Friday, November 14, 2008

Trust God

“Trust the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NIVAs

Christians whose salvation has been purchased by the blood of Christ, we have every reason to live joyously and courageously. After all, Christ has already fought and won our battle for us. He did so on the cross at Calvary. But despite Christ’s sacrifice, and despite God’s promises, we may become confused or disoriented by the endless complications and countless distractions of our daily lives.If you’re unsure of your next step, lean upon God’s promises and lift your prayers to Him. Remember that God is your protector. Open yourself to His heart, and trust Him to guide you. When you do, God will direct your steps, and you will receive His blessings today, tomorrow, and throughout eternity.“We must always invite Jesus to be the navigator of our plans, desires, wills and emotions, for He is the way, the truth and the life.” ~ Bill Bright

May the Lord Bless you and give you a wonderful and peaceful Sabbath Day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Don't you worry, things will just be fine.

It was about 6:30 early in the morning today when I and my husband woke up to be ready in going to BryanLGH Medical Center East. Today is his appointment for IVP test.

To give you an idea (from radiologyinfor.org), intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladders that uses iodinated contrast material injected into veins. An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. When a contrast material is injected into a vein in the patient's arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, turning these areas bright white. An IVP allows the radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the kidneys, ureters and the bladder.

That was exactly the examination they did today to my husband. I wish we have the result already but it will take 2 or 3 days more before they can have the conclusion. I am glad that my husband is not experiencing pain anymore. It is difficult to see him discomfort and distress.

More than two weeks had past from the first occurence of the pain. It happened early morning the 26th day of October when we rushed him to BrynLGH Medical Center-East. I can't help but to cry seeing him in excruciating pain. Upon arrival at the emergency room and after some questionings, they gave him pain reliever. That was just the only time I was able to breath normally again when the sensation of physical discomfort started to go down. After some medical examination like the CT Scan (CT Renal CALC without Contrast), they found out that the sharp cramping pain and nausea was due to a small stone which has formed in the kidney and is now passing down a narrow tube (ureter) on its way to his bladder. Once it reaches the bladder, the pain will stop. The stone may pass through urine stream in one piece. The size is small that it may break up into sandy fragments which he may not even notice when it passes.

What a relief. After that, were adviced to go home. He was given the instructions what to do like drinking lots of water, of course straining the urine, saving any stone that comes out and try to be active as possible since it will help the stone to pass. Things went well after that.

It was October 29, midnight when he felt the sharp cramping pain and vomitting again. Pain reliever is not working and so we went to Bryan LGH Medical Center again. He was given emergency treatment. The stone is too small to pass on its own so we need more days waiting. It was almost 5 early morning when we went home. We were adviced to seek the referred Urology Doctor for thorough observation so we went to Urology, PC. We were able to visit their clinic twice already after those incidents, but the same thing, the stone is tightly hiding. In our second visit, the stone is not visible where it is positioned. Supposedly, from there, they will get a reading or a decision if it is "for operation or not" and so they suggested us to go to BryanLGH again to do the IVP this time.

Things are doing well for my husband. He did not feel any pain for 3 consecutive days now and were hoping and praying that the stone passed already. It is very discomforting physically for him and even financially. Our first bill reached to $2,600 plus and we still have more bills to come. But I said to my husband WITH GOD, dont you worry, things will just be fine.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Blog

The word blog came to my world through a friend named Mitchel Breyer. She is a very good friend of mine. I met her on my second day here in Nebraska with Ate Maria Jonhson, another Filipino friend fetching me to go to the welcome party they prepared for us. She became my buddy since then. We became acquainted and we started sharing many things in life like our experiences here as we adjust to a new environment...completely different atmosphere compared to the place where we grew up. From our communications, she mentioned blogging activities. She started being busy with it when she was still in the Philippines. She gave me lots of attracting ideas that stimulated my interest to try. It was first week of August, specifically the 3rd day when I wrote my first message. The topic was about my Bridal Shower Party. If you want to read it, just scroll down and you will find it below.

Blogging is like making personal diary or from the word blogging itself, it is writing a blog. From the Columbia Encyclopedia, "the blog is short for web log, an online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website. Blogs typically report and comment on topics of interest to the author, and are usually written and posted using software specifically designed to facilitate blogging; they include hyperlinks to other website and, often, photos, video clips, and the like. The most recent entry by the blogger is posted at the beginning of the blog, with earlier entries following in reverse chronological order; comments and other responses to the blog by readers are often posted after each entry. Although some bloggers have (or have achieved) prominence and expertise that makes them as influential in politics and other areas as established journalists, reviewers, and critics (some of which maintain blogs themselves), many bloggers reach relatively few readers and discuss matters of largely personal interest. Blogs are also used by politicians, businesses, and others to keep voters, customers, and the like informed on matters of common interest; they can function as a significant alternative to television, newspapers, and other mainstream media, especially in nations where the media are controlled or censored by the government. Bloggers have at times broken important news stories or marshalled public opinion on a matter of public interest."