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A Bit of a Rough Day...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Today has been a bit rough for me…I woke up feeling totally lousy with an awful head cold which is now a sinus infection…coughing, sniffling, sneezing, vomiting, extremely sore throat, etc. I have been fighting this for several days, but it finally caught up with me. I have been trying to drink lots of fluids, including hot water with lemon and honey. The weather didn’t help much with it being dreary, gloomy and raining all day with a high of 45*. YUCK!!! I did take several naps today as I was so tired. But I was also able to walk on my treadmill and ride my recumbent bike…for short periods only. If I am still feeling so rough tomorrow, I may just stay in bed. I want to go to church as McKenzie is singing with the Kid’s Choir but I am sure that this is contagious as DD had it last week and Ken is getting it now. I don’t think anyone at church will thank me for spreading it. I’ll just have to see what the morning brings. I’m off to bed after gargling again.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

PRAISES:
I praise God that this is all I have. It could be so much worse!!
I woke up this morning thanking God for another wonderful day!!!
Blessing do abound if you will just look for them.
McKenzie's daddy finished his last job and will be working at home for a while...he hopes. McKenzie is so excited!! She has really missed her daddy!

  
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MKPQ51 11/13/2008 2:06PM

    'tis the season for the coughing, sniffling, sneezing, sore throats, and the ol' flu bug. Hope by the time you read this comment that you're feeling better. Take care of yourself!

Kat

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ALASKAN 11/10/2008 9:32PM

    Hello Helen,
I hope that you are feeling better tonight. Drink plenty of clear liquids, bundle up in a blanket and sweat that cold out. Here is a big (((((((((((((((((( )))))))))))))))))))))) for you and hope you are doing better. Listening to your body and take care of yourself. McKenzie needs her Grandma feeling like her loving self she is.... Have a good week, take care of yourself, and talk to you soon. Always, ERNA

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POLLY20 11/10/2008 2:31PM

    Helen, I know that when this hits it hits pretty hard & it's passed around to everyone.. I know that you aer taking good care of yourself, you'll probably have Ken to take care as well.. It's so hard to have so much happening, but like you daid, that God will take you through it all.. Blessings & feel well too.. Happy for McKenzie & her daddy.. (((HUGS)))

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MAURIZIA 11/10/2008 9:57AM

    Helen, I hope this finds you feeling a bit better...do get rest...it's the only thing that really worked for me...In the meantime, I'm sending you some hot tea and soup!

Hugs, Maurizia
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JAVALINA1 11/9/2008 9:57PM

    You're a strong woman to be feeling lousy and STILL get some exercise in....you put me to shame! Hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 11/9/2008 7:13PM

    AWE...i made home-made chicken noodle soup yesterday but couldn't figure how to email ya any! Hope you are feeling better today! HUGS.... emoticon

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BOOBERRY 11/9/2008 4:06PM

    Hope you are feeling better, do not let it get to bad I had a sinus infection last week had to go to DR to get meds Z-pac and feel alot better. so get alot of rest and take care, Brenda P.S. emoticonon your weight lose.

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KAROUSELL46 11/9/2008 3:17PM

    Feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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TRECECOOKS 11/9/2008 12:01PM

    Sorry that you're under the weather, but - praise Jesus you needn't drag yourself to work, feeling that sick.

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GRANDMANANCY 11/9/2008 10:19AM

    sip some soup and rest. Give your body a chance to recoup..

Here is a hug too.
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hope you feel better soon.


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WANDAH3 11/9/2008 9:13AM

    Sorry that you are feeling yucky Helen. Keep on listening to your what your body needs, take care of yourself with lots of rest.

Thinking of you,
Hugs,
Wanda

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GHOSTFLAMES 11/9/2008 9:10AM

    SORRY YOU ARE FEELING SO BAD DOCTOR YOURSELF UP I JUST GOT OVER IT.IT IS GOING AROUND.HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON MY FRIEND!IF YOU CAN EXECISE YOU CAN SWEAT IT OUT IF YA!!!LOL TAKE CARE,CHAR

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GRANDMASCRAPS 11/9/2008 8:09AM

    Hope you are feeling better this morning.
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Drink pleanty of fluids today.

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WOWEETOO 11/9/2008 7:13AM

    morning sweet helen!! and when is that surgery??? hope this whatever it is is short for you how about some hot cocoa this morning i'll have a cup and think of you while it's going down blessings and peace this day
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MEERCA 11/8/2008 11:42PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

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ANNIEMARIE6 11/8/2008 10:30PM

  You really need to take care of that cold you don't want it get any worse.
Keep your self warm and stay in bed for the day, oterwise you will get all worn out from this and you really have enough to worry about. Don't worry GOD would want you to get well. Take care of yourself, and GOD Bless.

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Scheduling Surgery...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

After talking with the urological surgeon yesterday, my choices are few to slim. I could leave the ureter blockage from my left kidney to the bladder and allow the kidney to continue to deteriorate to completely non-functioning or I can have surgery to remove the blockage. This may not return the kidney to full functioning but it should keep it from deteriorating any further or at least slow down the deterioration. Dr. Tim is not sure, nor was the radiologist, without actually seeing the blockage if it is a 7mm stone, tumors or old scar tissue. I have opted to have the surgery. Again depending on what he finds, what removal method will work. He is planning on ureteroscopic removal but if that isn’t possible, he will use a laparoscopic approach to remove. If neither of these is possible, he will send me to the “City”…Pittsburgh…for full surgery. His office will be calling me tomorrow to schedule my surgery.
Am I nervous? You better believe it!!! Am I afraid? No, I have prayed and turned this situation over to God and He is in control. He will be guiding the surgeon during this surgery.
To end the week on a happy note for our little McKenzie, her daddy is back home and has a few days off. Since she has no school on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, she will be able to spend a lot of time with her daddy during the day. How excited she is and I am so happy for her. Her daddy has been working away from home since March and has only been home a few times just for a few hours on Sundays. Although I will most definitely miss her, this is cause for a celebration. Of course, I can stop by and see her, but I won’t; I will give them their much needed time together. Praise God!!! I will see her in church on Sunday as the Kid’s Choir are performing during the service. Their songs are beautiful and being sung by four and five year olds.
Remember there are blessings all around us if we just take the time to notice and thank God for them.
Hugs,
Helen

Blessings:
Medical knowledge to resolve my kidney problems,…Praise God!!
Spark people for it allows us to share with others
All my family, friends and my spark friends who all mean so much to me
McKenzie who brings laughter and sunshine into the darkest of days
My faith which sustains me!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and commenting!!

  
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MKPQ51 11/13/2008 2:13PM

    Please let us know when your surgery is scheduled. You'll be in my prayers.

Kat

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GRANDMASCRAPS 11/9/2008 8:06AM

    Helen, I will be keeping you in prayer, as well as your doctors and staff while you are at the hospital. God be with you.
Hugs ,
Gail
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JUSTPEACHY1 11/8/2008 8:56PM

    Helen, Be sure you let us know when you're surgery will be taking place. I'll be praying for you. Love, Ena

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RAGGEDY_ANN 11/8/2008 8:08AM

    Hi Helen, I wish you Gods blessing on your upcoming surgery! emoticon Wilma

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CEB2007 11/7/2008 6:35PM

    I admire you -- I know God will be with you and the surgeon. However, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn

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JEPSON 11/7/2008 2:57PM

    Helen, I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Please know that the prayers of your Spark friends will be with you. Please let us know when the surgery is scheduled.

Bless you,
Paula

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RATDAR1 11/7/2008 10:47AM

    MOMMA YOU ARE GOING TO BE ALRIGHT I KNOW THIS AND I AM THERE WITH YOU OK . I WILL BE PRAYING AND WAITING FOR YOUI WHEN YOU GET HOME OK. WELL BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND HE WILL BRING YOU HOME IN GOOD BSHAPE.

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KATHRYN1935 11/6/2008 9:56PM

    You will be in my thoughts and I will pray for you.
Take care!

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DE_ANNA_ 11/6/2008 9:44PM

    God has blessed you in so many ways and you are thinking in the best way when you say that you turned it over to God. You are doing great and I am sure that through God everything will be just fine. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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HSHEAJ 11/6/2008 8:17PM

    I continue to hold you in my prayers, Helen. I am looking forward to reading your blogs after the surgery, as you continue to heal and grow stronger than ever! ((Hugs)) Cindy

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GRANDMANANCY 11/6/2008 8:12PM

    Dear Helen,
You are in such excellent health. Thank God you lost all this weight before going under the knife!!!! Make sue we know when this surgery is....I will specifically pray for every single person involved..... You, dear friend, are a precious gem and you will be shining like a star to all around you as you go through this trying time.
You know God has slowed me down but one of the things I have learned is to thank God for every single day of good health that we have!!!!
Love and many, many prayers
nancy

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GRAMCATHYM 11/6/2008 7:38PM

  I'm new to this but as I read about your surgery I realize it is probably over by now and you have some answers and recovery to get through. I will pray for you quick recovery so you can continue to enjoy that little girl of yours. I am inspired by your story just when I need to know that I'm not theonly one that gets scared before surgery. You see next week I will have my right knee replaced. I know this is avery common thing for people your age(61) but that doesn't make it a common thing for me. I will turn to God for strength to make through the thearpy but a few extra prayers might help too.
Stay Strong-- Gramcathym

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MARLA7 11/6/2008 7:01PM

    Helen - My prayers going out to you for a successful surgery. They can work miracles nowadays. Which hospital in Pittsburgh might you go to? I was in Montefiore for my kidney failure. Allegheny for my hysterectomy. Let us know as soon as you can when it's scheduled. Speedy recovery. Love you, Marla

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WANDAH3 11/6/2008 5:11PM

    Helen, I'm so thankful that everything is falling into place for you. God's hands indeed will be guiding the surgeons. Continue to trust in Him for all your needs.

How wonderful that Mckenzie's Daddy is going to be home to spend some time with her.

Have a wonderful evening,
Hugs,
Wanda

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ARLENE70 11/6/2008 3:49PM

  Congraulations on your success!!!! My kidneys were functioning at 35% when my primary care doctor sent me to a specialist because my numbers on lab work were out of line. I had a blocked artery leading to my left kidney which had become smaller because of the blockage and the right kidney had become bigger because it was doing all the work. I had a stent put into the artery which then supplied more blood to the bad kidney. It was performed as an out patient. I went into the hospital the early am and was home by late afternoon. My kidneys now function at 40-45 % but more importantly they are stable and the doc will keep an eye on it. I do not have to see him for six months now after seeing him this last week. I realize your case is different, but hang in there, and trust the Lord. You will be fine, good luck to you...hugs, Arlene in Wisconsin

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POLLY20 11/6/2008 3:16PM

    Helen, I know that you are going in so many different directions lately, but please know that we are all here for you My Dearest Helen.. I will be holding you in my thoughts & prayers & the Dr's are so very thorough & You will be just fine
Take cae & Keep your Faith in God's Loveing Hands.. Love Ya Always Polly xxo
Glad thta McKenzie's Daddy is home for His little doll.. ((HUGS))

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/6/2008 2:42PM

    Hi Helen...as always you're taking the 'common sense' approach!
What a dreadful trial all this is for you BUT I know the Lord will lead you and guide you. And I know you will be keeping us posted.
Hugs and praying for you,
Janet.


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ANNIEMARIE6 11/6/2008 2:07PM

  Good lucky with your surgery with GOD's help eveything will be fine. My prayers will be with you, and I'm sure many more will be praying a long with me. emoticon

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MEERCA 11/6/2008 1:53PM

    Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration! Can't wait to hear about more successes for you! Will keep you in my prayers.
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NJMATTICE 11/6/2008 1:24PM

    Helen,
Your positive attitude and faith will surely get you through this trial. Thanks for sharing these gifts with us.
-Nancy

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DEBBIEDAY 11/6/2008 1:15PM

    Helen saw your feature story and had to come by and visit!!! Prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery and THANK YOU for sharing your story! emoticon

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BEEPARENT 11/6/2008 11:54AM

  I hope your surgery goes smoothly. I've had several procedures, and sometime you just need to do that on the way to better health. Blessings on you!

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WOWEETOO 11/6/2008 11:35AM

    oh my goodness helen but at least you have a few answers now and that is better than knowing nothing at all and at least they don't cut you all up now for surgery and you get to be back on your feet sooner rather than later..God will be smiling down on you for sure my dear and prayers are going up for you also..know i will be with you in spirit and be holding your hand love and hugs mary emoticon

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More craziness...just a different day

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Monday…Well, I called my primary care doctor this morning and she said the preliminary radiologist report of my CT scan said that I had a 7mm non-obstructive stone on the left side and that I needed to have a cystoscopy/ureteroscopy done and she would call the urologist in McMurray (next to Pittsburgh) and schedule an appointment with him. I had already left home to go to McKenzie’s school to help work the Book Fair when the call came in to return their call. Ken called my cell phone and gave me the number to contact them and set up the appointment. When I explained who I was and why I was calling, the girl asked if I just wanted to go ahead and schedule my surgery or if I wanted an appointment to actually talk with the doctor before the surgery. Okay, I am from the country and may not know how things work in the bigger cities, but I am not that far out of touch with reality! I may not like the options but there is no way I am going to have surgery without knowing exactly what is going on. I’ve been there and done that back when I was young and trusting…wrong answer!! Now I am not sure if this doctor is the best choice either. I think this is about to be a small speed bump for me...it may slow me down but it won't get me down. I have God beside me.
My nephrologists just told me it was the right kidney with total blockage or scar tissue or tumors??? Anyway I have already picked up the x-rays and a hard copy of the report to take with me to my appointment on Wednesday at 3:30. I think I will schedule an appointment with another urologist before I agree to surgery especially from someone who hasn’t even seen the x-rays nor has my file in front of him. I will be praying for the right decision this time. I know God will be holding my hand every step of the way. I am sure there is a lesson here somewhere. I will keep everyone posted.
Comments anyone???
Hugs,
Helen

God bless all my family and spark friends who are there for me everyday.
Praise God for giving us the right to vote. Continue prayers for all our leaders.
Praise God for all my numerous blessings.

  
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ANNIE48 11/6/2008 12:38PM

  Helen, I will be in prayer for you; I can already see that God has a high place in your life; and that is what is most important. His plan for you is already laid out, and you understand that. Our trials are tests of faith, and you have won the test. Your faith is strong......keep that.....He is there for you to guide you and Hold your hand just like you said He is. Praise Him for He is in control. Hugs and prayers, Love, Annie

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XAVTAY 11/6/2008 10:53AM

    Momma Bear,

Good morning and you said something that touched my heart! "I know GOD will be holding my hand every step of the way". Somehow I am at the point of feeling like GOD is not with me and I don't matter! I am a little upset about the present state of my life and instead of getting closer to GOD I have walked away. You have reminded me that regardless of where I am GOD is still holding my hand every step of the way and I thank you and GOD for this! This is what I needed today. Now about your situation, you have faith and you trust GOD to lead you in the right direction concerning surgeries, procedures and doctors. He will never lead you in the wrong direction. I will be in prayer for you because I know that prayer changes things.
Be Blessed and I am going to add you as a friend

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CAMPINLADY 11/6/2008 4:43AM

    Good for you!

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BKP4166 11/6/2008 3:45AM

    Good and very wise choice...I've never heard of any physician who would do surgery without a consultation. I'll be praying for you as you make this decision.

Kathy

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BELLACUDDLES 11/6/2008 2:06AM

    Helen, you are an inspiration and your faith is unwavering!!!! I will be praying all is well, my friend!

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NJMATTICE 11/5/2008 10:15AM

    I have every confidence that you will make the right decisions and get through this trial.
-Nancy

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GRAMMY2FIVE 11/5/2008 9:44AM

    Helen, while time consuming I would definitely meet first with the surgeon and not go blindly into surgery. You are doing the right thing in my opinion. Good luck
Cynthia

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HOLLY_ROSE 11/5/2008 8:58AM

    You're in my prayers friend!! Bless you!! Holly

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WANDAH3 11/5/2008 8:14AM

    Good Morning Helen, Mauri's answer to you is what I would say also.

Thinking of you and holding you up in prayer.

Hugs,
Wanda

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KM1304 11/5/2008 6:16AM

    Hi Helen,

{HUGS} You ar ein my prayers.

Karol

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MAURIZIA 11/5/2008 12:35AM

    Helen, being in health care, you are right to see a second urologist/nephrologist for a second opinion. As a matter of fact, our agency encourages that you do that...and that you meet with the surgeon prior to the procedure. Make a list of your questions to bring with you so you don't forget what you are asking...and be sure to have someone with you who hears the answers. That way you can be sure you are hearing things correctly. Hope this helps...My prayers are winging their way to you.

I agree - we are blessed to have the right...and the privilege...of voting!

Prayers, Mauri

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ALASKAN 11/5/2008 12:20AM

    Hello Helen,
I will keep you in my thought and prayers. Hope everything works in your favor. I do not like surgery either, but maybe God will take them away so you will not have surgery too. Take care and keep me updated. I love you as a friend and team mate. I'm here anytime unless I'm sleeping .........
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Slow me down.....I will not give up!!!

Monday, November 03, 2008


Slow me down, Lord…
Remind me each day
That the race is not always
won by the fastest runner;
That there is more to life
than increasing its speed
~Wilfred A. Peterson

I read this and immediately thought how true it is. I have been reading about members of our teams running different races and marathons and thinking how I wish I could do that but knowing that I will probably never “run” a race. But at the same time, I know that I can "walk" a race or do a walk-a-thon and complete it. I will be doing several “walks” during the next year helping to raise cancer, diabetes, and autism awareness and raising money for their research. Maybe I will even be able to participate in the jump rope-a- thon for the heart association. I will not give up!!!
Since joining Spark People and with the support and encouragement of many members, whether they know it or not, I am now able to walk and ride my bike several miles a day. When I first started Spark, I didn’t do any posting…I didn’t know what to say and I’m normally not a sharing-type person. So I read everything I could. I prayed a lot and I read all the threads on the teams I belonged to, learning many different things that helped others to get healthier, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, and getting their diabetes under control. I didn’t post anything, these people didn’t know me and I couldn’t bare myself and my problems to these total strangers. Thinking about doing that just made me shudder!! But I followed some of their suggestions and did what I could. They said take baby steps…one day at a time…start out and do what you can…change one thing at a time…add a little to what you do every day...it all adds up!
That was 13 months ago…Guess what. They were absolutely right!!! I have lost 80 pounds, actually jump on the trampoline, walk and ride my new bike several miles a day, do stretching and strengthening exercises and I am able to smile and breathe while doing so. When I first started I could hardly walk out to the end of my sidewalk (approximately 50 feet) to get my newspaper or climb my steps without stopping to catch my breath. Now I do the stairs two or three times several times a day just for the exercise. I do not do all my walking or bike riding at one time…I break it down and do it several times a day also. I am just now starting to do the zumba, beginning level…at my own speed of course. It all adds up and it works!!!
Now that is not to say that roadblocks are not thrown in my path. Things sometimes get out of control. But there is always something good in everything that happens…I don’t always see it immediately, but it is there. I just recently hit a couple of those roadblocks, but I will get beyond these also. Life is for the living and I am now enjoying life not just letting it pass me by or getting through the day, praying for a new day and missing out on what is happening now. Live in the now!!

Lord, you have slowed me down again. Remind me and show me what I am missing, let me stop and smell the roses, don’t let me simply rush through the days…LET ME LIVE THEM. That is what life is about…living the journey and the lives I have touched and helped along the way. Let me be a vessel to spread the spark and Your word and works to others. I have been so blessed and just want to help others as I have been helped. Thank you. Amen.

Thank you Spark People… to the many who may already know and those who will never know how their postings have helped me and others.
Hugs,
Helen

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Never give up!! There is always hope!!

  
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DCBOHART 11/6/2008 10:11AM

    I remember when I was pregnant, I commented to someone, my mom, maybe, that I was looking forward to slowing down to a toddler's pace. Because of course, when you have a new walker, or even a preschooler who is 40 inches tall, they cannot walk at an adult pace. I was looking forward to slowing down to match a child's pace, and perhaps seeing some of the things in life that I was "too fast" to see rest of the time.

Now that my DD is four, I have to remind myself of that often. We get so caught up in life, moving so quickly, must get things done, get on to the next thing, hurry hurry hurry... it is often best to go slower, you see more of life, experience more of this blessed life God granted us. There is definitely much more to life than increasing its speed! Bless you and all your hard work and accomplishments; keep it up!
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WOWEETOO 11/5/2008 12:17AM

    well considering you are getting different stories here another doc looking at all this wouldn't be such a bad idea for sure my friend even the doc who is your general
got the new arm casted today as most of the swelling went down banded the tendon and casted from the uppeer hand all the way up and around the elbow to make sure it doesn't move and the shoulder which is broken from the dislocation heals in the right poistion probaly six weeks so the trip to seattle will look like i was run over by a truck gotta get bigger shirts so i can get them on without pain and of course that hand is tied to the chest for the time being it's really hard to wipe the bottom with the left hand and have really no balance at all now anyway hope you get that stuff straightened out but definitely yes to a second opinion for that hugs mary emoticon

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GRANDMANANCY 11/4/2008 8:31PM

    Helen,

80 pounds !!!!! You are truly amazing !!!!

Four years ago.... ( I always have a story, youknow*chuckle*)
my bestfriend Ginny was diagnosed with neuro-endocrine cancer....quite incurable... She and I walked my first cancer walk, together that year. The next year, I pushed her wheel chair around the track..... the next year... I walked alone while she was bed- bound in a nursing home. And this year I walked it 2 months after her passing . God has slowed me down alot this year....my DH , my Father,my best friend,,,,my baby daughter...why even my dog got hit on the road !!! but even though I have not lost alot of weight recently, I know if it were not for friends like you...who are always there to pick me up and put me back on track... I would have gained weight like crazy.... so thank you Helen.

I am so pleased to know you. You are the best medicine in the world. Keep on going...the race is not won by the swiftest..... you are a wonderful human being and Sister in Christ.
many blessings to you dear rfiend,
nancy

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MARLA7 11/4/2008 2:19PM

    Helen - What an encouraging blog you wrote! I need some of that get up & go too!!! Thanks for reminding me that we NEED to live for TODAY!! Love ya, Marla

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GRAMMY2FIVE 11/3/2008 11:37PM

    Boy Helen you came thru forme today. This is just what I needed to hear as I have been somewhat discouraged the last couple days. Thanks for yourwords you so eloquently sharewith us and for all theemotion you put behind those words.
{{{{hugs}}}}Cynthia

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WOWEETOO 11/3/2008 8:28PM

    my dear sweet helen love you always and forever!!! mary emoticon

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BABSDOTTER 11/3/2008 7:06PM

    What a great blog, Helen. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Janet

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POLLY20 11/3/2008 6:43PM

    Helen, I have to commend you for making this happen & so much more.. You are out the door & don't waiste any time sitting & feeling sorry for your self. It's like you just woke up when you started SP & you are finding so much more than you ever thought that you were ever capable of.. I wan to get my get up & go going once again & I am so sure that I will.. I am just getting back into the game again & soon will knock out my blockers as well.
I know that I've been doing all of the Walk-A-Thons for so many many years & even last year I was able to do the Walk for Autism.. I know that I wont be perfect but I will give it a shot just like you have & still are doing.. I hear that Zumba is wonderful.. I did it in the pool ovcer the Summer & it's so much fun..God has given you the Go Power & never ever let it go.. ((HUGS)) My Dearest Helen

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JEPSON 11/3/2008 6:24PM

    What a wonderful positive attitude the Lord has given you. Dispite all that you have been through, you are attacking each day with praise and hope.

Bless you Helen,
Paula

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NJMATTICE 11/3/2008 4:06PM

    Helen,
Thanks for the Motivation this Monday! A beautiful and spirit filled prayer of Thanksgiving. Your positivity is positively GLOWING today. Thank you so much for being such a willing servant and blessing me today.
Sincerely,
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WANDAH3 11/3/2008 2:44PM

    Helen, what a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences. They are a real motivation.

I'll join you on the Walking, the running, unless God really inspires me to run, I'll leave to those who are called.

Have a blessed day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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MAURIZIA 11/3/2008 12:28PM

    Helen, YOU did it! WOOHOO!! and you show us the way! Thank you for sharing your experience...because you are helping those like I who need to hear of success stories!!

Hugs, Maurizia...and THANK YOU!

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The Saga Continues...it just got better. lol

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Lord...richly blesses all who call on him. Romans 10:12 This is the saying on my Grace for the Day calendar for today and is so appropriate.

My life is full of strange twists and turns. Praise God that He is always there for me. All I can say is, “It’s me again, God…” and he knows.
I went yesterday at 1:30 for my CT to determine why I have total blockage between my kidney and bladder. With my mom’s death, funeral, and everything else that was happening this week, I forgot to stop and pick up the contrast that I was supposed to drink one hour before my scan. I remembered it on my way to the hospital, called them and decided I would just pick up the contrast and reschedule the test before heading home. Upon arriving at the hospital and talking with the girl in the x-ray department, she said they had plenty of time for me to drink the contrast and still do the scan. I agreed to go ahead and get it done because McKenzie’s mom had taken the afternoon off work to help out at her school’s Halloween party and I had the rest of the day free. The girl who registered me for the scan had a great time…the prescription was written for a scan with contrast and was not signed by the doctor. She asked me the physician’s name and what the scan was for...what part of the body. She could not register me for the test because of the incomplete prescription. After calling the doctor’s office, we waited for her to fax a new prescription. While I was waiting, I walked back over to the x-ray department to let them know what was happening. She had the contrast ready for me to drink. I went ahead and drank it because they had to wait one hour after it was gone before they could do the scan. Ok so we were good to go…it didn’t taste as bad as I had been told either. I went back to registration to finishing signing in and they had received the new signed prescription. She sent me back to x-ray where the girl told me they were ready to do the scan. When I replied that it had only been ten minutes not sixty, she said that was okay and the technician would explain things to me. It turns out that the doctor had changed the orders to do the scan without the contrast and only use the contrast if necessary. After the test was completed and I was dressed, they technician took me back to the waiting room while the radiologist read the scan. Within five minutes, the girl in the waiting room told me the doctor was on the phone…after asking me what kind of doctor she was to which I replied a kidney specialist. She rolled her eyes at me and handed me the phone. While talking with the doctor, she asked me which kidney we were checking…uh, she never told me where the problem was…she thought it was the right kidney. This made me a bit nervous. Then she goes on to tell me she is sending the report over to my primary care doctor and my doctor would have to send me to a urologist for surgery as I had total blockage possibly from massive scarring from a very old kidney stone or many tumors…she wasn’t sure which and only a specialist could determine that. When I asked what her specialty was she replied that she was a kidney specialist but she only tests and diagnoses, she doesn’t actually treat my problems. The girl in the ER told me that she had already faxed the report to my regular doctor and if I didn’t receive a phone call from her Monday morning by 10 am, I was to call her and see what she wanted me to do next, what urologist to send me to, and get an appointment made. This isn’t something to fool around with she said. I could tell she wasn’t at all impressed with my kidney specialist. I guess Monday will bring some more good news of one form or another. Murphy’s Law has kicked in again. lol
Hugs,
Helen

Praises:
I praise God that He has given me a sense of humor…even if it is a bit twisted sometimes.
I thank God for always being there for me.
My family who loves me unconditionally
My spark family and friends who support, encourage and pray for me
My blessings which are too numerous to list

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SHARON_AHAUS 11/10/2008 9:02PM

    After reading this, it's no wonder that you were getting nervous. It seems like all of the workers aren't on the same page ,most of the time. lol There's not much we can do, but pray about it,like you are doing every day. You seem to have lots of courage, but maybe that's because of your strong faith. I wish you well. May God always bless you ,each and every day all through the years.

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CEB2007 11/3/2008 12:49PM

    WOW! Hope this was just a comedy of errors not the regular way things are done at your hospital. I cannot imagine going through all that. I hope you are feeling better.

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RATDAR1 11/3/2008 10:58AM

    sorry momma about your mom you have mine and bobbis heart with you as you were ther e when i was down.i hope everything turns out ok on your test i will be holding you in my thoughts. i lov e ya my dearest freind you could have told me about this ok .i am here for you anytimeok .

we love you momma and let me know about the test ok ttyl love ya .

ratdar/ronnie and bobbi emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAURIZIA 11/3/2008 10:18AM

    Helen, my goodness. Brown Medical School has just implemented a requirement for medical students to learn how to talk with patients, determine what info to give them, etc. How sad that it is so needed. No wonder I miss our old family physician so much.

My prayers are winging your way. G-d will be with you today as you speak with your doctor.

Hugs, Maurizia

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POLLY20 11/3/2008 9:06AM

    Helen, There's a reason for everything.. I don't understand why some of us have to go through so very much, but I guess thta it's no for us to know.. I am holding your hand very tightly & waiting alon with you.. You are so loved by all of us & most of all Our Dear Lord.. Dr's are so very important to our lives.. Make yourself as comfortable as you can & enjoy the feel of
McKenzie's little hand in yours.. Love & Hugs Always Polly xxo

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HOLLY_ROSE 11/3/2008 8:17AM

    I love you, my friend!! I will keep you in my prayers! Blessings to you. Holly

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WOWEETOO 11/3/2008 6:54AM

    my word helen that makes me wonder if all nephrologists are that way or that one was trained by the one i go to LOL
i am so sorry to hear about your mother and know that must have been really hard for you with everything else going on
as for the kidney stuff holy moly what were those people thinking anyhow??
anyway if you need anything let me know lost my balance this morning again and did the same wrist that was just out of the cast and dislocated the shoulder jeez it was just to the floor my goodness and i don't know what happened
let me know about that kidney stuff and sparkmail me your address so i have it and your home email too love and hugs mary emoticon

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GRAMMY2FIVE 11/2/2008 10:19PM

    Goodness Helen, amidst all this you still find the good in everyone and everything. The Loed will continue to bless you and help get you thru yet another problem as He always does.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.
Cynthia

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/2/2008 3:38PM

    My Helen...and I say this sincerely...if we didn't have the Lord we'd be in the insane institution!! How do you make any sense out of it all?? I'll be back to read the latest update!
Hugs, Janet.

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GRANDMANANCY 11/2/2008 9:41AM

    Helen ! You are the best medicine in the world !!! Everyone smiles when you are around !!!!!



(((((HUGS)))))
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WANDAH3 11/2/2008 9:34AM

    Helen, it's so nice to see you on the posts again, missed you.

Is your head spinning yet? One really wonders about the medical profession at times. I'm holding you up in prayer my friend. What powerful knowledge to know that God is watching over you.

Hugs,
Wanda

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NJMATTICE 11/2/2008 8:46AM

    Well Helen, when the Dr. on the phone business happened I started getting confused. I hope they got the proper information out of that ordeal. I will have to follow the saga as it continues to continue. Have a Serene Sunday. I'll light a candle for you.
-Nancy

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MARLA7 11/2/2008 8:40AM

    Helen - So sorry to hear about your "issues". Let's hope everything turns our fine for you.... praying! Love you, Marla

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DAIRYNURSE 11/2/2008 7:43AM

    Helen-so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. You have my deepest sympathy. I will be praying for you and your family. Boy what a run around you are getting. I hope Monday they will get you some further help as no this is nothing to mess around with. I will keep praying that all things will turn out okay for you. Hugs, Jane

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