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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The bad and the good

As a chronically ill person you never know what each day will bring.

The first half of 2008 was very rough. I have Crohn's Disease and I was in a flare from early fall of 2007, until late spring of 2008. In early March ('08) I was hospitalized as I could not manage on my own any more. Thanks to my parents for taking the kids when I was away from home.

I have several problems with my back, resulting in constant pain and inability to do a lot of activities. My limitations are numerous, and my job as a retail manager is not compatible. I have seen the surgeon twice in 2008, and my condition is complicated and the risk of infection is too high to be considered for surgery at this time.

In early May I had to have emergency surgery to remove my appendix, easy enough, but of course complications arose and I was admitted to the hospital two days later.

In June I had a cardiac ablation. (my second, my first was in 1995) My heart will misfire and beat rapidly, they were not able to reproduce the misfire in surgery, but they ablated what they thought was the problem. So for now, it is under control.

The good news in 2008:

After getting under control for the Crohn's I was able to discontinue medications. (Many with undesirable side effects)

On Mother's Day my sister had her first child, a little sweetie named Lyla. She is a ray of sunshine and makes me smile when I think of her.

Jillian got her ear tubes in early December, we are already seeing a difference in her.

My children are healthy, they thrive in school, and in their activities.

Our parents are in good health, and are able to enjoy their grandchildren.

Our brothers and sisters are in good health and so are their families.

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!!!

5 comments:

Brindi said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. The first thing that I saw when I got to your blog was the fairy art! Love the cute fairies.

Here's wishing you and your family continued good health and happiness in the upcoming year.

Laurie in Ca. said...

Hi Pam,

I am so glad you shared this past year here so I could get to know more about you. The progression of it going from bad to good sure shows Gods love for you and your family. Trials always hurt and are so uncomfortable, but they also teach us wisdom don't they? And they make us grateful for all the blessings we have. I am praying for you to continue in good health my friend. I am so glad I met you this year and look forward to walking with you in 2009. You truly are a sweetie!!

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Kelly said...

Just know that through the good and the bad I will always be at your side. I love you sister!

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