Saturday, May 5, 2018

a little personal update...

Hi Friends, just wanted to do a quick "hello" and let you know I'm taking a few days or so off, to have some heart tests. My health has been fairly unpredictable for awhile with the Gluten Ataxia and the Autoimmune revelations. 


(photos from 2014)



Having the added heart problems means I have to be vigilant and aware of anything different that I'm feeling. Often it's hard to know what is medication related, Hiatal Hernia, joint pain, Sjogren's, or "whatever". I have a laundry list of symptoms that now seems endless and I'm really over it all.




I've been in the hospital for an angiogram of my heart and it has turned up some unexpected issues with my last heart procedure of almost 2 years ago. There are some blockages, but we're not understanding exactly what is causing them (or exactly how to fix them). Lot's of questions and now it's leading to more procedures.

One thing I haven't discussed here is that this last year since being off gluten I've lost almost 25 pounds, and my cholesterol has been ok. I haven't had much of an appetite, and I guess my body is resetting to where I'm at a "normal" weight, for me. The gluten kept me from losing weight because my body wasn't processing correctly. I was hoping that getting my inflammation down, the heart problems would be a thing of the past. At least not yet. Like I said, a lot of questions. 





So, I'm going to take a bit of time away, and try to get things "fixed", or at least a better outlook. My mind isn't exactly on decor or anything else for that matter. I know anyone with health problems understands. Sometimes everything has to take a back seat so you can focus; no self imposed stress or feeling like I should be doing something, except taking it easy and being "present". I've taken time away before and come back. Just need a break right now. I'm thankful God is in control of this and not me... (or the doctors)

If you want to catch up you can read HERE and HERE.

The baby finches on the front porch light fixture are about ready to "fly the coop". They've been a bright spot, as I check on them multiple times a day. That nest is full of "baby bird". I'm seeing 3 of them, trying to count little heads and tail feathers. so sweet. I'm expecting mom and dad to start teaching the art of wing flapping any time now. 

love you all, hope to be back soon,
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30 comments:

  1. You have brought brightness and beauty into my life. I'll be thinking of you and hoping all goes well. Take care.

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  3. My prayers and best wishes go to you and the previous blogger, G Dazeez. Good health is a blessing. May you both be better soon.

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  4. You know my heart and prayers are always with you. God Bless and just take care.

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  5. Peace be with you, Debra. Love you back. Hugs.

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  6. Take care of yourself first, Debra...prayers and best wishes for you and we will miss you until you come back.....

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  7. Debra,
    Prayers for you and the doctors caring for you. May they discover the reasons for your symptoms and prescribe what your body needs for healing.

    Judith

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  8. Sending special prayers your way, for you and your doctors. Love and a hug♥

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  9. I too suffer from the same autoimmune diseases. You will be in y daily prayers. I work very hard at “creative avoidance.” My time spent in the garden helps a lot. I planted seeds in the pouring rain yesterday. I thought to myself, It’s now or maybe never. As I planted each seed, I prayed for them to grow and for my pain to go away for at least a little while. I can no longer dig to China but I can watch my roses bloom. I hope that you find peace and some joy in daily life. Those baby birds discovering their ability to fly should help.

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  10. I hope all will be well with you. I've been down the road named "We don't know....more tests....we still don't know....another specialist....and another.... and another" Take care of yourself and don't worry about anything but you and your health.


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  11. Prayers and good wishes are coming your way!!! Also praying for your doctors, they need some help...... Rest and take care of yourself, we'll still be here!!!

    I finally saw a pulmonary specialist this week, she said all the pain is from Pleurisy and I've had it from the beginning in January. We are discussing Prednisone.......we'll see....

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  12. Debra, Sending prayers in the days and weeks ahead. one day at a time! laura

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  13. Debra, I'm praying for you and thanking God in advance for what He's doing for you.
    Blessings,
    Shelia :)

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  14. Praying for you and sending you well wishes. Dawn

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  15. Thank you for your inspirations. We will all be here when you are ready (or not!) Take care.

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  16. Thank you for being a light in the darkness as you've opened up to share the journey with your health. You are loved, appreciated, lifted up in prayer daily Debra. So many have health issues and with your gift of sharing so clearly what you have lived through for years, helps so many that struggle with finding medical help and that they believe the pain we are in.

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  17. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, My heart goes out to you and will be praying for you. I also have collected some health issues along the way and try so very hard to stay healthy. God Bless you

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  18. Debra, I do hope you get the answers you need one of these days and that your health will improve! You are a trooper.

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  19. Debra, So glad you are in tune with your body...all the signals it is giving you. Prayers...daily...take the best care of yourself and I shall look forward to your next post. Love and Hugs. Debra K. Masek.

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  20. Hugs and Prayers Debra. Keeping good thoughts and wishes that your health questions get answered and you begin to really feel so much better. Autoimmune problems are so hard to get in control and they take a tole on so many other organs. You have a good mind set that will help you through these frustrating issues. Congrats on losing the 25lbs. That is so great.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  21. Take care of yourself, we will be awaiting your return.

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  22. Hope all goes well, and we will all be thinking of you! Sandi

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  23. Debra, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Hoping all gets resolved soon. Rest up my friend, your health is the important thing! Love you sweet birds! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. Hi Deb - big congrats on the weight loss. So sorry you are going through so much - but I know you're a strong gal and will get through this. I am keeping you in my prayers.

    Take as long as you need. Big hugs, sweet lady. xxxooo

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  25. Dear Debra,
    I hope things get sorted out fast. I am having rotator cuff surgery on Wednesday. Went for my pre op visit. Unexpected findings for me too. My kidneys are failing! Circle the wagons and take care of you. I'll put you on my prayer list for sure. GOD is in control. HE loves you very much. Blessings.

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  26. You're so right. When the body is out of whack, creative pursuits seem more difficult, frivolous and challenging. I send you loads of good wishes for the right answers, best procedures and good recovery. And I'm glad about the weight. A tough way to lose it, I suppose, but at least it's nice to have one bright little light. Sending all good thoughts.

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  27. Debra..Please feel better. Do what you need to ...nothing more important than your health. Wise of you to be aware. Thanks for the baby Finch update. Raised a few who were on my porch that parents abandoned. They brought a smile to my life. Take care. Will continue to keep you in my prayers. 💕

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  28. Thoughts and prayers are with you Debra!!! Good luck on your tests

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  29. prayers that you get better and feel better real soon....

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  30. Thinking of you dear friend, praying for you, for answers, peace and healing.

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