Saturday, March 31, 2012

All done and starting to heal!

The surgery went well I am gallbladder free now! I feel pretty good. It is definitely going to be hard not being able to lift Tyler but, I am so relieved to know I am not going to wake up in excruciating pain. Now to have a relaxing weekend enjoying General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was really the perfect weekend to have the procedure done considering I won't miss any church. I just want to thank everyone who prayed for me I know it helped! I wonder if I will feel good enough to make the girls Easter dresses if not I guess they can wear their dresses from last year.

Friday, March 30, 2012

When you get thrown a curve ball...

So, I had planned on being a better blogger but, I was thrown a curve ball. Back in January I was woke up in the middle of the night with severe right sided pain. It was bad. I am tough. I have had 7 babies without drugs, when I say it hurt it really hurt. I was awake for several hours before the pain subsided. This happened several nights throughout the next couple weeks. I couldn't take it anymore so I went in to the doctors and they said I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I was thinking really that seems to easy but hey if that will fix me that would be great. I did what the doctor said which was drink Miralax and it seemed to help for a couple weeks. Then I had another attack in the middle of the night. Went to the doctors again where they informed me same thing IBS. At this point I am a little frustrated because I don't want to wake up in pain again but being the good girl that I am I do what the doctor says. So this last Sunday I woke up in a LOT of pain. I started throwing up because I was in so much pain. I considered having Russell bring me to the hospital but instead had him give me a blessing. It got me through it and I the pain subsided after a couple hours. I called my doctor later that day and they put me on an all liquid diet...hello, I am breastfeeding a 7 month old baby who doesn't eat food or take a bottle! So, I did what they asked and Monday afternoon the pain was starting to come back. I decided to go into the doctors office because I was terrified of waking up in pain again. The Physicians Assistant said I needed to get an ultrasound of my gallbladder (funny side note my mom had been saying this all along I even mentioned it to my dr. but no one listened). I had my ultrasound Tuesday and got the results Wednesday, oh and lets not forget I am on an all clear liquids diet. I am seriously starving at this point. They say I have sludge and gallstones. Sludge. Nasty! They scheduled an appointment with the surgeon. I went in to see him yesterday and I am scheduled to get my gallbladder out today at 2:30. I am nervous but happy to know I won't have to wake up with another attack. They told me Wed. that I could eat but, I haven't because I was terrified of having another attack so crackers and clear liquids is all I have had up to this point and some applesauce. It's amazing how filling a little applesauce is after not eating. Hopefully everything will go well today. Everyone I have talked to has told me it has been a great experience for them.
I am done rambling please feel free to send some extra prayers my way for an uneventful surgery and a quick recovery.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just thinking...

Do you ever have those days when you realize life is whizzing by seems the days are just melding together. Kids fighting, crying, house messy, cluttered and just bleh!!!
Well, we got home from our family hike and Peter was flipping out, I mean really flipping out. So I deposited him on the floor in the hallway to let him cry/scream it out on his own and I went to the piano to drown him out and help me keep calm. I played one of my favorites How Great Thou Art and then I flipped open my hymn book and just played where it opened to which was Count Your Many Blessings. This song spoke to my soul today.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.

2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

4. So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

The message in this song today for me was loud and clear. I am grateful that I opened my hymn book to this song today because it gave me perspective! NO matter what I do the Lord will always be there for me, He will always be patiently waiting for me to humble myself and come to him.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I am still alive!!!! Just been super busy with a hubby who was out of town for almost 4 weeks since the first of the year and dealing with sick kiddos...and a sick mama! All is well now and I have decided to set some goals for myself this year. Yeah, I know it's already March. Most people do goal setting at the beginning of the year, so I am a little slow this year. So here they are...
1. I would like to be more consistent with my homeschooling days with my little ones. That means setting goals for the kids and sticking to a schedule (I don't like schedules).
2. We would like to move somewhere in the nearish (next year or two) future to a property with acreage. So, I would like to DECLUTTER and then organize EVERY room in the house and make all the improvements or updates they need to sell. (that one is kind of a lofty goal)
3. I want to make sure I play with my kids everyday or at least do something physical with them.
4. Read to my kids.
5. Pay more attention to my hubby...not just talk at him about the messy house or something about the kids.
6. My most important goal for me (and go ahead you can think I am vain) but, I need to lose weight. I am tired of feeling down about the way I look. I know my husband loves me just the way I am but the issue here is not about what other people around me see it is about what I see and I don't like it. I have been really good about my exercise since having Tyler in August. My improvements need to come in the area of eating. I don't tend to eat a lot of junk food or anything but I do like sweets and I am going to cut them out for awhile. I have always had an issue losing weight as an adult so hopefully I am not setting myself up for failure. I am open to suggestions...just be kind to me because this has been a big struggle for me and I really don't need anymore hits to my self esteem! :)
7. Last but not least I would like to post at least 3 blog posts per month and would like one of them to be a crafty tutorial to share with everyone or a recipe.
So there you have, I put it out there for all to read. Now maybe I will be more accountable! I am off to bed...zzzzzz