Cool weather is finally arriving in Georgia. Now if it will only STAY cool! We slept with the windows opened last night and I really slept hard.
I’ve been sick for a while. It started about 5 weeks ago with just sinus congestion every morning. I used home remedies and Sudaphed (once a day) and it would be okay for about half the day before it would start clogging back up.
Nick came home from his vacation in New England with a bad head cold and Erin and I caught it within days. By this past Monday, I was starting to feel ‘sick’. I considered cancelling my oncology visit because it was enough that I felt it might mess up my tumor markers. I went ahead tho, and had my blood work done. By Wednesday I felt like it was more than just a cold but I tried steam and hot drinks, chicken soup and nasal spray. My tumor markers came back .4 higher than high normal, which is common with infections/ inflammation and things like that, so tho I wasn’t happy they were ‘elevated’, I’ve had the same number twice before when I had blood work done while I was either coming down with something or getting over something. I finally went to the doctor and she said I have quite a sinus infection and that the lining of my nasal passages were very swollen and red so I got a prednisone shot and 14 days of antibiotics.
I woke today, after sleeping 8 hours, without a headache or body aches and was able to blow my nose. My nose still feels stuffy or swollen, but if you know anything about the anatomy of the nose, you’ll know there are 3 sets of ‘turbines’ that are supposed to go up and down in size during the day, alternating sides, and mine were staying swollen. It’ll be a while before those are back to normal, especially since I can’t tolerate nasal sprays like Flonase. The prednisone in those gives me massive headaches! Saline and time will have to do.
Once I’m 100% well, I’ll have another CEA (blood test for tumor markers) just to make sure it’s returned to normal. It’s been almost 9 years since my original cancer diagnosis and 5 years 6 months since my liver resection, so I’m only months away from the medical books and studies pronouncing me ‘cured’. I’m not taking any chances, tho. Just trusting JESUS and claiming His promises in scripture. At almost 67, I’m thankful to be alive and healthy.
Psalm 16:8-11 I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will You let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 118:17 “I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the LORD has done.”
A Psalm of David 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I’m staying home from church today because Dr. Best felt sure I was contagious and that this is a combo of bacterial and allergic reactions. Working with 15 or more 2nd graders and hugging 300 people, some who are not healthy and are older than me, I don’t want to infect anyone. I prefer parents not send their children to Sunday School when they’re sick, so I can’t go and infect their families.
Jim went, tho. Erin works today so she’s getting ready for that. She doesn’t usually work on Sunday but this was a good paying job at a College Football event in the next town.
I mentioned the weather change, so far all we have are a few yellow leaves. I sure wish we’d get the fall foliage you get further north. I really miss the true seasons, including the snow! We just get long ugly summers, short winters with ice a couple of times and short fall and spring seasons. Sometimes I wish I’d never lived up north so I wouldn’t know what I’m missing.
Maybe I’ll sit on the deck today. It’s a bit cloudy right now. Chance of rain. The dogs enjoy it when we’re outside and I can keep an eye on Emmie to make sure she isn’t eating acorns. Boy Daisy used to get so sick from eating them! She’d swallow them almost whole and we spent a lot of time at the vet. Puppies can do the craziest things. Emmie’s two now so she should be growing out of all this silliness.
Jim has off tomorrow but we use his off days for doctor visits or other things that can’t be done on the weekend. He has some blood work to get done for his doctor visits over Thanksgiving holiday and then a recheck with his pulmonologist at Emory. That’s downtown Atlanta so he’ll be gone much of the day.
Tomorrow is the first day of open enrollment for our health insurance. I get paranoid every year and check and recheck because about 10 years ago, we knew a principal who let the days slip by and there is no grace period. She and her family had no health insurance for the whole year. We’re not changing anything, but you still must log in and validate the ‘no changes’. I’ll recheck myself a dozen times and print it out before I finalize it. Insurance is so important to us. Sure, we have Medicare, but by having private insurance as our primary, we are better protected. It’s not cheap and the yearly family deductible is over $9,000, but it’s well worth it at our age and with the testing we have done!
Thanks to everyone who has been praying for my sinus infection and for Jim to be protected. I know for a fact that God hears our prayers!
Have a lovely Sunday and see you soon for