August 25, 2020

Life Has Been Busy, Stressful & Concerning

 


Hello friends and family.....

I get so frustrated some times because one of things I really enjoy very much is writing on my blog and reading all of your blogs but there always seems to be something coming up that pulls my time in another direction and the last week and a half has been no different. 


People deal with lots of issue's in life, ours seems to be financial and health issue's. I've come to accept many years ago that this is my lot in life and it's best to turn it over to God and trust Him because I don't have control over much.

My brother and sister in law have one of the sweetest dogs in the world. He's five years old and his name is Sebastian. He's the cutest Maltese / Yorkie mix. Well last month he got gravely ill and was diagnosed with a condition called ITP. Basically his immune system has decided to turn in on itself. It can be a condition that just happens or a dog can be genetically predisposed too it. With Sebastian we don't know what has caused it. Treatment for ITP is steroid to suppress the immune system. 

He was doing well and so my sister in law went on vacation for a week leaving him home with my niece who is an adult and my brother who couldn't get time off work. In that week Sebastian began having episodes of uncontrollable urinating and was drinking a ton of water. I know from raising my own dogs that can be caused by steroids and or it can be caused by diabetes. Steroids can cause diabetes in both humans and dogs.

Sadly, this past monday Sebastian wound up in the hospital for four days where he was diagnosed with diabetes, pancreatitis, and a bladder infection on top of the ITP. It wasn't looking good. Well, many, many, did I say many?  thousands of dollars later, He's now home, his ITP seems to be under control, pancreatitis and infection cleared up and they are working on getting his diabetes under control. So I've been spending a lot of time on the phone with my sister in law and niece trying to help as much as I can because I have a lot of experience with canine diabetes and when you have no experience with it, it can be extremely nerve wracking. 

Hubby had to have a holter monitor put on for twenty four hours last week as he was complaining of intermittent  pains in his chest. He had a heart attack in 2016 so the slightest pain and we are either at the ER or the cardiologist. We go tomorrow morning to get his test results..

He also has an appointment, a virtual appointment with his regular GP doctor the next day. Hubby has been dropping weight for an unknown reason for a while. He's not trying to lose weight and he is eating more than he used too so this is concerning. We had mentioned this before to his doctor and he had some blood work run and it was all normal but that doesn't mean there isn't something going on. Sadly, from personal experience I know the old "everything looks good on paper so you must be fine scenario" when at the same time everything 'looks' good there's something going on in your body killing you. It 'could' be his age as well. He's almost sixty-three and I know we do lose muscle mass and shrink some. I pray this is it but my gut is screaming otherwise. Please pray I am wrong.

As for myself. I'm tired, my RA is acting up, I'm a bit stressed out and to be honest, very concerned about my husband. As for any of my other health issue's, I just try and ignore them as best I can. I know that isn't the brightest idea but right now I can't handle anymore so I give it to God and ask Him to lead me..



17 comments:

  1. I am sorry you are dealing with so much right now. I agree, the weight loss with hubs would be concerning and I too know the "it all looks good on paper, so you must be fine" narrative. We get that with my dh and had that happen to a friend. He was a large guy, started loosing an extreme amount of weight suddenly. Went to his dr. twice and told he was fine...well, of course he wasn't... I hope you get some answers soon.

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  2. Oh Robyn, your plate is so full, and my heart goes out to you. I will be praying for you and your hubby. The signs don't sound good, but God has a way of taking care of even when we don't understand what's going on. With my dearest CHF we deal with the weight gain, which is fluid. Won't heaven be wonderful when all deceases are gone forever. Trusting good news soon for your hubby and that you will also feel better. Love and Hugs.

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    1. Hi Wanda,
      Yes, it seems I am just destined to always have a full plate..I am trying to hard to hang onto the Lord.. it gets tough some times. We think we can control things if we just do this or do that and we knock ourselves out and we realize we never really had control to begin with. This is what I am trying not to do...And yes! Heaven will be unimaginable. No more pain, no more disease, no more tears... Thank you for the prayers Wanda.. I'm a big believer in prayer and I know prayer moves Gods heart. Thank you so much XO

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  3. Bless you. Will pray.
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  4. Several years ago I had about a 20 pound weight loss for no identifiable reason but the doctor in my small clinic was very on board running tons of tests including abd Ct scan to rule out any tumor/cancer. Everything was negative (I had previously retired and think I was just doing less stressed eating but they took it seriously). I would ask for CT or ultra sound.

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    1. Hi JRE,
      Yes that is our next move.. My husband has been through so much with his health in the last fifteen years.. Eleven spinal surgeries, neck surgery, gallbladder, heart attack, had a spinal stimulator implanted last year and he was also diagnosed with right sided heart failure from his heart attack. It's been a lot.. So if the blood doesn't show anything I will ask for further testing.. Thank you so much for coming by today XO

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  5. Praying for you, my beautiful sister. One day at a time. One hour at a time. The pain can be overwhelming. I'm so sorry. ((huggss))

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    1. Indeed it can and I think the emotional and worry is worse than the physical.. I love you too XO

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  6. These tele-med appointments are a joke but its better than nothing I guess. You have a lot on your plate right now - I feel so badly for you. I will keep you in my prayers. These times, that is all we can and should do is to pray. Keep praying and believing - God Bless

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    1. Hi Debby,
      Yes I agree with you 100%.. Thank you so much for the prayers. I believe in the power of prayer because I know prayer moves Gods heart. Thank you again XOXO

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  7. You're both in my thoughts!!

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  8. In reference to your husband's weight loss, you might also consider that if he's eating less restaurant or commercially processed food than he was pre-pandemic, he may simply be taking in fewer calories. If he's eating home cooking, he's almost certainly eating less fat and sugar, which could also explain why he's eating a larger volume to make up for some of it. It's impossible not to worry, but he may be just fine. Texas Grandma

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    1. HI Texas Grandma!
      Thank you for all your suggestions. We have never really eaten out. I am a cook and love to cook at home and he's been eating less fat and sugar for four years now due to his heart health. His portion sizes have actually gotten smaller because he doesn't seem to have the appetite he once had. I am truly hoping it's just an aging thing. I do appreciate all your thoughts and also for taking the time to leave a comment. Please stay safe from the hurricane!

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  9. Don't ignore your health issues since he may need you at your best.

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~Robyn~ XO