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,
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!
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.
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!!
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.
Always remember the sun will come out tomorrow!!!
Share a smile and a hug
Never give up!! There is always hope!!
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
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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