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Happy Birthday Son!

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As you may have realized, our family celebrates a lot of birthdays this time of year.

Today we celebrated our son Mike’s birthday. He is the oldest of our two sons. He is a kind soul, an awesome son, husband and father.

Mike was born on Holy Thursday 38 years ago. His birth was truly a miracle for his Dad and I. We had a difficult time conceiving him. One day after confiding to my Mom, she suggested I begin a Novena to St. Theresa. She told me that if my prayer was to be answered I would receive a rose.

I began the Novena several days later. I told no one about it, not even my husband. A short time after I completed the Novena, a young girl whom neither my husband nor I knew came skipping down our sidewalk. She had a rose in her hand and tossed it in our yard. My husband picked up the rose and brought it to me. He asked me if I knew who the girl was. We hadn’t recognized her as being one of the neighborhood children.

A few weeks later we learned that we were expecting! It was a joyous but scary time. Being pregnant thirty-eight years ago with diabetes was a little complicated. I had several hospital visits due to highs and lows. Fortunately I was blessed with great doctors who followed me closely and were proactive with my care.

Six weeks prior to my May due date, I was admitted back into the hospital. It was getting harder to control my blood sugar. The c-section was scheduled the day after I was admitted. We had a healthy baby boy and I suffered no further complications.

The fact that our son was born during Holy Week spoke volumes to me. I still pray to St. Theresa every day. Our son was a gift from God and a true blessing to us. He was the start of our beautiful family. Happy Birthday Son!

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Procedure Day!

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I blogged yesterday about my prep for my colonoscopy procedure which was scheduled for today.

I had to get up at the crack of dawn this morning for my 7:30am appointment. It wasn’t easy to do considering I was up half the night making bathroom runs from the previous days prep. Since I have diabetes, the doctor wanted me scheduled as early as possible this morning.

When we arrived at the office there were already a few people ahead of me. However, I was the first patient for my doctor so I went right in.

I was given a gown and socks to change into. A nurse named Valerie took my vitals and medical information. I was hooked up to a heart monitor and a cuff was placed on my arm to monitor my blood pressure. Soon after a line was placed in my arm for my anesthesia. I laughed with the nurses as they were all joking about the judges they liked and didn’t like on the T.V. show The Voice. My favorite judge is Blake Shelton of courseūüėč

It was finally my turn to go in the procedure room. A pretty nurse and a very handsome anesthesiologist wheeled me back to the room. A few more questions were asked before the doctor came in. When he came in, he asked me if I enjoyed the delicious prep! We both laughed. He told me if I didn’t have any questions for him then it was time for my nap. As I wandered off to sleep, I was facing a T.V. Monitor. The staff was talking about the news of the day and the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Toward the end of the procedure I must have woken up prematurely. The anesthesiologist asked if I was okay and if I wanted more medication. I felt fine so I told him no. I then realized that on the T.V. monitor I saw before I fell asleep was now showing my procedure. I had the rare benefit of seeing my colon up close and personalūüė∑

Just like that, it was over. The doctor said everything looked good. Thankfully, no polyps. I don’t have to go back for another seven years.

Some of the patients around me weren’t as lucky. They had polyps and needed to have biopsies done. I pray for them.

The nurse that took care of me in recovery was very sweet. She had five grandchildren like me. We had a lot to talk about, compared notes as I sipped my apple juice and ate my cookies.

Although the prep isn’t pleasant, it is well worth getting it done. It could just save your life. Better yet, you could get a clean bill-of-health and go out and enjoy your life. If your over 50 and haven’t had it done yet, do it!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Prep Day!

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Since the New Year I have been scheduling all my doctor visits. The next one is scheduled for tomorrow and it’s a good one…Colonosccopy!

The prep started this morning with a liquid diet. This type of diet proves to be difficult when you have diabetes. Managing my blood sugar is a little tricky! However it’s not as tricky as not being able to have my morning cup of coffee.

It reminds me how our grandchildren must feel when we tell them they can’t have something. Of course they want it even more. Can’t say that I blame them…I sure would like that cup of coffeeūüėě

I just took my first dose of the prep and it was pretty nasty. Not quite as bad as my hubby made it look when he did it before his procedure a couple weeks ago, but nasty. Next dose is at 10:00PM…yummy!

I’m going to keep my eye on the ball and pray for good test results tomorrow morning and a really big breakfast!

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The Wait is Over!

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Two weeks ago I went for my annual mammogram. For what ever the reason, I just had a feeling that something wasn’t right.¬† I hadn’t felt a lump or anything, just a feeling.¬† I left the radiology group glad the testing was over, but I had a nagging feeling that I was going to be called back.

Sure enough, last week my doctor called and told me that the mammogram I had was inconclusive and I would have to go back and have it repeated.  The appointment was scheduled for today.  I had a whole week to wait and wonder what the results might be.  Of course you always think the worst.

Having had a very good friend of mine diagnosed last year with breast cancer and seeing all she had gone through to get to where she is today (which is an extremely good outcome!) I couldn’t help but worry.

I have been diabetic now for over forty years and dealing with that is a full time job.  I have been very fortunate with my health thus far, with no complications. However, adding something like cancer to the mix might be a little tricky.

I say my prayers every night, I usually pray for my family and other people who I know need some help,¬†but I had to ask for God’s help with this one.¬† I just needed him to get me through the week leading up to¬†my test today.¬† I prayed that¬†the test would prove to be negative¬†so that I would be able to still do the things I do today with my grandkids. I wanted to make sure I would be able to travel to see my grandkids whom live¬†out-of-state and I wanted to be healthy when our new grandson is born in June.¬†You know, all the crazy things that run through your mind.

When I walked in and the technician told me that they needed to get a better picture, so she was using a smaller paddle for this test. She took a few pictures then said I could have a seat in the waiting area while she brought the pictures to the radiologist for review.¬† A short while later she came back and said I didn’t need any further mammogram pictures, but I needed an ultrasound.¬† The nerves really kicked up a notch.¬† My husband was out in the main waiting room and of course had no idea what was going on.

The ultrasound technician came and got me.  She took more pictures and said she would take them to show the radiologist and she would come in to talk to me.  I prayed really hard at that point.

The technician came back with the radiologist as promised.  She was very sweet and told me that the reason they brought me back was because they thought they saw a nodule.  She said what she saw is a small cyst and I had nothing to worry about.  Be sure to come back for your exam next year!  I was so happy at that moment and grateful for her explanation.  I thanked her and God for answering my prayers!

My husband could see my smile when I walked into the waiting area where he sat.¬† He knew I was okay and was relieved when I told him what the radiologist had said.¬† I let my Mom and my kids all know so they didn’t have to worry any longer.

I know that these tests are scary, but I know how important they are.¬† I guess I am sharing this so if there is anyone out there who is putting off going for their mammography…don’t put it off.¬† It’s better to know then not knowing.

Next appointment…scheduling my colonoscopy! Yippee!