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I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN HIT IN THE GUT

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have been dealing with some health issues lately. I have been having dizzy spells and am battling sinusitis. I have had some bad dizzy spells, and since I live alone, it is pretty scary.
I had a bad vertigo attack several years ago, and had to go to the hospital to get some help, so I am a little (okay very) nervous when these attacks come on.

I have been sleeping in my recliner for the past couple of weeks, because it seems that every time I sleep in bed I wake to find the room spinning. I spent several days not being able to do too much because of these spells. I am so afraid to fall and not be able to get any help.

A couple of my friends have been checking in on me once in a while to see how I am doing, but they're not always available if I need someone. There is a lady who lives across the hall from me. She told me she has had several dizzy spells, and twice she fell in her bath tub and hit her head. Thank goodness her hubby was there to help her. She gave me her phone number and told me to call her if I needed help.

When I saw my doctor he told me I had low blood pressure, and he told me to cut my water pill in half and see if that helps.

The other day I got a call from my DB, and he told me that my BIL has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. It is stage 3 cancer, and they want to operate right away. My sister called from Oregon and said that her dh is now in the hospital awaiting surgery. I also received news that a good Spark Friend of mine is battling stomach cancer. She told me she thought she was getting an ulcer, and made an appointment with her doctor. Her dh was in contact, and he has let us know that she is in hospital dealing with cancer. I am awaiting further word as to what is happening.

I am just stunned. It seems like so much to absorb. it almost makes me feel like my problems are nothing compared to what others are going through. My head is spinning and I just don't know what to think.

I am doing a lot of praying right now. I am so thankful to know that I am not alone in this.
God is always there for me. He will never leave me nor forsake me. I am so thankful that I can lean on Him during this difficult time.

  


HEALTH ISSUES

Friday, August 08, 2014

I have been dealing with some health issues over the past few weeks. I have been experiencing dizziness, sinus problems and bad headaches. I have tried different things, but nothing has worked.

Last week I woke up early and when I went to check the time, the room started spinning. I had to stop and hold on to the wall until things settled down. I didn't do much of anything for three days as I was having nausea and dizziness most of the time. I slept in my recliner for a couple of nights, as I was afraid to sleep in my bed again. I started to feel better, so I decided to sleep in my bed again. I was okay for the first night, but the second morning I again awoke to extreme dizziness and I couldn't do too much again for a day or two.

Thank goodness for my wonderful Christian friends. One lady dropped off some Gravol and some diet Ginger Ale for me to help me out. She told me to call her if I needed anything else.
Another good friend called to make sure I was all right. She picked me up and took me out for ice cream one evening, so that I could get out and get some fresh air. She phoned every so often to make sure I was okay.

My doctor gave me some antibiotics to help the sinus condition and the headaches. However, they didn't work. My chiropractor helped after one of my spells.

Today I went back to the doctor to find out what is going on. He checked my blood pressure and then checked it again. He told me that I now have low blood pressure, instead of high blood pressure. He told me to cut one of my pills in half each day to see if that helps. He also prescribed another round of antibiotics, different once this time and for a longer time.

I will pick up the medication tomorrow and I will try cutting the pills and see if that helps. If not I will be going back to the doctor once again. I do hope this helps this time. I am so tired of feeling this way.

One of the ladies in my block gave me her phone number and told me to call her if I was having a dizzy spell. She has had a few and has fallen in her bath tub a couple of times.
As I live alone, it is a little scary when these attacks come on. Hopefully things will improve soon.

  
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JUDITH316 8/14/2014 11:33PM

    My Dear Darlene, I apologize as I thought I had replied to your post and found out I hadn't, please accept my profuse apologies, bottom line I care and am so sorry you are going through all these health issues and of course am praying for you to get better soon... I am so happy you have someone you can call on to come and help you when needed, I know that alone can relieve some of the stress and fear knowing someone is right there for you. And of course we know we always have Jesus who sticks closer to us than a brother and One who will never leave you nor forsake you, He is always near. He is as close as the mention of His Name...

Another scripture that comes to mind is taken from...

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I pray it brings you comfort and strength...

Love Hugs and Prayer my Friend...

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MVKNET 8/12/2014 11:36PM

  Father, I lift up Your precious daughter today praying that healing virtue would flow through her veins to every part of her body from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. I pray that in the midst of this dizziness she will feel Your Joy which is her strength. I pray that her immune system would rise up and fight off the infection and that her equilibrium would be restored. Lord You are bigger than sinus infections and you are bigger than dizziness. You are the God Who Is More than Enough. May she feel Your Presence as she waits on You. In Jesus Name, Amen And thank You Lord for those nice neighbors who are standing with her. I as emoticon k for Your blessings upon them also.

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CIERAPOET 8/11/2014 3:16AM

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Hello my dear sister!

I will continue to pray for you. When you are tempted to be afraid just clothes your eyes and picture Jesus right there beside you. He is there by the Holy Spirit. You are NOT alone. Angels are around you too. So take comfort and know that God LOVES you SO much. He will perfect that which concerns you! You are BLESSED in Him! Keep your eyes on God!
Many Blessings of Healing Upon You!
Deb


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FUN TIMES AND RAIN DAY

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I decided that we would get together on Friday and go shopping. She can only use the car on Thursdays and Fridays when her DH is off work, as he needs the car for work.
She picked me up at 8:00 A.M., and we went for breakfast. I had a chiropractor appointment after that, and then we were off shopping. We spent the rest of the morning shopping, and then we went to our Knitting Club.

After the Knitting club was over at 3:00 P.M., we went out shopping again. We spent the rest of the afternoon together and then stopped for supper before we went home. We had a wonderful day. We always enjoy each other's company. We have adopted each other as sisters. We have so much fun together. It is great to have a wonderful Christian friend. She dropped me off at home at around 9:00 P.M. All in all it was a great day, but boy was I tired when I got home, and my feet were killing me. It was worth it, though.

Today has been a crazy day with the weather. It rained quite a bit this morning, and then it quieted down and was nice for a while. This afternoon the rain picked up and it was thundering and lightning. It rained so hard that you couldn't see out of the windows. I thought the swimming pool was going to flood. I was afraid the windows were going to break it was raining so hard. I went downstairs to the restaurant for supper, as I had been doing laundry all day, and I was tired and hot. It was very humid. The rain came in through the windows in the restaurant and there was water all over the floor. I'm sure glad it finally stopped and the sun came out.

We are expecting more rain tomorrow and Monday, but I hope we don't get as much as we have had today. Even the rivers are high. I'll bet there were some areas where there are flooded basements.

  
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IMAVISION 7/23/2014 9:30PM

    I am late in reading this --- still, it was nice to read about your pleasant day with your friend. emoticon with you that it is a blessing to have true friends among our siblings-in-Christ.

God bless!

Ima

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GOOD VISIT WITH SONS AND OTHER THINGS

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I hadn't heard from my son Darren since around Christmas time. He did send me a Facebook message on Mother's Day and on my birthday, but other than that he didn't call. I know he is busy, so it didn't really bother me too much. However for a couple of weeks I was going through some depression. I'm not really sure why, but everything started to bother me. I was even feeling sorry for myself. My church family prayed for me, and my depression did lift.

On Monday evening I received a call from Darren. I had seen on Facebook that he and his girlfriend had bought a car. He had lost his licence several years ago, and now wanted to get it back. His dad took him out driving for practice and then he went for the road test. He failed the first day, but decided to make an appointment to take the test again the next day.
He managed to pass the test, and he told me that his dad had prayed for him, and that "my" Jesus helped him pass the test. He is not a Christian, so that was a big thing for him to say.

When he called me he told me that he and his girlfriend Jean would come over on Friday for supper. I had wanted him to check over my computer, so he said he would do that while he was here. A couple of days late I had a call from my youngest son, James, and he told me that he had been off work for a while because of problems with ulcers. I invited him for dinner as well. So Friday evening we all got together and had dinner. We had a great time.

My son Darren went and cleaned out my computer and checked it over, while my son James washed, dried and put away the dishes. It was so nice to have someone else to cook for. I have a hard time to just cook for myself since my DH passed away.

I have been having a hard time organizing some things in my bedroom, etc., and both my sons helped me get rid of a lot of things I didn't need and took it all down to the garbage.
Later in the evening they noticed that my carpet was wet in front of the air conditioner/heater.
I called maintenance, and they sent someone to check it out. He tried to fix the problem, but said there was a clog in the line. He said he would have to get Rotor Rooter in today to have it checked. This morning he came in and tried fixing it again, and then he went down to the basement and checked the pipes there, and he managed to get the pipe clear. He almost got a face full of water (lol). However, since then my air-conditioning (central air) is working wonderfully. This is the best that it has worked in the two years that I have been here. Someone is going to come in on Monday to change the filter, and then I should be good to go for a while.

I talked to my son Darren, and he is going to come and help me with some other things before I go in for surgery for a torn rotator cuff. I found it that I won't be able to do too much with my left arm for about 4 months after the surgery. I have time to clean out my freezer and cook some meals and put them away.

Looking forward to going to church tomorrow.

  


DIABETES COURSE

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was diagnosed with Diabetes about 4 years ago. I had a very difficult time getting information on what to eat, etc. My doctor gave me a few pointers, but he is not a specialist, so he didn't really help me all that much. I spent a lot of money on books and I looked up a lot of things on the Internet. Thank goodness I was able to find a couple of Spark Teams dealing with Diabetes, and I received a lot of helpful information.

My doctor told me he would refer me to a Diabetes Clinic so that I could get the information. I was told you can't attend the clinic without a referral from your doctor. Well that referral never did materialize. A little while ago I asked my doctor to refer me to a Diabetes Doctor, he said he didn't like the doctor I had chosen so he refused to refer me to him. He again said he would refer me to a Diabetes Clinic. The referral worked this time, and after four years I was finally able to attend a clinic on Diabetes. There were four 2 hour sessions on Wednesday mornings. We were given a lot of pamphlets and information. We had a Diabetes nurse provide some information for us and a Diabetes Dietician also spoke to us. I have a lot to review, but I am sure happy I was able to go.

Today I was told that I didn't need to get a referral from my doctor, that I could take the class by signing up whenever it was available. I was told I would be able to attend again any time the class was available. I also found out that I could have a one-on-one session with the Diabetic Dietician, since I had been referred by my doctor. Normally you can't do that. I am going to take advantage of that, as there are a couple of questions I have for her. I am going to review the information I received and see if I come up with any more questions.

For some reason I wasn't able to sleep last night. I finally just got up and had an early breakfast. I am hoping I will be able to sleep tonight, as I have to get up and do child care for the Young Mom's Group in our church tomorrow morning. This is the last session until September. They generally have a pot luck lunch provided by the moms, so I will even have some lunch before I leave tomorrow.

By the way, I finally found a new doctor. I started seeing him last week. I am hoping I will be able to get more help from him than I did from my other doctor.

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 6/20/2014 12:43PM

    Glad to hear you were able to take the class! And the one-on-one appointment sounds like a God-send. That will be a real blessing.

I have been told for 3 years now that I am pre-diabetic. . . . and losing another 10 pounds will greatly reduce the risk. That's a great incentive.

Eager to hear more about your next appointments.

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OPALMOON 6/15/2014 1:38AM

    Hi Darlene,
It's good that you were finally able to get some useful information and I am sure the Diabetic Dietician will be able to help you more as well. Hope all goes well with your new doctor - I think it was a wise decision to find someone new. All the best with managing this condition - take care.
Hugs, Nattacia

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JOANNS4 6/12/2014 6:49PM

    I am thankful you were able to take the classes and can in the future if you want to. A new doctor is good, too.
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/12/2014 12:21PM

    I am so glad you got a new doctor!! Just canNOT believe you waited 4 years for nothing!! So glad some of the SP folks could fill in and help you.

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Glad you got that referral and attended the classes. I just think it is such a huge help in taking proper care of ourselves.

HMmmm ... makes me a little miffed that a Dr. wouldn't give you the referral initially, but water under the bridge now.

Have a good Thursday.

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NADINEL 6/12/2014 10:02AM

    I am glad you are getting the help you want and I am thankful you will get a new doctor who will help you!

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MSLZZY 6/12/2014 6:40AM

    Take advantage of anything that comes your way. Education is the key!
So glad you are finally getting more help! HUGS!

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ARTJAC 6/12/2014 2:05AM

    i hope you get lots of information from the new dr the diabetic dietician will be able to help you and answer all your questions good luck on your diabetic journey emoticon

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