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Oh my...what a week this has been!!! Prayers needed.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our weather has been beautiful for the last several days...lots of warm sunshine, temperatures in high 40s and today low 50. However we are about to experience some severe flooding due to the melting snow and now expecting rain for about the next five days. We live very close to a large creek which feeds into the Monongahela River two miles away. I think it is about 2 feet from flood level. I am praying for everyone that may be affected in any way even along the smaller creeks. This is a problem is many, many places.
I love this sunshine and I'm so happy to be able to get out and walk in it. I also was able to ride my bike for a short while today although I have been busy with doctors, etc. not only for myself but for Ken also. We spent Monday in the ER for almost 13 hours trying to get Ken's leg taken care of...severe infection which he thinks is getting better. I am so happy that he thinks so. That isn't my opinion of course from looking at it. The doctors took an x-ray to make sure it wasn't broken (DUH) and also did a doppler test and ultrasound to rule out deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). These test results were negative. Amen!! They gave him IV antibiotics and wanted to keep him for a couple of days but he wouldn't stay. So they gave him two heavy antibiotics to take at home. He cut it at work on February 9 on a pile of metal that the construction workers threw in a pile in the boiler room and has been doctoring it at home, I thought. I didn't take care of the situation and should have at least kept an eye on it...although he is an adult and capable.
An accident report had been completed so there is no problem there. However due to the death recently of a local doctor (and a dear friend), his employer no longer has a workman's comp doctor. He went to my family doctor today...he hasn't been to a doctor in 18-20 years...and as they are not on the WC panel of doctors with the state and do not take WC claims, they were not able to treat him...could not even look at his leg. SIGH!!! After many phone calls and a couple of hours, we finally located a WC doctor who just specializes in WC claims and were able to get an appointment today. Praise God!!!
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GRAPHIC: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH!!!
Ken's leg is now so infected that he has cellulitis...very swollen almost double in size, deep red almost as dark as a port wine birthmark with a large open sore where it was cut which is oozing yellow pus running down his leg and staining his sock yellow as well as many other smaller (not little) sores that are also open and oozing. He says it no longer is painful and hurting so badly so he thinks the antibiotics are working. All I can see is the pus running, and infection, dark red and nasty open sores and the swelling to the point it looks like it could burst. If he says it doesn't hurt, I will have to agree with him. I have been praying and asking God to please provide a healing and to lead us to the best medical care so that he doesn't lose his leg...a distinct possibility if he doesn't get this infection stopped.
YOU CAN READ AGAIN IF YOU STOPPED ABOVE!!
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I did make it to my appointment with my kidney doctor (nephrologist in Pittsburgh) on Tuesday morning, missing it was not an option with all the pain I have been having in my low back. This is very unusual for me and we still don’t know why. Dr. K did find blood in my urine and my kidneys are throwing way to much protein. She would like to do a biopsy on my kidney but as I only have one functioning kidney is hesitant as too many things can go wrong. That to me is not an option, unless it is the only option, which she doesn’t think so at this point. We are taking it one day at a time. However I still do not know anything as the results from the blood work aren't back yet. She will call me as soon as she has those results. Praise God that she is so good about that.
For all that is going on in our lives, we are truly blessed that God is taking care of us. He is truly the great Healer. Without Him in our lives, we would be in serious trouble at our house!!!
Blessings and hugs to all,
Helen

BTW: I found it interesting when I saw yesterday that March is Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month. hmmmm....


POSITIVES:
God, our great Healer!!!
The sunshine and beautiful weather we are having
The changes in the seasons…happy that spring is almost here
Doctors who are led and knowledgeable through our great Healer
My family and friends
My Spark family, friends and teams
Marla's Miracle...making it happen for her and for me...Marla needs a kidney!!!
McKenzie who is always a blessing but whose mom is on vacation this week
My home and heat to keep us warm
Healthy food to eat
My health
Spark People and our daily lives where we can continue to spread the word and share our blessings!

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Sorry that I don't always have enough time to thank everyone individually. With my spark friends and family in my life, supporting and encouraging me, my journey is a much easier one. I do read every comment. May God continue to bless you!!! I love each of you!!
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DIANE929 3/22/2010 4:20AM

    Dear God
This person needs your healing and I pray that you will put healing on Ken's leg. In Jesus' name
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KAT7457 3/18/2010 7:03PM

    Hi Helen, I will say some prayers for you and Ken, his leg sounds really bad and I hope between the dr.s and God that it can be healed completely soon. God Bless Hugs Kat

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FAHNZMOM 3/13/2010 4:44PM

    Keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Nancy and family

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REMODELINGPAT 3/12/2010 10:45PM

    WOW, Helen! I'm praying that our Great Physician will go in and clean out Ken's leg and anoint it with healing. For you, I'm praying that He will reveal the best way to relieve whatever is causing your pain, and to strengthen your remaining kidney. I'm standing in faith with you that our God is an awesome, miracle-working God, and that he has you and Ken nestled in the palm of His hand. For your area, I'm praying that the river waters do no damage even if He allows them to overrun their banks. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Blessings, my friend!

Pat

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ALASKAN 3/12/2010 3:31PM

    Hello Helen
I'm praying for you both and may God heal this wound. A emoticon from me and emoticon are on their way .
Dear God
This person needs your healing and I pray that you will put healing on this wound. To have it cleared up and watch over them as their time of healing. In Jesus' name
Amen.

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PARAEAST 3/12/2010 12:42PM

    Helen
I will be praying for you and dh! God can heal! emoticon

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DANDDPOFF 3/12/2010 6:30AM

    Oh, my , keep your chin up , you know God does not give us more then we can handle, Well, he must think you all can handle a lot.

I will pray for Ken and you that he layes his healing hand on Ken and you . We know he is able to do this, for he is our God almighty. Gods speed in both your recovery,

Love you
donna

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SJG1953 3/12/2010 12:42AM

    Prayers being added Helen. God is indeed able. Blessings, Shirley

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LITTLEWIND53 3/12/2010 12:23AM

    You are having a hard time of it but faith in the Lord is obviously seeing you through. I am glad that you can keep positive at this time. I will include both of you in my prayers.

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BUFFALOGAL1952 3/11/2010 9:35PM

    Oh Helen!! How awful!! Hope Ken's leg gets better very soon. know that I am saying prayers for him.

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SUSIEPH1 3/11/2010 9:17PM

    So Sorry about Kens Leg!!.
Is he keeping it raised when he is home? he needs too.
Sounds really bad and should most likely be resting!! any way your Docs should be on to it.
I certainly hope he is much better soon!
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JEPSON 3/11/2010 4:53PM

    I will be keeping you and Ken in prayer.

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WANDAH3 3/11/2010 4:48PM

    Helen...thinking of you and Ken and saying prayers.

Hugs,
Wanda

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DORCAS9 3/11/2010 3:59PM

    Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine, Helen.
Praying that there won't be any floods.
Will keep both you and your DH in my prayers.
God bless you always.
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QUILTINGB52 3/11/2010 1:07PM

    I have Chronic DVT's & personally know how scary Cellulitis is (the worst was in 2005)! Have had it twice & don't want it ever again!!!

Will keep you both in my thoughts & prayers!

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STOP-IT-KNOW 3/11/2010 12:49PM

    you and hubby are in my thoughts hope things get better real soon emoticon emoticon

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GGRANLDY 3/11/2010 12:46PM

    Helen will be praying as we know our God is able.

God Bless
Dottie

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/11/2010 12:28PM

    Praying for you and hubby, you are going through a lot right now. Also praying the flood waters won't rise too much and that all is well.

We care and most of all you have a wonderful, caring God.

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TESHIE4ME 3/11/2010 12:16PM

    God willing, the creek won't rise. I'll say it again....God wiling, the creek won't rise!!! I am so sorry to hear about Ken's leg. I'm praying extra hard for you both.....
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JILLWILSON2102 3/11/2010 11:46AM

    Helen!!! Prayers always. Speaking from the perspective of someone who works with vascular surgeons, the infection is a big deal, so encourage him to continue his dressing changes, keeping it clean and finishing all antibiotic medication. Also, if you don't have a follow up appointment scheduled for his leg to be rechecked, make one! His progress definitely needs to be monitored. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYCAROLLOUISE 3/11/2010 11:42AM

    God's love certainly shines thru you! You & Ken are in my prayers. You have lots of love and good advice here... Mary

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BELLACUDDLES 3/11/2010 11:26AM

    You and your family are in my prayers, dear friend. Try to take some deep breaths and lean on Him....I know you are!

Hugs,
Barbara

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WILLOW49 3/11/2010 11:16AM

    I really hope you can talk him into going into the hospital. This is just to serious to be at home. Men are stubborn and do not make good patients, but do everything you can to get him to go...even if you have to drag him there. I was hospitalized with cellulitis last summer...almost killed me. This is nothing to ignore.

Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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RATDAR3 3/11/2010 11:02AM

    MY DEAR HELEN I AM SO SORRY ABOUT THIS BUT HE IS A

GROWN MAN AND STUBBORN BUT THINGS WILL WORK OUT FOR THE BEST. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND HIM THAT GOD WILL

BLESS THE BOTH OF YOU.
KEEP ME UP DATED ON WHAT ISA GOING ON OK .

LOVE YA MOMMA WITHY ALL MY HEART.

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LINDA25427 3/11/2010 10:00AM

    My Dear Helen you and your family are in my continued prayers sorry to hear about Ken and the flooding situation. Hope and pray that everything works out ok. Keep the Faith my friend .
Will continue prayer for you and your loved ones and situations around you .
Thank you for your prayers for my family . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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WOWEETOO 3/11/2010 9:57AM

    yowzias now this is doctor mary's advice to ken you helen need to get him into a hospital bed where they do twenty-four hour care of that leg i don't care what he wants he is being a child if he doesn't like the food bring him food from home as a medical person adn been there and none that with my leg with the cellulits you are looking at STAPH..PURE AND SIMPLE STAPH that is the killer going around right now i don't care how he feels about the hosptital that is the one best place for him right this minute staph lives on our skin all the time to have cellulitus is one of the most effective ways for it to get and and take you out so get him back to the emergency room and get him admitted and taken care of DO NOT WAIT TO REGRET THIS LATER DO IT TODAY
love and hugs my faithful friend
the lady mary
PLEASE DO THIS!!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/11/2010 9:48AM

    Helen will put you and ken and the flooding situation in my prayers. I hope you can get Ken back to the doctor, that infection sounds really nasty. Hope they can figure out what's going on with your situation also. Keep us posted.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/11/2010 9:34AM

    Dear, Sweet Helen, prayers and thoughts are with you and Ken during this time! You have some pretty big shoulders! Don't forget about YOU, TOO!!! Love you, my prayer warrior friend! Lori

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IUHRYTR 3/11/2010 9:12AM

    Prayers and positive thoughts offered for Ken and for those who may be affected by the rising river. Hang in there and keep us updated. -- Lou

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/11/2010 9:10AM

    HELEN PRAYERS ARE GOINGOUT TO KEN AND YOU MY FRIEDN HUGS,CHAR

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CLAYSGAL 3/11/2010 8:05AM

    He is an adult an capable, BUT..... men are notorious for NOT taking care of themselves. My hubby is diabetic, but he will get a cut or blister an just ignore it! Makes me crazy! That would be scarey about the flooding! I will keep that in my prayers.

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WALKNLOVE 3/11/2010 7:57AM

    Praying for you! I go to a small church(which was once a corn field), but it is blessed with great people as we have had 2 people who needed new kidneys, and 2 organ donors, right in our own church!Amazing!
I really would encourage you to get your husband back to the doctor! This type of infection is nothing to play with.At best, the doctor will say it is getting better, at worst, they will take further action.I am praying for it to heal up and be good as new, the way God created it, because HE NEEDS IT!
Prayers to you sister!

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 3/11/2010 7:06AM

    sending my praying.
(((cow cuddles)))

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GOANNA2 3/11/2010 6:56AM

    Good health and a happy journey through Spark people.
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