Medical Update

I had blood work done last week and went back to the dr to find out the results of it today.

My thyroid is pretty messed up right now. It has a count of almost 300 antibodies attacking it when the count is supposed to be around 20. Because of this, my dr said my levels are fluctuating and going from one extreme to the other, so we have to adjust my medication to work with the levels I have at the time. I will be going back for more bloodwork in about 6 weeks.

As for the auto-immune disorder, the dr thinks it is scleraderma. I have more symptoms that are connected to that one than to others though he’s checking to see if it might be rheumatoid arthritis. The blood tests from that hasn’t come back yet.

So… that’s the update on that situation for now. I plan on writing about my brother-in-law’s wedding soon. It was beautiful. I want to finish editing the pictures first.

Long Awaited Health Update #2

Let’s see… where did I leave off? Oh yes, leaving my dr after being diagnosed and given prescriptions for depression and anxiety.

A week after that appointment, the kids got sick. I had a sick kid cuddling with me every day. It pretty much just seemed like a really bad cold for them. A week later, I felt like I couldn’t breath. I had no other symptoms, but since the kids had been sick, I was pretty sure it was the same thing. It was so bad that I went to the hospital. I think I remember blogging about it. I had no fever and when they did a blood test, my white blood cells were not elevated which usually shows a viral or bacterial infection, so after a while, they thought maybe it was my gallbladder because they couldn’t figure out anything else… they sent me home and told me to call an internal medicine dr (different one from my other dr.) the next day and get checked immediately.

I called and got an appointment for the day after. By the time I went in, my head was all stuffy, my throat hurt, and I felt achy all over. The dr was surprised that the hospital didn’t know that I had bronchitis and had them fax my blood tests to him while I was there. He said that my blood tests didn’t look correct, so he was going to have them redone and asked if he could take a few vials of blood to do some other tests with. I had no problem with that. I just wanted to feel better. I left thinking that was it and I would get better.

Three weeks later, just after my grandma died, I was still somewhat getting better from the bronchitis. I felt like it was taking a long time to go completely away. I got a call from the dr… “Your blood test results are in and we need you to come in to discuss them.” My heart dropped at hearing that. I started thinking… maybe it wasn’t bronchitis. Maybe it was something worse. Maybe… you know how your mind goes over and over different things.

I went in the next day and the dr asked about how I was doing with my depression and anxiety first. He wanted to make sure that was under control before anything, I guess. After that, he pulled out my blood test results and started showing me how it showed my immune system hadn’t been working correctly and that’s why the virus that the kids had passed on to me had made me so sick. He said the reason the tests had taken so long to get back was because he did them in a series and not all at one time. He waited for results from the first one before sending in the second so he would know what to test for. The last test he did was to see if I had an auto-immune disorder. It came up positive.

I sat there for a little while just kind of shell shocked. Then I asked if scleraderma was an auto-immune disorder. My grandma had had that. He said it was. Finding out three days after her memorial service really was hard. It’s not certain what kind it is, but he said it is highly possible that it is the same as what she had. He said he wanted to wait a while before more testing. So, we are going to do more in early August.

(Wow… that’s as much as I can write out today… I’m not done, but I think the rest can be written in only one more post. I’ll do my best to write it out tomorrow.)

Wrist Update… Week 3

or I could say month 2. *laugh* Depends on how you look at it.

It’s been two months since I fell. A simple fall on a wet kitchen floor caused all this trouble. Three weeks ago, I finally started getting answers as to what really happened, torn ligaments in my wrist, and was put in a splint that the hand specialist believes will assist my body in healing. On Monday, I had another appointment with him to see how it is going. He had me take off my splint and he maneuvered my wrist around with me letting my muscles stay limp. It’s getting a bit stiff, but it didn’t hurt when he did that. I know it still hurts a bit when I move it around. I take off the splint to change the arm sock and to wash my arm once a day. I always accidentally move my wrist, so I know it still is painful, but not nearly as painful as it used to be.

The dr is hopeful that I will only need another three weeks of wearing the splint before I start physical therapy to regain the use of those muscles and ligaments. He did warn me though that if it begins to hurt again with the therapy that he will have to do a scope and repair any damage that didn’t heal with surgery. *shudder* I really don’t want that, so I’m praying and petitioning Jehovah Rapha (God the Healer) to intervene and help my wrist to heal on it’s own.

Out of the Duldrums

The clean-up here in the neighborhood really helped me get out of the mood I was in a little bit ago. VBS helped, of course, with the worship of God and the fact that I was doing my favorite thing every night… singing, dancing, and teaching kids songs and dances. The thing that helped me the most was going around and talking to so many different people in the neighborhood and how we all worked together to get the mess cleaned up. It really brightened up my spirit.

This week, I am still doing well. I met the lady who lives at the end of our block. She is 3 doors down from us and has two girls… a 2 yr old and a baby. My kids have already fallen in love with the 2 yr old and love playing with her. I think she loves the attention my big kids give her.

ALSO, my best friend from St Louis is coming up to visit!! Woohoo! She is coming tonight and staying until Sunday. THEN, my best friend from where we lived in mid-Illinois is coming up next week. I’m so excited! You know what? I love having a place where I can tell people that they are welcome to come visit anytime that we are here.

Another thing that is happening next week is Google’s family picnic. It will be nice to meet some of Jeremy’s co-workers and family members.

So, if I don’t post for a while, you know that I am busy. (I have started school up a bit too, so we are getting back into that routine as well.)

Wanted: Friends

Well, ok, I have friends, but you all are out there and I don’t know anybody who lives nearby. I’m feeling extremely lonely right now. I miss my friends from where we used to live in mid-Illinois. I miss my friends from St Louis. I’m really missing my sister a lot. I haven’t really seen her much since Christmas when we were at her house. I had looked forward so much to seeing her at the family reunion back in June, but those spots on my kids prevented that back then. I saw her for about half an hour at Grandpa’s house before they had to get on their way. I was thinking that we might see her for a small time this next month because Jeremy and I had planned on going to St Louis for our anniversary, but we won’t be able to do that now. I was also hoping to be able to go down there in September after the baby is born to help her out a little and to see my new little nephew, but we just can’t afford it.

What I really need is a time to sit with some friends somewhere and talk a bit. Then, put all of it away from me and just have a crazy de-stressing time. It’s not coming soon. I just don’t really connect with anyone up here. I have some good neighbors and people I know at church, but it’s not the same.

Today, I’m just sad and feeling worn-out and like a failure at everything. What is my purpose up here? Where do I fit in? What is my ministry?

I’m not sure this post will stay up. I just had to get it out. It may get pulled after a bit.


I think I have the post vacation blahs. I’ve had a hard time since coming back up here.

It may change soon. I have something that may potentially be a comforting thing for me to do sometimes, plus it will help me with figuring out songs for the church’s Children’s Choir. I’ll let you all know when I’ve got more details (and maybe pictures too, if all goes well.)

Eclectic Tastes in Reading

I got a Shelfari account and started putting books on there that I have read and loved. I realized how broad my reading is. I like such a variety of authors, from Terry Pratchett to Dee Henderson to Louisa May Alcott. Terry Pratchett‘s humorous fantasy series of Discworld is my choice when I need a good pick-me-up and a laugh. I like other fantasy as well. Elves, dragons, and such are so fun to imagine about. A few other authors of these that I enjoy are Terry Brooks and the Christian author, Donita K. Paul. Dee Henderson‘s Christian suspense thrillers and other various authors in murder mysteries are great for when I want to think. Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery are for when I want to read old-fashioned stories. I also like some of the Christian romance authors, like Janette Oke, for when I want a simple love story with no graphic physical encounters (if you know what I mean.) I like the way her books focus on loving who the person is more than what they look like and that is what I look for in a Christian romance novel. If you know of an author who writes like that, let me know, I don’t have enough of those for when I get in a sappy mood. I tried science fiction, but it was incomprehensible to me. I just didn’t understand it nor enjoy it much. I tried a few different books and one of the sci-fi mysteries, The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov was kind of interesting, but still wasn’t enough to make me want to read more.

Anyway, if you have any new author suggestions for me, I would love to try them out.

Yesterday Was SO Fun!

Sarah got up here around 11 am. She helped me out with the kids’ school and lunch. James had tried destroying his homework page to get out of doing his math, but ended up grounded and with much more work to do which I wrote up myself. He stayed home with Jeremy, who was working from home yesterday. After lunch, the two of us took all four girls out to the Nature Center. They really enjoyed watching the turtles because one was actually moving all around its enclosure. If you were next to it’s space and talked, it turned it’s head toward you. Noelle loved that. She made up stories about how it was listening to us and what it was thinking. Once they were done indoors, we took a small half mile hike out to the pond. Christine doesn’t know how to be quiet, so as we got close to the pond, Sarah and I noticed that all the frogs we’d been hearing suddenly got quiet. Later, after we got back away from there, we heard them start back up. They just couldn’t compete with my girls. The hike ends at a few cages that sometimes hold injured animals. Only one of the cages had an animal, a red hawk. The sign said that it was badly injured and can’t be released back into the wild as it wouldn’t be able to catch it’s food, so it is there for life. It is beautiful.

After we were done with the Center, we headed to JoAnn’s Fabric Store to look for some patterns and material. Sarah had a few skirt patterns she is hoping to try and make and I was looking for something for my sister’s baby. She found some pretty material, but it was a bit too expensive for her. I found what I was looking for and can’t wait to start… but I will wait because we are leaving tomorrow to go down to my parents’ house in NC. Anyway, the girls enjoyed looking through the pattern books and asking if I would make them this or if I could make them that. They all want me to make them nightgowns with the nice soft satiny-ish material for summer. We’ll see.

After a quick dinner, we headed to church. We didn’t have adult choir practice last night, so I went and taught the Children’s choir during that time instead and was able to join in with the adults for Bible study later. I haven’t been up there for Adult Bible Study on Wednesday since the beginning of the year and it was a nice change.

After church, I dropped the kids off and Sarah and I went out to a restaurant and shared a chocolate dessert and just talked. It was great. On the way there, who should call, but my friend Michelle! She and Sarah got to meet a while back when I took Sarah to St. Louis and they got along really well, so they are hoping to both get up here at the same time before the end of August (and Sarah heads off to college.) Between the two of them, I got really giggly. It was awesome.


One of my best friends, Sarah, is coming up today and staying the night. She’ll be going to church with us tonight and then she and I are going out for a talking and chocolate time afterwards. I wish my other best friend, Michelle, could come up here sometime too. I don’t think I’ve told her yet that we have our bed couch up here now, so she can come visit when she’s able. I need to tell her. I would love to really have some time with her too. It’s been too long.