Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Aren't we all just unpolished rocks?

For some reason when my doctor called to give me the results of my recent lab work and the ultrasound they left the information on their message line.  This meant I had to go through this whole rig-a-ma-roll just to get to the right place to hear the message.  When I tried to get the message over the weekend the message said they would call again with information on how to retrieve my message.  I never got the second call with the info to retrieve my message.  So I called the office yesterday.  They finally called me again this morning.  When I called message line and I finally got through!!! Yeah!!!!  The message said no GERDS. No celiac disease. So all lab work was negative.  The ultrasound shows an enlarged liver and they want me to follow-up with the specialist and their office too.  What does this all mean?  I don't know.  I know it means I may need a few more tests to determine the cause and the plan of treatment.  I no likey the "fun" I know I will be having in the not so distant future.  

Right after I got the call Kevin immediately took me into our bedroom and sat me down to give me a blessing, which I really appreciated.  Kevin could sense I was a little freaked out by that news.  The only people we both know who have had issues with their liver ended up with big BIG problems.  Kevin's dad, Kevin's Grandfather, Kevin himself.  I prefer hearing that test results are normal.  I think the main reason I am freaked out is because I do not want a liver biopsy or anything even remotely close to that.  Not at all!  I am not freaked out about what this could mean.  The not knowing is A-okay with me right now.  Sure, I am going to be a little stressed until they figure this out, but there certainly is something to be said for NOT knowing.  The while diarrhea thing with the enlarged liver isn't good.  Yes, I've been searching the Internet.  NO, I shouldn't be searching the Internet.  I know this.  However, this could mean hepatitis.  This could mean liver disease.  This could mean cancer and not just liver cancer.  Apparently it could mean thyroid cancer too.  I know this.  As Kevin puts it, time for the "worst case scenario" game.  I prefer to call it the "what if" game.  You know what if its this?  Or this?  Or THAT?  My mind was going 100 different directions until Kevin (the back pain man that he is) gave me that blessing.  I love that man.  I am much calmer now.  Amazing how quickly that happens with a blessing.  I love that!  In fact, that is just more proof that my Heavenly Father is aware of me.   Even while he is going through all that he is dealing with he can still sense when I need help.  When I need his help. And he always knows just what to do.  It kind of blows my mind, to be quite honest.  Did I tell you I love that man?  Well I do.  He is pretty awesome!......AND, I will stop searching the Internet for now.  :)

Kevin saw the surgeon again.  No bladder infection but no surgery yet either.  Which is a good thing!  He wants Kevin to remain on the antibiotic and see the pain specialist for one more pain block or nerve ablation.  If that doesn't work, I don't know what the real plan is.  I'm sure they need to do everything possible before they attempt another surgery and I can certainly appreciate that.  I have a lot of respect for a surgeon that is slow to jump on the surgery option.  Honestly, I think prayers have helped.  I called all the temples in our area to put Kevin's name on the prayer rolls as soon as things started escalating and he was told he needed to see the surgeon right away.  I know that and the prayers of friends and family has helped quite a bit.  Kevin was a little freaked out about the possibility of another surgery.  Frankly we all were a little freaked out about it.  We don't want Kevin to have to go through all of that again.  We are just starting to get the normal Kevin back and we like that.  We need that Kevin with us.  I think Kevin needs a blessing himself, but you know how that goes sometimes.  It's easy to give blessings, not so easy to ask for a blessing sometimes.  I know he will get one if things get crazier.  

Curtis started his big new job yesterday.  You should have saw him when he got home.  He was covered in sweat and dirt.  When he took his hat off his straight blonde hair was standing up in these crazy curls.  He walked like an old man too.  That physical labor thing is hard stuff.  I don't think Curtis has ever worked as hard in his life!  He worked HARD yesterday.  When he got home he must have taken three showers to cool off, to soak his sore body, and to get the dirt off.  He ate a little dinner and was in bed by 8:30 p.m.  Which is a new record for Curtis.  Since summer began he had been staying up pretty late.  4 a.m. was not uncommon for him.  He won't be doing that anymore!  He worked from 4:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. yesterday.  Almost 12 hours straight and he was back at it again today.  This should keep him out of trouble for a while.  He will be worn out by Friday, and very glad he only works 4 days a week too.  Did I mention, I wish I had that schedule?

Kyle stayed home sick from work today.  Danielle works today.  Lexi is trying to not be bored this summer.  You know how that goes.  We need to take her on a family vacation or something.  I'm tired of her telling me she is bored.

A few random thoughts.....Why do people tell you all about something, get you all involved to the point that you are coming up with ideas and ways to help out, only to tell you to kiss off once they have just enough info, ideas, or whatever?  If you didn't want certain people involved then don't lure them in.  Just treat them like the "hired help" you want them to be and leave it at that.  Just be prepared to be treated just like any other client too and expect to pay for the services rendered just like any other client.  They fall for this every time.  EVERY time! Even after family warned them this time.  They should know better by now. They should have said no.  They should have just walked away and let them figure it out some other way.  What do you care....you aren't.....ah, whatever!  They just might completely walk away....and then what?  What will you do then?  Just sayin.

Here is another.....Why do people wear socks with sandals?  What is the point in wearing sandals then?  Isn't the whole reason behind a sandal to let your feet breath?  SO, why the socks?  AND who wears socks and sandals with dress pants?  Why do that?  I don't get it.  Please, someone explain this to me.

Enough!  I need to stop this now.  Change the mindset.  Move on to better things.  

This whole day has been a crazy day.  But we have much to be thankful for.   We have wonderful children, a son preparing for a mission, the gospel in our lives, the blessings of the priesthood, and each other.  AND that is all we need!

QUOTE:  A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
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