Loving My Life as Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mothers, Flowers, Chickens, Maci, Health and Prayers

A lot has happened since I was on here last...I know that most of my friends see me on facebook too...but to be fair...I'll post on here too...and try to tell a little more than I did there. I started my morning today...off with a nice brunch of pancakes...I'm hoping today will be better as far as feeling better..than yesterday. Isn't it funny, how even at 43 yrs. old, that when you're sick..you still think and sort of want your Mother? I have found that I've always tended to be that way...strangely enough, even more so as I've gotten older. My Mother is such a dear lady, she was always..when she was younger and in better health...the dear one to invite visitors, or any of the people from our church...esp. the newest members... home for a lunch after church...sometimes keeping them there visiting and then playing board games and having pizza that evening. My Mother truly had the gift of hospitality. I don't see that in people as much these days. I guess because everyone is on such a strict budget? Or maybe they are so busy with their own families they feel overwhelmed at the aspect of company...I'm not sure which it is.. Church was always a pleasant time for me..even as a child. I feel like I learned so much more from all the time spent with the older people in the church. We didn't have the big youth groups that the churches have now. My time with the older people gave me insight into so many interesting and valuable information...(good information) that I would have never learned from young people my age. Sadly, I think the young people today...(which I hope I don't hurt any one's feelings) miss out on so much from being separated from the older people. They have such wisdom to share..it's a shame to miss out on it. :) Anyway, my dear Mother, will be having a surgery on her hernia next Friday..She is diabetic and always seems to have a hard time with things...so please remember her in your prayers if you could. This picture was taken quite a few yrs. ago..probably when my older kids were young.. She was as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside...and still is :)

I know this picture was posted on my facebook..as well as the one at the bottom. But, as I've not been feeling well over this summer....my flowers have been a big blessings to me. They have given me great pleasure..either from the window or in a vase, jar or cup :) Roses, Hydrangeas and daisies of any kind are favorites to me...I do like my black-eyed susans too. I had a couple of rows of Zinnias last year, planted in the garden. The butterflies loved them and they looked beautiful brought in and put in a vase. I sure wish I'd been able to (I forgot) plant them this year. But I've made do with what I have...the chickens have kept me busy...so I didn't really have time to feel sorry about anything I didn't plant....except the giant pumpkins...I had promised Sam that I would (try) to plant some again this year...It didn't happen :( It is so exciting watching them grow from a tiny orange ball into a huge pumpkin..and they make such nice pictures...

One thing we did have plenty of was corn :) Every year Mark says..."I don't know...I think maybe we shouldn't plant the corn," then I say "Please!! Please!! " :):) I LOVE to watch it grow and see it blowing in the breeze...and the eating it part..isn't too bad either:)

The chickens have NOT been enjoying this heat...and no one...including myself...has been enjoying going out to feed and water them...on the days that we have had excessive heat warnings. It was brutal...I took frozen 2 liter bottles and big frozen blocks of ice out to them. I also put ice cubes in their water containers. I froze goodies that they could share from me and took it out to them..such as left over food that is edible for chickens...or tomatoes that fell off onto the ground. They LOVE left over spaghetti noodles!! I think they think it's worms :)

The barred rocks are almost the most friendly I would say...that's the black lacy looking ones. We have one of them that's named Bitsy...she was and is still...smaller (just a little) than the other ones...She kept getting hold of the camera strap...and then trying to pull it and run:) She made the funniest noises when she got hold of the strap..and looked so disappointed when I wouldn't let her have the camera :) They are funny...and so fun to watch :)
Maci is growing like a little weed :) She is crawling and pulling up! And...saying Momma like crazy. When Sarah is eating...she begs for her food...and screams when she won't or can't give it to her :) When that little girl smile....it just makes me melt...I just love her SO much. I hate it because I've not felt well...it seems...since she's been born. I didn't mean for that to happen..it just did:( I'm hoping that soon I'll feel better and be able to do more with than I have in the past. She has her Aunt Liz's smile...that big, beautiful smile:) Being a Grandma...is beyond words...It just MOVES you...totally...into wanting to be even a better person, Christian, woman, everything:)


I know I promised to tell you about what's been going on with my health...and got carried away with everything else...I had a sedated mri done of my neck...it showed quite a bit of degenerative disc disease just like the lumbar region...of course. And it also showed foraminal stenosis and foraminal encroachment in a few places. Disc osteophyte complex in a couple places..flattening of one of the dural sacs and dehydration of three of the interspaces? I'm not sure about some of the stuff on the paper...but, I do know that the foraminal stenosis and encroachment means that I most likely have some pinched nerves. The doctor just would not discuss the neck pain with me at all. He did an electromyography on me and huffed and puffed and sighed the whole time. I had taken Sam in with me...my in-laws drove me because I've not been driving much due to dizziness..High blood sugar and low potassium is what the lab work showed...that's another story. Anyway, the doctor evidentally was rolling his eyes at me quite a bit while doing the test too. I came home with a couple..(one was really bad) big bruises. He and I for whatever reason..were not clicking..I went ahead and had epidural steroid shots in my back on Wed. I was scared to death!! It actually went ok...he did not say one word to me before or after. So I got a call from my family doctor and he had sent notes back to them saying I have carpal tunnel in both wrists..one much worse than the other and that I needed to be referred in with a hand surgeon. The pain is radiating down from my neck into my shoulder, elbow and wrist and hands...still he would NOT address my neck. So I told the nurse at my family doctor's office what had been going on and asked to be sent to another doctor. There is one that I go to church with...I should have asked that to begin with...but didn't. So I go to see him next Friday. He loves God and is a very, very kind person. I am relieved...I still see the foot doctor at the other place..but he was very nice. He even said he thought I was having some major issues of radiculopathy...with my arms and legs...So I felt pretty rough after the epidural..esp. that night. Yesterday...I felt ok when I got up...then I think I did too much...was up too much and I was running a pretty good fever. I called after hours at the surgi-care where they did the procedure and the nurse was very nice..(all the nurses were incredibly nice before, during and after my procedure.) They said the fever could be due to the steroids putting my body into overdrive...trying to heal itself...or I could be getting infected..but to just take it easy...stay down(take it easy, which I seem to sometimes have a problem with :) and drink lots of cool fluids. My temp was down some when I got up this morning...I'm hoping it stays down..I am still sore, but they said it could take a while. So many people that I've talked to...have so many different outcomes with the epidurals...they either help...or they don't...But sadly pretty much all of them that had ruptured discs tell me that they all eventually had to have them fixed surgically. I'm praying that doesn't happen. But I've had this pain..in the lower back and neck for a couple of years...So, I'm trying hard to be optimistic and to put my faith in God. It's sometimes hard for us to do..or at least it can be for me..but I've been praying so much more than I ever have before...Not just for myself...myself at the least...but more so for my friends...(a couple in particular:) and my family...A dear friend so sweetly gave me the nicest little book...on arthritis..it is full wonderful, and promising Bible verses...I have been praying with these verses and have found them to be a blessings to me...
I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. Then I will praise God's name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving Psalm 69:29-30
I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends that I have...even if I've never met you in person...The prayers are still just as important and the kindness that you bestow upon me still as precious....
The picture at the bottom I also posted on facebook..It's of my moonflowers...It's such a blessing how God even gave us such beautiful things that we could enjoy at night:)
I'll end with this...
And so, dear Christian friends, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. Romans 12:1-2
I have found the last verse to be very important to me these last couple of months...
That's all for now....May the love of Yahweh be a blessing in your life....
With Love and Hugs, Jerelene


8 comments:

Teacher's Pet said...

Dear Jerelene...first, know that prayers for your Mother's surgery will be lifted to our Father from me. I count it a privilege and a blessing to be a prayer warrior. Your Mom is beautiful, and I admire the way that she took people under her wing....my Mama is the same way. She never EVER meets a stranger. When she passes someone or stops to talk with someone, after the conversation, they feel like that Mama loves them as much as anyone in the world. I think that is a gift. I truly do. I hope your Mom's surgery goes well, and know that I'm thinking of her.
I can't believe what I read about the treatment that your former doctor gave you....not the injections....the LACK of bedside manner...and what could be considered the lack of human compassion. Sounds like he is lacking in that area. I am glad that you are seeing someone else. Take care of you, Jerelene.
Maci is beauuutiful!!! Look what a precious smile she has. Huggable, for sure!!!
The moonflowers are pretty, Jerelene. Thank you for posting this information on your blog. I hug you, my friend.
Love to you,
Jackie

Jerelene said...

Thank you so much Jackie...is it wonderful how God blessed us both with such wonderful Mommas :)
I appreciate your friendship so very much!
Hugs from me to you also...and love to you too!!
Thanks for the prayers for my Mother and me too...and thanks for caring...
Love and blessings, Jerelene

Tabby said...

Hello dear Sister, I loved reading your blog.It is amazing to me how much our symptoms are the same. The pain is in my neck as well and goes down my shoulders through my arms and into my hands. I wake up at night with my hands killing me, almost at the point I want to cut them off. When I press on the side of my neck, I feel the pleurisy pain I have had in my chest for 9 years. I just wished doctors would listen.I hate having the Fibromyalgia diagnosis, because then it seems dr's don't care, they think your just depressed and want to give you anti depressants. Be careful with the steroids, I used them too, and now I am a diabetic. The steroids will sky rocket your blood sugar, a little detail dr's don't mention...
Anyway, I left my email address on your comment on my blog.
Talk to you later,Tabby

Charli and me said...

I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well Jerelene. I will start to pry that you feel better soon. Your granddaughter is cute as a button and I know she brings you much joy. Your garden is lovely. I knoww what your saying about the corn. I love to watch it sway in the breese too. I went to my cousins farm last summer and fell in love with his chickens. Like you say you could watch all day. It must be wonderful to have them and also the fresh eggs. Thank you for visiting me. Your mom sounds like such a special lady. I will pray for her full recovery also. Please give Sam a hug from Charli and me.

Teacher's Pet said...

Hello to my friend. I wanted to check on your Mother and check on you, Jerelene. As I prayed last night, I prayed for both of you, and I do hope that you feel the peace and love that come with those prayers. I am thinking about you...and I wanted you to know.
Love,
Jackie

Diana said...

Hi Jerelene!
I sure hope that by the time you read this your mother will be feeling much better. She sounds like such a sweet woman and very beautiful!
As for your physical troubles I will send my prayers your way. I wonder if you have tried going to a Chiropractor? My older daughter was an athlete for many years until she hurt her back and herniated some discs in her back. After many months of trying doctors nothing was working. She was in so much pain. She finally decided to try a chiropractor and the results were amazing. She still has the occasional pain but does some recommended exercises that really help. Now she is back to doing 10 k's and is preparing for a triathlon. I'm not too happy about it but a girls got to do what a girls got to do!!
I love your chickens. I have always wanted them too.
Little Maci is so adorable. You are blessed! I will keep you in my prayers. Love Di ♥

TN Quiltbug said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day--it's nice to meet you! :) I am a quilter as well--though I hardly ever find the time to quilt now a days. . . guess I'm still quilting in my heart! Sorry to hear of your health problems--agast at your doctor's attitude! I'm praying for your pain to be solved and go away! :)

Teacher's Pet said...

Jerelene...it's late Friday night, and I wanted to come by and let you know that I continue to think of you and your family. I send you much love. Feel the hugs, my friend....
J.