GrowingForChrist

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More info about the dr visit


If you have read my last post regarding the dr visit I had on Thursday you would know I was given several different meds.  Well I did take the anitbiotic and the BP med on Thursday night before bed and around 3am woke up with a violent migraine attack.  Having been told I couldn’t take my Imitrex pill and the BP med together I went back to bed hoping sleep would help, to no avail.  I called my dr.s office and left a message and  sent hubby off to work with promises I would be fine.  Hannah took over as I, unknowingly fell asleep on the couch.  I awoke when I heard crying and Christian needed a nap, thankfully, so I laid him in the crib and he fell asleep and I laid back down on the couch for about one hour when DH walked in and then saw me and left to get us something to eat.  I got up when he came back and tried to eat a sandwich and drink something-well it didn’t stay down.  I sent DH off to work again.  I finally called the dr back at 2pm to find out why I hadn’t been called and demanding through tears that I be allowed to take something.  The nurse said take Tylenol!!!!!  Told her I already did that.  She called back about an hour later and said if my BP was fine I could take an imitrex, except it didn’t stay down.  Once DH came home for good I went to bed.  A couple hours later I took another imitrex tablet and laid down again, finally able to eat something about 10pm but still in pain then about 3am when Christian awoke us both up because of teeth pain I finally realized after almost 24 hours with a migraine I was pain free albeit VERY hungry!!!!!  The highlight of my day was my friend Mary stopping over and giving me a beautiful Nativity set that she made, I will post pictures later.  Although she didn’t stay long once I got sick in the bathroom when she was still here :(  Sorry Mary.

So on to today…… I called my dr’s office back and asked them if I could talk to my dr who of course isn’t in until Wednesday and the dr I saw Thursday isn’t back in until the 2nd.  I told the nurse that I think the BP medicine is what caused my migraine and she said no, your migraine is because you BP is extremely elevated.  I said that I have had a history of migraines since middle school so no it’s not my BP and that my BP last night (when I was finally able to be semi upright so DH could take it) was normal at 128/78, she said that was because of the pill, again I told her that couldn’t be since I hadn’t taken any medication yesterday so it had been at least 12 hours maybe more since I took it.  She finally relented and went to talk to the dr in the office who said it was fine for me to discontinue the BP until I see the dr again but to keep checking it and writing down the numbers to have a track of the BP.  I said okay.  So I am not taking the BP meds until I see my own dr again and even then I will be changing drs before then more than likely at the behest of my DH and not taking the antibiotics until after Christmas since I am not risking another 24 hour migraine with Christmas on top of us. 

I appreciate all the prayers my friends and little ones offered up for me.

I want to send out great big kudos to my little Hannah who acted like mom.  She kept kissing my forehead telling me that she was offering up prayers for me.  I love her :)  For those who would argue that this was terrible behavior on my part, my children were safe and never in harm. 

God bless.

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4 Days to Go


I was violently ill yesterday so I am late in putting this up, very late, I apologize.  But I am back and ready to start again.

I am posting a picture of the three wise men.  Most Biblical scholars believe that Jesus would have been around the age of 3 when they finally arrived to bring Him their gifts.  The slowness of travel would have slowed them considerably.  We also don’t know their race although given they are from the Middle East they are probably not completely Caucasion as some Navitity scenes would suggest.  It is interesting to dig more in depth into the Bible to try to picture how things were.  So anyway here is a beautiful picture of the three wise men visiting a baby Jesus.

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God bless.

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Went to the dr


Today I made an appt with a D.O. that was covering my dr today because I thought I had a really bad cold with a sore throat so I wanted to check it out to make sure it wasn’t strep, since that has been going around a lot where I live.  So I get in there and they weighed me, i won’t disclose that part LOL   then she took my blood pressure, which was elevated again-it has been elevated the past few times I have gone to the dr……so…….the D.O. put me on a blood pressure med to protect my kidneys as I was spilling protein as well  .  He also wants me on a cholesterol me as my bad cholesterol is 188 and it is supposed to be under 100!!!!!  He said he was actually scared of me having a stroke!!!!!!    He wants to wait for the cholesterol med until I see my regular dr in January.  Not many meds can be given to a woman who doesn’t use BC so they have to be careful.  The BP med cannot be used after 6 months in pregnancy because it is linked to the baby’s death.  Okay so the real reason for my visit is another sinus infection, he said my sinus are VERY red-he stressed that so I am on an antibiotic for that.  This is my 3rd sinus infection in about 2 1/2 months.  He also put me on byetta at my request which I will inject two times a day before I eat lunch and dinner.  One of the side effects of byetta is weight loss    not complaining there.  The good news is he said if I loose weight that my BP, cholesterol and definitely my sugars will come down and I can get off the medicine.  So will be definitely working on that.  The whole stroke thing has me worried.  Oh yeah, he has told me to discontinue my imitrex med, which unfortunately is the only thing besides fiorecet that seems to work on my migraines, so I have to call tomorrow and see if they can give me something else.

God bless.

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5 days to go


Today’s picture is:

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Nope that is not my tree LOL!!!!!  Actually the focus is the presents.  Many people focus on "I Want" and "me, me, me" at this time of year.  We have lost the focus of CHRISTmas, it is now season’s greetings or happy holidays, many people try to erase the GIFT from Christmas which actually makes Christmas less special.  Sure one can have many presents under the tree that equal thousands of dollars and then their children and family forget about them in less than a month and parents are left wondering yet again, why they spent so much money or things forgotten.  What about the glow of a child’s face as they look on in wonder as they hear the telling of the Birth of Christ while bathed in candlelight at church or at home?  What about the joy one gets in serving others, homeless shelters, or giving an unexpected gift to a needy neighbor but not waiting around to see them recieve it?  Me I prefer homemade gifts (although the cookies my friend Pam bought me were VERY good and the highlighter is great) it shows lots of love but it also saves money, which in our house is much need saved commodity LOL.  We rush around to party after party, store after store, getting pushed, shoved, yelled at and who knows what other abuses we as humans heap on each other during Christmas?  Why?  Because we feel the need to supply people with a store bought that will, like above, either be forgotten, lost, broken or even regifted or carted off to Goodwill.  My heart aches when I see cross stitched samplers or quilts that one can tell someone put a lot of work into and there they are at a local Goodwill store.  What about all the work and love that goes into these items.  My daughter Hannah’s quilt, has long since outgrown her, he toes stick out the end and the quilt barely goes to her shoulders but she still loves to use that quilt because I made it for her and she feels wrapped in love while using it.  Don’t get me wrong, we do buy the children gifts and even some family members are getting something store bought, but we are making more choices that concerns what people need instead of want.  The kids might need clothes, so they will get some.  Hannah may be getting a hand held leapster game that promotes learning and keeps her occupied on car drives or as I found out last night will occupy her during long waits between acts.  We are trying to buy more things at consignment shops instead of shopping at Wal-Mart.  So instead of focusing on getting that gift focus on the GIFT of life and light and give HIM His due, worship HIM.  If that means someone goes with out a gift because you put church and baking cookies with your family first then so be it, if they don’t understand then show them the true GIFT of the Holyday and point them to the best gift ever, eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Also as a sad side note, I was with the children lining up for bows last night after the last performance and I had my cross necklace, which is rare but I felt led to wear it.  A little girl saw it and asked me "Is that the Nutcracker"  I told her "No, it’s the cross"  by then it was time to go on and I didn’t see her before we left but it struck me that she might never had heard about Jesus and Him dying for her.  Was that why I felt led to wear my cross, maybe she will ask more questions and eventually find her way to Him?  I don’t know and maybe never will, but pray for this little girl whose name I don’t know but God does that she will eventually come to know Him personally.

 

God bless.

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One week to go.


Wow!!!  We only have one week leading up to one big birthday celebration.  While others out there are having a holiday celebration, we as Christians get to partake in a birthday celebration for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!!!  Isn’t is so fulfilling to know that we are doing more than just gathering with family (which is definitely important), getting presents, looking at the snow or eating-we are rejoicing that we have a Way to Heaven.  It is wondeful.

Gold

 

Frankencense tree and raw.

 

 

 

Myrrh being harvested and raw.

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8 days left


I am really getting down to the wire.  I need to finish up some sewing and the rest of my gifts.  I want to get my wonderful friends, their gifts after I get done with all the Nutcracker stuff.  It is 9:45am EST right now and I have only been up for about half an hour.  Practice ran until almost 10:30pm last night 4 1/2 hours!!!!!!!  1 1/2 hours over the regularly scheduled time.  It was so neat to see it all coming together.  I am excited to be able to sit out in the audience and watch it tomorrow evening.

For my Christmas picture today, this is actually what the wreath looks like hanging on my door.  Hannah sold wreaths this year and this is the one we bought from Wreaths of Maine.

 

And since tomorrow is Hannah’s big day and debut LOL

 

God bless.

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Sunday Scrappin #7


Just post your TA-DA’s for the week, your TO-DO’s for this coming week (plans/goals), and share pictures if you’ve got any. And for this week’s "bonus question": Are you frantically finishing up any holiday crafts for gifts this week? Or do you have your gift crafts all finished up and ready to go? (We’d love to see photos!)

My TA-DAS:  As you can see by my post’s below I have my cards done.  There are some I still have to mail out as I still need to pick up the pictures at Walmart which I have been dreading, but today is the day.  Most of the gifts are finished so I am happy about that.  My TO-DO’s:  finish up a few more gifts, some gifts are taking me longer than planned.  Put together the children’s gingerbread house and then of course take a picture then let them tear it apart as they eat it.  To me it’s always seemed a big waste to let it sit out, get stale and then toss it-let them enjoy it I say.  Make some Christmas sugar cookies and let the children decorate them, this is a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember we would help my mom decorate the sugar cookies and I bought some extra special Wilton Christmas sprinkles.  Bonus Question:  well this is sort of like the above, but the way I figure it I am going to do my best not to rush because then I get cranky which makes DH and children cranky so it’s not good.  If something doesn’t get done then they will get it late :)  We have some more things we want to get for the children and of course some store bought stuff for relatives that I didn’t have time to make homemade stuff but that won’t be until the 21st when DH gets paid **sigh** Wally World 4 days before Christmas UGH!!! UGH!!!!!  I can’t say that enough LOL.

God bless.

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9 days to go


Well we are in the single digits :)  I am popping on here before we head out to Wally World and then off to full dress/hair and makeup tonight at 6pm  YIKES!!!!!  I know I should have put this on here before now but here is a beautiful quilt inspired by the 12 days of Christmas.  I really enjoy looking at other quilts, applique are so beautiful, I can only pray that I will one day be as good at it as these others are.

 

 

Also here is the little something special that we bought for Hannah as a surpise after opening night of the Nutcracker.  It is a Willow Tree figure entitled "The Dancer"  we will also be buying her some flowers to go along with it, because after all don’t all ballerina’s need flowers?

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God bless

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12 Days of Homeschooling


(To the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas")

On the first day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Can you home school legally?"

On the second day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the third day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the fourth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"What about P.E.?
Do you give them tests?
Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the fifth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the Sixth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the seventh day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the eighth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the ninth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the tenth day of home school my neighbor said to me,
"I could never do that!
What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the eleventh day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,
"Can they go to college?
I could never do that!
What about graduation?
Why do you do this?
Look at what they’re missing?
How long will you home school?
YOU ARE SO STRANGE!
What about P.E.? Do you give them tests? Are they socialized?
Can you home school legally?"

On the twelth day of homeschool I thoughtfully replied:
"They Can go to college!
Yes, you could do this!
They can have graduation!
We do it cuz we love it!
They are missing nothing!
We’ll homeschool forever!
WE ARE NOT STRANGE!
We give them P.E. !
We give them tests!
They are socialized!
AND WE HOMESCHOOL LEGALLY!"

On the thirteenth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me,
"How can I get Started?
Why didn’t you tell me?
Where do I buy curriculum?
When is the next conference?
WILL PEOPLE THINK WE’RE STRANGE?
I think we can do this … if you will help us, can we join P.E.?
and we’ll home school legally!"

~ author unknown

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Pictures to go along with Sunday Scrappin'


Here are pictures of the cards that I have made for Christmas.  I cannot post pictures of the other things I have done, yet, hopefully next week but I can’t give away my surprises.

 

 

 

 

God bless.

 

P.S.  If I should not be on tomorrow, we have a full day of full dress rehearsal at the actual performing arts center so it will be busy-I will post my Sunday Scrappin and Christmas Countdown pictures on Monday.

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