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Friday, December 12, 2008

A very strange thing happened to me this week…I mean, when doesn’t it??!!! Monday morning I changed my bath soap from the regular Irish Spring to Irish Spring with Microbeads. Not a big deal, right? Well Monday night, my legs started breaking out and the itching was so much, it woke me up and kept me awake…from my ankles to my knees. This actually is still continuing and I continue to take benedryl for it…with the doctor’s approval, of course. At nigh time this is worse because of jammies and blankets keeping my legs warmer. Anyway at my doctor’s appointment Wednesday, I mentioned it to the nurse. She said maybe it was a reaction to the antibiotics I had been taking or after telling her about switching bath soap maybe it was that…however it is not anyplace but on my legs so I didn’t think that was the answer…would have been on my torso as well as arms, etc. Anyway my MD license wasn’t renewed so what do I know…lol. She said to be sure to mention it to Dr. K which I did. He looked at it and said, “When you shave your legs did you use a new razor? You didn’t, did you?” I told him no, I didn’t. He responded with, “If you repeatedly use the same razor, bacteria builds up on it and you can spread the germs. Also did you shave with the soap you bathed with?” Again, I answered yes. I didn’t take time to use my shaving crème. Well with the microbeads removing all the dead skin, etc. from the surface of the skin already, then putting the soap back on and shaving with it, I removed part of the top layer of skin letting it open to bacteria from the razor and anything else. (Works like the scrubs people use on their faces, etc.) It is truthfully just on the area from my ankles to my knees exactly where I shaved...Amazing. So now I am dealing with that what consists of hives and who knows what but definitely multitudes of raised rash bumps and hives, which are driving me out of my mind with the itching. No amount of washing or anything else is helping. Benedryl may be helping a little...at least it is making me sleepy. It just all has to heal on its own I guess. Dr. K. checked my legs again today and said maybe they were a little better. I hate to say that although I shower every day, I don’t shave my legs often, the hair is blonde and can barely be seen…what my jeans haven’t rubbed off. ..so I never changed my razor very often… I guess I never thought about it. However, that razor has since been replaced with a new one. You can bet this won’t happen again. He advised that I change it weekly or as frequently as I shave my legs…sounds like good advice after this fine mess I have gotten into. However I am also sharing this will all my local friends and relative as well as all my sparkers….Just a little F.Y.I. and so it doesn’t happen to you. I always thought I had very good personal hygiene…
Can you tell I was a towhead when I was very young…didn’t get darker until I was about 13 or so. But it is getting white again. Once a blonde, I guess you always remain a blonde no matter what color your hair changes to. Lol
Love and hugs to all my spark friends and family,
Helen

POSITIVES:
Being smart enough to see the truth when it hits me between the eyes
God for He is so wonderful
Doctors for their advanced training and knowledge and a lot of common sense
Everyone who didn't laugh when I told them and was doing the same thing...also never thought about it...Aren't we women wonderful!!!
The rain which we received today and is truly needed
The snow when it comes, especially if it stays off the road and sidewalks
My hair which I am getting cut shorter as it is falling out rapidly from all the anesthetic in the last two weeks... It will grow in again quickly.
My neighbor who cried when she saw me come home today...so happy for me
Spark and all the members who have encouraged and supported me from day one so that I was healthy enough to have two surgeries in two weeks!! God bless you!
Too many blessings and positives as I look around...they are everywhere!!!

Thank you to all who stop, read my blogs and leave comments. I love you all!!!

  
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HARRINGTON5 12/22/2008 5:23PM

    Wow, I went in and threw away my razor. I was a blond too and don't have to shave my legs very often. But, I do use the same razor repeatedly. No more though. I am taking your story to heart! Thanks for the information! Cynthia

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MRZ1225 12/16/2008 11:51AM

    I can't believe you have answered my question. I have done the very same thing. I rarely shave because I too am blonde and I usually wear pants, so ther is no regular need. Last week when I shaved I developed an itching rash but never connected it to the razor. I am still scratching but mostly at night when my legs heat up under the covers. Thanks for sharing this.
I am so glad your surgery went well. God is Good. Have a Blessed Christmas.
Margaret

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TREETHESHEE 12/15/2008 11:51PM

    Wow, I didn't know all of that. I will definantly have to be careful. Glad you are doing well!

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LINDIEMAE 12/13/2008 1:20AM

    Good advise, and by the way, soap is the worst thing to use to shave your legs, next time when your in a hurry, use your hair conditioner, its gentle even for the skin...and then it won't hurt or cause hives or such...my goodness you need some Mr. Palmer's Co Co Butter lol ..at least you will smell like Coco hehe good advise all the way around there, and also, yes I am that kind of blonde as well, and forget to shave as well because of the same reason lol emoticon

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KSNICKER 12/12/2008 10:19PM

    Helen, Oh My Goodness... I had never even thought of that... Thanks for sharing that... I too will be more careful...

Thanks so much for the nice comment on my spark page too...
I pray that you will be feeling better soon my friend...

Take care...

((hugs))

Kath
y

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MAURIZIA 12/12/2008 7:15PM

    Helen, I would never have thought about it...and I think by the time 2008 is done, you'll be starting your hospital internship on your way to your MD!! Thanks for sharing the info...I'm passing it onto my friends.

Blessings and new razors,
Mauri

P.S. The only genes from Mom that I received were her weight and her lack of leg hair as she aged...

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GRANDMANANCY 12/12/2008 2:07PM

    Here is a hug for you dear helen..... thank you for thinking of all of us...and keeping us from doing damage to ourselves..

L+P
nancy

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/12/2008 1:58PM

    HELEN LIKE YOU NEED ONE MORE THING!ONCE I TESTED NAIR AS IT SAY'S ON THE BOTTLE I HAD PERCIDOUS(OR HOW EVER YOU SPELL IT) AND IT WAS EASIER TO DO I PUT IT UNDER MY ARM PITS IT WAS OK SO I APPLIED MORE AND THE BURNING STARTED I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT I TESTED IT AND WAS FINE TILL I APPLIED MORE WELL I TOOK A LAYER OF SKIN OFF AND I WAS BAD NEVER USED IT AGAIN!US POUR WOMEN WHAT WE GO THU!TAKE CARE MY FRIEND AND HOPE ALL IS BETTER SOON FOR YOU. emoticon,CHAR

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 12/12/2008 1:34PM

    If I were to shave my legs, hen how would I keep my knee socks up? LOL

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POLLY20 12/12/2008 12:53PM

    Sweet Sis, That is such great advice & a need to know & pass on.. I sometimes get the uncontrolable itch in the same exact places.. My skin is so dry especially from the ankles to the knees.. I just have so much dry skin & don't shave in the winter.. I just guess that this is a bad area & I can scratch myself raw & it's probably the bacteria I have on my hands transmitted when I scratch.. A valuable thought.. I will be sharing.. Love & Heal Well.. Love You Sweetness..Always Polly

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KAROUSELL46 12/12/2008 11:57AM

    Thanks for the FYI moment. Will defiantly tell others about this. I use an womens electric shaver and clean it after every use. You really don't need anymore problems lady!

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WANDAH3 12/12/2008 7:54AM

    Helen, that is really interesting and something I didn't know. I'm sharing it with my girls.

Hugs,
Wanda

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RSTAGG 12/12/2008 7:10AM

    Thanks for sharing, Helen.

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KM1304 12/12/2008 5:31AM

    Hi Helen, Wow, that is interesting. Thanks for passing that on.

{HUGS}
Karol

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CUDDY521 12/12/2008 3:19AM

    Hi Helen I had that itch every day I shaved & I was going crazy itching, so I only use Johnson`s baby wash now & it rarely happens. If you don`t have to shave why bother, you should be resting & not worrying about your towhead legs lol.....
Get your R & R, Hugs, Cuddy
I also have to go to sleep its 3:20am & I only got 4 hours sleep last night,
but my prayers were answered .....
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WOWEETOO 12/12/2008 3:07AM

    YEEHAW!!!!!!!!!!

YOU GO hELEN!!!
love and hugs my special friend
mary!!! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/12/2008 3:04AM

    When I had the razor that took "blades" I'd soak them in alcohol for about 15 min. while I was taking my bath. I also soak my toothbrush and then rinse it really well. Now I just use the Bic disposable one and toss them.
I am surprised the doctor didn't give you some antibiotic for the legs, as those "raised bumps" can become infected hair follicles and that isn't good.
I use Neutragena soap, as since menopause, my skin is much more sensitive. I use to think it was a "waste of money" but had to apology for that comment, when I HAD to start using it for my "sensitive skin."

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WONDERFUL NEWS...SURGERY IS OVER!!! WOOHOO!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Good evening everyone. Hopefully this will make sense and isn't a legal document. Dr. K said that I wasn't to sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours after surgery because they would be invalid due to the heavy meds. lol
Anyway, my surgery started right on time at 11:45. Those guys were right on schedule time wise with everything...it was wonderful. My surgery took a little longer than they thought because they used lazar and sound waves and the size of the blockage was 11 x 8 and just seven weeks ago was 7 x 3...so it grew by leaps and bounds. I am starting to pass sand like particles already, nothing big and actually looks like sand and grit. I have to keep drinking gallons of water so just remember 8 cups of water is nothing when you have to put out at least 2 quarts a day. But I am a water drinker so this is ok with me. It is just hard to eat when everything in you is sloshing around...lol. God has truly blessed me again. He continues to carry me when everything seems to darkest and bleak...drab and dreary. He loves me and is always there for me...Praise him my Almighty God!!! He was the guiding force behind Dr. K's hands again today and everything is fine. We have to catch and save all particles, sand or stones, that are passed and I have to take it to Dr. K to find out what they are made of so my diet can be adjusted accordingly. There is a lot of old scarring, no cancer, and a huge stone and several small stones still in the kidney itself. They may remain there forever and never cause a problem. I still have the stent in and it will remain until all the blockage is gone. I will have another x-ray in a couple weeks to see what the status is (I pray it will all be gone). When it is all gone and I still have no infection (all gone at the moment), then he will safely remove the stent. That has to be done in the OR room at the hospital but I don't think it is any big deal...just safer that way if something would happen when they pull it out of the kidney, ureter and bladder. I guess you never know what could happen. But all will go well with that also. God is guiding the hands of my great surgeon.
I was in the recovery room from 3:00 until 3:55, drank two very small cups of diet ginger ale, and was able to keep it all down. No nausea whatsoever. However they did put a patch behind my right ear which remains until tomorrow afternoon...can't touch it and have to wash hand immediately if I do...definitely don't touch it and touch eye area because it will dilate my eyes immediately...amazing. They also put four shots in my iv's to prevent me from getting sick. Two weeks ago I became deathly sick from just two ice cubes. I told them that today and they made me a mixed cocktail of drugs (shots in iv's) to prevent that. We left the surgical area about 5:00 to come home. All I wanted after surgery was Shorty's Hot Dogs ( a hot dog shop in Washington) French fries/beef gravy...no hot dogs just the ff/gravy. So my DD and Ken took me there and that is what I got. Then when we got home Ken heated three ff in the microwave for me and I had them dipped in the gravy...yummy. The doctor sent me home with an icebag and percacet pain meds because this is supposed to be so painful. I have a lot of bruising on my left side, but absolutely no pain...due I am sure because of my Cauda Equina Syndrome where the doctor cut into the spinal cord in 1984 and left me without feeling in many places below the waist. But you know what, I learned to walk again, I am alive and I believe in my Lord God Almighty and he has made me a wonderful person...nothing like blowing my own horn. But I am a much better, stronger person today for all that I have gone through because of this and my belief. My daughters are much stronger women also because they had to go through it with me...it was the three of us as they were growing up. And we are all three very strong women with strong personalities capable of caring for ourselves if necessary. I have to remember though that while it may be a blessing for no pain, it is also a disaster waiting to happen because I can't tell when anything is wrong also because of no pain. So I guess this is a win/win, lose/lose situation.
However today's surgery is over...I am in great shape (for the shape I have)...and the doctor is proud of me, himself and God...another happy and healthy patient!!! He also said something today that made me laugh and is so very true... READ AND REMEMBER!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!! People do not choose their doctor based on the doctor's looks. That is so true and you have to see Dr. K to appreciate it...little short guy with very receding hairline (totally bald on top I think, probably about 65-70 years old, graduated from grad school in 1972, black rimmed glasses, about 5'5" tall and possibly 180 pounds (probably really bad guess), grandfather to 3 wonderful kids ages 2, 3 and 5 whom he loves to death, a wonderful wife and two adult children, but I love him to death or life... whichever.
He knows what he is doing, is outstanding in his field and is a God loving, very respectful of himself and his patients...always ready to go the extra mile for his patients for their needs...doesn't guess on anything, believes in testing to make sure and LISTENS to his patient's fears, whatever they are. Just wonderful!!! I am so blessed that God brought him into my life when I needed him. If he was not happily married and I didn't have Ken, I could probably chase him and catch him because I am so much younger. lol Remember you can't hold me to anything I say because of the influence of drugs. lol
But I am so fortunate and blessed for God to have led him to me when I needed both of them so much. I can't praise God enough or thank Dr. K enough as they together saved my life...although I know that God was the leading force and he is the one who guided Dr. K's hands through everything. I am so thankful...you cannot begin to imagine.
Now the hard work begins...I am looking forward to getting the left kidney kick started into working at least 25% and I know with lots of prayer this will happen. Together with the left kidney totally blocked, I was brought back from total failure to 49% with the right kidney. So if anyone is looking for something or someone to pray for, please try to remember me. I know I will not get full function from the left kidney as it has atrophied quite a bit and will probably never be full-functioning again, but I am only asking for it to become the best it can be again. I praise God that with his help, this will happen. If you have time for a quick prayer, try to remember me...just briefly if that is all you have time for. I will be keeping all our Spark members, friends and families in prayers for all your spoken and unspoken needs. God knows you all and knows all your needs whether they have been spoken or not. My prayers will continue to be lifted for you.
Forgive me if this seems to ramble a bit but it is all from my heart!!!
Love and hugs always,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God for being and staying in my life
Dr. K for coming into my life
My DD and Ken who are always there for me
My DD co-workers and bosses who have called to check on me
Our spark members whom I have personally talked to or chatted with, emailed, spark mailed, etc. I love you all. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement always.
Too many blessings and positives to list, but know that I know that all!!!

Thank you for stopping by, reading and/or commenting on my page and blogs. I love you and I won't forget you!

  
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JEPSON 12/12/2008 2:26PM

    Helen, I am so very thankful that you came through another surgery. Praise God!

May the Lord continue to bless you on this road to health,
Paula

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 12/12/2008 1:29PM

    Praise to our awesome God! Glad your on the mend!
((((cow cuddles))))

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/12/2008 11:36AM

    Helen,
Praise God that all went well for you and I pray that you continue to get healthy and well from now on.
You take it easy now....
Blessings and hugs,
Janet.

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KM1304 12/12/2008 5:31AM

    Praise the Lord Helen. I'm so glad surgery went well. Now the healing begins.

{HUGS}
Karol

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MARLA7 12/12/2008 5:09AM

    Helen - So glad your surgery went well & you're now home recouperating. Please take care Love, Marla

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LINSUARA 12/12/2008 2:14AM

    I really loved hearing the things that God has done for you and Praise God with you for all that He is going to do from here on!
He truly does love you and will continue to do the miracles you need.
Linda
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SHAREDJOURNEY 12/12/2008 2:14AM

    What a wonderful praise report. You warmed my heart with your honesty and gratitude. We are so blessed to have the Lord on our side to take care of all our needs and calm our fears. I am so glad to hear that you have improved kidney function and that you will be able to learn to adjust your diet to prevent further stones from forming. PTL for your good news. God Bless you my friend.

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CUDDY521 12/12/2008 1:15AM

    Dear Helen, I`m so happy your surgery went so well &
I will keep you in my daily & nightly prayers.
You are a miracle & God`s angel...
Hugs & Blessings, Cuddy
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POLLY20 12/12/2008 12:26AM

    Helen My dear Spark Sister..You are sounding pretty positive & so very Thankful for all of your Blessings.. I am there right by your side holding your hand..God has His arms gently cradling you next to His Precious Heart..Feel the Powers of healing & thanks for being such a great patient for Dr K.. Your Family deserves to be applauded for being right by your side.. I am sending oodles of Prayers your way.. My DD Jen has gone through that procedure twice with the stent..The last time she had it done she had a 1 centermeter Huge the size of a laarge diamond & a five mm..The stent came loosened right after the procedure because of all of the fluid that poured out of her & the Most horrible Dr that did her Liptotripsy told the nurse to rip it out.. Jennifer suffered for over a month with the large stones passing without the stent..We were up every night with her with all of the pain..The dr didn't want to see her & told her to go to the ER
& she waited for many hrs writhering in so much pain..She just wanted to die..
She made quite a few trips to that horrible ER waiting rm.. One time she got there at 10:30 at night & wasn't taken in until 5;30 A.M. 7 hrs of so much pain..
That Dr Mustafavi should be shot..The nurse was also in tears for Jennifer after
she had to rip out the stent.. She never did that before..The Dr never came back to see her..He should have been reported for all of the torture that Jen was put through..Nothing even touched her pain until she went to the ER & that didn't last..I'm so sorry to lay this on you, but this was such a sore subject..Her regular Urologist wasn't available for the surgery.. Her first one By Dr Susan Glover was such a better experiance..My DD will never be the same after that.. Many nightmares.. Please take care & Heal well...I'm here for you My Sweet Helen..
Love Always Polly ((HUGS))

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KAROUSELL46 12/11/2008 10:52PM

    Helen, What a blessing! I am thrilled to see you are so much better. Always in my prayers. (((HUGS))) Karen

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HOUSECAT609 12/11/2008 10:08PM

    Helen, I"m so glad your surgery went well. Will keep you in my prayers. Now get some rest . Huggs
Jean

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DEUCE119 12/11/2008 9:47PM

    SO GLAD THAT SO FAR SO GOOD. DR. K SHOULD GIVE YOU HALVIES FOR THE GOOD PUBLICITY. THANK GOD THAT YOU FOUND SUCH A WONDERFUL DOCTOR. I THINK THEY ALL HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS, THEY JUST DON'T ALL HAVE THE BEDSID MANNER TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN PUT YOUR LIFE IN THEIR HANDS. TAKE IT EASY NOW AND REST. WE ARE ALL HERE WHEN YOU FEEL UP TO SNUFF. THE PRAYERS WILL BE SAID FOR YOU TONIGHT! emoticon

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PONSELLE 12/11/2008 9:42PM

    Praise God for His many Blessings!

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MAURIZIA 12/11/2008 9:38PM

    Helen, my prayers tonight will be of thanksgiving for your successful surgery...and prayers will continue for your return to the best health you can enjoy!

Yes, indeed, Praise be to G-d!

Mauri

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/11/2008 9:35PM

    HELEN I AM SO GLAD EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL for YOU MY FRIEND AND THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW HOW EVERYTHING WENT!GLAD YOU GOT SUCH A GOOD DOCTOR!PRAYERS ARE CONTINUING MY FRIEND FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY!TAKE CARE AND LET ME KNOW IF I CAN DO ANYTHING!LOVE,CHAR

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LINDIEMAE 12/11/2008 9:19PM

    Helen, so far so good yeaaaa for DR. K...I'd hug him tooo if I could, he's a gem for sure... now follow orders and take care of you first...thank you for thinking of us and letting us know but now we prolly want you to take care of you ... after all we want and need you around here for all your loving support that you give to us sparklers... emoticon emoticon emoticon Lindie

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Off to surgery this morning...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Good morning everyone. I am saying a prayer for all my spark family and friends today that all is well with you. Look around and count all your blessings and be thankful for each of them. Don't let day to day living get you down. Put a smile on your face and share it with everyone you see today...it doesn't cost anything and I am sure it will make someone's day. Such a small thing but it can be the world to someone. Enjoy your day and make the most of it. It's going to be a very good day today!!!
I am getting off my computer and heading out the door for my kidney surgery this morning. I have turned everything over to God for it is truly in His healing and loving hands. I praise him for everything He has done for me but most of all for being His child.
May God's blessings continue to pour over each of you today and always.
Love and hugs,
Helen

My positives and blessings are to many to list this morning but know that I am counting them all.

Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting on my blogs!! I love each of you.

  
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WANDAH3 12/11/2008 7:46PM

    Helen, I'm believing that all will go well for you today. You are an earth angel and God takes care of His own.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CUDDY521 12/11/2008 7:11PM

    God will take care of His angel....
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SLOWBUTSURE1 12/11/2008 3:43PM

    I pray your surgery goes well

Donna

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/11/2008 2:39PM

    HELEN GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU MY FRIEND!WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR POSTS TO TELL US HOW YOU AR DOING!LOVE,CHAR

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KATIE.HEGYI 12/11/2008 12:14PM

    Everyone has an angel and your will help you through!

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KAROUSELL46 12/11/2008 11:44AM

    Thoughts & prayers to my dear friend. May you have a speedy recovery. emoticon

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RATDAR1 12/11/2008 11:15AM

    my wonderful freind i am there watching over you and telling the drs what to do and they are going to get you well i know this. i am praying and god has told me that you are going to be just fine. you let me know when you can ok . i love you so much you have been there for me now it is time that i be there for you. well i love ya a lot and talk with you soon love ya ronnie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLLY20 12/11/2008 11:01AM

    My Sweetnes Helen, I am holding you in my thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery..Take the time to heal & feel better soon My Dearest Friend.. Love & Hugs Always Your Spark Sister Polly xxooxx

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ITHY51 12/11/2008 10:45AM

  I hope that your operation will go well and that you will be home and healing soon. Your positive out look is so inspiring.

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ROSEHIP:-) 12/11/2008 10:18AM

    I saw your huddle this morn. May God bless you this morning with the best surgeon and medical team for your operation and to help you with a speedy recovery. Prayers are with you. God bless, Rosehip emoticon

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BISHOP-1956 12/11/2008 10:17AM

    Good luck with your surgery. I'll be saying a prayer for you.
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MAURIZIA 12/11/2008 9:41AM

    Helen, you are always so right about the power of G-d in our lives! I have been praying continuously for surgical success and quick recovery so that you can come back to us soon...totally selfish on my part, but I don't care!!

Prayers and blessings,
Mauri

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HOLLY_ROSE 12/11/2008 9:04AM

    The Lord bless you Helen, you are in my prayers! I couldn't agree with you more!! Love you friend!! Holly

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Surgery tomorrow....WOOHOO!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I am just taking a moment to let everyone know that I will be having my kidney surgery tomorrow morning at 11.45…sign in at 10:15…start IV’s, and hopefully finished by 1:30 if they are running on time, etc. Dr. K is doing the surgery and I am really happy about that. Saw him this morning, had to have check x-ray, ekg, blood and urine test done and all ready for tomorrow. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight… although I have to take my Fasting Blood Sugar first thing in the morning and take my kit with me so they will be checking my sugar during the surgery as they will be giving me glucose water IV’s. Also have to take my BP meds with just a sip of water. ..nothing else.
When I am finally coherent and am able, I will jump on and let everyone know what happened and that all is well. I am so happy to be getting this done and over with before Christmas. WOOHOO!!!
McKenzie called me this afternoon and wanted me to come to dancing class with her to watch her dance. I told her I would try. When I didn’t promise, she told me that the roads weren’t bad…it was just raining. Yes I did go over and watch here…when she spied me through the window, she kept blowing kisses and waving to me. I apologized to her teacher for causing a slight disturbance and she said McKenzie knows she has to pay attention. I explained what had happened and she was very nice about it. I had a very nice visit with several friends. I am very tired and keep falling asleep while trying to write this.
God bless you my friends,
Love and hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
As usual my blessings are too many to count but all I have to do is look around me and I see them everywhere. Ken and Richelle will be with me tomorrow so I know I will be well taken care of.
All my friends, family and neighbors are keeping me in prayer…a couple of them just started going to church after I got ill…I am very happy about that.
We had rain all day today…it wasn’t as cold as it has been.
Dishes are done and the house is straightened

Thank you all for stopping by, reading and commenting on my blogs!! I Love you!!!

  
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GHOSTFLAMES 12/11/2008 2:36PM

    HELEN GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND AND PARAYERS STILL CONTINUING FOR YOU MY FRIEND!LOVE,CHAR

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DTILLER1147 12/11/2008 8:45AM

    God, please touch the heart and the hand of these skilled surgeon hands, we all know how they gained that skill and the fact that these parties have come together is through you. I pray that you would wrap you arms around this wonderful lady and her family, allow them to feel your warm love and give them solaced in the fact that you will be beside her, we ask this in his name Jesus Christ Amen.

We will await your Good Word from you Helen on Friday.

Your Team Member Doyle

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WANDAH3 12/11/2008 8:01AM

    Helen, that is awesome. Prayers are being said for you.
Thanks for the update.

Hugs,
Wanda

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WOWEETOO 12/11/2008 7:57AM

    i am with you this morning my dear helen and just know you are coming up into the wellness again when you are well again i will tell you about the journey back to kidney function being normal again love and hugs God truly does bless those who are attendant upon Him love and blessing this morning mary emoticon

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MAURIZIA 12/11/2008 6:07AM

    Helen, my prayers are winging their way to you...and I will say an extra prayer at 11:45 - May G-d guide Dr. K's hands...and protect you throughout your surgery & recovery!

I'll be here waiting to read about your experience!!

Hugs, prayers, blessings and love,
Maurizia

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CUDDY521 12/11/2008 1:30AM

    Dear Helen, I will be praying & thinking about you all day. emoticon

Love & Hugs,Cuddy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SASSY_QUEEN 12/11/2008 1:24AM

    Wishing you all the best ......for your surgery and quick recovery....

The Queen

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LINDIEMAE 12/11/2008 1:06AM

    Helen I am sooo happy for you and when this is all over you can take all the information and expereiences and share it with those going through the same... I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, lots of huggsss, Lindie

ps enjoy McKenzie while you can, my granddaughter turned 14 this weekend and has no time now for her nana...lol typical teenager ...

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MARLA7 12/11/2008 12:46AM

    Helen - I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.... saying prayers for a speedy & full recovery. Love you, Marla

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CAMERABABE 12/11/2008 12:28AM

    You will be in my prayers tonight for a speedy and healthy recovery. Take care of yourself first and everything else will fall into place.

Hugs-Wendy

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WYOFRED 12/11/2008 12:18AM

    God be with you.
Good Luck and a Speedy Recovery.

Freddy


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The phone always rings when you're sleeping...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

While taking a nap this morning, I heard the phone ringing. It was my new surgeon's office calling to set up my appointment tomorrow at 9:30. He just received my files from the original surgeon this morning and called me right away. Just got back to sleep (of course I was on the phone and doing things around the house before hitting my recliner again.) and the phone rang again. It was his office again...he wanted me to go for another x-ray of the kidney area to see if the blockage has gotten any bigger or if it had moved at all. He wanted to be sure what was going on. I will have to have blood and urine test tomorrow also. I think he may be planning my surgery for Thursday...just my guess. But I know he doesn't want to keep putting it off any longer than necessary.
The original surgeon didn't plan any tests or anything from the first test until my planned surgery and had no clue what had happened in the meantime... that it had grown another 3+ mm in length and 3 1/2mm around. I am so excited about having Dr. K as my surgeon. He is a blessing to me...God brought him into my life at the perfect time...to save my life. He is a Christian also and is a very caring person and not just as a doctor. What a wonderful man he is. He treats all his patients like he would want to be treated...who could ask for more?
I will update when the surgery is going to be as soon as I know for sure. It will take about 4 hours if everything goes as planned.
Hugs,
Helen

POSITIVES:
God's presence in my life
The beautiful weather we had today...62*
The wonderful sunshine
My family and friends...always includes my spark friends and family
My health and the fact that I am so much healthier than a year ago
Even my great outlook on life...comes from God's presence in my life
Too many blessings to list but I count them all

Thank you for stopping, reading and commenting on my blogs, I love you!!

  
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GRAMMY2FIVE 12/10/2008 10:57PM

    Helen, this new doctor is just what you needed. Thank God for him. This upcoming surgery is gona fix you up "right pretty"
{{{{HUGS}}}}Cynthia

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KAROUSELL46 12/10/2008 4:06PM

    Thoughts & prayers coming to you. emoticonKaren

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JUSTPEACHY1 12/10/2008 9:35AM

    Helen, 62 degrees!!!??? That sounds so wonderful - MI has already been hit by the deep freeze. Praising God with you for providing your excellent and caring new doc. Ena

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ANNIE48 12/10/2008 8:17AM

  Dear Helen, I am so thankful to God for bringing you to this new Christian doctor. He is faithful to hear us and answer us. I am also glad that your health is better than last year. Wonderful dear girl to remind us to count our blessings. Hugs, Annie

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MAURIZIA 12/10/2008 7:25AM

    Helen, G-d moves us where we need to be when we trust Him! He has done that for you...so what could have been disastrous - your emergency admission has turned into a blessing for you...and for US, your SparkFriends! So happy you have a physician in whom you can trust!! Sounds like he's doing it all right!!

Blessings & prayers,
Mauri

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/10/2008 7:06AM

    HELEN AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE I AM SO GLAD YOU HAVE THIS NEW DOCTOR KEEP US POSTED MY FRIEND AND PRAYER ARE CONTINUING FOR YOU!TAKE CARE!LOVE,CHAR

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CUDDY521 12/10/2008 12:06AM

    Dear Helen, God is watching over His Angel!
Your in my thoughts & prayers..
Hugs, Cuddy emoticon

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JOANN135 12/9/2008 10:55PM

    Helen, I'm still praying! ~ Jo Ann

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WOWEETOO 12/9/2008 10:23PM

    GO HELEN GO!!!
GFR TODAY IN TEDST 65 AND GFRAA 70
AND THE NEPHROLOGIST HARDLY BELIEVED IT
and he was real nice to me this time (he heard from my primary and endo for sure
4 month followup but the tests and results show that it is not the kidneys as much as it is the diabetes and he is excited about that so am i for sure
he says eventually it will come to that but as i am better by far now than i was last year at this time he is hopeful that it will be a long time coming so i am happy for sure love you and glad you are happy with this doc will still continue to hold you in my hands and heart love and hugs mary emoticon

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WANDAH3 12/9/2008 9:47PM

    Sounds like God is in control of everything. What a blessing having a surgeon that you have trust and confidence in.

Keep us posted.
Hugs,
Wanda

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TAZZIE5 12/9/2008 9:31PM

    Helen: How amazing blood tests & other pre-op requirements can be covered in short order. Sounds like you have the right surgeon on your case now. Bee blessed!

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