Just wanted to let you all know that my root canal is in a two part stage. I have completed part one and in a month, I go back for the second part. Never remember doing it in multiple stages before but my dentist was amazing. WOW never knew dental technology has come as far as it has before.
I was super sore yesterday and really regretted going to have it done but know in the long run there are benefits that have yet to be seen. Only right now, all I saw was throbbing pain so severe it messed with my migraines, sinus' as well as my right eye.
Here's my advice from my experience: Despite what advice your dentist provides to you, wait until your infection in your tooth is gone completely (meaning you feel no pain) before you have any work completed on that tooth.
I hope to be back on track on Monday and will fill you in on the rest of what's going on with the family. Have a blessed weekend!!!
Just wanted to let you know what's going on with Ken, it's actually great news and worthy of a praise party!!! Ken is off the ventilator and just on oxygen. He's up and talking to his family!!! He's a little disoriented because he's been sedated for almost 12 days he doesn't remember too much but his family is filling him in. He's remaining on antibiotics and will be moved out of ICU shortly to recover in a normal room.
I do require some additional prayer for family members:
Prayer Request Number 1:
Steve's dad, Bill was going in on November 4th for hip replacement surgery but now his doctors discovered some blockage around his heart stints and they want to remove that before he has this surgery. If its a simple surgery and they can remove it easily, he can have his hip replacement surgery a month later. If the blockage is worse than they had figured, he will need to wait an entire year to have the hip surgery and will need to get around with a motorized chair. His dad can hardly move now. Please pray that the surgery is mild and he can have the hip surgery in a month. I will keep you updated.
Prayer Request Number 2:
Also my nephew Josh found out that he has to have back surgery at 18 due to scoliosis. He is super afraid but is a believer. We are praying that all will go well and that he will have lots of encouragement along the way. You can send your prayer wishes to either of them here. I will keep you updated on Josh's progress. He has a MRI on November 13th to determine how aggressive his curve is and what type of surgery is involved. By the way, Josh got a seasonal job so we are super happy about that.
Prayer Request Number 3:
I am scheduled for my root canal on Thursday, Oct 28th so send great painfree thoughts my way at 8am. Hoping for some sailing and the ability to eat again.
Sorry I haven't been getting back to you as much I had hoped this week but there wasn't much change in the last few days until this morning so I wanted to update you all with what we know.
Ken has been moved on his ventilator from 100% to 30% which means the ventilator is only doing 30% of the work for him, he has to do the other 70% so it's a slow progression to move him off of it, hopefully by Monday.
His right lung is now showing some improvement and it appears that these new antibiotics are working to help him get over the infection. They are still keeping him sedated while they remove as much fluid as possible each day, but his fever is gone and he appears to be resting well. We are hoping for some great news by Monday.
I just wanted to thank all of you for your ongoing prayers and we know our God remains faithful in all of this. I am slowing improving but my antibiotics are making me sick and sleepy so for the last few days, I've been getting by as much as I can. Looking forward to getting well and getting off these as soon as possible. Believing that God is working on my infection as we pray daily.
Here's the latest on Ken's progress and which is the reason I am sending out this prayer update:
Ken hasn't shown any significant improvement since being on the antibiotics since Thursday. His lungs remain the same with 94% of his left lung functioning and very little of the right. His doctors were able to complete the CAT scan yesterday as well as a biopsy of his lungs and the good news is there, that what they were looking for, came back negative.
Yet with no change in his overall status, they decided to change his antibiotics to something much stronger called Zyvok and Rocephin now since the others weren't working. He also has a condition called Merca? Not sure of the spelling. It's a bacteria that works against the antibiotics that lies dormant in the body. That's his biggest challenge, so the doctors say that within 2-3 days they should see some improvement. We are hoping for something by tomorrow.
If any of you can provide me with any details of this, I would gladly appreciate it. They have also reduced his oxygen flow in the ventilator from being at 100% to 60%. His wife is not doing to well emotionally as I am sure you can imagine, so please add her to your prayers as well. Her name is Tina. She has taken this week off to be there as much as she can.
I will keep you posted as I get more updates. Please keep him in your prayers that these series of antibiotics will work and he will begin to show improvements in his pneumonia and his right lung will show more improvements.
Right now we have had some severe thunderstorms here and not to mention that, I work up with an abscess in my tooth and once the infection clears up, it's off for a root canal. Still believing in God's timing and powers as always.
We live in an world that is evolving as such an exponential rate, faster than a speeding bullet somedays, and when we have to wait for something, we grow impatient, irritable, grouchy, moody and the list goes on and on.
I have learned that God's timing in every situation is always perfect. It always works out the best and even if the situation doesn't work out the way we had prayed, God still knows what's best.
Last night, I was pondering over the word impossible in my mind. We've all read and heard the scripture pertaining to "All things are possible to Him who believes in the Lord." With God nothing is impossible, just we don't always get what we want out of it.
Take the word, impossible.
The only thing from making it possible are the letters IM.
Yet when God speaks the word, it changes from impossible to I'm possible!!
Yet if you break the contraction apart even further I'm = I AM. Again God's perfect and holy name. So nothing is impossible for God.
We still don't have much new to report regarding Ken, other than his left lung is operating at about 94% and his right lung is making slow improvements. He is still struggling against the ventilator when his medication begins to wear off that keep him sedated but he is getting better. His heart rate is improving along with his kidney function. So even though it may not be going as well as we would like or his family would, we are seeing an answer to our prayers. Once again in God's perfect timing.
I truly believe in time, God's time, Ken will improve and hoping that in his heart and that of his family, they will see life for what is truly is, a precious gift from God, to be cherished everyday and they will turn their hearts toward him. Praying continually for their salvation as well.
We have a God that loves to take the impossible and make it POSSIBLE!!!
Hello everyone and I thought I would update you all once I knew a little bit more than the same old thing and holding strong.
They are using a saline solution to put into Ken's lungs to help thin out the fluid in his lungs and suctioning it out as much as they can. When Steve left yesterday after X-rays, they saw a noticeable improvement in his left lung. When he arrived on Thursday evening he only had 25% of his left lung functioning and the rest was filled with fluid. Now it's at 75% and they are hoping to continue with this process to get it back to 100% if possible.
His right lung remains filled with fluid, with just a little capacity left in it. Praising God that doctors feel his lungs hasn't collapsed but merely when they inserted the ventilator tube it wasn't working as well because it wasn't inserted far enough. When they repositioned it yesterday he was breathing easier and not struggling so much with the ventilator.
The doctors are hoping to keep him on antibiotics and working to remove the fluid over the weekend and see where he is at on Monday. Their mom is going home later this afternoon since his vitals remain stable and there isn't much for anyone else to do but wait.
I just wanted to thank you for your prayers and we can definitely see God's healing hand working, however we are not out of the woods just yet. So please keep him and his family in your prayers today and I'll update you as I know anything more.
Just wanted to update you all with as much information as I have when I can get it on Ken's condition. Here's what we know:
1. They were unable to complete any tests on Ken yesterday due to complications when trying to take him off the ventilator to do the CAT scan. They are attempting to do that this morning.
2. Ken's wife, fortunately was able to get some sleep last night after being awake for over 2 days, please pray for endurance, strength and comfort for her and her children.
3. Steve's mom is coming in today from out of town to be with Ken and the family. Pray for safe travels on her journey by car.
4. Ken is still on a ventilator and has remained sedated through the night. His vitals remain stable but he is still in ICU. Pray that the tests can be completed today so that they can either inflated his lungs if they are collapsed or remove the fluid if they are filled. He's been on blood pressure medication to keep his heart rate up as when they brought him into the ER it was dangerously low.
We are all lifting Ken up in our prayers today asking our God in Heaven, the Great Physician to bring Ken to full health, to allow him to be brought off the ventilators soon and let there be no doubt in his mind or his family that God brought him through it all. Praying that his family would seek God in prayer throughout all of this and for the Holy Spirit to provide that comfort and strength necessary for them to get through it all.
If you haven't stopped by Steve's blog yet, Gotta Have Faith, please I would encourage you to do so to encourage and keep his spirits up as well.
I just wanted to provide my faithful prayer warriors an update on what we know so far on Ken's progress:
They attempted to do a CAT scan to locate a possible problem with his lungs. They aren't sure if his lungs are filled with fluid or if they have collapsed. When they attempted to remove the ventilator, Ken was struggling to breathe and they had to sedate him once more and place him back on the ventilator.
They say his lungs are only operating at 25% and the remainder is either collapsed or filled with fluid. His wife hasn't sleep much but remains positive of the outcome. She has been with Ken and married to him since they were in high school. They have two grown children in their 20's that are with their mom.
My hubby came home for awhile enough to read all your wonderful and encouraging comments and to place his own post for prayer on his own blog, Gotta Have Faith. Please consider stopping by and offering some words of encouragement to him as well. It's hard for Steve to deal with this and he hopes that they will have a chance to mend their differences.
I will keep you posted as I know more. Keep the prayers headed to heaven because we have a God who hears them. Steve is back at the hospital and we hope to know more soon.
UPDATE: 10:33am - My husband called and found out that Ken isn't doing well at all since they brought him into the hospital. His kidneys are failing, one of his lungs isn't responding to the treatment and his heart is weak. They say that this is about as bad as it can get. They have him on the ventilator just to keep air flowing in him and that they will be doing exploratory surgery later to see what is going on with his lungs. ~ Please keep prayers going~ My hubby actually stopped by his room to see him even though he was sedated and he said, It was hard to see and a real awakening.
My husband just got a call last night from his mom that his oldest brother, Ken is in the hospital in the ICU unit. Apparently he had a cold that he went to follow up with a doctor on Tuesday that put him on antibiotics to rid him of the virus.
However late last night his wife told my husband that for the past two days, he couldn't not remember where he was or even who she was. Last night she called for the paramedics who came and took him to the hospital.
This morning we were updated on his progress that they have him sedated and on a ventilator to help him breathe and he has severe pneumonia. They are still running other tests to see what is going on. My husband is on his way to the hospital as I type this.
Both Steve and his brother have not spoken in well over 11 years, not based on anything Steve has done but his brother can't get over his feeling to isolate and punish my husband for not being able to house sit for him some 11+ years ago. Silly isn't it.
He isn't a Christian and thus we could use God's strong hand here. First, the heal Ken and bring him back to full health.
2. Restore the relationship between brothers once and for all.
3. Restore the relationship between Ken and God and allow him to be touched in ways that he won't doubt for one minute who holds the keys to life.
I will keep you all updated on his progress. Thanks again for your urgent prayers.
In keeping with our Friday tradition of finding something funny that we could all relate to, I found this cute video for those of us that need our coffee like we need air to breathe to get us through our day. Kim at Homesteader's Heart is our host of Friday Funnies if you'd love to join us, and today, this one is dedicated to her.
Have a blessed weekend ~ Love and Hugs ~ Kat >^..^<
If you have ever watched Joyce Meyer speak, you will have undoubtedly heard these famous words, "Miracles come in cans!!!"
Here's an excerpt from her latest book explaining that simple statement that we all need to take to heart everyday.
Perhaps you have heard the words, "You can't" repeatedly throughout your life. Many people are good at telling others what they cannot do. Even people you wouldn't necessarily consider to be "against" you may have tried to discourage you from doing something you wanted to do by telling you that you couldn't do it. Parents, teachers, coaches, friends, family members, and leaders of church groups or social activities often fail to realize the power of their words over young lives. So many children and teenagers grow up thinking " I can't" when that isn't true at all! No matter how many times you have heard someone say to you, " You can't," I want to say to you, "Oh, yes, you can!" I believe that miracles come in cans - our belief that we can do whatever we need to do through Christ Who is our strength.
I believe in you; God believes in you; and it's time for you to believe in yourself. Today is a new day! Put the past and all its negative, discouraging comments behind you. Negative words and words that speak of failure come from the enemy, not from God, so decide right now not to allow the power of "you can't" to influence you anymore. In contrast, God's Spirit encourages you and will do everything to urge you forward toward success in every area of life. God tells you to have courage, so always remember if you feel "dis-couraged," that is from the enemy and if you feel "en-couraged" that is from God. Choose to agree with God and say to yourself, "I can!" And let the power of your positive thoughts and words outweigh the power of the negative words anyone else has ever spoken to you.
This is an excerpt from Joyce Meyer's latest book, Power Thoughts and I am offering 3 copies to giveaway on my blog, Reviews From The Heart. The giveaway ends on October 22nd, so make sure you take the opportunity to sign up to win a copy. I truly believe that this book is life changing.
Here it is middle of the week and so of us are already hoping we'll wake up and find tomorrow is Friday. Well I thought I would lighten the mood today and add some funny Grandparent jokes.
When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised. "Mine says I'm 4 to 6."
A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting." she said. "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."
A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties. "They use him to keep crowds back," said one child. "No," said another. "He's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we're done, we take her back to the airport."
I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!"
My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.
How many times have you dreamed for the perfect job? Just a job you would look forward to getting up for every single day using the gift that God has bestowed within your soul?
Too many people have their dreams snatched from their very hands while it lies just within reach. They will never know just how close they were in making that dream a reality. So whenever I heard of someone's heartfelt passion and a dream they would like to see come true, well you've just got yourself the biggest cheerleader you've ever seen.
My brother has a dream to become a photographer and use his unique and creative talent to see his dreams fulfilled. I have shared photos with you in the past to highlight his amazing ability to capture memories in a moment and he has been more than generous in taking my daughters pictures as well.
His dream is for someone to see his work and advance him towards the next step in fulfilling this dream, whether its for advertising or just becoming well known for his pictures or even having a book published. He specializes in vintage photographs of World War 1 and 2, and that old Hollywood Film Noir look.
I did convince him that a website for his photography was necessary and to keep on pursuing his dream no matter what anyone tells him. There are enough people out there squishing our dreams and taking away our life long passions.
If you're interested in seeing his portfolio or know of someone who can help him in the right direction, would you please contact him at his website through the contact link! I know he will achieve this it just takes time.
Peter Boyd is your typical family man. He works hard to support his family of four living in a small Virginia town nestled against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Peter learns from a company wide memo that "Exciting Announcement!!!" is taking place tomorrow even though through the union grapevine there is speculation that is means lay offs. This just weeks before Christmas.
How does a man get through the day, wondering how he is going to provide for his family when in this economy, jobs are hard to come by. Especially a job that he's been at for some time and is making enough to support his family pretty well. In this day in age where jobs are a dime a dozen. Peter decides when he woke up that morning and found out that the weather man was wrong big time, that he too, could afford to take a "Snow Day", and just enjoy this one day while things in his life were still the way he left them last night.
Little did Peter realize how God would play out in a variety of roles through various people, Peter would encounter that day, to show him just what is really important in life and that worrying about them changes nothing. Peter's life on this day will never be the same but profoundly changed forever by an unexpected snow fall.
In his debut novel, Billy Coffey once more takes his readers on a magic journey into the various lives of the people we will meet through Peter Boyd and the need to venture out in search of "bread and milk" for his family and neighbors in "Snow Day"! At the conclusion of each chapter, Peter reflects what the purpose of his encounter means to him and this is where we catch our "Billyisms" or pieces of wonderful wisdom that embed themselves in your heart!
If you haven't heard of Billy Coffey, then you have been missing out of one of the finest writers that is guaranteed to not only touch your heart, but change your life forever by the words he uses to take us on the ride of our lives. I've known Billy Coffey for quite some time as a writer who was hoping one day to share his love of story-telling on his blog, "What I Learned Today" and have a book published. For all of us who have believed that Billy Coffey was a star just waiting to be discovered, this diamond is truly shining in his first book.
His down home charm and virtual porch allows the readers to share a piece of Billy's heart as he shares his personal story through the life of Peter Boyd. This is by far one of the best books I have read to date and once I had the opportunity to review it, I knew I had received a true gift.
I received Snow Day compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and for me this one rates off the scale. It's worthy of 10 stars! For more information on this book, the amazing and talented Billy Coffey, and where to purchase a copy of this life changing book and read an excerpt, click on the title below:
You can also visit his website at http://billycoffey.com and sign up to follow his blog and his writings every day. I also did an interview with Billy Coffey back in August 2009, click here to take you back in time and read what an incredible man he is!!!
The wonderful people at Hachette Book Groups is offering 3 copies of this book to lucky winners of this blog. Here are your guidelines to enter:
1. You must be a follower of this blog.
2. Stop by Billy's website and congratulate him today on his book debut.
3. Join Billy's blog, "What I Learned Today",because I know once you sign up, you'll be completely hooked and you won't want to miss out on his stories.
4. Must be a resident of the US or Canada and please No P.O. Boxes.
5. I need a way to contact you if you are one of the lucky winners, so please include an email address with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols. The giveaway ends on Oct 19th.
6. Leave me a comment and tell me why you'd love to win a copy of Billy's book on my book review blog, Reviews From The Heart.
Again, congratulations Billy Coffey, we just knew you'd do it!!! Bright Lites will never be the same again!!!
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
I have often sat wondering about when I made the change between the way a child thinks and the way an adult does. At some point in time, my way of thinking matured.
Perhaps it's when I first discovered that Santa Claus wasn't real, that the present that were found each Christmas morning were placed their lovingly by my parents. I had often wondered when I noticed the subtle changes, the wrapping paper was the same as what we were using that year, the signatures and writing on the gift tags were in my mom's unique writing style and not to mention the year while playing hide and seek in my mom's room I stumbled into the far back end of her closet and found bags of what would soon be me and my brothers Christmas presents that year.
Yet I said nothing except to my brother of the treasured discovery in the depths of my mother's closet that year. We took everything out and looked it over with smiles but then something changed.
Even though we used to sleep with anticipation of what would await us that morning, when it came I was no longer surprised. Those same toys we discovered were the ones wrapped in Christmas paper with our names and signed by Santa. Magic gone.
I used to believe in all kinds of child-like magic. I believe that Mary Poppins really could stuff all that stuff in her carpet bag and when she opened her umbrella she could fly away. That is until I tried to fly with my own umbrella and jumping off the roof. I plummeted to the grass below off a single story home and thankfully wasn't hurt.
I believed in fairies in the garden and in the tooth fairy and Easter bunny. I believed in pots of gold if only you could find the end of the rainbow before it faded away.
I believed in magic, real magic that there wasn't some trick behind it all. And once the secrets are discovered perhaps that is when we grow into adults. When we take on responsibilities and stresses that come with growing older.
We forget to do things like playing in the puddles when it rains, getting soaked to the skin only to come inside to a warm cup of hot chocolate and some chicken noodle soup. We forget to play in the waves at the beach and try to jump each wave that laps at the sandy shore. We forget to have snow ball fights and rush out to make the first snowman when it snows enough to make such things possible.
Like the quote above I think we tend to grow older when we forget to play. Who said that adults can do this stuff any longer. Who said we can't call in sick just to enjoy a summer day and go fishing, or on a dark night in a star-filled sky, wish upon a falling star and believing with all your heart it will come true.
I think we all need to remember that simple child like faith in believing in things unseen. God calls us to be like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven and perhaps this is a great way to start. So what are you going to do today?
Ever since my hubby and I got married, 12 years and 8 months ago today, we take the time to celebrate those monthly milestones! That's right each month on the 9th, one of us will try to say, "Happy Anniversary" first. Most of the time, I have to admit its me.
Perhaps that little calendar app I have in my phone helps or the fact that I change my desktop calendar each day and just seeing the number 9 pops up before Steve does inspires me.
We've had our struggles lately mostly due to time management issues and his new job taking him out of state or working all kinds of weird schedules, but in all honesty, there is no one I'd rather fight with then Steve! Happy 12 year, 8 month Anniversary. Don't forget, I am hosting two Christian DVD giveaways on my blog, Upside (about a boy who gets injured playing lacrosse and ends up with his vision literally turned upside down) and Bringing Up Bobby ( a Christian comedy about a crazy and fun dysfunctional family) for those of you looking for some outstanding Christian family movies. Click here to go to my Reviews From The Heart blog and sign up. Once there, go to the right hand side bar and scroll down to participate in any of the giveaways I am offering.
Just wanted to pass along some really great news! Our youngest daughter Kailee, is now her school's student council Vice President!
Kailee and her friend Jonnathein were co-campaigning throughout their school for President and Vice President seats on their student council and both of them won.
Since she is super sick today with croup she wasn't feeling very well but this news at least made her smile. Please pray for Kailee to get better soon. We took her to the doctor this morning after she couldn't breathe last night, but thanks to our rescue inhaler and a humidifier we were able to control the symptoms til we could get her seen today.
Congratulations Kailee! We just know you'll make us proud and make your school student body a definite fun one this year!
The quality of this video is not the best but the point isn't so much the picture but the message behind the picture. If you are having trouble viewing this, double click on the image and watch it directly from YouTube.
I love the message, while it's important to lead, there are no leaders without followers! Isn't it time to be a follower of Jesus Christ today?
Here are some interesting Fall facts I have been collecting especially after reading so many "fall-like posts" lately.
If St. Michaels brings many acorns, Christmas will cover the fields with snow. ( Mari, this reminded me of you!)
In weather lore, we note, “If October brings heavy frosts and winds, then will January and February be mild.”
Much rain in October means much wind in December.
For every fog in October means a day of snow in winter.
Full moon in October with no frost, means no frost til full moon in November.
So there you have it for those of you that really have some of these signs in your area. For us, thankfully we have experienced much cooler temps, almost fall like for the last few days with temps that keep our windows closed because it's crisp and chilly out with winds bringing in a low pressure area til the weekend.
Enjoy your fall weather and hope these predictions bring some happiness to you!
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
This is my online ministry that God is using to bring about encouragement, hope and love to a hurting and dark world. I am hoping that all of you that find your way here will take something away that will add some meaning to your life! I personally feel it's a calling I have from God at this time in my life to reach out to people that are hurting and offer them hope in a dark world or at least give them a smile and laughter back! I am sold out, body, mind, spirit and soul to Jesus Christ! This blog is dedicated to God, The Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ, my Savior!