Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Today marks the third anniversary of my admission to Christus Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center to have a giant mass, along with my uterus and cervix, removed. At this point, we didn't know if the mass was benign or malignant. It occurred to me that you 3 people who are following this story have no idea whether I lived or died. I suppose today is an appropriate day to tell you what happened. They took me to a surgery holding area and gave me some sort of sedative (as I remember it). After I was unconscious they did the surgery prep. How cool is that right? I was blissfully unaware that people were shaving my nether-regions, installing a catheter into my bladder, rubbing me with cold brown anti-septic, etc. etc.
The next thing I remember, I was in a room in a lot of pain and rapidly pushing a button with my thumb. Someone was speaking to me, and I think she was saying, "It won't work now - you've had all you can have for the hour..." I was in the recovery room, waking up from anaesthesia. Trying to get pain relief. Because apparently when you have your abdomen cut open from your belly button to your C-Section scar, it is rather painful. At some point, I guess they decided I was lucid enough to be taken to my room which I would be staying in for the next 5 days. My husband and Cousin Amber were there waiting for me. I tend to think of this as the room of doom. Somewhere in the walls of my room, there was an entire construction crew; hammering, sawing, drilling and stomping. I kid you not, the noise was so loud that we couldn't even carry on a conversation. As a team we talked to several nurses and officials of the hospital in order to get me moved. I mean, honestly - WHO in their right minds puts a person recovering from major surgery into a room where they can't possibly rest?? Some hours later they moved me to a much quieter area of the hospital. The next morning when my doctor came in to check on me, he entered the room yelling, "Damn lady! I have been looking all over for you!" I said, "Did you just CURSE?" He went on to explain to me that yes he did curse, he went to my room to find me and I wasn't there. Apparently he had an adventure finding me as well. So anyway, I finally got the chance to ask him about my tumor. "Did you get pictures of it??" He said, "No, the camera in the surgery suite wasn't working." Can you hear my audible sigh of disappointment? Doesn't EVERYONE want to see their tumor?? I asked him to tell me about it then and he likened it to a small watermelon. I said, "No WONDER I was having trouble peeing! That thing was smashing everything!" He also told me that it would be sent off for biopsy, but he was certain that it was benign. If you can call smashing my bladder flat 'benign'. He said he would be back to check on me later.
I was really having issues with my catheter. It hurt all.the.time. They made a couple of different attempts to adjust it to no avail, so I finally just begged them to take it out and let me work out getting to the bathroom(although it was early for this step yet). And what I mean by me working out getting to the bathroom, I really mean my husband helping me in every step - because he is that kind of guy. I want to tell you all the funny and gross and embarrassing things that happened in those days that I spent in the hospital - but I have completely lost interest in telling this story. And I think I know why....
Flash forward to my current girl problems. We have been unable to determine why I am having pain at the tip of my urethra. I think, that possibly - when they installed the catheter, they may have injured my urethra. There would have been no way for me to tell them that they were hurting me because I was unaware at the time, and I spent the next months on pretty intense pain medication. Then my husband left for a year tour in Korea.
So much time had passed, I completely forgot about the whole thing. Until, that is, I started recounting the story of my Total Abdominal Hysterectomy.(which by the way ~ does not include the ovaries. Why they call it 'total' I have no idea. The little trouble-makers are still there maintaining hormonal chaos in my system)
From the time that my husband returned from Korea to the time that he deployed to Iraq (1 year) I went to doctor after doctor and test after test trying to determine what was going on and how to fix it. I am now pretty convinced that my urethra was injured by that catheter ~ and had I not been recounting the hysterectomy story - I don't know if I ever would have made the connection. We had been at a stand-still until now, my doctor and I having agreed that we would wait and see if the condition would heal on its own while my husband was gone. It has not. I go see my doctor in July and I get to tell her what I have remembered. I also get to have a well-woman exam. I may have said this before, but I will say it again, "That is just wrong! I have no uterus and no cervix. Leave me alone for pete's sake!" Apparently no womb is not a get-out-of-pap-free card. Wrong. Just wrong.
*The tumor was benign*
Friday, June 27, 2008
or should I store them with the lids on
Something to consider: I have more containers. These are just the ones that have been cleaned so they could be placed back in the cabinet.
Pity really, this is from the set I was going to keep.
and now on to....
Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Go to the window you look out the most and clean it(the inside AND the outside)! You'll be surprised at how it changes your environment. If that inspires you - do all the windows in the room!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friends, this may possibly be my favorite part of our new (in progress) kitchen....
The message center!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
There are a couple of ways that I know of to get videos posted into your blog. In my opinion, the easiest is to go to http://www.youtube.com/ or http://www.godtube.com/ and find the video that you want.
Once you have found the video that you want, when you click on it - it will begin playing, and also bring up its 'page'. To the right of the video, there is a box that has info about the video and a long, slim box that has the title 'embed' just above it.
If you right click inside this box, then click 'select all' - it will highlight the entire code in the box. Then right click inside the box again and choose 'copy'. You can also customize how you want to embed the video, such as - what color you want the frame to be, if you want to include related videos - etc. (Do this before you highlight and select the code). Once you have clicked 'copy' - you are ready to place the video into your blog.
You create a new post - and use the 'edit html' tab. Once you have that tab chosen, right click in your post box and choose 'paste'. VOILA. You just put a video into your post!!
You can also post your own videos to YouTube - and use the same steps to embed them into your post.
The other way that I know of to get videos you have made your posts is:
When you are creating a new post, use the little teeny button that looks like a piece of film - located between the button that looks like a picture and the button that looks like an eraser. (In the compose tab). You click the video button, and it will bring up a box that will ask you to choose a file to upload. Click the browse button and locate on your computer which video you would like to upload. Fill in the other boxes and VOILA. It uploads. This feature is touchier. If your video is too big - it may not load. But it WILL take forever to tell you that.
Hope this helps!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
"What? What could be so bad? What IS it S4J?"
It is 2 books. One of them contains, "Four complete novels from the Heart of Colonial America"
In preparation for my trip to the Amish Country, I have been boning up on tragic Amish fiction. So this book does not bode well for the home renovation process. Perhaps I could read with one hand and stain cabinets with the other.
But this is not the worst of the contents. "NO??" No! People, I tell you - there is a naughty girl among us! The other book in the package is the first book in a SERIES. YES! You read me right! The FIRST. In a SERIES. You might be thinking, "Oh - how fun! A series." Sure, series' are all well and good WHEN YOU HAVE THEM ALL. I cannot tolerate cliffhangers. They actually cause me chagrin. (Did I use that right?). So - are ALL the books in the series contained in the package? No. I repeat. NO.
Perhaps I am over-reacting. Perhaps what I need to do is call up naughty girl and ask her if this is a self-contained first book of the series, or am I going to have to wait until the next book to find out about key happenings of key characters. I can't read the book MYSELF to find out because if I do and it is not self-contained then I will have to spend some time in chagrin.
Treachery. That's what it is.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This, my friends is my prayer to you in your comings and goings.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted and the train of His robe filled the temple...
...And they were calling to one another, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory."
How amazing it must have been for Isaiah to see this beautiful sight! It's so exciting to have God's Word to give us glimpses into eternity!
A song? Oh yes.
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It depends on the frequency and type of cooking that is performed. Normally, every three (3) to six (6) months is recommended for replacing the charcoal filters. Some charcoal filters are designed with an indicator mechanism that will change color as a signal to replace the filter. Check each model for this availability as some models do not include this device.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The basic configuration of the kitchen will be the "work triangle". The refrigerator will be on one wall with some cabinetry to the right of it. The sink will be on another wall with cabinetry on both sides. The dishwasher will be directly to the right of that. The stove/oven/microwave will be on the third wall with cabinetry on both sides of that.
So - what's the word? Do you keep the plates next to the stove, or closest to the dining table? Spices on top of the fridge - or next to the stove? (NO - we did not get the fancy spice cart-roller-cabinet-thingy). Also note that I am going to IKEA on Saturday and will have the opportunity to pick up beautiful organizer helper things. Tell all your bloggy friends to swing by and advise me too. Will you? Please?