Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
It makes me even happier when they really do become friends and we enjoy each others company.
I recently had another opportunity to have lunch with LeeBird.
She and I both live in the Phoenix Area (East Valley) and enjoy getting together as often as possible. I absolutely adore her!
Lee is a prayer warrior and a woman after God's own heart. I truly love spending time with her. She is one of those Christian ladies who make you feel so relaxed. And relaxed is what I need in my life just now and time with her is just what the (heavenly) doctor ordered last week.
Lee is the inspired writer of Prayer Gifts (here). You will have to stop by and get to know her. It will be a place you will love to re-visit week after week.
Considering Bloggy Friends With Great Joy,
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Here is 'RED' (as he is known to his friends) today showing off some of his Many Equestrian ribbons!
Happy '25th'Birthday To One Amazing Young Man!!!
Considering Trust With Great Joy,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We also had the ice cream truck (50/50 bars) and the dairy truck (cottage cheese w/pineapple). They would come down Wellsford and offer so many kinds of goodies, treats that filled our bodies with goodness (well, sugar). It became a habit that we all loved.
Fast forward, ahem, 40+ years and I still have the same bad habits I had as a kid. I LOVE ice cream, donuts and sugar. I am a sugarholic and it is making me sick, besides the fact that I have gained an awful amount of weight and am miserable. Many of you who read this blog already know that my A1C is too high and I was supposed to eliminate sugar from my diet, I did well for a couple weeks but .......
Sunday, June 13, 2010
It has been a whirlwind day.
Awesome church service this morning and then off to the hospital for a visit.
I am Happy to report that the visit turned into a discharge and Home We Are.
The kids have been here all evening. A delicious meal was delivered from one of the sweet Barn Mom's along with 2 desserts and homemade blueberry muffins for breakfast.
It was so wonderful to spend time all together rejoicing while we sat out on the patio enjoying each other's company. Even our little poochy and a stray kitty (blog post for another day) joined in the fun.
Mark's creatinine went down to 1.15 (awesome kidney number). The cardiologist and Pulmonologist both want Mark to follow up this week with more tests but they did sign off on his release. NO, I didn't let him leave AMA!!! We did learn that Mark has moderate to severe heart disease and will need a complete work-up followed by on going treatment. But we believe that God allowed us to be in the right place at the right time otherwise we would have no idea of this new concern and he was headed for a massive heart attack (according to two docs).
So for tonight we are thankful and most grateful for the prayer support we have received. We know how much we are loved and thank you all for kind words of encouragement and love.
Now I am off to enjoy one more bowl of ice cream and then tomorrow - well - the new reality of healthy eating for ALL of us sets in:)
Considering Life With Joy,
Saturday, June 12, 2010
The good news was that:
C-Diff was negative:)
Valley Fever was negative:)
Nuclear Renal Function Study showed NO blockage:):):)
The difficult news was:
Creatinine went back up to 1.55
CT Scan continues to show total haziness in both lungs (fluid of some sort)
2D Echo showed Pulmonary Hypertension :(
C-Reactive Protein was 36.5 and should not be over 8
Today we had more tests:
Doppler of legs to check for blood clots - there were NONE!!!
Another Nuclear test of the lungs looking for clots - no answers yet.
More blood work: ANA, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.
So tonight we wait some more.
Mark actually feels pretty well so his little grumpiness has reappeared and he is giving everybody heck!! That's Mark!!
Though I am more than exhausted I cannot complain, there are so many parents whose sweet children are just across the hospital in the children's center who don't get to go home every night and sleep. They sit in a chair and just watch their babies all night to make sure nothing happens.
For me, I get to come home and be with Matthew and sleep or rest in my own bed:)
I received an awesome e-mail when I did return today (sure wish I had a lap-top so I could blog during the day instead of waiting until I get home) anyway, back to the e-mail. It was from Matthew's horse trainer and they (Silver Lining Team Mom's) are bringing meals over for the next several days PLUS the trainers house keeper has offered to clean our house one day!!! I am SO thankful. I guess they got tired of me saying I was eating donuts, soda and ice cream everyday:)
With that said, I am off to eat ice cream one more time:)
Thanks for praying and caring so much.
We know we are loved.
Honestly I was so tired last night I couldn't even type so here is a very short update.
Creatinine down to 1.35 - Good
Urine - perfect
24 hour output for quantitative protein completed last night - no news
Results expected today:
Nuclear renal function study
CT of lungs showed complete haziness - will need to see pulmonology at some point
Hoping, praying, desiring to bring him home today:) But they said Monday!! Let's see who wins!
Headed up there in a little while.
Matthew is quite lonely, I need to attempt to be home some today.
We are eating lots of donuts and ice cream (bad, bad, bad), I don't do much caffeine but sugar is keeping me going:)
Truthfully, God is keeping me going and I am doing well.
His Grace out weighs my exhaustion,
His Peace out weighs my thoughts,
His Presence out weighs my loneliness,
And His Healing Power out weighs Mark's illness:)
What do people do without God???????
Considering Even This Season With Joy,
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The past 72 hours seem a blur of emotions, driving freeways and more tests than I can remember anybody undergoing in such a short period of time.
The good news of the day is that Mark's Creatinine went from 1.64 to 1.5 today. Doctors are looking for 1.3 or less. Also, his UA was negative today compared to yesterday's scare. And, I believe we were told his blood cultures are negative so far. I can't remember though, but I think that is what they said.
The finally did the renal ultra sound this morning and between those results and the CT Scan they did find that Mark has Hydronephrosis which is a dilation of the transplanted kidney. This could be caused by infection or a blockage. Tomorrow morning they will do a nuclear renal scan to see if there is a blockage.
They did another CT Scan tonight of Mark's chest because when they did the previous abdominal CT they saw cloudiness in Mark's lower lungs. The possibilities are numerous but Valley Fever and Congestive Heart Failure were discussed. They will do a 2D Echo of Mark's heart tomorrow also.
They are running cocci titers in the morning and a host of other blood work.
He had a prostate check and blood drawn for PSA. So far those look good:)
The stopped two of his antibiotics and now is only on one, so that is also good news.
They have begun a 24-hour urine to check quantitatives for protein. ??? Don't ask!
They will also check his Cellcept and Rapmune levels in the morning. Poor guy, what a pin cushion his arms are becoming.
I honestly can't remember if I was told anything else. I wrote several things down but my mind is a blank just now.
Doctors predict he will remain in the hospital through the weekend which drew some 'grouchy' out of my guy:( I have my work cut out for me:)
As for things on the home front, somehow the pile of dishes on the counter grew larger (but I just washed them-yes by hand-our dish washer is broken) and laundry well, piled higher! Dog hair in the hallway multiplied and the bed, still unmade, but no problem because I may actually lie down at some point before morning.
Matthew is fine and had a great day at Raw-Hide and then went to dinner with Andrew and family. (So sweet of them)
So, that it about it! I have much to do before work in the AM and then off to the hospital by 10am or so.
Oh, and by the way, I ate a really awful salad at the hospital today so I decided to skip dinner and now I will treat myself to a LARGE Reece's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard!! I wonder how many points that is???
The bed hasn't been made in 2 days.
There is dog hair along the hallway floor.
The bathrooms are a mess.
Mail hasn't been touched.
Bills need to be paid.
Laundry is piling up.
And the list goes on and on.
But for Today...
Hubby is in the hospital.
And it's been a long 48 hours.
Matthew has plans of his own.
His day is filled with fun.
Choices need to be made.
What is most important to be done.
I guess those things will have to wait.
Because hubby is number one.
Off to the hospital:)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
My progress with horse riding 2008-2010
My forth horse was Bose. I learned to steer and trot bigger cross-rails with Bose. I learned how to use a crop on Bose. I also won 6 Blue ribbons and 1 Championship on Bose at the Flagstaff show in 2009. Bose passed away last fall. He was my favorite horse and I still miss him so much