Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What do I have to be thankful about?

As I started my 30 Days of Thanksgiving 2012 this year I started out thinking, all of this is going to be about PAIN.  Why?  I could say that it was the wish of Rest Ministries to discuss pain each day, but it wasn't.  It's because I started out
in the ER with a kidney stone that blew through my right kidney.  I slept (right, more like I cat napped for one hour at a time all through the night) there one night.  They seemed perplexed that I couldn't pass any urine.  Well that's why I was there...  I had urinary problems.  <enter sarcasm in the above>

So I sat there talking to my husband (THANK YOU LORD FOR UNITING JOHN AND I IN MARRIAGE ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO!) and thank you for two wonderful step son (grown men).  My husband sat with me until I started to get sleepy and then he went home.  One thing that I've learned is that my husband will support me through anything!  Because ladies, if your man will pull apart the catheter tubes and clean the urine off of them with sterile alcohol wipes and measure your urine and keep track of it in on a tablet, every single time you pee!

So I started writing my days of thanks!  Each one of them was written in total fear.  I basically was on the end of the lifeline and telling God that I do trust him but would He "really" take care of me?  My final diagnosis with my kidneys is that:  1.  The left kidney is super small.  2.  The right kidney is the only one working.  The left one doesn't do a thing.  That was the toughest thing to do and I put all my trust in my husband and my mom (a registered nurse) and my doctors (as I should) but what an awful burden that was for my incredible husband.   So I started reading (well my husband started reading this book to me) "Do You Trust Me?"  <Allowing Hope to Triumph Over Tragedy> by Jessica Leigh Johnson.   This book is about this mother's struggle while having lost her daughter to death at the age of 4.   As John read the pages all I could think was, "How can I be so scared of this when that mother went through the loss of her daughter?"


My husband faces his own surgery in the New Year or maybe earlier if they say he has to.  It's related to his colon.  That upsets me immediately because his mom (90 years young!) has/had cancer of the colon.  She's in the nursing home on Hospice.  So all the while he realized that he missed his own appointment where the Dr. would tell him what his surgery is all about and when to schedule it.  Thank the Lord that TODAY he found out that his appointment is next Tuesday.  I'll be doing anything for him with that appointment!

What I didn't want to do this year was have a GENERIC Thanksgiving!  Like putting up the typical quizzes, facts, recipes, The best in Thanks Pinning, decorations for the house, etc...


And this definitely didn't make me smile because it's that time
again when my husband and I and our landlord get very depressed.  For my husband and I we see a therapist and have medication, but a good friend who is a neighbor is very depressed and physically feeling bad.  So we try to step in and do some little things to break him out of that mood and into something happy.  But we don't want to step on his feet because I know that the one thing that I wished had happened the most for us is that someone brought us a covered dish meal and help break us out of our depression.   John made a delicious meal that we Californians enjoy year-round...  Avocado Potato Salad.  OMGOSH!  It is to die for!  If you want the recipe, let me know in the comments.   Thanks!

So let me tell you what I think about that verse "A cheerful heart is good medicine."  I think no matter what it takes we should try to get ourselves happy again.  Maybe it's the Bible for some, reading good books (secular and non secular) or watch incredibly goofy shows (and for me it's reality tv at night before I go to sleep because I like that my life is not that bad or made up to be that bad).  You find your thing...  is it crafts?  Blogging?  Earning extra money?  Giving to the ones who have less than you?  Random acts of Kindness?  Not shopping on Black Friday?  Waiting a little bit longer this year to put up the Christmas Decorations except for ONE decoration!  Try to put it somewhere that is out of plain sight and visit with it when you want.  Then all of a sudden you will find that you can take out two decorations and then three and so on!  Or whatever your faith is and what you practice or don't practice.

Articles about Depression and the Holidays: CLICK HERE

Wishing you all the best for each day til we reach the end of the year!  And then guess what... it's a NEW YEAR!  Maybe you should do like John and I do and hang up the MISTLETOE first!  And do it at the kitchen or bedroom...  and watch miracles happen.                               

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Your SWAGBUCKS at work to help the RED CROSS!

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Source:  LA TIMES

 Click Here to send your SwagBucks!  We were saving so long that I had enough to send $50.00!   I'm so glad that I saved them this long!  Praise the Lord for that!

Every Swag Buck donated equals $0.01, so donating 1,000 Swag Bucks is equivalent to donating ten dollars. Please support the American Red Cross as well as those affected by Superstorm Sandy and donate your Swag Bucks today.

 Please click on this link to send your SB's!  Thanks friends!

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Update on my health:  I am passing another stone today  and the pain has been 10/10 ... just pumping in the cranberry juice, pomegrante juice and other herbal remedies here that have been helpful. 

Thank you Lord for no blood in my catheter!  

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness


Everyday until Thanksgiving, I will be posting a different thing that I am thankful for.  I’d really appreciate it if you would play along and leave a comment each day of something you’re thankful for.

DAY ONE:  No blood in my catheter.
DAY TWO:  No blood in the catheter and pain pills are working!
DAY THREE:  Passing another stone today and have been in 10/10 pain for 8 hours now and I'm thankful that my husband is by my side today while I lie in bed on my back or side, and he's giving me all the juices and tonight a green smoothie from Jamba Juice to get the greens in me!  Found ideal nutritional information at PubMed to tell of us things that I should be eating to help pass the stone!  Thankful for Christian friends from back East who are praying for me (even though they have a disaster to take care of) and the good thoughts of prayers of friends who live in other parts of the country who are praying.
God bless all of you!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween and update on my condition!

(or the day after)

We didn't have as many kids as last year so now we have all this tempting candy here and we were wondering what to do with it to get it out of the house so we don't eat it all :0)   So
here is the plan and where we received the idea with a picture and instructions!  Let me know if this sounds interesting to you?

           photo courtesy of ALL FREE CHRISTMAS CRAFTS!

A huge trend in crafting is mason jars. Gifts in a jar, desserts in a jar - there are so many ways to reuse this versatile supply! As you head into the holiday season, save those glass jars instead of popping them into the recycle bin. Don't just fill them with treats and give them away during the holiday season. Turn this simple gift into a fun Christmas craft. Gift ideas should be catered to the recipient, so many some labels and add elements that really capture the person's attitude and personality. Use felt, a needle and thread to add a fun touch to your simple gift in a jar.

A huge trend in crafting is mason jars. Gifts in a jar, desserts in a

UPDATE:  Things went downhill FAST yesterday when I had all blood in my cath. and we had to go back to the ER and come to find out that the nurse that did my discharge placed the cath. on the bottom part of my leg (causing it to pull and pull hard). 
So they gave me pain medication and cleaned up the irritation in my private area and used a huge plastic needled to pull out the urine that had built up and wasn't going into the bag.    Today I'm hurting almost worse there and I am drinking like crazy to get the fluids to go through fast and hopefully stop this pain.  I have pain meds and so I already took them.  We may need to go to the ER again because of this pain today.  Please keep praying and sending good thoughts my way and I'll keep you updated on my condition.  Thanks friends and followers!

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