Monday, August 31, 2020

Life in the Slow Lane

Hello dear friend. How are you things in your life progressing? Are things returning to a somewhat normal state for you?

Around here, life is slowly returning to somewhat normal. Jacob, our youngest, has been able to go back to work. Praise You, Jesus!

Life Is Slowly Returning 

Taylor, our middle son, is still home. He still insists on locking himself away in his room. I do not even know if he has attempted to try and get a job or not. However, I am choosing to focus on the fact that he is home and he is safe.

T is still working from home. At this point, I do not know if/when he will be going back to the office to work. I am so thankful that his company allows remote work.

Now me..... I have been struggling with nausea/vomiting issues for more than 2 months. I have now had an abdominal ultrasound done and everything was normal. I had a brain MRI done and my pcp recommended that I see a neurosurgeon. However, after I talked to my endocrinologist, she said that my tumor has not changed. And chances are good that even with surgery, I will still have the same issues that I am having; maybe even worse. Oh, and for an added bonus, I will also have new issues to deal with following the surgery. T and I talked and I told him that I just do not have a peace about having this surgery done, yet. So, we are going to wait.

What Is Normal?

I then talked to my gastroenterologist and he scheduled a hida scan and a gastric emptying test. A hida scan takes images of your gallbladder and liver. The gastric emptying test is used to test for gastroparesis.

I had my hida scan done Wednesday. I could not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the test. I was so worried that I would get nauseous during the scan.

I had to lay still for two hours. Oh, I was so uncomfortable. I have fibromyalgia. So after a few minutes, everything starts to hurt.

She gave me a medicine, through iv, at the beginning, and told me that I should not feel any different than I already did. Then I had to lay still for an hour or so and then she came in with the second medicine. This one she hung on a pole as it was supposed to take 30 minutes to finish. Oh, this medicine is one that makes the gallbladder contract so I might feel some discomfort.

Oh my goodness! I wanted to curl up in a ball!

When it was over, she asked me if I had experienced any discomfort and if it was familiar to me. I told her yes, it was very familiar.

I was due to be back in there Friday for my gastric emptying test, but she knew that if it was a gallbladder issue there wasn't a need for the second test. So, she went ahead and looked over my images. She then called someone else in the room, for a second pair of eyes, before telling me anything.

Something showed as being very low... 13% and normal is 35%. So, it is a gallbladder issue. She then called my gastroenterologist to get his thoughts about the test on Friday and he agreed with her. So, I did not have the gastric emptying test.

I am offering my thanks to the Lord for helping me through all of this. I am so thankful that I finally know what is wrong with me. I am thankful to know that He is always with me.

Next up for me is a consultation appointment with a surgeon about removing my gallbladder.

Jeremiah 31:25 NIV

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Cross References:

Isaiah 40:29 NIV 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

John 4:14 NIV 

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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How are things in your life progressing?
Are things returning to a somewhat normal state for you?
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If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


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