Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Pain continues

Just back from the surgeon. He is not at all worried about the catheter in my liver. Says that sometimes they put small catheters in like that to relieve pressure in cirrhosis he thinks it should be just fine and not cause me any problems. The problem is, I am still having pain in my right side! So what is causing it???? I almost feel like they think I am crazy, and because I know the little thingy is in my liver I am making up the pain. UGH!

So anyways...he says he thinks it sounds like classic gall bladder. So now more tests to see if the gall bladder is functioning. The ultrasound on my liver also studied the gall bladder and they said it looked normal already. He sent me out to eat some high fat and greasy food and see if the pain got worse. It has been an hour since I ate and the pain is still just the same. I go on the 3rd for gall bladder function test.

I do have to say I feel a little better knowing that he isn't concerned about the catheter. He said that it will likely cause much worse problems trying to remove it than it would to just leave it. I am still going for a second opinion at Cleveland Clinic in the near future.

I am so exhausted! I think I am going to take a 20 minute power nap before I start working on my Thanksgiving desserts to take to moms house! My little sister is traveling from Atlanta, typically a 8 hr drive but will most likely be much longer tonight with all the traffic.

I can't wait to go Black Friday shopping! It is a tradition for my sisters and I to head out around 4am to shop the day away! I sure hope there are some good deals on the things my children want this year for Christmas! I am looking specifically for a good point and shoot camera for Brooke!

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I haven't read the books yet, but Brooke and my cousins Kacie and Jodi and I went to the premiere on Thursday night. Wow! FABULOUS movie! Of course everyone says the books are better. Aren't they always?? So I am ready to dive into the first Twilight book! Sunny sent it to me in my surprise box! The Dr has ordered me to just relax and do I am hoping to spend some time relaxing and reading! I am going to do some scrapping too. I think if I scrap in small intervals it shouldn't bother my back. I am sure hoping at least!

It is FREEZING here. Seems like winter has come early. I don't understand why we never have FALL anymore around here. We go from HOT to FREEZING. Where oh where did fall disappear to?? We have already had our first two hour delay with approximately 3 inches of snow covering the roads. It was pouring down big HUGE flakes when we were going in to see Twilight. We were all hoping for lots of snow when we came back out so there would be a two hour delay...but no such luck! We got out of the movie at almost 3am and then back up by 6:30am. EEEEK! So yesterday was a tired day. I worked and then took a twenty minute nap and went to crop club! I slept in till 10am this morning!

Well I really wish I could get my house cleaned up...but as per Dr orders I am heading to the lazyboy to start on my Twilight book and relax:)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My New Bathroom

It has taken me about as long to put up pictures of my new bathroom as it did to get it completed! Lawanda has been waiting for me to put up pictures for a very long time! So here they are my dear friend:) Lawanda's husband
The Cabinet Maker made this beautiful vanity for my bathroom. Chad did all of the rest of the remodel. Unfortunately, I forgot to take before pictures. Imagine the old mint green tiles and the little 1 inch white tiles on the floor. I love my new bathroom!

I went to my chiropractor again today. Everything was out of place again. He is wandering if my preschool job is getting to me? Hmmm, hadn't really thought of it but I do alot of bending and I sit on the floor alot too. Who knows?? Another thing I thought of is that I am getting alot more sleep now that I have started teaching preschool. I try to make sure I am in bed no later than 11pm. Sometimes I get 10 hrs of sleep. That makes for a lot more laying in bed than I have ever been used too! Up until I started teaching preschool I typically got 4-5 hours of sleep tops. Maybe the extra time in bed is bad for my back? Even though I have a sleep comfort bed? All I know is I hope we can get something out so the pain will go away!

Chad has scheduled for me to go to a liver specialist at Cleveland Clinic. John Fung is suppose to be #1 in livers. Hopefully that will give us some answers. I go to Dr Roberts here in Parkersburg Nov 26th, he is a general surgeon, but my Dr wanted me to go to him so he would be familiar with my case if there was an emergency situation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Snow Day

The weather outside is frightful...but we only had a 2 hr delay. Since my preschool is only open for 4 hours we just do a one hr delay when the county calls a two hour delay. At first I thought a delay would be nice, an extra little bit to sleep in....well I got to sleep in, but the day at preschool was a little chaotic to say the least! The kids were out of their routine, and things were just crazy! one little boy slipped and fell and hit the back of his head so hard. I was so thankful his daddy was still there when it happened! In about 5 minutes he was smiling and back to normal, but he had a huge bump on the back of his head.:)

I got two early birthday presents in the mail! One from my dear friend Sunny in Utah. She sent me three shirts and a bunch of scrappin goodies! I hope to create something with the new pebbles stamps she sent....I will post a photo as soon as I make something with my new goodies!!:) Oh she also sent me the cutest card I have ever seen! has a little slider on it! Gotta figure out how she made that so I can make one too!

My other present was to myself...hehe...Bad I know! We placed an order for the studio and I splurged and bought the Page Maps book. I just love sketches and this book is full of fabulous scrapbooking sketches! I have been wanting it for a while...and now it is mine!

Now to just get my scrapbook room organized so I can sit down with my Addison Road CD and get some scrapping done! Maybe someone will want to send me a professional organizer for my birthday...hint, hint!!:)

My scripture for the day "For with God nothing shall be impossible." ~Luke 1:37
Hmmm...maybe I can accomplish getting my scraproom organized:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Concert

Jenny from Addison Road and Me!

Wow! I wasn't feeling well Sunday. I went to church and came home exhausted. I took a nap for a few hours in hopes that I would feel up to going to the concert to see Addison Road. Thankfully, with a pain killer and the nap, by 4:30 I was feeling a bit better. I headed to the concert. My sister had volunteered us to help at the merchandise tables for the bands. Heather Sloan and I worked the After Edmund table. I had never heard of this band...but wow! They rocked our socks off! I was totally impressed with them...and had I been feeling good I would have probably been up there bouncing around in the front row! I just had to get their CD. Love this new band and I am totally sure we are going to be hearing lots more from them! They put on an AMAZING show!

Brooke and Nic with After Edmund

Addison Road was awesome too. My sister and Angela Marshall were working the merchandise table for Addison Road. When Jenny came up for autographs at the merch table I was excited to tell her how Hope Now had really blessed me. When I started to tell her about it she said wait, you are the girl from the blog! Her mom has google reader and gets messages whenever someone posts about Addison Road! So "HI to Jenny's mom!!!" Leave a comment:)! Anyways, she had texted Jenny to tell her to look for me at the concert!:) that was so neat! This was probably one of the best concerts I have been to...and I have been to alot. All three bands were phenominal!! Remember, I wasn't feeling that great, so the pics of me are not the hair was looking a little slept on because of the long nap! LOL Me, Brooke and Nic with Addison Road

Today has been a crazy day. It started out all wrong and just kept going crazy! Tyler woke up sick, so he had to stay home from school. I called mom to see if she could come stay with him but she had to go to the hospital because my nephew Cole was having tubes put in his ears. So Tyler stayed alone with my sister, Chad and my mom calling frequently to check on him until I got home at noon. I went through McDonalds this morning for breakfast since the morning chaos left me rushing and not grabbing something on the way out. I paid at McDonalds and then drove off without my food!! DUH! Here is the crazy thing, I was already at the mineral wells exit, approximately 10 miles from McDonalds, before I even noticed I didn't have my food! That was probably the dumbest thing that happened all day but more random craziness has been going on all day...our lights in the upstairs level of our house just quit working, everyone one of them except the bathrooms! Chad is trying to fix that right now. The most recent thing being that our studio downtown has been broken into and someone apparently slept there last night????? CRAZY! So anyways, thinking I might just go to bed early and hope for a more pleasant, normal day tomorrow! Get behind me satan!

Here are some more photos from the concert!

Heather Sloan, Christina, Jenny, Angela and Me

Me with After Edmund- those guys are a blast!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hope Now

This past month has taken me through many emotions. I experienced sickness like I had never dealt with before...scared me pretty bad to say the least. I am still not certain what is going to happen as far as the catheter that is now in my liver. The Lord has used this song "Hope Now" by Addison Road to give me a peace with life right now. I have been belting this song out all the time lately. My little Nic said a few minutes ago, "mom, you really love that song don't you."

Tomorrow, Addison Road will be here in Parkersburg, WV with Building 429. My sister picked up our tickets today and I am just so stinkin excited! I don't think it is a coincidence that they are coming here...I am looking at it as a another comfirmation from the Lord...I am not my own, I've been carried by Him all my life:) No matter what happens, everything is going to be ok.

Hope Now by Addison Road
If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours

I'm not my own
I've been carried by You
All my life

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I'll be ok and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free
You've become my hearts desire
I will sing Your praises higher
Cause Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Still Alive!

Hello Blog world! A bit beaten and battered but still alive.

I have been sick. They thought I had kidney stones and in the process of testing for stones they found that I have a catheter in my portal vien in my liver. Apparently the catheter is the result of a blood transfusion I had as a newborn.

My doctor had the hospital pull my birth records. My mom was mortified to find out that I am truly lucky to be alive. The Drs had told them that I had spit up a bit of blood. According to the birth records I had uncontrolled internal bleeding. They gave me not one but two blood transfusions. My parents knew about one. Then apparently...considering I have a catheter in my portal vien. The catheter broke off into my vien. Interestingly enough there is no mention of the said catheter in any of the medical records.

So I go to a surgeon on Nov 26th to see if the catheter needs to come out or if I can keep it since I have already had it for 33 years.

Really stinks that we are having to pay all these medical bills for all the testing they have done. Seems that the hospital should be covering it free of charge. I am just praying that I stay healthy and don't have to have surgery.

So that is what I have been up to lately. Been pretty freaked out. Found out that I have had a rib out of that might be what was causing the pain that lead them to find this catheter. So now that I have been to the chiropractor several times...I am now feeling better and hopeful that it isn't the catheter causing my pain.

I am also teaching preschool now! I have been since school strated in September. I am loving my job. Just wishing I could be feeling good so I could really enjoy it more!

I hope to be a better blogger now that I am feeling better!