Saturday, April 23, 2005

Surgery scheduled!

Good news the surgery was miraculously scheduled for May 13, 2005. They thought I would not want it because it was a Friday the 13th. I said, no I was not a believer in that garbage, and I was thrilled. When I hung up the phone I realized that it was The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima!!!! So I joined the Militia of the Immaculata, and my join date will be 5/13/2005.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

I'm home again...

Thanks for all your prayers and emails. It means a lot to me when all I can do is lay in a bed. Makes the words "when you were sick I comforted you" quite meaningful. Thanks.
I still need any prayers you can send my way. I have a hernia that with normal activity becomes incarcerated. This is bad. They want to operate on me but in order to do it properly so that it does not happen again they need to involve a plastic surgeon for proper muscle repair. But in order to get my insurance to cover it they have to send history and letters from hospital/doctors stating the why's and so forth. All this takes time. Sometimes even up to a month. And right now the soonest the plastic surgeon can see me is May 3. I am just going to turn this over to God through prayer.
I have spoken to the receptionist at the plastic surgeons office and they are aware of the seriousness and they have me on a call list that if an appointment becomes available they will call me and see me. I am not going to worry as this may be God's timetable. And we know HE knows better than I when I should be seen.
I am having many anxiety attacks which are full blown and frankly understandable. If I have a slight tummy ache I feel my heart start to race and I get that clammy feeling like I could faint. I then try to deep breath and picture St. Faustina's picture of Jesus. Jesus I trust in YOU. It helps. Today I have a stomach ache and maybe I will just have one constant until this is taken care of. I don't know. But at this point it is manageable so I think I can just stay home.
If you're still reading, your an angel. LOL ... I am not to lift or bend. This has been a challenge. What do you do when you drop the soap in the shower? Well I bent to pick it up. I feel like a crazy person. But if I bend, or lift then the hernia could become incarcerated and back I go. It is really painful. No wonder people die from obstructed bowel, the pain alone makes you want to die. LOL
I am getting better at offering this up for others. I'm sure my letter does not sound like it. But truly I am. I get it God, I really do.
On a nice note, my niece brought by a sample of holy water from Fatima. The directions had me drink it and say a prayer. I've done that and I had some interesting, and bizarre dreams about how I was healed. I'll spare you those stories. But asking John Paul the Great to pray for me is a wonderful idea and the fact that he had a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima makes this even better idea.
Mary Catherine is taking good care of me, she is combing my hair and putting lotion on me.... ouch and aye yi yi ...
Thanks for being there.

Friday, April 8, 2005

Potty Training #5

I usually do not have advice on this because most of the time, like child birth I've forgotten. But since Mary Catherine #5 has just gone through this I'll tell you what I did. First you should be committed to staying home for a few days. That is key. I do not recommend pull-ups unless you are going to Mass, or going to bed. Make sure you have plenty of training pants, up to 10 pair, unless you think you can wash and dry some pretty quick, and then this is what we did.

We just announced to all the family (in our home) that MC was no longer wearing diapers. We made a big deal out of it, and this is KEY once you say this, you can not ever go back, so you have to be committed. Next, I put the TV on her favorite channel, either PBS kids or some video. And I put the potty right in front of the TV. Next we put her on it literally every 1/2 hour. And gave her lots to drink. She did go a couple of times and then each day got easier and easier. keep a jar of M&M's (for her--not me) and every time she goes pee pee we gave her one and we clapped our hands. If she had an accident we just wiped it up, put on new undies and did not make a big deal out of it. By day 2 she was going all on her own. Next was the poo poo part. When she would poop in her training pants I would drop the poop in the potty and show her a candy cane. "You may have this when you poop in the potty" ... it took a few days and being consistent about not getting angry when they make mistakes. They don't poop in their pants to piss us off, that is what I reminded myself. When she got the candy cane, I had to buy a few more (lolly pops would do) so that we could keep this up. Eventually the candy canes were gone but the habit was already formed and she did not go back to pooping in her pants. Next we marked the calendar for 5 days. Once she did pee pee and poo poo for 5 days we took her out to pick out a toy. This was a very low stress potty training... took about 2 weeks and still going well. If she has an accident now she cleans it up and gets her undies on. We keep them in a basket on the changing table at her eye level. Once she was 'trained' we picked out special underwear, strawberry shortcake, dora, hearts, doggies, etc. I keep lots of those too. I think you can even go to second hand shops and buy some as well.
I hope this is helpful.