Saturday, January 24, 2009

Naomi update

She can empty a cupboard at lightning speed, suck down your cola before you notice it's missing and stop elderly women in their tracks at the mall with her cuteness.
That's Naomi.
Still leery of strangers, starting to warm up to familiar faces and very vocal at home.
Her vocabulary consists of dada, momma, ni-night, more, bye-bye, hi, lovey (her blanket),jo-jo & down.

There's snow business like....

The Fellabaums spent a little time in the snow with our extend family the Taylors. I've concluded that Naomi is a southern girl at heart as she just seemed to tolerate our enthusiasm for sledding. She was much more interested in the sloppy joes and hot chocolate that followed at home.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Test is now my Testimony

Praise God! My CT Scan came back showing absolutely nothing in the "area of concern"! Not that I am surprised by that because I already had peace that God was going to heal me. I just think it's awesome to actually have physical proof in a cd full of MRI images that showed something in the "area of concern" and now I have a CT report that says "I got your back (literally)" from God. Many thanks to my prayer warriors out there. God has heard you Loud & Clear! But I do know that my testimony is not for me. I already know the healing powers we can obtain through Jesus Christ. This is for those out there who need "proof", for the non-believing believers. Those who worship God but are not convinced of the healing powers of prayer. This is for them. God has used me as a vessel to show off which is All Good with me.
Just to humor me, God added some fun in the trip to get the scan. The night before I went to a baby shower and won a prize from playing "baby bingo". It was a set of lotion, wash and linen spray from Bath and Body Works in a fragrance of Magnolia Blossom. I remember commenting on how I wasn't sure what Magnolia smelled like. On the way home from the shower God spoke to me and told me that this prize wasn't for me. That I was to let this blessing pass through me and give it to Lorraine who had taken me under her wing at the clinic and made sure I got my authorizations for my tests (not an easy task, I might add). So in obedience, the next day I presented Lorraine with the goodies. She was so delighted and thanked me several times, then she looked at the fragrance and got a puzzled look on her face and said, "how did you know that Magnolia's are my favorite flower?". I responded with,"I didn't, God did". She was a bit baffled but thanked me at least a half dozen more times. Then said, "You didn't have to do that!" and I said, "Oh, yes I did!"
I truly believe that my obedience was rewarded when I got a phone call that afternoon, rather than the following week, telling me my scan results. I already knew what they would be but didn't have to wait over the weekend to get them.
I shared my testimony at church today and I hope that who ever needed to hear it was there. God does hear our prayers, And God does answer them!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The On-vel-oh-p Please!

And the wait continues... We thought today would hold some answers but our visit with Dr. Philip left us shrugging our shoulders. Evidently MRI tests were performed last week, not CT scans as Dr. Philip had requested because HealthPlus (here we go again) denied his request and only allowed for MRI's.
MRI's, CT's, PPO's, HMO's....what the heck?
From what was explained to me, is that MRI's are good for tissue issues, such as the brain and CT's are better for bone type issues.
Hmmmm so let's see is the spine a tissue or a bone?
So the MRI's did give us a better look as to what was there but not enough to tell if this is something (the big "C") to be concerned about. The MRI basically told us to get a better look at the area they label as T8-T9. This is doctor talk for the 8th & 9th vertebrae in the Thoracic Spine (Middle of back). So I will be headed back on the 16th for a CT scan of this area. Yippee! Dr. Philip didn't see to be alarmed by the MRI findings and said that they confirmed what the bone scan had found and we needed to make sure it isn't cancer by getting the CT scan. If the CT scan doesn't determine what it is, the next step is a biopsy. I should get the results of the CT scan the following Tuesday or Wednesday after I have it so as they say...the saga continues.
I have complete peace with this and that God has it all under control.
So if I could carry a tune I would sing this but since I can't I'll just type it:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm.

Thank you Casting Crowns for these words.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A pep talk to me

New sheets + a good word = a well rested night.

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Health Update

Although I don't really have much to tell I thought I'd let you know how things are going. I went for my CT scan(s) last week. I don't remember them being as grueling the last time I had one. It seems the appointment was not made correctly...long to short, I needed 3 scans not 1. This equates to 2-1/2 hours of laying completely still in a tube with a sound similar to a jack hammer pounding next to my head and one huge migraine by the time I got out of there. For all my trouble I got a token CD with images of my insides. I was scheduled for a consultation with the doc this Tuesday but got a call today that it was re-scheduled to Wednesday. I continue to pray for peace and strength as well as perfect health. No matter what the tests say, I know that God is good all the time.
2009 came in with a bang...literally, our friend Tony brought a little cannon and packed it full of gun powder. I'm sure it shook every window in the neighborhood. Unfortunately I couldn't get any photos of that but here are a few of our gathering. We also lit a paper lantern thing that Jo had and it floated over the houses into the next neighborhood before it extinguished itself. Mike made some explosive chili and everyone else brought goodies to share. We played Wii, ping pong, and Apples to Apples. Michael Maher even played us a little music. It was an awesome way to bring in the New Year.

New Year's Eve 2009