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Friday, August 23, 2013

At a Loss for Words

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the dad of one of our son's friends.  I found out this evening that he died yesterday morning.  I'm at a loss for words.  He died from complications after his gastric bypass surgery.  I feel sick.  I don't even know how to express all that's running through my head.  I am soooo sad for this family.  I hope that this man was a follower of Jesus (daughter and wife are).  I hope he's rejoicing though the family is mourning. I hope that this man is now fully restored to perfect health in a perfect body.  It will take a long time for the family to heal. Wow.  I'm so sad for them.  I'm so incredibly sad.
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

Monday, August 12, 2013

I Can Pray

CME and I were at Walmart this past weekend when we were approached by the mom of a friend of our oldest son.  I don't know her exact words, but it went something like this... "I need you to do me a big favor.  I need you to pray for my husband.  He's in the hospital in <city 90 miles away> and isn't doing well."

He had gastric bypass in that city about a week or so ago.  He was sent home, but had a leak, became septic and had a hematoma on his liver.  His kidneys were even beginning to shut down.  She was needing to finish some last minute purchases before school started this morning and then was leaving the kids with friends and heading back to the hospital.  I'm not sure that she knew I had RNY...though I'm guessing she did.  But that's not why she approached us.  She wanted...needed...prayer.  So I prayed with her...right there in the kitchen gadget aisle.  I prayed for complete healing for her husband and for peace for her and her children as they navigate this time. Our son asked the friend today how her dad was doing; she said he seems to be better.  Praise God!  Though I know that prayers are still needed.

I don't really know how to describe how hearing her husband's story made me feel.  Grateful?  Yes.  Saddened?  Yes.  Guilty that God has blessed me and my surgery?  Yes.  Confused as to why others (those who have a personal relationship with Jesus like I do and those who don't) have complications?  Of course.  I am reminded that this family will not have the same experience that I have had.  I am reminded that gastric bypass surgery is not the "easy way" out.  I am reminded  that the gift He has given me is not to be taken for granted.

What I do know is that this family needs prayer.  There's not a lot I can do in this situation, but I can pray.  I am thankful that she felt compelled to ask us.  I am grateful that God has given me the courage to pray in the middle of a public place - not caring what the world may think about that.  But most of all, I am so humbled that we have a Creator that loves us and hears our prayers...always.

So...how can I pray for you?

"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

Saturday, August 10, 2013


What is LTNS?  LTNS is "Long Time No See"  But I guess I should have said, LTNB: "Long Time No Blog."

So this is going to be one of those "start typing and see what comes out entries.  Here goes...

Life has been incredibly busy since my last post. (Whose isn't, right??)  I've had 7 appointments with the chiropractor so far.  I'm not done with treatment yet, but the back is definitely better.  There was one day that he was running a little late (RARELY happens with him!) and I was looking at all the posters/pictures in the room.  One of them really caught my attention.  It wasn't any of the ones that show the spinal cord and how the injuries look; it was one titled "Road to Recovery."  What I found interesting about it was that it really could apply to just more than chiropractic healing.  There comes a point in any treatment plan that you have to make a decision - that point where we start feeling better.  We have to decide to continue the treatment plan or not.  I can't tell you how many times I've done this in my life, and this weight loss journey isn't exempt at all.  I've been at that point for a couple of months now.  And unfortunately, sometimes I've chosen NOT to follow the "treatment" plan.  I've not measured, I've not logged and I've made some conscious decision to venture off on my own.  Some of the old thoughts have crept back in and though most days I am strong and push them right back out, there have been a couple of times I've fallen prey to them.  So I'm committing here, publicly, to get back on the path to recovery.  As I've stated before, I am a food addict - still.  But I continue to trust God to help me quickly identify when I'm close to a downward spiral and keep me on the road to recovery.

Lots of changes for our kiddos.  Our oldest daughter just accepted a promotion at the bank.  It's taking her out of her comfort zone and into a whole different division in the company.  I know she's nervous, but I'm so proud of her.  She's always been fearless and incredibly responsible in her jobs.  I'm sure she will rock it!  Our youngest daughter is in the middle of a big transition as well.  She recently graduated from the Surgical Technician program and has been offered a job at IU Health in Bloomington. She's just waiting to hear if she passed her exam or not.  I have all the confidence that she did; she's just feeling the pressure of the unknown.  So proud of them both!  Our oldest son starts high school in two days.  He was fortunate enough to get into one of the top high schools in the country. (Signature School) There's a lot of pressure that goes along with that.  This school is full of honor students...and therefore they truly teach at a level not seen in most other local school.  He is INCREDIBLY smart, but has a history of not applying himself.  I'm praying that his first experience with a test last week (yes, he had summer homework) is a wake up call to the level of effort that is required.  I "think" he gets it; I pray he uses the gift that God has given him! If that wasn't bad enough, CME taught him to shave this week!  Time really does fly!  And our youngest...well, he's not really experiencing change right now, other than not having his older brother at the same school right now.  I'm ready for the boys to be back in school so there is a schedule...and as bad as this may sound, so that I can have a little more influence on what and how much they're eating.  Summertime has proven to be a challenge in their eating habits.  Though we don't really buy junk food...the constant grazing and overeating (in my opinion based on what's missing every day when I get home from work) concerns me.  Yes, they're growing boys, but their habits are being formed now.  

In other news...I just spent two incredibly awesome days attending the Global Leadership Summit hearing inspiring speakers like Gen. Colin Powell, Pat Lencioni, Mark Burnett, Dr. Brené Brown, just to name a few.  The theme throughout the conference was bravery and courage among leaders.  One of the quotes that has stuck with me is actually one from Pastor Bill Hybels: "Every significant vision that God births in you is going to put your courage to the test."  This is so true in the journey God is taking me down.  My courage has been tested through this weight loss journey and through other areas in my life.  The cool thing is that God is faithful in being my source of strength and courage.  He lets me fall off the path and has His hand extended to help me get right back up and on the road He has planned.  Change is scary.  Leading is scary.  Life is scary.  It takes courage that only He can provide.  I can't imagine going through this life without God on my side.

Let's see...what else?  Oh yeah!  CME bought me a new car!  Okay, so "we" bought it... but CME is the one who really put the talk of a new car into an actual purchase.  We traded in our 2004 Kia Optima with over 100,000 miles, a mysterious oil leak and a windshield that would sometimes let the really hard downpours drip into the car for a 2013 Kia Soul with 10 miles on the odometer.  Typically we are not a "new" car family.  We opt for the certified pre-owned versions, but with the rebates and internet price of this car, we got it for basically the same price as the pre-owned version.  One of the things I really like about this car is that it small on the outside, but roomy on inside!  CME actually has some headroom and my Dad (who is clinically morbidly obese) could easily get in and out and buckle the seat belt!  From someone who knows how difficult it can be to ride in small cars and has had issues in past getting seat belts around me, this is a bonus!  I'm averaging 25 mpg in the city...that's pretty darn awesome too!  I'm thankful that God has gotten us to a place that we can purchase a new car at a "top tier" financing rate.  I also credit CME for being diligent in helping our credit scores improve over the years.  TY honey for all the hard work (literally and metaphorically) to get us to this point!  And thank you for your desire for me to drive a good car.  143!

Cereal and I are not getting along.  A few times I've tried cereal with milk and for whatever reason, it doesn't sit well at all. (Happened today even.)  I wonder if it's the liquid/food combo.  I still don't drink with my meals so my brain wants me to think it has to do with milk, but I'm really not sure.  I can eat cereal dry and drink milk alone with no issues, so I'm going with the fact it's not a good combination for me.  Not unheard of for RNY patients and not life altering, just not working for me.  

Still LOVE shrimp.  And I found another really good Spicy Baked Shrimp recipe on Pinterest.  I recommend it if you like spicy!  I've pinned a lot of recipes and actually make some of them. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai was another one that was delish!  Finding healthy ways to make some of my favorites is actually fun.  :)  Crazy, right?  Healthy is what I'm going for...for me and for our family.  

So there's a glimpse of some of the things going on lately.  Still have a lot on my metaphoric plate, but hopefully I will remember to be healthy in the decisions I'm making.  Physically healthy, mentally healthy and emotionally healthy!  God still has big plans for me and I need to be ready for His call!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14