Since my last post – I’ve been sick on and off, until the end of February when I got real sick and almost ended up in the hospital. Pneumonia/Bronchitis – it’s too close to tell exactly which, but doc said either way, the first time I saw him for this, I was so sick that I had to use a walker to walk as I had no strength/energy and I couldn’t breathe.
Almost a month later, I’m able to walk without the walker, but I cannot over do is as my lungs start to burn and I have to sit down or lie down until I feel better. If I over do it, then I’m down for a day.
Two and a half weeks ago, in the midst of my sickness our dog died. Unfortunately it isn’t just me, but hubby has been sick as long as I, so going through the dog dying was a set back as we were up all night holding him until he passed. It’s like watching a human die. The gasping at the end and finally the relaxation as they leave their body. I know some, like my mom, just slowly stopped breathing and slipped away, but there are some that have trouble breathing and do the gasping thing. Anyway – Freddie’s gone and we will miss him. One of his favorite places – on this pillow/couch.
Hubby is getting better but still not strong as he usually is. We both get winded easily. I’m about 60% better – the Elders (The head pastors) of our church as well as the Associate Pastor came over to pray over me and anoint me with oil for healing. It was great to see them and talk to them for a few minutes – I sure miss being around these amazing people!! I don’t have a picture – but I made them all put on masks before they entered my house. I’m not strong enough to do a thorough clean in this house – so I insisted on them wearing masks to protect them from whatever may be lingering in our house and from me.
So that has been my time away from this blog. I hope you are all well and getting excited about Easter this weekend!
It has been a wild month. Between being sick on and off, mostly on, and the events going on at church, I’ve had enough energy to get through work and go home to bed.
Our church hosted a Comedy Night with Nazareth. He’s pretty funny! Then he did the weekend teaching at church. The following weekend was the Love & Respect Conference and over 100 people went through this conference. It was great to hear how many couples reconnected in their relationships. This weekend is the church’s 15th birthday. Amazing – donuts and T-shirts is in store for this weekend. After that, next Friday is our Thanks to You Volunteer Appreciation. We are celebrating what God has done in our church through our volunteers. I’m tired just typing this, hah! We have a break and then the Easter Preparations begin. Yup, we are rockin’ and rollin’ and lovin’ every minute, even though it’s exhausting!
For Valentines Day, hubby went out at bought me the last ticket for this concert. I am so excited to go on a girl’s night out with a bunch of incredible ladies. Thanks S4L for letting me know about this. I know the flyer says it’s in California, however, the tour will be in Reno on Saturday 2/16/13 night. I am so excited to just have a night off and doing something other than thinking about how behind I am at work!!
Mind you, hubby going out to purchase this ticket was no easy feat as he is still sick. He’s now on his 4th round, 3rd different, antibiotics as his lungs keep having bronchial spasms when he gets in the cold air and can’t breathe as well as having a sinus infection. So I am very grateful and appreciate the effort that it took for him to did that!
I’m also on another round of antibiotics – but at least I am able to go to work and function. I’m feeling way better and left work early today so I could come home and rest to be ready for fun tomorrow night.
Plus I’m excited that we have Monday off for President’s Day. Yes, an extra day off to recoup and shop. I need to find something to wear to Thanks to You.
So that’s my crazy world – I’m still hanging in and loving’ my church.
Y’all have a great 3 day weekend!!!
I hope you all have a great and wonderful Christmas with family and friends. We are hanging at home. I’ve got a brisket slow cooking in the oven which is making this house smell really wonderful!
My surgery went well, I can actually see. I still can’t read street signs and use reading glasses to see up close. Whenever I get discouraged, I just close my right eye and see how blurry the left eye still is and get a better perspective that for the first time in what seems like forever, my right eye sees so much better than my left. I also notice that when I’m tired, my left eye tries to take over and all I see is blur. I’m looking forward to Thursday and my left eye surgery!
As my surgery is later in the day, I’m able to eat breakfast! YAY … you have no idea how thrilled I am about that! That rebel in me, when told not to do something, I want to. I think hubby was right, instead of telling you to NOT eat after midnight, they should say, don’t have breakfast. Because I was watching the clock and ate up to my deadline.
We had 6 Christmas Eve services at church, starting Saturday through Monday night. It is always a wonderful experience to be there and see everyone, as well as watching the program. Even through they are the same, there is always a slight variation … poetic license if you will. So one doesn’t mind watching all 6, even if 5 of them are on the monitor in the lobby.
I just love the Elders of my church. The Lead Pastor & Elder is with family out of state as his dad had just died. So that left the other 2. After the last service, I walked into the lobby and there they were, as I walked up, they gave me a hug, and we continued to kid each other. It brought me back to high school. I’d hang out with the guys in school and that moment was a pleasant realization how much I love the comradery with the Elders! It is truly a blessing to work with these guys, the other pastors and the rest of our wonderful staff!
Again, you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family & friends!
I am so grateful for the special people in my life. God is so faithful and He uses His people to help when one is at a loss. So thank you so very much!!
Today is the day for my right eye cataract surgery. I have to be there by 10:20am. I’m nervous, anxious and hungry!! I’m hanging on to my Savior for peace and calmness as I wait for the time to leave. I was able to take my blood pressure medication with just a sip of water, it was hard to keep from drinking more.
Well, I’ll talk to y’all later.
I’ve had quite a few questions on how I got my blog to look like this. Well, gang, I can’t take any credit for it – you just need to go to: wordpress.com, create a blog and choose your appearance theme. I wish I could take the credit for it, but I just chose a theme and went with it. I’ve been known to change my theme from time to time, so … who knows.
I went home yesterday as I was grumpy and hurting. My back was sore and my hands were on fire. I put down 4200 glue dots and put 2100 cards into 700 programs. LOL … it was actually fun and tedious and mindless work, but, it moved His Kingdom forward, no matter how tedious it was. My back was sore from sitting in a weird position all day, plus I almost face planted on the steps outside the office. ALMOST – I was able to pull my foot up to catch myself, in the meantime, I jolted my back. My hands were on fire, from using the glue dot gun, as you have to use pressure to get the dots to stay down. I was down all of yesterday. Today I’ve been up and down and I’ve only had 1 pain med today. Back is still stiff, but I’ve been moving around.
The eyeglass place called first thing this morning to let me know my glasses are here – so hubby took me up there to pick them up and brought me home before he went to work. I can see clearer – which is a YAY – but I’m discouraged that I still cannot see clearly out of my right eye. I’m guessing that is because of my cataract. But for right now I have to be satisfied with the correction that I have. I just hope it is enough to pass my eye test for my driver’s license renewal. If not – well, … we won’t go there.
This morning, one of my friends lent me the new Notorious Nineteen book that recently came out. I love how fast this book reads!! I should have this done by tomorrow and then hubby can read it, before we return it. I’m loving the book. It’s such a nice escape into the world of Bond Enforcement!
The weather here today is quite windy. Hubby and I were fighting the wind just to get into Walmart. I cannot get over how many storms we have already had over the last month. I guess it’s going to be one of those winters!
Our poor muttley is going deaf. It’s sad, but funny at the same time. When we come home, he’s in his kennel sound asleep and doesn’t hear us come in. When we get to the kitchen, we end up scaring him as he jumps up all startled, until his eyes focus and figures out it’s us. Poor guy, as I’m looking at him right now, it looks like he’s shrinking. Aaww, makes me sad. But for a little guy that’s almost 17 or is 17 – I don’t remember, I guess he’s doing good!
Well, that’s about all the news I have for today – just another day and life of You Did What! Y’all have a great day!
I’m trusting you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! We spent time with my BFF, her family and her husband’s family. Food was yummy and the company was fun! Yesterday we had an intimate turkey dinner with another couple (friends & neighbors). While the turkey was finishing cooking, we watched Friendsgiving. LOL, animals that are not compatible, but they were and had a great bond, like a bear, tiger and a lion. That was pretty interesting.
I did wander out on Black Friday. Not with a shopping purpose, but to see what was going on. I have to say, with the stores doing their Black Friday sales Thursday night, Friday was actually pleasant to wander around the stores. I bought a queen set of microfiber sheets for $14 at JCP. I cannot have weight on my legs while sleeping, otherwise my legs cramp from the heaviness. These microfiber sheets are lightweight and warm!! I will definitely buy more in the future.
I didn’t go crazy shopping, as I had to get my glasses ordered. My drivers license will expire on 12/12/12 (yes, I am playing the lottery that day). So first priority was get the glasses ordered. As my prescription lenses would be expensive in the bifocals, I ordered the single vision. That way I can see to pass the eye test. I should have them by the 6th. I know, I’m cutting it close … hence the title of this blog.
I’m enjoying my 4 days off. It’s nice to spend 2 of the days with friends! I know I need to clean the house and do the large overflowing load of laundry. But … hahaha …. right now I’m watching McLintock. This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies … but ssshhhh … don’t tell my hubby!! Between James Bond and John Wayne … well, you get the picture.
All around Facebook people are posting what they are thankful for – for me, I’m thankful for my faith. my family, my friends, and my life! I know it’s the start of the Christmas Season and I get a bluesy through New Years … hopefully … it will be different this year!
Yesterday, Early Evening, the admin staff honored our volunteers. Without them, we would be busier and crazier than normal. It was fun and intimate and the food was yummy! We played Apples to Apples, Jr. Edition and had a blast! I know the admin staff needed to laugh hard as well as the volunteers.
We get so bound up on what is going on in our own lives, that we forget, someone else might be going through something harder. Not all the volunteers knew each other (maybe the name, but not the face) and not all volunteers knew the admin staff, so to end up laughing and having a great time, in spite of the initial uncomfortable feeling, is huge!
Who is the one that is there for you, no matter what? Who will listen to you and not judge, no matter what you have to say? Who does so much for you in the work place, no matter how busy you are?
Have you honored them recently? Have you acknowledged them and verbally thanked them for being your support person, personally and professionally?
Think about it … isn’t it about time you did?
I’m going to a funeral today. There’s snow on the ground so I’m starting to talk myself out of it, but that wouldn’t be a supporting friend. As the day warms up, the roads are starting to melt. I’m hoping they will continue to do so until I have to leave.
Then the next thing is what do I wear? I know, they won’t care what I’m wearing, just that I’m there. But still, that’s on my mind.
All pretty silly isn’t it? But that’s my world.
Hubby has a new part time job. He’s working in the facilities department where I work. I don’t see him much during the day, only at lunch. The rest of the time he’s busy working. He goes back again today for 4 hours, so I’ll be dropping him off and driving to Carson alone.
I’m not a big fan of driving right now. After I’ve had surgery, I had to wait before I could get a new prescription. Now I’m trying to figure out where to get my glasses. UGH! Why do I have all these concerns and worries today? I have no idea!
I have another friend who went to a rehabilitation center to gain strength so she can go home and take care of herself. She’s expected to be there for 2 weeks.
Maybe between the funeral and the health of my friend, it just makes me think about all that is going on with me. Things I can control and things I cannot. Does that make me weird or just human?
I don’t really understand myself,
for I want to do what is right,
but I don’t do it.
Instead, I do what I hate.
Romans 7:15 (NLT)
I’ve been thinking about how well I will be able to walk around or sit face down. Not to mention sleeping face down and NOT rolling over on my side or back. I’ve been practicing walking or sitting face down. It’s interesting. But it isn’t just staying face down, it is keeping your eye ball facing down. You cannot look around while face down, the eyeball has to stay facing the floor. Yesterday I tried to get ready for work face down and not moving my eyeball. That was interesting. I guess the good thing is that I got a little exercise as I had to twist while sitting on the bed, switching from putting lotion on my feet and then putting my socks on. You should try getting dressed bent over, looking only at the floor and not moving your eyeballs around.
So I’ve done some research on being face down. This is what I came up with. It ships to me on the 2nd and will arrive on the 9th, the day before surgery. Plus my sister will be here to help keep me from doing something stupid, like standing up.
In the paperwork from the surgeon, it says to wear shirts that button down. I’m thinking button down cotton house coats. I looked all over Target. I guess they are too classy to have such things. I know I’ve seen them at Walmart – so to Wally World I’ll be going sometime in the next week. HAH, such a visual I have in my head … bent over on a chair in a house coat with leggings. Why the leggings – gotta cover up the legs. If I leave them exposed, that means I need to shave them before surgery! Hah, I can hear y ‘all now … “EEww!!” One of the reasons I wear pants all the time. My shower is barely big enough for me to stand up … bending over to shave, I end up hitting the door and it opens! So …
I’m watching my friend’s dog. He’s a lab/rottweiler. Such a sweetheart!! Right now, both dogs are asleep in the front room.
So that’s my Saturday … I have NO motivation. After taking the big dog for a walk, sitting on my rump is about all the motivation I can muster. You all have a great day and weekend.
Talk at ya later.
It’s funny with this being a short week how it really feels like tomorrow should be Friday … but … not so. My childhood best friend and her husband weren’t able to stop by. They had to get home, to take care of the mom and aunt. However, we did get to talk most of the night on the phone! It great talking to you JG and when you head this way again, let us know.
After we hung up I looked at my hubby and alerted him that he may need to call someone as I was starting to get a heaviness on my chest and severe heartburn. As the pain proceeded to get worst and radiate out and through my back, I wasn’t sure what was going on. We checked my blood sugar and it was better than normal. However, we checked my blood pressure and it was 209/117, after resting a bit and taking a small blood pressure pill, it went down to 185/103. I then took another small pill and waited 20 more minutes and it went down to 155/95. As the pain in my chest started to ease up, I was able to go to sleep. What has caused all this? Well, I’m on Prednisone for 2 weeks. The doc warned me that this could happen, but I’m so glad that I we had a BP cuff to check it out. Today I feel better and we’ll see how I continue to tolerate this medication for my back. It was a scare for hubby, but I’m still kicking! Right now it’s 156/95 … and I don’t have the pain in my chest…YAY!
Not much else is going on … I may take it easy the rest of the week. Thankfully work is not hectic crazy, but busy enough. Our lead pastor just returned to the states from Africa. He and his wife will be driving home tomorrow. So I am excited to see him and give him a hug!!
Well, I guess I’ll sign off – y’all have a great down slide to the weekend!!