Saturday, February 27, 2010



I had the privilege of going to the doc yesterday (yes there is a hint of facetiousness) and got some great news. Stop the IV's! Whoohoooooo! It is awesome to be disconnected. I am enjoying the freedom.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Believing in God Proves Beneficial


Small churches can be vibrant Christian communities

University of Toronto psychologists reported last year that "believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress," their research showcasing "distinct brain differences" between believers and nonbelievers.

A new study released Wednesday by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago took the idea a step further.

In patients diagnosed with clinical depression, "belief in a concerned God can improve response to medical treatment," said the new research, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

The operative term here is "caring," the researchers said. "The study found that those with strong beliefs in a personal and concerned God were more likely to experience an improvement."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New "Toy"


This is the latest tool that I have the privilege of using. The Dexcom 7 is a continuous glucose monitor that I hope will become a real key in treating my CF-related Diabetes. Just started using it last night, so the journey has begun!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

It is Enough


My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.

I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why am I Sick?


But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 4:11

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

(Wo)Man's Best Friend!


Monday, February 15, 2010

If Music be the Food of Love


After being absent from church for a couple of weeks, it was a blessing to be back playing the piano. What a joy to worship with fellow believers!

I Love You!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The battle is on…..

A mutant Pseudomona that enjoys setting up shop in my lungs.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is my approach….

“How can I get rid of this thorn?” or “How can I most please my Lord?”

II Corinthians 12: 9-10
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Parent’s Heartache….

Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, was recently open and transparent in an interview about his son who has Cystic Fibrosis. He gives us a glimpse into a parent's struggle when their child has a chronic disease.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Acidophilus…can’t live without it

I have found that whenever I go on IV antibiotics it tends to upset the flora balance of my body. One thing I have found that helps is a concentrated strain of acidophilus. So, today required a restocking run to the store.

On a different note, tonight I accessed my port for the first time without assistance. What is that quote “necessity breeds learning” (at least that’s what I remember ☺)? Well nothing like being all alone to give you motivation to learn. Yes, I could have had the nurse come and do it, but it so much more rewarding to be able to be independent and to “do it all by myself!” Thanks hubby for being moral support via Skype.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The value of emotional support….
My brother came out for a couple of days. What a help he was. Just having someone to be here makes me feel safe. He took care of some house stuff for me, chauffeured me around to various commitments, but most of all it was just his quiet presence that brought calm. Thanks bro!

Feb 3

Maiden Voyage…
Ok, ok it does seem a little dramatic. However, this is a first for us as hubby is gone for a while, I am on IV’s and this round is a doosy. There is much to think through in a circumstance like this. Who checks on you-does someone stay or just drop in every now and then. What about meals-I find can handle the dosing side of things, but getting good food and laundry and house upkeep-those are the extras that slip. What info needs to go to whom-contact info, emergency info-is there a list of meds-can my folks get in touch w/ someone here-can that someone get to me easily. Wheww….my brain is spinning just typing these. Thankfully, my church family is ready and willing to step in and do whatever/whenever (the key is that I need to ask). My brother is able to come and stay w/ me for a couple of days….that’s huge! So, we have embarked, we will see what this journey holds. Good thing I know the One that is already in the midst of it and navigating every part!

Feb 2

Yes that wonderful word. I don’t know that I fully comprehend the role that stress plays on my health. I am finding that it is more than I would like to admit.

As one who is not really "put it all out there" as far as getting rid of stress-I find that I internalize it a lot which in turn results in stressing my body and thus, my health.

I will have to do some thinking on effective ways that I can deal healthily with this.