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Update on Ray & Pop

Friday, July 03, 2009

I want to thank everyone for their caring and prayers this past week.

Now that we have changed the procedure for cleaning and bandaging Ray's arm, I can see healing taking place before my eyes! The Wound Center was treating it as a burn and it was looking terrible. Our G.P. is using medicated gauze that has a Vaseline product on it to prevent sticking and Ray is growing new skin slowly but consistently! He still feels "listless" and has no appetite and I am praying this is from the medicine which is Sulfa-based. Your continued prayers are so very welcome and asked for. I do believe in the power of prayer and I also believe that asking for prayers brings many blessings to all involved, the ones doing the asking and the ones doing the praying.

My father is doing better now that he knows why his arm is still so very swollen and oozing. And he can feel the Fistula growing in his right arm so he now has the incentive to squeeze the ball with that arm. I am still praying for a successful surgery on Monday. I also ask for continued prayers for my father. He is so very drained after his Dialysis - I am praying for an answer so I can help to figure what we need to do to help him. The thought is that they are draining off too much fluid but the solution evades us.

Thank you all for your continued support. Words cannot express my total gratitude to this SparkPeople community.

To change the subject, I am still making progress! While my weight jumps up and down through the weeks, I finished June down .8 which is awesome! I had occasion to measure the other day and was pleasantly surprised with another inches loss. WooHoo!! My "ladies" have turned into thin pockets that just lie there, but what a relief not to be toting "bloated ladies" around 24/7 anymore. I don't bounce in my sports bra anymore! (Sorry guys if this is too much info for you .)
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Be careful out there! Danger lurks in every bite!
Love you all,
Linda & Ray & Pop

**I took the advice of my walking partner and came home and looked up the side effects of Ray's medicines and stopped his Bactrim (Sulfa). I also stopped using the Acyclovir cream thinking maybe it was double-dosing with the newer Acyclovir pills - Ray's appetite has improved and he is less lethargic! WooHoo!
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FINDINGREALME 7/5/2009 10:43AM

    Linda -- Glad to hear that your Dad and hubby are doing better and I will continue to keep them in my prayers as they heal! Congrats on the inches lost and LOL on the ladies...I look forward to being smaller there someday...my hubby is not as thrilled:-)

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CAROL_ 7/5/2009 1:01AM

    Wonderful news, all!! Praying.

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GINILEE4 7/4/2009 7:35PM

    Linda, you angel. WTG on the losses, both lbs and inches. and I can tell you this pair of ole ladies gets mighty heavy. LOL You were clever to check up on the meds and stop them if they were problematic. I am keeping your family in my prayers and hope this levels out for all of you soon,

Love ya,


Gini

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VEGEFARMER 7/4/2009 12:22AM

    Hugs Linda, you are doing a terrific job looking after your loved ones. I will be sending prayers out for the healing of your loved ones and also a prayer for you to keep you going.
Hugssssssssssssssssss

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/3/2009 10:42PM

    Thanks for the update. Sounds like things are heading in the right direction. I sure hope so.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 7/3/2009 8:11PM

    Hi Linda,
So happy to hear that progress is being felt on almost all fronts.
I, too,believe in the blessings of prayer both for the one asking and those doing the praying. More prayers are on their way with an added request that a solution be found to help your Dad's arm! Also, a special prayer for
you, the devoted caretaker that you have the strength, balance and endurance needed to continue doing the phenomenal job you have been
doing.
Peace & Blessings,
Janet

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SOPHIADARE 7/3/2009 2:12PM

    Good for you, Linda, and thanks for the update on your husband and dad. Glad to keep the prayers coming!

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CICI510 7/3/2009 11:22AM

    I will definitely be praying for Ray and your dad. emoticon on the lost inches!!!!!

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DRAGONWOLF 7/3/2009 11:19AM

    emoticon Keep positive keep your strength up. Good thoughts for you and your family.

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MARTY19 7/3/2009 9:49AM

    I am so relieved to hear the good news. Things are turning around. I never underestimate the power of prayer. Everything in God's time. He takes good care of us when we need it.
You are so funny about your "girls" Your weight is also awesome. At me ww meeting I had a loss but not enough to even record it. LOL Frustrating but I am ok with it all. I am fantastic and I know it. LOL LOL

Hugs,
Marty

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MSLZZY 7/3/2009 7:15AM

    I will continue to pray for Ray and dad and increasing good health. Such struggles for two people who are your light and your life! Take care of them and yourself for you are all they have. God's blessings!
As for too much information-the guys will get over it LOL!

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