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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.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Moving Forward at a Turtle's Pace

I went to the doctor for my hospital follow up.  She was quite thorough, and displeased that this "rash" on my tummy has gone on so long.  She sent me to an allergist.  He was really nice, but said it is not an allergic reaction.  Fungus?  An infection?  So, he called in the surgeon who came in with some other surgeons and they looked at my fat belly!  They discussed it and decided I needed a surgical biopsy, so that is what I had Wednesday.  I should know sometime next week what the results are and be able to move on from there.  (I still don't know why the dermatologist didn't do one).  My tummy continues to burn and itch.  Yesterday it was quite red, so  rested with a small ice back on it.  Brrrr...as if it is not cold enough here, but it did help.
Last week I went to a card class and made this valentine.  It is an easel card and so easy to make.
Today I am going to an all day crop and hope to catch up on some of my scrapbooking!
Another blogger mentioned her messy craft room.  Get a load of this!
so does the pool table
the floor catches all.
Craft table, what craft table?
I took pictures for my "Before" and am putting it in a book with my goals to organize it.  So far I have organized my solid 12x12 paper.  I have a far way to go!
Oh, oh!  I had some blood work done and my levels are back to "normal" for me.  I still have stage IV kidney disease, but it is manageable!
They have been praying for me at church.  The other night I missed our anniversary committee meeting.  Apparently the pastor was VERY complimentary of the work I have done, and how I am using my gifts to do the posters and scrapbook.  Of course, if I had been there, I don't think he would have said anything!


Sandies' Patch said...

You look realy well in your blog pic! and they say the camera never lies lol!
I wonder what the itchy rash is? I do hope it gets diagnosed and treated soon, you have enough to be going on with!
Take care, thinking of you, hugs xxx

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Best of luck cleaning your craft room...When I cleaned mine I took everything out and started over, oh my it was so overwhelming, but eventually I got it down and found tons of treasures I forgot I had! Hope they get to the bottom of your rash so you can stop itching, how irritating....literally!


Gill - That British Woman said...

I hope they figure out what's with the rash this week. That was nice what your pastor said.


I worked in my craft room today. Seeing more of the floor :)
Going thru magazines tonight. It feels good to let go of things.

Linda said...

Hope you had fun and accomplished a lot at the crop! You're moving right along since your hospital visit.