Tuesday, January 27, 2015

State of my health

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

This is just a note to let you who don't know, that I had plastic surgery (Mohs surgery) on my nose Jan. 7, to remove basal cell carcinomas. After I got home, the next day, I started sneezing and later coughing, which was so severe, I could not sleep. I went to the doctor, and they diagnosed bronchitis. I was already on the Z-Pak antibiotic to prevent infection because of the surgery, so was told to get muscinex (?) to loosen it up. By Sat. I was no better, so I called my doc. on call and he said to go to the Doctor's Walk In Clinic on 4th St,. which Brian drove me to. That doctor took x-rays and said go to the hospital for lab work. We went to Bayfront and Sat. night at the ER is interesting. When the doctor advised me to be admitted, I protested, but finally consented. So, around 11:30 PM they secured a bed and diagnosed pneumonia.

After missing the Packers game and having my birthday in the hospital, with no bath for 4 and a half days, I was ready to go home. The dozens of different nurses and techs who cared for me, have my gratitude and thanks for all they did. I had laughs with some, and commiserated with some. Most of them work very hard, some more than others. I even had a good time with the housekeeper, a big black man who brightened the halls with his singing of hymns.

I am home now, with caregivers for a few hours each day, but am getting stronger and hope to be back to normal in another week.

Thank you for all who prayed for me. God was busy with me and millions of others, but he is the Great Physician!

God is good!

Love and hugs,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Psoaring thru Psalms

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! There is a chilly breeze  and the temp is about 55. We had sunshine for awhile and now it is overcast. Brrr!

This has been a different morning. I developed a cough yesterday, and my nose is running like a faucet, so I went to the doctor, because my medical group has 24 hr. service  24/7. I got in to see the triage nurse after a short wait, but because I started the Z-Pak yesterday, she said that would take care of any problem I may have. But, the doc recommended an allergy med, which I will pick up. Since I am not supposed to bend over for any length of time, I will have my hair shampooed and styled this afternoon. It is difficult to keep my nose dry with the huge bandage right on the end,. I hope I haven't damaged the graft by blowing so much!

Yesterday was so beautiful, with lots of contrails criss-crossing the sky! Paul, the meteorologist, says they are man made cirrus clouds. I learn a lot from him about cloud formation.

My yard man was here this morning, and I don't know what is up with that, because he was just here Monday!

After I picked up a prescription from CVS, yesterday, I rode down to the park and saw a couple from NJ delighted that they could walk right up to a gopher tortoise and take pics. There were lots of ibis, egrets and moorhens in the canal. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Psalm 119:41-48

Lord, give to me your unfailing love,
the salvation that you promised me.
Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me,
for I want to trust your word.
Do not snatch your word of truth from me,
for my only hope is in your laws.
I will keep on obeying your law forever and ever.
I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
I will speak to kings about your decrees,
and I will not be ashamed.
How I delight in your commands!
How I love them!
I honor and love your commands.
I meditate on your principles.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving,
joy and love!

Love and hugs,

Thursday, January 8, 2015

God's Call

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Brrr! My thermometer read 44 outside when I got up and now it is up to 45, so it is warming up! However, Daryl said it was predicted to be 9 degrees in Cleveland, TN, so we shouldn't complain too much. At least the sun is shining, even though the wind is blowing which is bone chilling.

Yesterday was a lesson in patience for me. I headed out to Largo for my appointment at 10 with the surgeon who does MOHS surgery, for the removal of a basal cell carcinoma on my nose.  This means the spot is excised and the pathologist gets it and gives the verdict on whether more surgery needs to be done.  So the waiting...and waiting. I was called back to have more taken off four times, and finally, the doc decided he would have to do a graft. The donor site was in front of my right ear, because I sleep on my left side mostly. So, after lying on the table for forty minutes due to a patient who was bleeding profusely, and needed emergency care because she was taking anti-coagulant  meds. they finally got back to me. By that time, I was the only patient left, so the whole staff came in to watch the procedure. I even had a nice chat with the pathologist, who had long tats on each arm. I asked him if he had a Harley and he said not any more, but he used to. We talked bikes for awhile and he was familiar with Gold Wings and their comfort. He also told me that my particular cancer had spread across my nose, which is kind of scary. All this time I was lying on the table with a cover on my hair and a strip over one eye. I could see the heavy traffic going by on Bryan Dairy road.with people on their way home. After I got deadened again or more, I should say, the doctor talking all the time, he finally got it done. There were about six people in the room at the time, all chatting and laughing. They were all interested in my cane which has a headlight.

So, after getting a large compression bandage on my nose and in front of my ear, I was ready to go at 6:30. But first, I had to make an appointment to get the stitches out and I keep the bandage on for five days!

Brian was with me for a few hours and left about 2:30 thinking I would be leaving soon. The staff brought in a large pizza for all the patients waiting, so we got to eat some of that, plus, they had snacks, coffee and water, TV and magazines. It was a long day!

But, God is good and if I am careful, I will heal and all will be well!

What does God provide so I can fulfill his call?

Hebrews 13:29-21

Now, may the God of peace, who brought again
from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for
doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power
of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great
Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with
his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen
Where God calls, He equips. The Power of the resurrected Lord
ensures that we fulfill God's call in our lives.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving,
joy and love!

Love and hugs,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, the humidity is much lower today, and the air is cooler, but still sunshiny and fairly warm. It will continue to get much cooler until we reach lows of the forties on Thursday. I am just spoiled because it has been such a warm winter!

Yesterday I tackled just one shelf in the linen closet, and found things I had forgotten were in there. I am now starting another bag for the Salvation Army I have filled one and am ready for another, but first I have to go grocery shopping. I finished up my blackeyed peas with sauteed red bell pepper and sweet onions the day after New Year's, so I need more veggies.

There are a couple of cats roaming this neighborhood and they are not feral cats. They belong to a man who lives behind Kim, my cleaning lady and they are using my yard and others as litter boxes. Matthew stepped in a pile when he was here and tracked it into the house, so they had a time cleaning that up and also his shoe. I know the man, but apparently, he does not have a phone. So I am in a dilemma about what to do to tell him to keep his cats at home. If only they were indoor cats!

I watered my hanging porch plants yesterday, and got a little water on myself from reaching so high, but they are still pretty and doing well. They are Christmas gifts from my boys! God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Where can I find security and hope in the midst of tumult and change?

Lamentations 5:10 Lord, you remain the same forever! Your throne
continues from generation to generation.

Malachi 3:6 I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants
of Jacob are not already completely destroyed.

James 1:17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above,
who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting

Hebrews 13:6 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Both our security and our hope are rooted in God's unchanging
character. People will make promises one day but disappoint us the next.
Sin or circumstances beyond their control prevent them from keeping
their promises. God's faithfulness and love, however, are not subject to
the fluctuations of time, space or human mortality. We will never suffer
because of God's fickle whims, irrational mood swings or inability to
handle the circumstances.

(I am having plastic surgery on my nose tomorrow to remove a basal cell,so
I will not be sending the Gator Bytes. Please pray all goes well.)

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,

Monday, January 5, 2015


Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We have had such beautiful, warm weather for the past few days, it will seem like a drastic change when the cold front comes through in a couple days!

The weather was just about perfect the week Daryl and Matthew were here. Of course, after leaving the chilly weather in TN, anything warmer than 60 degrees felt good to them. But they had plenty of good sunshine to ride around in and visit all the places  they wanted to, including the beaches and various restaurants. I was really glad to have them for awhile!

We had a large crowd at church yesterday for both services and there seems to be an air of excitement over the new pastor. Actually, the whole Dean family was there yesterday, with Alan, Steve and Kevin and families and Phyllis and her brother Mark, But our interim, Pastor Dave is still here and gave the message and served Communion.

Also, my favorite song O Happy Day was belted out! Well, that's one of my favorites! There is a lot of truth in the lyrics!

I have been busy putting Christmas decorations away, with Brian's help, but still have not completed that task. The outside lights are still up, and I need them taken down. Guess I will have to call my handy man to do that and some other things that need doing.
My yard man was here early this morning, about 8:30, but all he did was blow all the leaves into the azalea bed. He seemed to be working alone today.

I have noticed all the wood storks around Lynch Lake and even over at the Park. I don't remember seeing that many in other winters. Also, I saw the big, shiny gator taking in the sun on the bank of the lake off to the right of the road as I drove into the park one day last week. I am still excited to see the gators, after all this time! But God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Jeremiah 30:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.
"They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give
you a future and a hope. In those days, when you pray,
I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find
me; when you seek me, I will be found by you," says
the Lord. I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.

As Tim Tebow says; "I may not know what the future holds,
but I know who holds the future."

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving,
joy and love!

Love and hugs,