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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Life improves

Well, I got the okay to cut down on my meds....good thing cause I did it ahead of time! I know, I know, not supposed to do that stuff. Anyway, my nightmares are gone, my headaches are decreased greatly and I can even tolerate my new glasses! Woo hoo!

So, today I had a break (after a work meeting this morning). I cleaned and made my treats for my Stampin Up party tonite. Hey, if the mayo looks funny, don't, I repeat, DON'T use it. The dip was funny so I threw it all out. I had another jar of mayo (this time, the Hellmans, not the store brand). Now I won't give my guests food poisoning!

Tomorrow I am finally going to use my gift certificate and get a massage. I need it. Worked hard this week and worked in Medical Records which is so hard on my back. Thursday I have to go in so they can get my computer applications straigtened out on the computer that I'll be using. Friday I work, and then Saturday I am going with my bff to a scrap store to take a card making class! Love to make those new cards! After that will meed one of my crafting and card making friends there for desert or an early dinner!

Well, I am in better health and a better state of mind. God is good.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Headaches continue

I have decided to contact my doctor about the incessant headaches and bad dreams. Yesterday I read up on both of my antidepressants. They both cause weight gain and headaches. I can't deal with either. I have gained at least 15 pounds on my meds. These headaches aren't from the new glasses as I wake up with them! I will have to take my chances of cracking up and change meds. I am in pain.

The good news is I finally got all my retreat pictures in an album! Now I have room for even more!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Struggling

I am still struggling with whether to complain about my meds or not. The wierd dreams continue, although I didn't have a nightmare last night.

Yesterday I suffered from a headache until I went to bed. It would let up for a brief while, but most of the time, it felt like my head could roll off my shoulders! How do I know if it is my new glasses?

I missed a stamp along because of my headache. I can't get at my crafting stuff. Maybe I can talk my hubby into painting tomorrow to get a start on the craft room.

Saturday night I blew way too much money at the casino. Seems I don't know when to quit and am on the compulsive side. Same thing with eating. Go on cookie binges. I figured if I can blow money at the casino, I can also afford Weight Watchers again, so I signed up and will try and follow the plan before I bust out of my britches!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A good night's sleep

What would it be like to have a good night's sleep? Ever since I had my surgery in '95' I have gotten up several times during the night to go to the bathroom, and even though I quickly fall back asleep, it's not like sleeping through the night.

Today I could have slept in. That doesn't happen cause the meds I'm on cause me to have bad dreams. On the other hand, the meds make my day go much better, so what to do? I tough it out.

Yesterday I got my mammogram. Double ouch! My skin actually tore under each breast!

I also got new glasses! Trying to get used to them. Right now I feel I see better without them! They make me dizzy. They are also red and a very snazzy frame, so have to get used to that too.

I am not in a good mood. I have all my pics together to put in an album from last year's Christian retreat. Yeah! Now I just have to put them in.

Happy New Year all!