Day 178-Throwback Thursday-Oh Baby, Baby!

Take a guess!
Take a guess!

 

Ok, today I want to play a game. In the picture are myself, Rayven and her mama, Taylor.  Can you see who’s who? Going clockwise from the biggest picture, make your guesses in order. Do you see a resemblence? I’d love to hear your opinions! First person to guess everyone’s names, in order wins!

What do you win? Well…I could say bragging rights, but where’s the fun in that? How about this-if the winner is a lady, I’ll send them a pair of my handmade earrings in their favorite color.

If a guy wins, I have a coupon for a free product from Van’s who make delicious, gluten free breakfast foods like cereal, crackers, cereal bars and waffles. They are gluten free, made from all natural ingredients like seeds and nuts. Deal? Too easy? We shall see!

I just wanted to do something different and fun. Let me know if you like it and maybe I’ll figure out a way to make it a regular feature. (Like once a month, I don’t have that much jewelry, lol!)

Wanna know a secret? I wrote this blog last night, so if I was busy with Dave in the morning (my normal time to blog, since it’s my most creative time) all I have to do is hit publish when I got time!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will join me for tomorrow’s Flash Fiction Friday. Until then, see you on the patio! 

Day 177- Wednesday's Medical Minute-

Well we are home from hospital, and now starts the recovery process. Everything went fine until it was time to leave the hospital, which was supposed to happen between 1 and 2 PM, but actually happened at five. Still the process on the whole was a great experience. They can’t help it if the doctor is in surgery at another hospital and his PA is in clinicals all day.

Honestly I haven’t prepared any subject matter for today, and since I didn’t receive any feedback on what y’all might want to talk about, I was thinking maybe I would talk about diabetes today. Since I don’t know much on the subject, I need to do some research. No one in my family has diabetes that I know of, however, Stephanie and her mother both deal with it.

Only you know your body, and since the symptoms can be gradual or sudden, noticing changes is your signal that you may need to be checked out.

If you are experiencing symptoms like unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst or hunger, fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, and nausea or vomiting, you need to be checked by your physician.

Diabetes can cause excessive thirst
Diabetes can cause excessive thirst

Diagnosing diabetes starts with a random plasma glucose test in which fasting is not necessary. If your results are equal to or greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter, this is an indicator that you may have diabetes. Your doctor will schedule another random test or a fasting glucose test to determine if you need a glucose tolerance test. Normal fasting glucose level should be between 60 and 99 but your doctor can’t confirm a diagnosis of diabetes until two fasting plasma glucose tests measure 126 or greater.

Sometimes people with diabetes can have a normal fasting plasma glucose test. If your doctor still suspects you may have diabetes he may order a glucose tolerance test. This is a fasting test where you drink a liquid that has a known amount of glucose following an eight hour fast. Your blood will be drawn prior to drinking the drink and then again  two hours later. If your glucose numbers fall between 140mg/dl and 199mg/dl, you will be diagnosed as pre diabetic. If your numbers are equal to 200 or above, this indicates you have diabetes.

Since everyone’s case is different, your doctor will determine the best treatment for you. The main goal is to ensure your sugar stays as normal as possible, this could be managed with diet or insulin replacement therapy.

These are just a few basic facts that can get you started if, like me, you know nothing about the disease. My goal for the day was to just provide a jumping off point to those people not already dealing with this disease.

I’m trying to be a good caregiver right now, so my writing will take a back seat- I will still get something done everyday, it may just sound scattered or maybe that’s just my brain at the moment. Y’all let me know if you have a better topic for next week, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Throwback Thursday!

Day 176-My Essay Tuesday-Our USMD Experience

Psych! I had planned on writing an essay about my first born, however, life has a way of changing things. So while our experience at the hospital is fresh on my mind, I thought I’d write it on that.

USMD is an affiliate of Urology Associates of North Texas and is the hospital/cancer center his urologist chose for him to do his treatment, which was surgery to remove his prostate. When they said be there at 5:30am for 6:30 procedure, they weren’t even kidding. They checked him in, brought him back and got the ball rolling early. By 6:30, they were rolling him off to surgery, and our waiting began.

I was joined in the waiting room by his mom, our pastor, his brother and sister-in-law. The procedure took all of three hours, but I was happy about that because I knew it meant they were taking the time they needed to get the job done right. I was just as concerned they spared the important nerves used for sexual and urinary function as I was they remove the cancer. The fact that we caught it early meant that he had the very best chance for a full recovery, with little to no chance of recurrence. Having our pastor there was special and although he missed the chance to see David before the surgery, he started praying as he was driving to the hospital, I was grateful for that.

After the doctor came out and told us how well the procedure went, Mike, our pastor, said a prayer with all of us, thanking God for taking care of him and guiding the doctor’s hands. Soon after, we went up to see David once he was transferred to his room. Pastor Mike had gone on to tend to another member of the congregation, and Dave’s brother was in pain from a back injury, so they didn’t visit long. That was cool, because Dave needed to rest and was in and out due to the heavy sedation.

Everyone sent well wishes via the blog and other internet sources and we settled in for a long night. Which it was. The nurses came in every one to two hours, making sleep difficult, at best. Good to know he was being attended to though, and they took care of his every need. He had walked earlier in the evening and was in pain as the trapped gas from the inflation of his abdomen during the surgery, moved through his ribcage-I knew from experience, that is very uncomfortable and painful. They monitored his vitals throughout the night and after breakfast, took him for another walk. His pain was not near as bad, they have removed one of the catheters and now we are waiting to be released sometime later this afternoon. He will go home with the supra-pubic catheter, which drains urine straight from his bladder. By this weekend, he should be able to urinate normally before his follow-up visit with the doctor.

Overall, this has been one of the best experiences with a hospital I’ve ever encountered. Everyone is professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable, they provided a delicious cafeteria and snack/drink area, his room was large and included a couch/futon type thing so I could stay the night with him. It’s like they thought of everything and go out of their way to make the experience the best they can in spite of the circumstances. The nurse informed us we should be going home by two this afternoon, if all goes well and he is feeling comfortable to leave.

Other than being a little bit out of the way, our USMD hospital at Arlington experience proved to be the most up to date, state of the art experiences ever. I would recommend this hospital to anyone looking for a superior experience in healthcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 175-Motivational Monday-Quote from the Duke

First off-praise the Lord, David is out of surgery and the doctor said everything went well and he will keep me posted. He is in recovery and will be moved to a room pretty soon to spend the night. Thank you for all of your prayers!

Today’s quote comes from John Wayne…the Duke to all of his friends. “Courage is being scared to death-but saddling up anyway.” (Or so my coffee cup says, lol.)

I think this applies in the current situation as well as anyone starting out in a new business venture. David was unsure about getting this surgery, but knew it would be the best thing for him, possibly save his life and served as the best treatment option for removing the cancer. He could have put if off, but chose to take action and nip it in the bud.

In my life as a writer, I was scared to get started, scared to “put myself out there”, scared no one would want to hear what I had to say, but went for it anyway and now I’m glad I did. It has given me purpose, helped me meet all kinds of new and interesting people and started me on the road to reaching my goals. I think if we are courageous enough to move past our fear and just do it, we will realize, it wasn’t so scary after all.

What is your interpretation and how do you find the courage? Let me know in the comments and thanks again to all of you who lifted us up in prayer. Special thanks to Pastor Mike Love, who stayed with us until the doctor came out with the post surgical update. Thanks to my brother-in-law also, who came to wait with the family…on his birthday…with an injured back. He was so uncomfortable, but waited with the rest of us until Dave was alert enough to recognize him.

Lucky for me, they provide free wi-fi here at the hospital and I was able to post the updates and do my blog. If I don’t get around to updating tonight, come back tomorrow for Tuesday’s Essay. Have a blessed Monday everyone!

 

Day 175-Free Days-Weekly planner

I’m doing the blog today using the Voice activation already built into my Mac. It was easy I just googled the steps and carried them out. There’s much less typing, although I have to go back and fix minor things like punctuation and/or capitalization, and as it gets used to my voice and inflection, things should get better.

 

As my husband and I get ready for his surgery tomorrow, I’m planning the week with little hope of achieving my daily word count, but hoping I can at least accomplish daily assignments. Monday’s quote applies to both of us as we each deal with the surgery and recovery process our own way.

 

Tuesday the essay will be on having my first child out of wedlock. Some know the story of my oldest son but not everybody. These essays that I’m doing as part of a 52 week challenge are about personal things that I’ve experienced and lived through. It was hard enough to think of 52 things much less 365, although if I tried really hard I could probably come up with something.

 

Wednesday’s medical minute is still up in the air, suggestions and feedback are welcome. Depending on how well David’s recovery goes may dictate what I talk about, if you get my drift. I may decide to cover what it means to be a caregiver, or talk about whatever you guys suggest.

 

What I might do on Thursday is show a picture of me as a baby, actually a toddler, and put up the a picture of my grand baby, do use as a comparison. Call me silly but I think we favor. Maybe sometime before then I can get a baby picture of Taylor, and we’ll put all three up.

Flash fiction Friday is always a mystery until I start writing it. Hopefully I improve each week with my storytelling abilities.

 

We have several prayer warriors on the case, however the more we have the better it is, so I will thank you in advance and talk with you tomorrow. At least the weather is going to cooperate! Have a nice Sunday.:-)