Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sunday Dinner, October 18, 2009, Laundry & Answered Prayer

****Warning: This post will include frequent
stops and starts due to laundry
that must be done tonight.
Thank you. That is all.****

If you've inferred from the warning posted above that the dirty laundry pile here at my place has reached critical mass, your inference is dead on.

Oh, I still have stuff to wear, just not my first choices since they're all dirty, so laundry I must do. When the dryer beckons I must answer its siren call lest my jeans and such be all wrinkly, and nobody likes wrinkly clothes.

****Slight pause here while I put the 3rd load of
laundry in the dryer and the 4th load
of laundry in the washing machine.****
Now, on to the subject at hand: Sunday Dinner.

I won't be cooking Sunday Dinner this week because I've been invited to eat with my nephew Danny, his wife, Mikki and their 2-year-old, Seth.

I haven't the faintest idea what's on the menu for Sunday Dinner, thus the chef's hat in my Sunday Dinner graphic. It's chef's choice for Sunday Dinner and I'm sure whatever Mikki and Danny serve will be delicious.

What are your plans for Sunday Dinner this week? Share your plans/menu in the comments if you'd like to participate.Danny and Mikki's invitation to eat Sunday Dinner with them this week actually came at a precipitous time for me. Again this week many of my usual attendees for my Sunday Dinner are going to be gone or their plans are still in limbo, so I was glad to have the decisions of what to cook and how many to cook for taken out of my hands.

Lamar is spending some time with his Mom so he wouldn't be home for Sunday Dinner. Lamar's stepdad is gone squirrel hunting and Lamar's Mom is scared of boogers, so Lamar's spending the night with her tonight, then going to church with her on Sunday morning.

They'll go eat lunch somewhere before she brings Lamar home so he can watch his usual Sunday afternoon football games.

Jessica, Jason and Emmy have somewhere to be at 2 pm so it would rush them to try to eat here and then drive about 15 miles to another town for their activity, so they wouldn't have been eating Sunday Dinner with me either. They'll probably pick up Mc*Donald's or some other fast food on the way to their destination.

And my sister CECIL who usually eats Sunday Dinner with me may not be around as well. She has tentative plans to go out for lunch with her husband, but it all depends on whether he can get away from work.

Of my usual Sunday Dinner crowd, that leaves me and my sister Ducky that will be going to her son Danny's and Mikki's for lunch. Ducky will also get to spend some time with her grandson Seth, always a bonus for a Grandma.The answered prayer I alluded to in my title concerns JESSICA, my daughter. Several weeks ago there was a blood drive at the hospital where she works, and Jessica gave blood, as she's done regularly since she got old enough to donate.

Well, about 10 days ago she received a call from the blood donation center that she had tested positive for hepatitis C, which is a very serious, life threatening disease.

Jessica works as a certified nursing assistant and is exposed to blood and other bodily fluids on a daily basis, so her being exposed to diseases is a constant worry of mine. I don't dwell on it every day, but it's always in the back of my mind. That phone call was devastating to all of us, but most especially to Jessica, of course.

To make matters worse, it took Jessica 5 days to get an appointment with her doctor to have more blood drawn to be retested and to have a physical examination to evaluate her health. We all know that the longer we have to worry and dwell on something, the worse it becomes in our minds and the more stressful it is.

After finally getting in to see her doctor and getting her examination and blood drawn on Thursday, Jessica now has a few more answers.

First, her liver is definitely enlarged and that's not good at all. But the lab that did the testing on her blood work did a rush job and faxed the preliminary results back to Jessica's doctor's office on Friday, which is almost unheard of in this day and time. We're all thankful for their understanding and special efforts to get us the results as quickly as possible.

The blood work came back NEGATIVE FOR HEPATITIS C! Thank you, Jesus!

But.....And there always seems to be a "but", now doesn't there?

Jessica will have to be retested in a month just to make sure that the results are accurate, and we now know that she DOES have a disease known as fatty liver. It's still a serious disease, but it's treatable and it's not contagious or a danger to anyone else who's exposed to Jessica's blood.

As you can imagine we've all been under a huge burden of fear and uncertainty for Jessica, and the blood work coming back negative for hep C was a HUGE relief and such a sweet answer to our prayers. God is so GOOD!!!

But now Jessica still has to deal with the fatty liver issue. For some reason some people have a build up of fat in their liver, and Jessica happens to be one of those people it seems. If she can lose weight, get more exercise, eat less fatty foods and stay away from alcohol and acetaminophen, we're hopeful that Jessica can manage this disease without any further medical treatment.

It won't be easy, and Jessica will have to be monitored medically most likely for the rest of her life, but of the 2 diseases, fatty liver by far offers her the best outcome.

I would ask for your prayers for Jessica's health, most especially until she's retested in a month for the hep C. Until we hear that she tests negative for hep C again in a month's time, I still won't rest easy.

I worry about her and so many who work in the health care field and are exposed daily to serious and life threatening diseases. It only takes one accidental needle stick or exposure to infected body fluids and their lives will never be the same again.
****Pause here to unload dryer, reload dryer,
load more clothes into washer and
fold/hang/put way clean laundry.
We'll be right back after this short break.****
Okay, last 2 loads of laundry are in the washer and dryer, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I want to reiterate how much I'm enjoying this cool Autumn weather. How cool? Well, tonight we have frost warnings, so that should give you a hint how cool it's been around here.

It's about average for our first frost, but it's been about 15 degrees cooler than average for our temps with much higher than average rainfall. Farmers are still trying to harvest their crops, but unless it dries out soon with lots of sunshine, many farmers are going to do well to break even this year, much less make a profit.

It's difficult to believe that we're already halfway through October! Halloween is only a few weeks away and then it seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us before we know it.It's looking more and more like our Fall foliage is going to be a bust this year. Most of the leaves are just falling off the trees without much true color change. I had to go back and look at some of my photos from previous years so I could post one for this blog entry.

I took the photo at left on October 1, 2006 in front of the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Jonesboro, Arkansas. You might be able to tell that it was taken the same time as the one I'm using for my Fall blog header. The crabapples aren't nearly as plentiful or as pretty this Autumn as they were in 2006.

My Uncle Dwight took this next photo in the Fall of 2007 near Calico Rock, Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains. The leaves in the foreground are brilliantly colored while the nearby mountainsides are just beginning to blush with color.

Can you see why I love the Ozarks so much? They're gorgeous in any season, but I think Autumn is when they wear their best finery.

I hope there's still time for our leaves to exhibit some good Fall color, but I fear with this frost tonight that even more of the leaves will just drop off the trees green instead of changing to the vivid oranges, fiery reds and rich golds that we enjoy most years.
No particular reason for including this
pic of Emmy all ready for bed,
other than the fact that I think
she's cute as a bug.
I might be a little partial though. ;-)

And I think that's about enough from me tonight. The dryer has stopped again and I need to get those clothes folded, hung up and put away before they wrinkle.

Y'all have a wonderful Sunday and new week. May God bless you with all you need and enough to share is my prayer for each and every one of you, dear family and friends.


Lucy Stern said...

Diane, that is scary news about Jessica.... As a mother, I would be worried too... I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there is NO Hep.C. The good thing is that If you had not gotten that letter, from the blood bank, Jessica may not have found out about her fatty liver.. Maybe this is the Lord's way of letting Jessica know that something was wrong.. I'm praying for her needless to say.

I got some washing done yesterday, but not much.... I was off the College Station to see Bonnie, who has the swine flu... I too the makings of chicken soup with me and started her a big pot of soup. She's doing better but it has put her behind at school. I also worked a preparedness fair while I was up there... lol.

Have fun with your dinner company and I hope Lamar makes it home soon.

Nancy said...

Being a mother myself, I can certainly understand your concern over Jessica. God works in mysterious ways, doesn't he? Good thing she donated blood or she may never have known that she had fatty liver. Prayers going out for her that she will still test negative in a month's time.

Love the pic of your little "bedbug"...she is too cute for words! Getting big, too, I see! Those curls of hers are to be envied!!! What a little doll she is, but then you already know that! You are one blessed mama and grandma, that's for sure!

Enjoyed your post, Diane. Hopefully, I plan to do one tonight on Buster, Cleo and Cookie.

I am grouting the guest bathroom floor today! I can't believe that room is almost done!!! It will be 8 months the 1st of November that I started it! LOL

Have a blessed Sunday and a nice dinner out! Love you!


Baba's Special Babies said...

Good morning Diane, it is cool this morning at 46 , last time I will go up into the 60's today... I love this kind of weather...

I worked in the medical field for over 30 years... it is scary to think of all of the things that nurses are exposed to everyday..wearing gloves and washing hands are two powerful things to perform..I will say a prayer for Jessica for her results next month to come back negative again..

I don't know what I will have for dinner today..everyday it is a surprise!!I never know what I want to eat..I am back in control with my eating habits to lose weight...

Have a blessed day with your friends..... hugs, Baba

Lisa Sherrill Roach said...

Calico Rock is where we are originally from. My parents both grew up there. How cool.

Gigi said...

I hope you enjoy your Sunday dinner with your family!

I read Jessica's good news yesterday on her blog regarding the HepC scare. I know you are so very relieved that the subsequent test came back negative as I'm sure the next one will as well. The fatty liver issue is actually becoming more and more common in our society...but it's treatable and that's the best part!

And you may be partial, but Princess Emmy IS just the cutest thing!

Now that your laundry is all caught up, can you come work on mine? Please?

Wishing you and Lamar a very blessed week!

Dick said...

There is another piece of "good" news with Jessica's diagnosis and that is that you are aware early of this problem, which is treatable. If not for this erring diagnosis for Hep C it might have been years before she became aware of the "fatty liver" problem. Now she can right away start working toward treating it and it sounds to me as though those things on her "if she can" list are all good, healthy things to do anyway.

I don't know what our dinner plans for today are. We just got back yesterday late afternoon from an almost week long trip to Eastern Washington and will have to do some shopping before we fix much of anything here. But, after a week straight of restaurant meals we are really ready to eat something at home.

We seem to have started back into our rainy season. Normally November is the wettest month in the NW and we are getting close to Nov. I guess the last two days here (we were east of the mountains) have been quite wet but it is also pretty warm. Lows around 50, highs in the low 60s. And they said that we might even have some sun breaks today!

Betty said...

So sorry about Jessica.I hope every thing turns out ok. Emma is so cute I just love her curls.
I think for dinner I will make meat loaf and a baked potato with all the trimmings and the rest of the kale I cooked yesterday.My dessert will be my sugar free icecream with a little raspberry sauce and lite whipped cream.
Love and Hugs~~

Linda said...

Well I think she's as cute as a but too - so I'm glad you posted that picture.
I'm thankful with you, Diane, that Jess's test came back negative. I will be praying for her and for peace for all of you.
Our weather has finally cooled off a bit, and I'm enjoying actually sitting out on my front porch. It was such a long, hot, dry summer.
Have a blessed week dear friend. See you on FB!!

Dawn said...

The Ozark pictures are beautiful - I remember driving through that beauty from Arkansas to Minnesota, but I was too young to really appreciate the beauty.

I've kept up with Jessica's situation at her place, and am thankful that they found this problem. She'll do well when she makes up her mind to do what it takes.

We went to Boston Market for lunch today because, once again, we were alone. It was nice. It was 80 degrees, but now is cooling off.

nancy said...

well, hello there, my dear. Not getting around blogland much, just so you know it's nothing personal. I visit your daughter more often than I do you. I don't know why.
I'm always praying for you all, though.
That little grand daughter of yours! You may be a little bit prejudiced, but I'm not -- and I think she is a real, natural beauty!

We just had round steak and onion gravy with rice and green beans. Simple -- like us! I do have a batch of brownies with lots of walnuts and some vanilla ice cream. We'll have our dessert later.
Always thinking of you.

Dana~Are We There Yet? said...

You wrote:

<< May God bless you with all you need and enough to share is my prayer for each and every one of you, dear family and friends.>>

Just wanted to say that your little tag line is the thing that enchanted me about your blog when I first began to read it. Also, I'm here to report that your prayers are being answered, and we are grateful to have all of our needs met and blessed to have enough to share. Thanks to you, I'm more aware now than I was before. Just thought I'll pass that along.

With love,


kkryno said...

So glad to hear that Jessica is okay! I know how much y'all must have worried. I know that she's not out of the woods yet, but at least the liver thing is managable.

Have a great week! I'm in New Mexico visiting the kids and grand baby! :)

PEA said...

It doesn't matter how old our kids are, we'll always worry about them, we're moms after all! It certainly is terrific news that Jess tested negative for Hep C and it's actually a blessing in disguise that she went for tests for it since that's how they found she has a fatty liver. The Lord works in mysterious ways:-) I know it's still a serious problem but as you say, it is treatable. My prayers are with her!!

I ended up having leftover pizza I had made on Saturday night for my Sunday dinner. Gotta love leftovers! lol Hope you had a great time at Danny & Mikki's place for dinner:-)

Have a great week my friend. xoxo

moreofhim said...

Hi Diane!

I will definitely be keeping Jessica in prayer! I'm so thankful that she doesn't have the Hep. C!! God is SO good!!

I am having a laundry issue myself. With 4 adults living here, there's always, always laundry to do! *sigh* I'm getting to where I don't mind it so much anymore. I used to hate to do laundry.

Take care my friend and know I'm praying for your family and for you!!

God bless you - Julie

amelia said...

I won't be cooking as tomorrow we'll be traveling to Toronto to celebrate my sons 30th! He's my baby and he knows it. My girls are 43 and 41 so he was spoiled by us all but he's now a wonderful family man. We will all be together tomorrow night, I can't wait. There a lot a distance between us so any occasion which makes us all get together is so welcome!
I read about Jess on her blog and I'm so thankful that it's not Hep C. It's a small blessing but as you say the fatty liver is preferable to the alternative.
I hope her future tests are all good and that she can get this thing under control.