Faith Based Support Groups - Christian Encouragers~DECEMBER '12

12-02-2012, 03:11 PM
:angel: Welcome Friends :angel:

You've found a great place to come
and vent, share or ask for prayer support.
This is a great group who will be very
encouraging, caring and loving....
....anyone is welcome to join!

A Servant's Prayer --

Jesus, My Jesus....How marvelous are your ways....
Far more splendid than my mind can envision.
What an honor to be chosen by you.
A lowly child I am, but empowered by the Holy Spirit
to fulfill the great hope to which you have called me.
I give myself totally to you, Lord.
Take my imperfect heart and make it perfect.
Peel away the hardness.
Close the doors I have opened to the temptations of this world.
Gently remove the roots of painful memories, sins, doubts and fears.
Discard anything that separates me from you.
Lord, fill the emptiness with the light of your love
that I might be a beacon calling the lost back to you.

To love as you love.....
To serve as you serve.....
To forgive as you forgive.....
Always mindful of my nothingness while doing great
and marvelous things in your name and for your glory.
This I pray, Jesus, in YOUR name ...

12-02-2012, 03:15 PM
So blessed to feel good enough to make church today...'cause next week is chemo week s I will miss a couple of weeks I 'spose....

Have a safe and blessed :tree: DECEMBER :xcheer: as we continue to keep CHRIST in Christmas!

12-02-2012, 04:01 PM
Posted by Psychnurse
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Iowa
S/C/G: 289/250/190
Height: 5' 8"

Hello all!
Rosebud- sounds like you are in the Christmas spirit! I am hoping to volunteer at a local homeless shelter for Christmas. I also am donating items to our hospital for patients without money.

I live in Iowa and this is the first year I have seen green grass in December. If there isn't snow it is usually brown, but this year we have gotten rain and no snow. It is hard to imagine another Christmas without snow. There is something magical about it that I can't describe. The winters I had as a kid had snow drifts as tall as my head and blizzards every week. The last 5-8 years the snow has slowly gotten less and less. I hope we get to see some soon. My son wants snow so bad as well. I want to see my daughters face when she sees it for the first time.

It hurts me to remember that this is a sad time for some people. Being haunted by what used to be and will never be again, or by never was and no hope to be. I try to do my part in spreading the love, but some people just don't want anything to do with it. It makes me sad to see people so hurt that they won't let me in. FEAR is poison to the soul.

I can do anything through Christ!!

Confession #1: I am hopelessly addicted to the Food Network Channel!

12-02-2012, 04:16 PM
GARY ~thanks for starting the new December thread for us. I came into start it, but see you already have. I am using my laptop as my sister, Numpster, wants to set us up on Skype today -- but i find typing on the laptop weird as the keys are not all in the same place as our regular pc.

^Prayers^ going up that you will have minimal side effects, so you can enjoy this month too. :hug:

Psychnurse ~ I entered in your post from the 2011 thread here for you, so it won't get missed today. I hope that you do get some snow down there in Iowa this year. I always hope that people can find some way to be at peace at this time of year and not focus on the commercial side so much, but love, peace, and joy any way they can.

We made more donations instead of buying for ourselves this year. We will just get practical things like pjs which dh needs anyways but the sales are better this time of year for that kind of stuff so we take advantage of that too.

My aunt came by and brought lunch for us today; that was so nice. Dh had fun eating this giant double layer cake with whipped topping and cookies on top; such like a little boy, but i am glad he enjoyed it so much. my aunt said, ok you i am going now, so you can finish off the cake and he did ... :lol:

Gotta go restart my laptop for updates ... syl

12-02-2012, 11:28 PM
Rosebud, I have been using my computer less and my tablet more....I make a lot of mistakes on it!

12-02-2012, 11:42 PM
GARY ~ yes, I make lots of mistakes on the laptop too; but we did get the SKYPE set up fairly easily. It was nice to talk to NUMPSTER and her DH today and see them too. She said that I look a lot thinner since she last saw me and wants to borrow my tumor when they get it out (we are calling her "Daisy"). I asked her why, and she said so she could carry her around and lose weight too. I told her, "it will be going for an autopsy, so just go buy yourself some Kettle bells and carry them around all day." Two 15 pounders should do the trick, I think ... ;)

12-03-2012, 08:04 AM
rosebud a sense of humor helps ! Years ago I had a tumor and had surgery to remove it. They weighed at after surgery it weighed 11 pounds, At this time I was going to Weight Watchers, my surgeon suggested I have a little fun with WW and NOT tell them when I went in to get weighed. I took his suggestion and said nothing . That poor girl who was weighing me was shocked and weighed me 3 times before I confessed that I had just had surgery.rosebud, you will need new clothes after surgery, skirts and pants , at least....just something to look forward to.

12-03-2012, 09:32 AM
Turning into comedy central here ;-)

12-03-2012, 11:03 AM
True story !

12-03-2012, 08:59 PM
BARGOO & GARY ~ I agree; our whole family has a great sense of humor. My sister said that I have been joking and laughing about this tumor from the day I was told. She said "How can you do that? I would be so devastated by that news." (I told her -- by GOD's Grace). And honestly, I wasn't surprised and my doctor said that to me too (you seem like you expected that). I have been living with this monstrous belly for over 25 years and it's still growing ...

Numpster kept saying, "Please tell me your kidddding." I replied, "Do you think I would kid you about something like that?" My Dad just kept asking if it was benign; he was so happy it was benign that's all he wanted to know. He actually said, "Good, now I can go and eat my dinner." And he did ... :lol:

I said "Oh, I couldn't have a little orange tumor or a honey-melon tumor ... NO, NO -- I have to have the biggest freakin' tumor in the free world, and in the history of mankind ... figures!" :eek:

I asked the doctor where it was -- is it in my uterous and he said, "yes, there and everywhere around it too ... I said "oh, dear!" :yikes: So, I need not only the best surgeons, but the bravest as well; and aren't the bravest always the best anyways ... :yes:

No, I would rather laugh than cry, as crying saps up too much energy and humor is the greatest healer and comforter I know (well, besides GOD & our Lord Jesus, of course). Everywhere I go I ask people to pray for me; the more the better.

BTW, tomorrow I go to the nearest city for the gynecological assessment for the surgery -- so things are moving along nicely. :D

And yes, I will need a whole new wardrobe for sure becuz my belly is huge; and my pants are already starting to fall down ... ;) So I am not buying anything until the surgery is done, and I'll have a ball buying new clothes then. Oh, it will be soooooo much fun!!!! :)

EDIT2ADD: Lots of positives will come out of this --- I will get a whole new wardrobe; and there are so many things that I will be able to do that I can't now becuz the tumor is hindering me. I will lose a pile of weight; I will be more balanced, so may be able to get rid of my canes; I will be more mobile -- to climb stairs and get into vans & other high vehicles; walk so much better and farther; and so many more that I just can't mention them all. Isn't that :cool: ?

12-03-2012, 09:46 PM
:lol: You guys are making me laugh! I know that the good attitudes will make a huge difference in outcome and recovery for your surgery, Rosebud, and for Gary's chemo and surgery, too!

I'll just keep praying and waiting for updates on everyone. :hug: for all of you!

My mother-in-law is doing ok. They're keeping her one more night in the hospital, unless something changes. They were extra concerned about infection, since she's had a knee replacement and the loss of bone for replacements can allow infections to become much worse than for other people. So, thanks for all the prayers-I know they're helping!

Our temp was nearly 60 F today here! Went to town for groceries and ended up taking off my lightweight jacket, because it was so warm in the car! I don't even care if we don't get a white Christmas-it's just so nice to have weather similar to where I grew up in SE Indiana:)

Hope you all have a great evening! God bless!

12-04-2012, 08:56 PM
Diet Day 2 here...not sure what to say. Need to go from 246 to 175, just had a baby 5mths ago via c-section...not happy about my body. Always been big since puberty, but at my largest. Relying on God! Luckily my husband is supporting me even though no one else is. Read through the above threads, God bless each of you!

12-04-2012, 09:06 PM
NewMom, welcome and congratulations on the new baby. Do you have a diet and exercise plan ?

12-04-2012, 09:11 PM
Rosebud can not imagine, after all this time they finally found it, so thankful they found it and got good doctors. Sorry being no show, been so busy with restoring my Grandmothers old house up ,was built in the 1940 , had to put all new electricity and plumbing still not finished. Still got so much to do! I cut my hair and the beauty shop is going to give it to cancer patients. In 10 months think it will be long enough to cut again. Babies being born on the ranch one after another, all the lambs around makes it seem more like Christmas, been a lonely season so many friends passing on.

New Mom you hang in there you can do it! You have been blessed with a good husband and a sweet baby !

Oh Gary you give me the strength to keep going even when I want to give up. Hang in there my internet friend, you are awesome!

12-04-2012, 09:13 PM
NewMom-:welcome2: Glad you found us! I know your battle. 2 c-sections for me. Keep realistic-after pregnancy and c, the body will not be what it used to be, but we can be thinner, healthier, and look nice:) God gives us the strength to keep working our plan!

Hope everyone's having a nice evening!

12-05-2012, 08:21 AM
Many of you know I have Cancer this is the second time that Cancer has invaded my body. My particular cancer is not curable but is treatable, I am in treatment, now and responding well, I have a point in telling you this, today.
There is a woman that goes to my church, she has ALS ( Lou Gehrig's Disease) She has a rare form of Genetic ALS, five members of her family have had this terrible disease. Her father has lost his wife to this dreadful disease and is now seeing his children go , one by one.
Heavenly Father, please forgive me if I complain about my health issues or any area of my life.

12-05-2012, 10:40 AM
I have a couple of friends walking around right now with treatable cancer BARGOO...

my prayers go out, as always, to all of you!

12-05-2012, 10:53 AM
I have a couple of friends walking around right now with treatable cancer BARGOO...

my prayers go out, as always, to all of you!

I was trying to make the point , that even though I have uncurable cancer , there are people who have situations and illnesses much worse than me and I have asked God to forgive me if I complain.

12-05-2012, 11:44 AM
I completely understood Bargoo. I just wanted to add that I knew others like you and continue to pray for all my cancer stricken family and friends. Hug.

12-05-2012, 12:54 PM
Saw this this morning on Facebook, I don't know who the author is.
I am posting this for all who are facing a tough situation.

One day you will see that it has all come together,
What you have been fighting against has been defeated.
You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will say to yourself,
It didn't stand a chance.

I would add to that , By God's grace.

12-05-2012, 09:20 PM
BARGOO ~ Love the verse. I am so glad that your kind of cancer is treatable becuz you are such an encouragement to all of us here too. Sending up ^prayers^ for that family with ALS disease ... :hug:

UPDATE ~ went to the specialist for an assessent; he is looking for a team of surgeons in Southern Ontario as more surgery is needed than he can do. GOD is working here, just like in that verse, BARGOO -- already I know that another amazing positive may come out this whole thing for me that I didn't think would happen, but we know that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD, don't we?

Also, I had asked GOD to turn this situation into good, so that in the future, people will not be overlooked just becuz they are overweight, liked happened to me; and HE is doing just that. I am hoping that becuz of my situation, that some positive changes will take place in the testing and screening process. Doctors need to be more aggressive with their testing & treatments; and I hope that patients will be more assertive in order to get the care they need and deserve.

12-05-2012, 10:40 PM
rosebud, thanks for the prayers , I am always grateful for that.
I wanted to show that no matter what our situation may be, if we look around we will find someone with needs that far exceed our own.

12-08-2012, 07:40 PM
Hi, Everyone-It's been a busy couple days, but I've accomplished absolutely nothing! Had to go to Mayo yesterday for consult about the wheat & dairy issues-the allergy tests they did showed negative results, but they also said that I could still be allergic, because there are several different markers they can test for, but insurances don't pay for the other tests. They simply say to keep avoiding the items, as with any allergy, the reaction can change and get worse at any time. The celiac test was negative, but the tests for Inflammatory Bowel Disease were very high, so they sent me for an abdominal CT immediately. Will see the gastro doc on Tues or Wed, depending on whether they can get me in when I go to the neurosurgeon for the problem in my neck/shoulder on Tues.

It's been a kinda icky day, as the barium and iodine contrast from yesterday still have my stomach rather upset and have, apparently, triggered an MS exacerbation. But, we ended up going to town for car parts and groceries, which was a mistake, as it's a Saturday during Christmas season, and if anything can put you OUT of the Christmas spirit, it's shopping on a Saturday during Christmas season! People are just plain mean and rude.

So, anyway, we're sitting and watching The Santa Clause 2 and just vegging out for the evening. Hope you all are having a nice evening, too! You're all in my prayers:hug:

12-08-2012, 09:31 PM
Thought I'd add in the update I put in the Prayer Warrior's Thread as well. The first specialist cannot do the surgery, so he called out requests to other hospitals; and a doctor from HAMILTON, Ontario has offered to do my surgery. A tentative date has been set for Dec 20th or 24th -- wow, they are really moving this along and I am glad as this is so cumbersome and problematic.

Next Friday, I see this surgeon in Sudbury, Ontario for the pre-surgery consult; hope all goes well for the trip & visit. They need a team of surgeons on hand as I need more surgery than first thought. This is a very large tumor, but there will be extra blessings in this for me, as HE turns this situation into good -- PRAIZE GOD!!!

I decorated our Christmas tree today with the lovely gold & red decos and sparkly gold ribbon I picked up yesterday and it looks lovely. I put a large, beautiful, glittery, diamond-like snowflake on as a topper. We also did the floors and some vacuuming today as well. Making lots of lists of what all I have to do to be ready for the trip.

Geepers, I have guest in this room with me -- a little mousie ... I'm telling you, they are too smart for us hu-mans. I bought 4 of these special humane mousetraps and they won't go near them. I wish it would encourage them to move out, but no luck so far. I think our furry baby got one by himself becuz DH found one today and had to dispose of it. :eek: I"m surprised that they come in here with the dog in the house. I'm not afraid of them but there is getting to be a troup of them in here; and that bothers me -- hence the cleaning and disinfecting today as well. My problem is that I was too soft in the beginning and I think they caught onto that ... ;)

RONNI ~ ^prayers^ that all your health issues get solved real soon.

BARGOO ~ yes, there is always someone that is worse off than us -- someone sicker, poorer, sadder, lonelier, or whatever. We are truly blessed in so many ways; and I am grateful for that each and every day. Thank You, Lord!

12-08-2012, 11:07 PM
I'm following the 17 day diet, trying to stay active as much as possible.

12-08-2012, 11:08 PM
Day 6 of my diet. Trying hard but did allow myself some toppings on my fro-yo today. Missing pizza and coke...but today I had to buy a 3x coat for the first time and I'm mad at myself. I hate my body, I really do. I hate that I allowed myself to get here. I wish I could rewind 10 years and smack some sense into myself when I started letting myself go. 4lbs. down...but it's the same 4 that come and go so I'm trying not to get my hopes up. this HAS to happen now, I want to be the best mom and wife I can be.

12-08-2012, 11:12 PM
I'm so glad I checked into the blog tonight:) Thank you for the inspiration and support. I was feeling down today but I a little better now :)

12-08-2012, 11:55 PM
:hug:NEWMOM ~ the key thing is to keep going -- don't think about the past, just focus on today! Eating healthier for those 17 days, then continue on as you have planned ... :)

12-09-2012, 12:26 AM
New Mom, you CAN do it. I was over 200 pounds, I am not sure how much because I never stepped on a scale. I got my highest weight from an old WW registration book, but I was much heavier than that before I got serious about dieting. I was a yoyo doeter and went on many diets before this last one. If I can do it, you can do it.

12-09-2012, 12:56 AM
Thank you all! Starting new habits is certainly a 11 more days I can add in 2 servings of carbs a day and some additional starchy veggies, which I love. I'm praying through these cravings.

12-09-2012, 12:39 PM
240 today! Woo-hoo. All water loss I know, but I haven't seen this weight since my baby was first born in June. 6lbs lost! Good way to start my day :)

12-10-2012, 09:16 PM
NewMom-:woohoo: 6 pounds is great! 6 turns into 10, which turns into 15 and on and on! It helps me to set mini-goals and not look at the 'big' picture, so my goal right now is to get to 199 by Dec. 21st, which is the first day of winter, so it's going to be my 'Winter One-derland'! LOL! Keep up the great work! Each little victory makes the journey easier!

Hello to everyone else too! Keeping you all in my prayers:hug:

I have another trip to Mayo tomorrow to find out if there's anything they can do to stop the pain that's going from my neck through my shoulder and down my arm-had an mri a few months ago, but no one here has told me what it showed, except that the problem isn't in my shoulder and they made an appointment with a spinal specialist and a neurosurgeon. Hoping to get in with the gastroenterologist tomorrow as well (if there's a cancellation) so we don't have to go back on Wednesday, too.

We had a little bit of snow early Sunday morning-only about an inch, but it's gotten frigidly cold! I'm ready to go south, but that's not in our plans!

Hope you all have a great evening!

12-10-2012, 09:41 PM
RONNI ~ ^prayers^ going up for a safe and successful trip to the MAYO CLINIC this week. Hope they did find the source of your pain so they can resolve it -- I am learning to be more assertive, so just ask them what they found so that you know too ... :D

Maybe you could get a room and stay overnight instead of making two trips 2 days in a row; a room would be the same as all that gas and such, wouldn't it? We are doing that for my trip to Sudbury to see my surgeon; going down Thursday, staying overnight for the early appt on Friday morning (@ 9-10 am).

We had lots of ***** today too; it was swirling around like a whirlwind, but it was kinda pretty too. I don't like the feel of the low temps either, but I love watching the snow fall and how it looks on the trees. :)

I spent the day getting ready for our trip south; packing our duffel bags that I bought last week. Trying to get everything organized and ready way ahead of time; lots to do. It is actually good for me becuz it keeps my mind busy and in a positive mode too.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ... :flow2:

12-10-2012, 10:39 PM
Ronni, hope your trip goes well, I would ask for results to your MRI, it is only reasonable that they explain the results to you. I will be praying that an answer and a solution will be found.

12-11-2012, 03:38 PM
Hello all! Sorry it has been a while! Man... I sure am praying for all of you that are struggling with or have struggled with cancer. It is a scary disease. I went through it twice with my mother in 4 years. Praying for all of you!

We finally got some snow here in Iowa not much but enough for my 3 1/2 year old to be excited. We had a snowball fight right away in the morning. Nothing like a wake up :)

I have been stalling with my weight loss for a few weeks now.. Up and down up and down... I want to get out and do more but I have a pinched nerve in my butt... I know pathetic but you would be surprise how much you do with your butt!! haha sitting, standing, laying ect...miserable... I am hoping the chiropractor can get it out so I can get back to working out. I am also looking for a personal trainer to help me work those muscles to prevent the same problem.
Any one here from Chubbygirl in a while??? Welcome Newmom!

12-11-2012, 09:49 PM
PSYCHNURSE ~ thanks for the prayers for everyone! LAURA (Chubbygirl) and her family were in the process of moving this month. I sure hope they found a nice place and are getting settled in OK.

That ***snowfall*** was probably a nice thrill for your young child. We saw a boy here make a :coolsnow:miniature snowman :coolsnow:after our first snowfall this year -- it was only about 1 foot tall, but he was proud as punch. It was soooo cute!!! :D

I really hope they can get that pinched nerve ironed out soon. Boy, lots of back and nerve and disc pains lately too. ^Prayers^ going up for that as well.
You can also mix up your diet a bit and/or cycle calories to shake things up a bit -- sometimes that gets the scales moving again. :)

I made some muffins for our trip to see my surgeon on Thursday/Friday. Will also make some sandwiches for our lunch as well. We'll have dinner in the restaurant after we get there. The goal is to choose something that's healthy -- I think that will be OK though.

It was colder today, but the :sunny: was shining nice & bright for most of the day, and the temps are supposed to warm up over the next two days. That will be nice for our trip too. :cool:

12-11-2012, 11:41 PM
Sorry been MIA. I've been getting my Christmas shopping done and as far as I know I am finished. I understand (from oldest DGS) that they will be here for Christmas and his DM, DSD and 2 DS and DB will move back to So. FL sometime in January. So we are trying to make it a really special time together. Then I've got to get more serious about this weight loss. I plan to take 2013 to work at getting my weight down and my health back. Still waiting for Pain Management doc's office to call with a cancellation so DH can get in to get relief for his neck and arm. He is in a lot of pain, but seems to be better knowing that our house guests are moving.


Ronni and Rosebud Praying for y'all to have safe, productive and successful trips.

Ronni DH always asks for a copy of the results of the tests done. He has cd copies of the MRI's that he has had. So you can get copies.

Bargoo Hope all is well for you.

12-12-2012, 07:47 AM
psychnurse, praying that you will get relief for the pinched nerve. Emjoyed your story about snowball fights, I was born and raised in Minnesota and know all about snow, it was fun growing up as a kid making snowmen, angels in the snow, skating, sleddng and snowball fights , of course.Fun for kids but , then I didn't have to shovel the snow off the sidewalk or drive on icy roads, or any of the other tasks that snow brings, that was for the "grownups" we kids just had fun.

12-12-2012, 10:14 AM
Hi, everyone! We had a long, but productive day at Mayo yesterday. They were able to get me in with the gastroenterologist yesterday instead of having to go back today - yay! They went over allllllll of my tests. I do have copies of the mri's but our computer won't play them as they're pc-based and we're mac, but that's ok, because I don't know what I'm looking at anyway. The Mayo docs were surprised that no one here had gone over any of it with me, but our hospital/clinic organization here really stinks-they don't really work for the patient and it shows. All we hear are complaints, but nothing ever changes-in fact, I think it's getting worse, so whenever we have something questionable come up, we ask for referral to Mayo so we can get good treatment. After my mom's hip replacement went so well (and after what the local surgeon had said about her allergies), we are completely convinced that, to get good health care here, we have to go the extra miles and go to Mayo. It's only 2 hours one way for us, which is better than many who travel there. We don't stay overnight because the hotels have a good thing going with Mayo in Rochester and it's actually much cheaper to drive up and back and up and back if we need.

And, we are probably going back on Friday for more testing on the gastro/food allergy issues. They're going to treat my neck/shoulder pain conservatively with physical therapy at this time-yay! But, there's some question about the food allergy/constipation/MS issue and it's something a Mayo doc discovered a few years back about some MS cases aren't really MS, but there's a specific blood marker for another disease that they can now check for (within the last 2 years) to find out if it's this other disease that mimics MS and can cause many of the symptoms I've been having the last 20 years! The other issue is the possibility that I've got Crohn's disease or some other intestinal disease, so, of course, Friday, they're doing the whole upper endoscopy and colonoscopy thing. Unfortunately, they have to do it under general anesthesia, due to my extremely strong gag reflex, which is an issue, since I get very ill from anesthesias, so it's going to be a long day-I'm just hoping I sleep through it all and the usual side effects just decide to take a hike.

The MS-mimic disease has a totally different treatment than MS, so they really need to find out if I have that, as it could require a blood plasmaphoresis at some point or high dose IV corticosteroids, but they do know that none of the MS treatments work for this, which could explain why my sister's MS keeps getting worse no matter what treatment they use. The docs have found that this disease is extremely common in siblings! It's going to be an interesting few days here finding out some answers to all these questions!

Other than that, we're going to town to pick up the prescription for the colonoscopy prep and some groceries. And, then, I have to move the ironing board and a few other things out of DS2's room, since he'll be home on break on Friday:) He's ready for this semester to be over, over, over!

I just need to keep busy so I don't think about the food I can't have the next 2 days (no fruits or veggies:() or worry about Friday--I am a total chicken when it comes to medical procedures at this point.

Psychnurse-Where in Iowa do you live, if you don't mind sharing? We're in the Clear Lake area and just got a little bit of snow too. Rochester, MN had quite a bit more and they showed pics in the Twin Cities and they got dumped on!! Better them than us;)

Well, hope I haven't bored you all to tears! Have a great day!

12-12-2012, 10:28 AM
Hey, you Iowa ladies Rochester is my home town, I passed the Clinic everyday on my way to high school, that school is closed now. Some of my early jobs were Mayo related. I may be prejudiced but I think you can't do better than Mayo Clinic for your medical issues. If I didn't live 2000 miles away I would be going there with my health issues.

12-12-2012, 04:28 PM
Ronni- I am glad to read that your trip was productive. I agree with Bargoo... Mayo is awesome. I have had several relatives seek treatment their. I hope to work there some day but that is a bit in the future. I live in Manchester, IA but I was born in Rochester and lived in St. Charles for a while too! We still have some of the snow sticking but not much. Prayers that they figure out what is going on so you can get treatment!

Rosebud- I think a foot tall snowman would be one of the cutest things :) I am a sucker for tiny objects.... one time I talked my mom into buying a sad looking sprig of a tree... we called it the orphan tree. It was so pathetic they didn't even charge us for it. It is now larger than the $50 trees at the farm.

12-13-2012, 10:09 PM
You're in my prayers. Thanks for the encouragement too! I've had the upper & lower done....the prepping with Miralax is the worst part. Even with the anesthetic I woke up; I was uncomfortable but okay. I was tested for several intestinal diseases and finally they just diagnosed me with irritable bowel, I also had my gallbladder out so nothing was regulating my bile, which made the IBS extreme. Believe it or not they prescribed a cholesterol pill because of its I feel much better. I'm sure they already checked all of these things for you...but you never know :) May God guide these doctors to his solution! I suffered a long time and it was something simple, I hope the same for you~Blessings :cheer3:

12-13-2012, 10:23 PM
5 days since my last weigh in...I've gained 1.6lbs, which is disappointing. I haven't cheated on my plan at all. I'm know I'm not getting enough liquid...just water, flavored water...boring! It's freezing outside so I have no desire to drink water, so I'm struggling to drink anything. I think I'm not eating life is nothing but running from one responsibility to the next and I don't have time to properly prepare full meals that I should be eating. In 7 more days I can add in 2 servings of starches which I'm looking forward too. I hope the scales starts to move again. I'm tired of being tired, I don't want diabetes like many in my knees & back hurt partially from my weight since I'm sure it makes my arthritis worse.

I've got to keep pushing forward, I feel a calm as though God is telling me, "this is it, you will be successful this time" I feel guilty though, I'm so tired when I put my little one to bed...I haven't read my bible all week & I've missed 2 weeks of church & bible study. I need to refocus on The Lord. I need a healthy body and a healthy soul.

12-14-2012, 10:38 PM
Under mountains of stress but haven't given in to temptation! Lost 1 more pound :carrot:

12-15-2012, 10:21 PM
Hi, everyone! The tests at Mayo went well on Friday-I'm just still a bit wobbly on my feet. I ended up being very dehydrated, plus they gave me a nausea patch, which they told me to keep on a couple days, but it was making me so weak and sleepy, I had to take it off this morning. Hoping the wobbly-ness improves over night. Not sure when they'll have the biopsy results back, but need to make a follow-up appt.

DS2 is home on break now, so the house seems less quiet;) And, it's now time to get started on my Christmas shopping-I'm running sooooo late this year, but I've noticed that things are not really flying off the shelves yet, so I'm sure I'll be able to find gifts for the boys and grandkids.

We went to see 'The Hobbit' this afternoon. It's really good and it was a nice family afternoon!

Hope you're all having a great evening!

12-15-2012, 11:10 PM
RONNI ~ glad your trip and tests went well; hope they get to the bottom of things soon. Have fun shopping -- keep the Joy in the Season ... :hug:

NEWMOM ~ congrats on sticking it out despite so much stress, and on the loss. WL isn't linear -- it goes up & down and up & down, but in the end you'll get more downs than ups. In the WL world that's a good thing! ;)

I have upped my food to my maintenance levels for now (1800-2000), so I am strong for the surgery. I was quite full today. Kept to the basic plan but have been able to have a more flexible snack today. Tomorrow with be more normal I think.

I spent my day getting clothes ready and packed them. Just did some laundry today; wanted it caught up before we go. Things are falling into place. The guys are coming to get us on Monday; staying the night, then we are travelling south on Tuesday, the 18th. That gives me one more day to make sure we haven't forgotten anything.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone ... :D

12-20-2012, 04:37 PM
Hi, everyone! We have blustery, treacherous weather here today! Not going anywhere at all. School cancelled and we had DS2 stay home from work-if people are really that desperate that they need to go shopping in this, they can get their own carts! He works at a walmart.

I have good news. All my tests came out negative, so they're sticking with the MS diagnosis (much better than the nmo or Devic's disease, at this point) and advising to keep clear of wheat and dairy, since it must be a simple allergy issue and no Crohn's disease!

Karen-the afghan is beautiful! You did a really great job!

Rosebud, Gary-you're in my prayers:hug:

Hope everyone's having a nice day. You're in my prayers too!

12-21-2012, 01:45 PM
Hi Ronnie~so glad all the tests came out so well! PRZ GOD!!! :carrot:

We're in our hotel suite and just relaxing watching tv right now. Went to the pre-op yesterday as it was pushed ahead a day -- good thing as there was a storm where were -- see, GOD knows best! All went well and very quickly. We had good weather & traffic all the way to Hamilton -- PRZ GOD!

GOD BLESS my sister & BIL -- they are spoiling us rotten. They hired movers to move their stuff back to their B & B (home). When they get back home, all should be there. We helped do some of the final packing before we left as some packers didn't show but it went quickly as we've had lots of practice doing that in the past. :lol:

Our trip down south went well too; also great weather (all clear) all the way down. It was fun to have my brother with us too; we had a fun time. We ordered in CHinese food for dinnerlast night; we got lots of healthier veggie dishes and there's lots left over.

Odd thing, I have lost 15 lbs in the last two weeks. A lot of that has to be water weight, I guess. Apparently, Daisy is eating all my food; I upped my calories but then had the fox trots all last night. Guess I don't have to worry about what I'm eating right now. We'll be here right until the surgery on Monday morning.

I have to have an epidermal ? in my spine for the surgery to help control the pain; they say it shouldn't hurt too much to put it in -- just a bit of burning. I'd luv it if you could pray about that for me. :^:

So everything else is going well ... :carrot: Thanks for your prayers.

12-21-2012, 01:52 PM
rosebud, good to hear from you. I will be praying that the epidural will be painless and everything is going to go well . I pray that God will be guiding the surgeions hands and you will have a speedy recovery.

12-21-2012, 02:34 PM
HI BARGOO ~ thanks for all your prayers for me -- appreciate that a lot. :hug:

12-21-2012, 09:41 PM
Rosebud-you know we'll all be praying:) Will you be having a general anesthesia as well as the epidural? Nice to hear your travels have gone so well and that you've had a good time with your family. Also, that your sister is getting back into their B & B! I've been to Hamilton, Ontario-even attended church there one Sunday when we were there! My grandparents took my sister and me on a Niagara Falls/Canada trip one summer for a couple weeks. We enjoyed it very much! What we got to see in Canada was beautiful!

Not much going on here today. Stayed in because of yesterday's blizzard and school cancelled again. Wrapped a few gifts and cleaned a bit. It's gotten very cold and was still very windy, so I'm glad I didn't have to go anywhere! Poor DS2 had to work outside all day, but he took his paintball mask along to protect his face from the wind and cold. His managers said it was fine to wear it, but he said he got a lot of very funny looks all day-like people weren't sure if they should be calling the police to check him out. I guess that's almost understandable after the tragedy last week.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We still don't have any Christmas plans, so I think I'm going to do some baking and maybe experiment a bit with some wheat & dairy free cakes or pies, but not too much. I don't want to mess up my progress!

God bless you all!

12-21-2012, 10:32 PM
Rosebud Glad to hear your trip went well and you enjoyed being with family. Of course, we'll be praying for the epderal goes easy for you. Already prayed and will continue to pray for your surgeon and team thatthe Lord will guide them and He will complete the good work He has already begun in his situation.

Ronni I rejoice with you for your good news. Don't know that I want to give up dairy, but I have thought abou giving up wheat.

DSIL drove to FL this week and got the job he wante at a police dept there. So as soon as DD takes her state test and is licensed, she, the girls and baby will be moving. DGS who has full scholarship at the college here including room and board will continue to live here at the college. DISL will not be here for Christmas. She did get her food stamps again so at least she can buy there food.

Gary Haven't seen you on here in a while. Sure hope you are feeling alright. Listening to Christmas music wit bells makes me think of your wife which reminds me to send up extra prayers for you.

Bargoo You are welcome as you are always in my prayers as well.

12-22-2012, 11:55 AM
RONNIE ~ glad all is going so well for you right now. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and you find some way to make a few treats at least! How about with dried fruit & nuts. My mother used to put a walnut or pecan in a whole date; and we would chop up some dates, raisins, and nuts to form balls, then roll them in more nuts or coconut. Very easy and healthier too. You can use any dried fruit you like -- dried cranberries, apricots, or mangos, etc all work well too.

TRISH ~ oh yes, they will be putting me out as well. The reason for the extra pain treatment is becuz this tumor is so large (from just under my stomach & liver down to my pelvis). I will have a very large incision, so they are trying to help me as much as possible. PRAIZE GOD for that!!!

BARGOO -- btw, we are in the EASTERN TIME ZONE, so you can get the right time for the surgery. I have to be there for 6 AM to get ready for the surgery -- to change my clothes, meet the team, and put in the epidural, etc. Then the actual surgery starts at 8 AM, ET to noon (or however long it takes).

Last night, we watched THE FAMILY MAN with Nicolas Cage. It was a cute story that kinda reminds me of a modern version of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We're having a roast beef dinner tonight for dinner as tomorrow I will be on liquids for the day before surgery. We have a kitchen in our hotel suite so we can make it ourselves. :D

Gotta go right now; DH is still hungry and wants a second breakfast -- no kidding ... syl and THANKS SO MUCH, for all your prayers. They are really helping me a lot! :)

12-22-2012, 02:27 PM
I noticed a few of you mentioning they haven't heard from me and I realized I didn't copy my Facebook post over here like I normally do...sorry :^: I promise to catch up this week-end...but know that I check in here every day and pray for all your concerns even if I don't post.

I was healthy enough to attend church today...Praise God!
All the world rejoices! Christ is coming soon.
It was a absolute wonderful Christmas Cantata...
Let heaven and nature sing.
"A Celebration Of Carols"
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Beautifully done by our youth and adult choirs, musicians and music director
All in Him shall find salvation
So many of my Prayer Warriors there today, cheering my spirits
Lord of the nations, Lord of creation...Lord, Jesus come!
I sat in "my" pew ;-) surrounded by loved ones...Angie, Sue, Lara and Jeff Romeo
Rejoice my soul rejoice
What an awesome feeling
Holy Jesus, little One, Mary's Son, Child of promise. You have come.
I never get tired of hearing the story of our Savior's birth
Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King
We should have this music every week ;-)
Behold the wonders that the Lord has done!
And once again we still made it home for the football games, didn't we Steve?
Come shine in the darkness. Let Christmas begin
Sometimes you have to read between the lines
With angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

12-22-2012, 02:51 PM
rosebud thanks for the time zone info, that puts you about 3 hours ahead of me, but don't worry I will be up will have you covered in prayer.

12-22-2012, 08:10 PM
Gary Thanks for checking in with us. So glad you felt good enough to go to church.

12-22-2012, 09:05 PM
Trish-I would never have given up either wheat or dairy, but I started having asthma attacks, itchy throat, heart palpitations, and rapidly dropping blood pressure when I'd eat and narrowed it down to allergic reaction to both-it's almost the same reaction that I get when stung by a bee, except with the beestings, I also get fluid in my lungs within a few hours. So, losing the wheat and dairy became essential. I've just been surprised how easy it is to lose weight now that the allergens are out of my diet. No food cravings anymore at all and I can eat lots of food, but still not feel deprived on only 1200-1400 calories each day. I also read up on wheat, including the book "Wheat Belly" and realized I've been affected by wheat all my life. I just feel so much better. Even my arthritis pain in my hands has disappeared!

Gary, Rosebud, Bargoo-:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

Made a cherry pie for the guys today, plus a dump cake for me (and whoever else is brave enough to try my special recipe;)). I think we're going to see MIL tomorrow after early church, so we can take her out for an early Christmas dinner. We don't like to ask her to cook for us because she has a really, really small kitchen and waaaayyyy tooooo many cats! The cats aren't disciplined, so they get up on the table and countertops and it kinda makes it hard to think about eating there. Plus, she really has no clue about food allergies and I've been sick there many times because she refused to believe that garlic could actually make someone ill (severe migraine and nausea my entire life). So, anyway, off to MN in the morning maybe.

Hope everyone has a great Sunday before Christmas!

12-23-2012, 02:01 AM
God bless to all! You remain in my prayers! I've had an epideral before...The burning wasn't bad, but then again I was in labor so all I remember is the relief!

I've finally hit a total loss of 10lbs. I'm at 236, so now I, focusing on 225. My clothes are still too tight and none of my chins have disappeared but since I'm so large, it could take awhile. These last 2 weeks I've been exhausted without my caffeine fix, I've missed church and bible study both weeks because I've overslept. Definitely going tomorrow no matter how tired I am. Now my little family is sick as well, I think I have a sinus infection, which stinks! Tomorrow my baby girl will be 6 months old :)
Take care.

12-23-2012, 10:56 AM
HI GARY ~ your post was very poetic and pretty; adding it in between those song verses was very creative. Glad you are feeling well presently as well. :hug:

BARGOO ~ I so appreciate your faithfulness to me for prayer for this surgery (all of you actually). I know that is pretty early in the day for those of you on the other side of the continent and I can't thank you all enuff. :hug:

NEW MOM ~ yes, I bet you were relieved. They say the burning should only last a very short while. Never had one before, but it will help relieve pain for me during and after the surgery for a couple of days.

So, I had my breakfast feast this am; they said to have a big BF as for the rest of the day is a liquid diet. My sister got me lots of jello, some real chicken broth, and some apple juice as well.

Well just one more day; less than one actually. My mind kept running things over so took a while to sleep. Tonight, will go to bed earlier and try to sleep if I can. Now and then, I get those nervous twitches in my tummy; a little anxious (which is normal I'm sure), but they don't last long. Alternately, I'm also so happy that this heavy lump (which feels like I have a small boulder laying on me) will be gone and I'll be relieved of it very soon too.

Thanks for all your prayers everyone; just knowing that you are praying for me gives me such peace of mind ... :hug:

12-23-2012, 07:27 PM
rosebud, praying that you will be able to sleep tonight. Matthew 11: 28 "Come unto me , all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." By this time tomorrow it will be all over and we will be praying for a speedy recovery.
Try and relax and remember you have a prayer team in place and ready for tomorrow morning.

12-24-2012, 02:05 AM
Rosebud I always think on Proverbs 3:24 "When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet." when I have a difficult time falling to sleep. It helps calm me so I can go to sleep. Will be praying for you during your surgery.:hug:

12-24-2012, 09:19 AM
rosebud, I sense that many have been praying for you and expect to hear of a successful surgery. Praise God !

12-25-2012, 12:51 AM
rosebud, I sense that many have been praying for you and expect to hear of a successful surgery. Praise God !


12-25-2012, 04:31 PM
Merry Christmas to Everyone!!

12-26-2012, 03:39 PM
Rosebud I don't know if your hours or day before or a day behind but know I am praying for your operation to be successful, much Christian love sent from Texas!

Also what a blessing Gary to hear you are doing better and to have your family around you what a blessing!

12-26-2012, 07:09 PM
Hi Bootsie How are you doing? Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Did you get the snow many got in TX? My little Great Grandaughters and their Mama moved to AR to live closer to my daughter and were blessed with there 1st White Christmas.

12-27-2012, 11:03 AM
Hi Trish,
I guess I am doing better than most people. Christmas is just not like it used to be . I guess I am behind times. We did not get any snow and so very very dry, so many people have built out this way and No water. Sold most of my animals but got some left but if we run out of water like others have done will have to sell them, for their sake. At least they may have a small chance of living. My daughter still lives far far away. I have rejoined Outlook Ministry since I have gained 55 pounds I plan to loose 65 pounds by April 2014. Making a commitment to it. I know I can do 65 in that length of time, if I get determined and stick with it, surround myself with others who want to do the same, loose weight and have determination to get the job done since I done 90 one time with the same determination in my life but don't need to loose 90 this time only 65! Thank you Lord Jesus! I cut my hair, it is short now and gave my hair to cancer patients. It grows 1 inch a month so will be able to do it again before long.

12-27-2012, 07:24 PM
Hello everyone, this is Rosebud's sister Numpster. I can't remember my password so asked Rosebud to give me her sign in as she is anxious for me to get the good news to you.
Welllllllll............drum roll..............the surgeon operated on her Monday morning as scheduled. It took 4 1/2 hours but they were able to remove the entire tumor which was 100 lbs!!!! My dh took a photo of her on his cell phone before the operation and we'll take another one when she is up and about more. We'll leave it up to her who she shares the photos with. She has been in a special recovery unit where 3 patients are monitored 24/7 by a nurse. Not ICU but a step down. Today when we went to visit she was in a regular room and in good spirits. Actually, you'd be amazed she has been in pretty good spirits post op.
She is quite happy with the tumor gone and it is one day at a time with physiotherapy until she is mobile and well enough to go our home on the Bruce Peninsula where she will continue to recuperate. I must say she looks so tiny and frail but well. Keep her in your prayers for healing.
I'm sure she'll provide you more details once she has access to the internet again.
God bless and wishing all a wonderful 2013.

12-27-2012, 07:38 PM
numpster , thank you so much for the report. I had sent you a PM as I was so anxious to hear and it is a Praise Report just as I expected.That is an astounding tumor I am sure when she is fully recuperated that she will feel like a new woman. PTL!!!

12-27-2012, 10:08 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Thanks for the update NUMPSTER!

I posted in Prayer Warriors my udate but I just want to sneak in here for a few minutes to tell ALL of you how much your prayers have worked! I am sorry I have been LAZY posting here, fatigue has really hit me this time. But, reminding you all, I come here daily to read and pray for your concerns :)

You all are such a blessing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:

12-27-2012, 10:27 PM
Oh Numpster thank you and thank you Lord Jesus! 100 pounds! My lands never heard of one so big! Bless her heart tell her we are so happy she is doing good and we love her!

12-28-2012, 11:00 AM
I've been coming here every day to see how Rosebud was doing. Praise God for answered prayer. To think that she's been carrying around an extra 100 lbs for a long time. Unbelievable! Thanks for letting us know how she's doing Numpster!

Gary: I've also been thinking about you and praying for you. Keep up the good spirits. It's what is carrying you through all this.

12-28-2012, 12:16 PM
Numpster Thank you for letting us know the good news. God is so good. I too have been checking each day to see if there was any news. Please give her a big :hug: for me actually from all of us and let her know we are now praying for her recovery as well.

Gary You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

DH is still in lots of pain and I'm not sure he can wait until 1-25-2013 for an appt. I will talk to primary doc's nurse when she calls me later today to report on his blood test results for the coumadin. Thank y'all for your prayers. Prayers continue for everyone's situations and concerns.

12-28-2012, 12:44 PM
Rosebud & Numpster- Praise God for the great news! I'm just astounded right now at the 100 pounds! Rosebud-you'll feel like a totally different person! I'm so thankful that things have gone well and anticipate a great recovery. You're still in my prayers. God does provide and He'll keep giving you His healing power.:hug:

Gary-prayers continue for you as well.

And, prayers for everyone else as well. Hope the holidays are being fun for everyone and that the eating plans aren't being too 'off'. I've been struggling a bit since the colonoscopy and endoscopy. I think my system is still a bit upset from the prep, so I'm trying to up my veggies and fruits a bit and not watching the calories as closely until things get back on track.

We have no plans for New Year's of course-we've never done anything special for that and probably never will;) Enjoying having the boys home, though.

Have a great day, everyone!

12-30-2012, 07:14 PM
Hi, everyone-I've got to ask for some advice and I know you all are very wise and will be able to help me with this issue. My DS3 (age 16) just got back from a church youth group weekend conference trip. He has been telling me about the events and other stuff from the weekend, but is upset about a couple happenings. First, apparently, our older son, according to some in the current group, is not well liked by some of the group (he's been in college the last 3 years, so most of them haven't actually been IN the group while he was also part of it, so not sure of the validity of the comments). But, anyway, there was a bit of negative talk about him in front of DS3. The part that's bothering me most is that there's any negative talk about other people in the church allowed in a youth group outing at all and that they haven't been taught that this is inappropriate. And, I know the saying 'teens will be teens' but I also know that if they're taught that this kind of behavior is not allowed, most of them will walk away and not contribute.

The second thing we found out was that a couple of the boys rooming with DS3 (there were 4 to a room) brought along an R-rated movie (The Dictator) and were watching it in the room. DS3 left so he didn't have to watch it, but had already seen that it was a totally inappropriate movie, as when he walked into the room, there was nudity being shown. He did not speak to any of the leaders as he had to room with these 2 for another night and has had issues with bullying and fights in the past. We thought these were issues of the past and that, since one of these boys is our head pastor's son, these things were over.

So, now, I'm wondering whether I should talk to the youth pastor (again) or just let it drop? I'm to the point of wanting to change churches, but, for some reason, DS3 loves the youth group, except for these 2 boys that keep giving him trouble. Don't have a clue why he keeps being put in with them on trips, but, that's another thing I'd like to mention to the pastor.

So, I'd love to have some input on this. Thanks in advance. God bless.

01-01-2013, 01:27 PM
:newyear: Hoping for blessings for all of you in 2013!

01-02-2013, 01:19 PM
HI EVERYONE ~ I am finally hooked back on the net; and am at my sister's place on Miller Lake getting lots of sleep and rest. I sure needed the sleep and haven't slept this good in ages. I had the absolute best of care at the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, ON; and they were ALL so kind and caring there (from the surgeon and his team of doctors & surgical support staff, and all the amazing nursing staff right down to the cheery housekeepers too). GOD arranged for the right place for sure ...

[B]PRAIZE GOD, PRAIZE GOD, PRAIZE GOD -- they got that huge tumor out; and as you know, it was 100 lbs (partly filled with fluid and a solid mass on the exterior). I can't tell you how grateful I am to get rid of that thing. There was no fat around it at all, just the tumor and my stomach muscles and my skin, which was stretched out to it's max. I caught a cold while there as my system was weak from the surgery but I am finally getting better -- the coughing may have actually help my muscles contract back but I am still glad to get rid of it. I asked GOD to turn that into good; and HE did!!!:cool:

I started walking with my canes right away (didn't need the wheelchair or walker at all); and with more physio, they are hoping to get me down to one cane, then NO CANES at all before I go home. How awesome is that? :carrot:

So now, I just need to heal and rest for at least another 4 + weeks but must continue with my walking several times a day. Each day, I am praying that my lungs will get stronger and stronger. Can you believe that my doctors told me that I need to EAT "MORE" FOOD .... :lol: Never thought I'd hear them say that. The tumor (or the greedy little monster, as my brother calls it) was eating all my food and I lost a lot of weight just in 3 weeks before the surgery (19 lbs) but some may have been water, I think.

I do look frail and thin so that's why they want me to up my food intake for a while, to build up my immune system and heal the emaciated look that my face has right now. Over the last winter, the tumor was taking too much of my nutrients from my body. I do feel much lighter and when I am totally healed and stronger, I am sure I will feel even better.

My sister and BIL have been amazingly kind and generous with us and I pray that GOD will bless them back 10-fold in return. And words cannot convey how grateful I am to ALL OF YOU for your continued faithful prayers and support ... THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

Time to rest for a little while again; buried in my fleece blankets too, GARY ... Rosebud :hug:

BTW, they sent a biopsy away for testing and we are trusting that it comes back "benign" too (so I won't have to have any treatments, but just another corrective surgery down road when I am stonger). Sending up prayers for all of you for all your concerns as well today too ... :hug:

01-02-2013, 01:36 PM
rosebud PTL! So good hear from you. God has heard and answered prayer. I continue to pray for a rapid and complete healing for you.

01-02-2013, 04:32 PM
Rosebud-ditto what Bargoo said! It's so good to hear from you and I'm so glad things have gone so well-our God is so good! I'll continue to pray for healing of your body and plenty of rest for you. How's your DH handling the changes and stresses of the last few weeks? Prayers for you both:hug:

01-02-2013, 10:36 PM
Rosebud so happy for you and praying for great results of the test!

01-02-2013, 10:38 PM
Rosebud Our God is sooo GOOD and I too rejoice with you at how wonderfully He answered our prayers. The hospital and all the people involved sounds like they were on "special" assignment sent by God to take care of you. Prayers continue coming your way.

01-02-2013, 10:48 PM
Bootsie So sorry I didn't get back to you on your response to my post. I forgot where you live in TX. Did y'all have a draught this year? I sure pray that things will better for y'all soon.

01-03-2013, 07:58 PM
Rosebud: It's so good to hear from you and that all went well. You are probably a really tiny lady now. I will continue to pray for your healing.

01-03-2013, 10:22 PM
Trish we have been in a drought for around 3 to 4 years if not longer. I am surprised we still have any animals. Turned them out in 2 different fields today and got all the female sheep together and have to keep the goat separate so they have to have their own field of dead grass and dead weeds. Lucky they have them plus gotta feed them morning and night. Being cold they don't drink as much but that means less milk production. Put my buck where the young sheep used to be and he went crazy decided he was gonna give me a chase. He weighs over 300 pounds and pouncing toward me I got on the other side of the fence quick! Gee ! I sure need another Tippy and Sausage to help me with these animals , border collies my sweet friends smart too.

01-04-2013, 02:15 AM
Bootsie I will be praying for your situation. Glad you got on the other side of that fence girl. You don't have any dogs to help you any more?

I finally to over the situation with DH and called the orthopedic and asked if they could help me get DH help sooner than January 25 as he is in such pain. I kept the January 25th appt with the pain management doctor, but the orthopedic office was able to get us into the hospital as an outpatient so he will get his 1st cortisone shot at Monday at the hospital. Please continue to pray with me that this shot will ease the pain and help him to begin to feel better. We will do the other 2 shots with the pain management doc. I'm just so thankful that he will be able to get this done so soon.

I put this here because no one has started a Jan prayer thread and I'm not sure I can do it.

Prayers continue for everyone here. Thanks.

01-04-2013, 11:11 AM
thanks for checking in rosebud! so glad to hear things went well and are going well.

01-04-2013, 10:51 PM
praying Trish ,my husband has been in pain for a long time can not get him to the doctor. No trish have no dog that helps me with the animals anymore. Tippy died from cancer and Sausage from old age.

01-05-2013, 08:23 PM
Please go to the new January, '13 thread:)