Monday, August 30, 2010

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another...

Ok. So, for those of you who read my earlier post ("You can't be serious....No Freakin' way!"), I told you all that I was going to see the doctor this afternoon. Well, I did. And it wasn't the best news.

It seems that one of the main reasons for my digestive issues (inability to tolerate solids or liquids in my stomach, little water-reclamation in digestive tract, etc. etc.) was because I have a kidney infection.
When my doctor was looking at my most recent blood panel, his forehead creased and his eyes widened. "How...how did you get such bad results?!" he said, staring at the deceptively harmless looking numbers and graphs on his screen. It turns out that right now I am far sicker than I have ever been before.
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You can't be serious....No Freakin' Way!

Ok. So, I have to start out with the observation that people in wheelchairs get lots of sympathy smiles. Period.

Now, I have to explain myself :P

Saturday night I felt so bad that I packed a bag to take to the hospital with me should that become necessary...I was beginning to think it was. But I tried to hold it together that night. I almost crawled to get my mum at 1:40 am, but thought better of it. So, I waited until 11:20 Sunday morning when mum was in the middle of church service to call her and say "I need you to come home and take me to the hospital...now."
I guess I must have left the "hospital" part out, because mum comes home with jello, gatorade, an such stuffs.It turns out that she was hoping I didn't have to go to the hospital. But, seeing as I was collapsed in a chair counting the seconds until I could see the sign for "Emergency Room", we decided to go for it.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Eating, Dancing and Making....Visits

Fountain Square Marquee in 2008.
Hello my Muselings!
I have another update for you all :)
First, let's start out with the bad news.

Yesterday I ate maybe 400 calories....if that. Since Monday, the nausea has kept me from eating much of anything. I missed breakfast because of my fast for the blood draws, tried some lunch (I felt so sick for hours afterwords) and couldn't eat dinner yesterday.
This morning, when trying to eat at least a little something, two bites made me feel terrible. *sigh* It turns out that most of those 4 pounds I lost since I last saw the doctor were from the first part of this week alone....about a pound a day *cringe* Which is not really good. My health teacher would be unhappy with the situation  <_<  Sooo, she's not going to know haha
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Early Morning Doctor Runs

Well, I had to reset my stats on Stat Counter today. :)
It's too selective on individual visits, and doesn't give country information, like Blogger stats does (check it out in "draft version" blogger!)
But I have to share some stats with you. Over the past month I had 194 visits, counting the 25 yesterday, and the 10 since midnight last night.
It's absolutely amazing that God is using me to reach so many people with what I have to say! Maybe my post about helping other and being kind to those around us really did get a bunch of readers after all!
Anyway, I just thought I'd post something about that...because I was a bit proud of my counter creeping up to 500 (the log limit for a non upgraded account. I am not spending my money on that right now! =P). It was at 499 this morning! Anyway, I thought that was cool :)
And to all you hundreds of readers throughout the United States and Canada, Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria, China, Latvia, German, Malaysia, Ireland, Pakistan and the Philippines, Thank you. I do so appreciate your readership! :)

Ok. So, about my day.
Right now I'm going to take a shower, and try to stay conscious and mobile, as I have to go to my doctor's in an hour and have all my blood and fluid tests. It's really weird trying to take saliva samples *makes "eww" face* But For once, I had no trouble doing so this morning :P

Oh. And my mum has to drive me. The one time I had to drive myself to the doctor's after my fasting period was the time I almost lost control of the wheel and passed out >_< So she's coming with me. She's also going to ask the docs to do one to two more blood tests on me to see if my Vitamin K and D levels are within normal range....we're suspecting not (on TOP of everything else. GAH!!!!) So that will make it 4 to 5 blood tests....which will mean 4 to 5 vials of blood. I dearly hope they get that much......

Anyway. I'm not feeling so hot right now, but once I get something in my stomach in the car on the way home, and actually rest and stuff without harming my body (i.e. drinking water and b vitamin fortified gatorade...the salt and electrolyte combo really help my bp), then my trip to therapy and swing dancing should be good :)

I'll say a prayer for all of you, my peoples! :)
God is faithful, and He will answer them!
Do you have a specific prayer request?
If so, feel free to email me on my "contact me" page to the right, or by FB, Twitter or email.
I would be very happy to pray for you, and to talk with you.

Be Well!
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Journey: More Symptoms, More Problems, More Pain

Well, I have an update on my current physical condition...and I'm afraid it's not very good.
The past week I've been having trouble....dizziness, bloody noses, and increasing spasms and muscle twinges. It all culminated Tuesday night with one of the worst episodes I've had in months.
The thing is, I now have new symptoms on top of all the other ones, making it worse in some ways.
But here...I'll start at the beginning, with Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Answer the Cry: Help Me

It's struck me lately how unfeeling people can be. I mean, I always knew that particular people were. But when I was younger I though that society in general...well, let's just say I have an optimistic personality. But friends of mine keep reporting on how terribly they've been treated, intentionally or otherwise.
Guys dumping girls (at least emotionally), "Threesomes" excluding the third member, friends suddenly angry at you, claiming you have hurt them and irritated them to no end, and leave...all without ever saying anything until the moment they choose to leave.
Does that sound like Love to you?
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Life's Dealings

I just returned from an evening of my little brother, homework, errands, and the indomitable Ellie Glorioso (She's the one in the picture =P).
I'm lucky to have her as a friend (indubitably, my dear Watson!)! It's nice to have someone in my life who is going through at least some of the health problems I currently am and thus able to understand me...although I wouldn't wish them on anyone. She and I find antiquing normal, writing letters fashionable, and the collecting of scarves and old books "cool". Definitely my kind of person!!! I bought her a coffee and then we talked for an hour and half and shared a number of hugs. She also opened the present I've been prepping for her for months!!! YAY!!!!!
And might I add that she liked it? Yup. You can say it. I have good taste. *pleased smile* When it comes to quirky things, that is *chuckle*.
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Fog and me - or - My Morning and God

Fog clouds the road, lazily shifting aside as a car wends it way through. Monochromatic sky and hidden trees greet me as I look out onto my world.
I feel as if I'm in a haze too.
That I have just enough energy to move slowly.
That I will have to work hard to pierce the fog around me.
Yet, just as the sun burns through the fog to reveal a beautiful world, so will it be with me.
I will get up and pack my bags.
I will drive to school and sit through class.
I will smile at my friends and give hugs all around.
I will rejoice in the fact that my God has given me today, and that I can make today worth living.
And guess what?
I will see Ellie.
It reminds me that she is leaving...that I will see her off right when we were really getting to know each other. That thought makes my stomach knot.
It also makes me sit in awe and want to jump around the room for joy. She is amazing. Truly.
God has blessed with my friends, and she is one of my newer ones. Thank you God!
Being able to hold her, and talk with her, and give her her goodbye present will be an amazing end to what I'm sure will be an amazing day--if I let God lead me through it.
What was the start of your day like?
What was your first thought this morning?
What was your first verse in your Bible Study?
For me, I thought about school and not wanting to get up. Then I thought "I want to give God every part of my day." I could have just skipped out on my quiet time until later. But I chose not to. I am now at peace, where in reality I could and should be stressed (based on my personality).
He is amazing with the peace-giving.
Are you at peace today?
If not, read your Bible.
Pray to the Lord.
He will listen, and He will answer.
All you need to do is trust Him.

Be Well My Friends!
Love,
-Rae

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (TLB)
"Everything in the heavens and earth if yours, o Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are Ruler of mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength." Read more "Fog and me - or - My Morning and God..."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Persevering Through Trials

Hello my peoples!!!
So, I haven't had enough time to get the next few days of my journal typed up and in the computer. So that will have to wait another day or so. But what I can share is that God has definitely been working in my life. Through my quiet times, hours of listening to worship music, watching uplifting movies and encouraging others, I have found that my life, no matter how hard things are physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc..., is all taken care of. God has a plan and will never, ever ever let me down.
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Apology

Hey all! Sorry I haven't posted in the past two days. I will post tomorrow if I can! School and activities and family have caught up with me :P
I'll put something up soon!

Be Well!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Week In My Life: Dreams And Realizations (Day 3)

August 10th, 2010 – Tuesday

Last night was so odd. I got to bed (after stretches, journaling, etc…) at around 10:30. So far, so good. But I just couldn’t shut my brain off. Now, some of you know how many things I think about at one time – complete, organized chaos. It’s sometimes awesome. People seem surprised that I can “shut it off” at all to sleep, and normally, it’s not a problem. But Monday night, I was unsettled. I can’t put my finger on it, exactly.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Week In My Life: Day 2

Here's the second day of my "Week in the country". :)

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August 9th, 2010 – Monday

I had every intention of getting up at 7:30 or 8 today, since my grandma is an early riser. Nope. 9:00 it was. So, I got up, did a few early morning stretches, got dressed for the day, and had breakfast. Yum.
Grandma A (Armstrong, my mum’s maiden name!) sat reading the paper and talking to me while I ate. Then we finished our Gin Rummy game we stopped last night.
I was in the lead by about 30 points.
Over the next few hands I became behind by 30, then 40, and then 50 points until finally Grandma passed the 500 point marker. She had won.
I laughed and groaned, reshuffling the cards as if to comfort myself that there were more hands and more games to come.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Week In My Life: The Country Herald

My People!!! I'm back!
Today I've got a treat for you. While I was in the country last week, I kept a journal of each days happenings. So, for the next few days, I will be posting a new "day" in my vacation on here. I hope you enjoy it *grin*
Below is the first of what will be many daily posts. They include my bible study thoughts, a verse of the day, a prayer for that day, and the day's happenings. Read on!

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Country Living...and Bobcats

Hello my people!
I have some good and bad news.
Firstly, I will be spending some time in the country this week, enjoying my grandmother's pastures and the surrounding woods, streams, rivers, horses, cats, deer, turkeys, birds, and occasional bobcat. My grandma is the sort that, when she knows a bobcat is after her animals, will have a gun by or under her bed to shoot at the thing from her window. In the dark. Without a target. 0_0 Yes. I come from two lines of military men, strong willed women, and guns. And then there's my other grandmother, who doesn't like Charlton Heston because he was the head of the NRA. (She married into a family of marines and black ops helicopter pilots for heaven's sake!!). Anyway. Rabbit trails.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Who's Happy? Well, That Would Be Me!

Hello again, Muselings!
I've got some good news for you, today!
Over the past few weeks, I have been working on getting into a daily routine of reading my bible, doing bible study, spending at least half-an-hour (if not an hour) in prayer, and being more like Christ wishes me to be. I can happily say that I have succeeded! If I put things before my quiet time and "God time", I hear that little voice urging me to "do it....you know you need to!"
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What Idol Do You Have Standing in God's Temple?

Greetings all!
Today, I want to challenge you. I want to share some thoughts and passages that will hopefully allow you to find areas of your heart in which you have allowed the devil to gain a foothold. I've been studying James again, the third time this year. This round, God is definitely speaking to me. Passages about guarding one's tongue, not being an enemy of God, keeping bitterness, anger and strife from taking root in your heart, maturing in your walk with Christ, growing in wisdom, and choosing to "turn from your Sodom and back towards His Bethel".

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Think. Pray. Love

Hey all!
(Yes. The title is supposed be a play on "Eat. Pray. Love." )
I thought I had better post at least something, as it's been a couple days. I have to start off with "The Lord is Awesome!" though, and let me tell you why! First, he's God. All powerful ruler of the universe. Yeah. THAT dude. He is also the loving father who created us, LOVES us unconditionally and eternally, and who sacrificed his son Jesus Christ to allow us to spend eternity with Him. If that's not the epitome of awesome, I don't know what is!

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