga? Stay tuned!
Love and hugs to all who are reading this,
Praise God for He truly takes care of me…leading me when necessary and carrying me when needed. He is always there for me no matter what.
My health…which is actually good
My family and friends
My Spark friends who are always here to support me
Others too numerous to mention
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. God bless you.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Today was rather crazy. DD and I had our hair done this afternoon…she just got a trim as she needs her hair longer for a wedding in which she is a bridesmaid in March although she really wants it cut very short again. She is lucky that she inherited her dad’s thick curly hair (which of course she straightens with a brush and hair dryer). I am tired of wearing a pony tail and mine is to fine and thin to do anything else. Who wants a silly pony tail that is thinner than your pinkie? I am not able to wear it in a braid because it’s so thin the bands just slid off or curl up the ends trying to get it tightened enough to stay. lol A couple of years ago, I had my hair cut really short and got a perm that lasted less than a day. The girl who does my hair couldn’t believe it and gave me another perm…it lasted two days. (I think it was due to my meds or something.) She told me to just get used to the straight hair God gave me…people with curly hair want straight hair, etc. I truly am thankful for my hair although there are days I don’t like the way it looks. So I, being more mature, had mine cut in a bob today as I have in the past and donated it to Locks of Love. I don’t have time any more to mess with my crazy hair...shampoo and a brush and I am out the door. Funny isn’t it how we always want what we don’t have. I always thought I would give anything to have thick wavy hair until a friend of mine whose curly, braided hair was thicker than a horse’s tail and very long started getting severe headaches. After spending tons of money on tests, they found that her headaches were due to the weight of her hair pulling on her scalp all the time. Now she wears her hair short and curly…all natural and loves it. I haven’t thought about that in years until now. Amazing what stirs our memories, isn’t it.
I still haven’t gotten to talk to our new neighbors although Ken says they are very nice. He was home last evening when they brought the containers back along with a lovely thank you card. McKenzie’s mom worked some late hours all week so I got home late every evening. Hopefully I will get to see them before the weekend is over.
Thank God for the hair I do have…there are people without any or who have lost theirs.
Praise Him for my Spark friends who mean so much to me
Thank God for being there for me
My home with heat
Food on our table and being able to share with others
My family which includes many who are not related by blood
Each new day that I can start a new beginning…
Blessings to numerous to list
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The blue house across the street from us has been empty for the past 5 or 6 years with a For Sale sign in the yard…someone stops and mows the grass occasionally. I have heard some noise the last few days about it being sold. Sunday evening, a couple trucks loaded with boxes stopped and within ten minutes had all the boxes unloaded, carried in the house, and gone. I want those guys working for me!!! No one was about all day Monday. Then about 9 pm, a U-Haul pulls up and parks in the back yard, with a van and another car parked in front. Lots of doors slamming, then quiet. Everyone gone already with just the U-Haul still there. (Not that I am nosey (hahaha)...just a quiet neighborhood. The last time doors were slamming late at night, our neighbors car windows were broken.)
I talked with another neighbor and she said that a single mom, her two teenage daughters and 8 year old son bought the house. It appears they are moving in. They definitely work and move faster than Ken and I. It took us what seemed like forever to move.
Anyway this morning, I baked two apple pies and made a large tossed salad and potato salad to take over for them. Ken just finished baking a ham. I haven’t seen anyone around yet today, but if necessary I will leave everything for Ken to deliver later…attached a note welcoming them to the neighborhood. I remember when we moved I didn’t have time to fix meals for anyone…didn’t want to stop long enough to worry about eating for fear I couldn’t get started again. I had trouble walking and breathing at the same time…so out of shape. Anyway, just a little something to help make their move easier. Maybe I will get to meet them later today.
I have come so very far in this last year with Spark People:
This morning I was able to get pie crusts made, apples peeled, and everything baked. My house smells great although I’m afraid to inhale for fear of gaining five pounds. lol
I had the energy to peel, cooked potatoes and fix the potato salad and fix everything for a toss salad…this was after I had taken my morning walk and bike ride. I was ENERGIZED!!! My bike ride consisted of going to the store to pick up a couple bottles of salad dressing for the salad. Hope they like it.
I could NEVER had accomplished this even a year ago…I had trouble walking out and getting my newspaper.
Praise God for He is wonderful!!! His blessings are so many!!!
My family, friends (especially my spark friends and their support), and McKenzie
Each new day that God has given me...a new chance...a new beginning
Sunday, October 12, 2008
There are many days I feel like doing nothing...today is one of them. Of course, I have already walked three miles and biked six, ate breakfast, showered and just got home from services with my Lord. Now I would just like to relax a moment. However, I just received my 30,000 spark points and need to celebrate. With 80 pounds lost, a new wardrobe, and 30,000 spark points, I just feel the need to continue spreading the spark!!! Maybe I can help someone else on their journey to success.
Without the help of Spark People, the encouragement and support I have received from my spark friends and family, my DD, and my McKenzie, I would probably still be a couch and computer potato; getting more unhealthy by the minute. However, I now have my blood sugar under control, been taken off several medications, my cholesterol is way down, I am riding a bicycle (something I haven't done in 45 years)and walking several miles a day. I was told several years ago that I would never walk again. Foolish doctors!!! McKenzie has even had me jumping on her trampoline...scared witless because of issues with heights, but I accomplished it and was proud of myself. I have so much to be thankful for these days, praise God!!! and I just had to share.
I have received so many blessings they are too numerous to mention, but I remember each of them...I am counting my spark family and friends among my blessings...each one is such a treasure to me!!!
Thank you Spark People for being here for me as I continue my journey to better health. I am still heading for goal...little setbacks will not stop me. Never give up or quit, I am doing it and so can you!!! Every positive is a success...one very small step at a time, one meal at a time, one minute, one hour, one day at a time. They all add up!!
God bless each of our spark members and may you be a huge success!!!
I posted this under the message boards today but wanted all my friends and family to know how much I love them and appreciate all they do for me and everyone.
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