Thursday, September 16, 2010


I used both wordart and digistamp by
Paulette at Create with TLC
to create this bookmark.
There is a visual of it as well as the
downloadable JPG file for your
personal use.

Digistamp is HERE

Just right click on the above image and
tell it to open in a new tab.
Then save it to your computer.



Friday, September 10, 2010

BLESSINGS ABOUND despite setbacks!

Hello and hugs to everyone!  This has been an amazing time in my life.  I never expected things to go the way they have, but I do believe GOD IS GOOD and all will be good in the end!  My girlfriend's favorite phrase for me lately is "This too shall pass!" 

I had my gastric bypass surgery on August 18th.  I was released and sent home on August 22nd.  I have to admit it was difficult at first.  The thought of trying to swallow anything was not fun, but finally was able to get into the swing of things and was doing so well!  Then, a huge speed bump hit me!  A severe case of gastroenteritis!  My stomach was so nauseous ~ I couldn't hardly lift my head off the pillow!  The diarrhea was unending and relentless despite the fact that I literally was only living on the few sips of water I managed to swallow!  I had a doctor appt to get the staples removed and that happened to be the 4th day of all of this.  He sent me to a GI Doctor.  This doctor suggested I go through the emergency room, get admitted and receive IV Fluids for the next 24 hours and I would be a whole new person!  I could only dream it be that easy!  But, not for me!  I was finally admitted and in my room late that day.  The next two days were so miserable that I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy (if I had any!)  The vomitting had started and smells of any kind were so horrible that I couldn't even handle someone walking down the hall with perfume on!  But Sunday finally hit ... 5th day of this hospital stay ... and I felt like a whole new person!  I was sent home that night and told "things will get better slowly but surely!".

Today I am still struggling to gain strength and drive, but I am slowly getting there.  INCH BY INCH IT IS A CINCH!  That is my new motto!  I must do things calculated and planned as well as slow for safety.  I am still under lifting restrictions and need to sleep in an elevated position for a few more weeks.  But all in all, every day is a bit better and I accomplish a bit more than the day before.  I am now driving again... that was a huge accomplishment, in my opinion!

I really want to thank all of you that have said prayers, sent notes, and shown support and encouragement!  I covet every one of them so much!  GOD IS GOOD and prayer/faith in numbers causes miracles!  THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!