Archive for June, 2008

Focus? Point of this blog?

June 22, 2008

I’m always thinking about what I want to write, etc.. The reason for this blog? Mainly because I find it therapeutic to type and write about whatever.

The nice thing about using WordPress (well, BlogSpot and others too) are the features to include terms and how people came across my particular little space on the web. I’ve decided that one of the things I’m going to do, is keep an educational focus. Even the “(MT) Watch out for these words” which has been somewhat popular, is one I updated again today. The medication lists are another item I update regularly. I do it as a part of my job, knowing what the medication for, how to spell it correctly, and by posting here on the web, I’m hopeful others may benefit from my ongoing growing list.

It’s easy to mimic the styles of other blogs I enjoy reading to include patient stories and so forth. It’s because of privacy things that I write carefully and creatively in those areas.

My life, over the years to present, is an ongoing adventure. I have no need to embellish my life stories, as the blunt truth is always interesting enough as is. More of those will appear here over time.

What’s on my heart, my mind, or I just flat out found interesting; I’ve decided to keep going along, writing a hodgepodge about whatever I want.

People who know me in person know my adventures. For everyone else stalking me reading, some of the adventures to come will probably include details of my spinal injury a few years ago (and the fact that while some things slow me down, I let nothing stop me); hit by car while on bicycle; renal calculi (aka kidney stones) even a 5.6 mm one are not as painful as people make them out to be; performing CPR on an airplane; mouth to snout on what would have been a dead dog -don’t even think of coming up with dog lip comments, etc!); other adventures where I’ve skimmed along the edge of death, but God has proven time and time again that He has a purpose for me. I have my personal testimony, snowboarding tips and more to write about.

Comments made automatically are sent to my email box (and don’t appear here unless I want to let them), so if anyone reading is interested in any particular story I have mentioned above, please drop a comment and that’s the one I’ll post a write up about.

Where to turn during the hard times

June 22, 2008

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: “How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?”

The surgeon said, “I’m sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn’t make it.”

Sally said, “Why do little children get cancer? Doesn’t God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?”

The surgeon asked, “Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he’s transported to the university.”

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. “Would you like a lock of his hair?” the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy’s hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, ‘It was Jimmy’s idea to donate his body to the University for study. He said it might help somebody else. I said no at first, but Jimmy said, ‘Mom, I won’t be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom.'” She went on, “My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could.”

Sally walked out of Children’s Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy’s belongings on the seat beside her in the car.

The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy’s belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son’s room.

She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She lay down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Lying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

Dear Mom,

I know you’re going to miss me; but don’t think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just ’cause I’m not around to say ‘I Love You’. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won’t be so lonely, that’s okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn’t like the same things us boys do. You’ll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.

Don’t be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn’t look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God’s knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That’s when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn’t allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him ‘where was He when I needed him?’ ‘God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.

Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I’ve written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn’t that cool? I have to give God His pen back now He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I’m sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don’t hurt anymore the cancer is all gone.. I’m glad because I couldn’t stand that pain anymore and God couldn’t stand to see me hurt so much, either. That’s when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.

The above was recently emailed to me by a friend. A touchingly written story. The original author is unknown, but I’d be happy to give them credit. I recently lost a loved one due to a form of muscular dystrophy that hits later in life. I absolutely do *not* blame God for my loved one to acquire such a cruel disease, but instead, have been able to turn to God for comfort, knowing His divine timing was right when she left this life.

I think part of the reason I tend to live “on the edge” and “fearlessly” is because I know where I’m heading when I’m away from this life here on earth.

My ultimate point would be, even with the above story in mind, God does not give cancer and other cruel diseases to people – it happens to a person whether they are a believer, non-believer or agnostic.  Illness, suffering and pain happen to us mere human.

I’ve heard people pray for something specific, then are disappointed in that prayer not being answered. Over the years, I have prayed for plenty of things; some prayers and specifics which were not answered, but in hindsight, I am so thankful they were NOT answered. There is always a reason for how God answers prayers (or doesn’t answer some) as He knows what is best.

More later, but with such a touching intro to use on this posting, couldn’t resist not adding my 2¢.

The House of Bees

June 20, 2008

I heard it on the radio first, so did a goggle search and found this article
(yeah I know, you probably thought this was going to be a patient call I went on – uhm NO! I am afraid of bees)
The brief article was interesting, but one of the comments on the article is one I found to be downright funny!

I had the same problem at my old house in Southern California. We had a hive in the bathroom wall. The steam from the shower would cause the honey to seep through any cracks in the wall. This was especially common during the summer. We would joke about bottling and selling “Old Man Tim’s Wall Honey”. 🙂

When I complained to my landlord about the bees, he came by with a shop vac one day while I was at work. He vacuumed up the bees, and put them in my neighbor’s trash can with a note on it saying “Danger Bees!” You can imagine how pleased my neighbor was to find their trashcan out on the street with like 5 days to trash day.

If you were the trashman, just what would YOU do with a trashcan labeled “Danger Bees” – I’m not sure if I’m allergic, and I’m not interested in carrying an Epi-Pen to try and find out, so my answer would have to be that I’d get someone else.

I’ve had plenty I want to write lately, just lacking time and enjoying readings the blogs in my blogroll instead.

OTC home remedy tips

June 11, 2008

This is another one of those lists I’ll add to here and there…

• Tick bites – the easiest way to get rid of a tick is to put Carmex or other type of chapstick over the entire tick and surrounding area. Because these disgusting little creatures breathe through their abdomen, they will instinctively crawl out because they are suffocating. No more tweezers or lost heads underneath the skin.

• For epistaxis, for you lay folk the common “nosebleed”, using a tampon (yep, the good ol’ kind us ladies use each month) it excellent to help prevent a mess.
• To STOP (or quickly slow) a nosebleed – having a bottle of NeoSynephrine nasal spray (over-the-counter product) and giving a few good squirts in there will shrink the swollen membranes and usually stop the bleed.
Of note – using NeoSynephrine for MORE than three days in a row will actually make congestion worse. Just keep a bottle handy if your prone to the occasional nosebleed.

• No more frozen shut car doors – Spray the rubber part with WD40 and keyhole during the wintertime. To date, I have NEVER had a door frozen shut since I started doing that.

• Spilled battery acid burns! If you’ve ever mechaniced on an old school jet-ski, you know the work space in them is very limited. When charging the batteries, it’s easiest for me to take the batteries out (plus no extension cord long enough to go where the machines are parked). If it is burning you, baking soda is a base and will neutralize the acid.

• Flash burn – Flashburn can occur to the eyes from welding without protection. Prevention by wearing facial and eye protection is the obvious key, but if you should be prone to not making unsafe decisions otherwise, friend’s of mine who are welders offer this tip. Cut a potato in half and apply that moist inside part over the eyes.

*NONE of this should be constituted as medical advice. Simply, these are my opinions and experiences(or things others who I know have tried). If you have a good one you’d like to add, drop me a comment or email. More eventually on the way as I think of them.

Isn’t “all” sin equal?

June 11, 2008

Yes, as a matter of fact, ALL SIN IS EQUAL – like most things of course, there is a catch. The fact that while sins are equal and God will certainly forgive you if you repent and sincerely ask for his forgiveness, the greater the sin, the greater the consequence.

Cursing at the computer when it doesn’t cooperate is going to have far fewer repercussions than getting drunk, behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and inadvertently killing someone. I unfortunately know from experience that telling someone that indeed their loved one is dead is not easy. Though my patient’s were usually already long expired before their loved ones found them it was still heartbreaking to see the hurt when having to empathetically let someone know that their loved one was expired. Ultimately, I still find the most tragic deaths to be those of who were not believers with God in their life.

As in the scenarios above – while cursing at the annoying computer may result in irritating someone else in the room (or perhaps entertain everyone depending on the situation), taking another’s life from a DUI is going to have comparably harsher consequences. All one needs to do is sincerely ask God for forgiveness, and it will be forgiven. It doesn’t mean asking for forgiveness is a ticket out of jail, just that the slate is wiped clean and you are no longer guilty in God’s eyes.

Another good step, especially for anyone striving to walk with the Lord, is don’t keep repeating the same sin or crime! Some sins are easier to break than others, but God knows who is trying versus who is going through the talk, but not walking the walk.

There is that one big sin that is not forgiven which is blasphemy. My interpretation is that it would be better to have never known Him(God) than to know him, but turn your back on and outright deny Him.