Tag Archives: Coping with illness

Answered Prayers

11 Aug

Tuesday I went in for my monthly IVIG. I always get a bit nervous when I go in because they usually have trouble starting the IV. (Yes, I drink lots of water! ūüôā )

We¬†were pleasantly surprised and very thankful when the IV went in on the very first try this time!! ūüôā I often pray as they go to try for it and this time the nurse said she was praying real hard before she started! So we were both rejoicing for answered prayers.¬† Don’t ever give up on prayer! God always answers! Sometimes it isn’t the answer we want, but God always knows best.

If you are wondering what IVIG¬†is I’ll tell you a little about it. (If not you can skip this paragraph.) Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)¬†contains¬†IgG (immunoglobulin). That is the part of¬†your blood that is your immune system; it helps prevent¬†infection, ect. ¬†Mine IgG levels were low so they have been giving me the IVIG¬†to help keep me from getting sick so often. It has been helping a lot! Since I have started getting the IVIG about 4 years ago, I have only been in the hospital once or twice a year. I am very thankful for that!

I meant to write this post yesterday, but I got busy doing laundry and other things around the house.¬†It is fun to do the laundry¬†here where it¬†dries almost in minutes. ūüôā But it gets kinda¬†hot hanging it out sometimes.¬†¬†The last couple¬†times I did laundry I ended up with a black and blue load. ūüôā My brothers uniforms are dark blue so there are a lot of dark shirts. Here is some of them.

 

Couponing and Other Things

26 Jul

I enjoy getting good deals, but¬†I am not an “extreme couponer”¬†as¬†it’s¬†little difficult here¬†since we live so far away from the stores. You can’t just run in and pick up a few little items when there is great prices. I do try to save some coupons though and today I had fun getting a few great deals! It is very exciting to go to CVS and the receipt says “Today You Saved: $20.33!! Wow. I only spent $12.40 plus I got $3.99 ECB. I wasn’t expecting the savings to be that high, but I found a pack of Emergen-C for 75% off.

For help with couponing and frugal living ideas, I enjoy following the Money Saving Mom blog. I also like the lists that My Frugal Adventures does for shopping at CVS. They are a BIG help!

We also went to Target this afternoon. My bill there wasn’t as good, but still got some deals. My sis-in-law got two pillows for .50 each! That was definitely worth it.

I was a little nervous about planning a coupon shopping trip when I still don’t feel that great. It’s hard enough to think through deals with a clear head! But everything went well. I do feel completely exhausted now. The 107 degrees didn’t help much.¬†I hope to rest up the rest of the week. At least part of the week. We do have plans for helping make freezer jam, putting up sweet corn, and sewing school uniform jumpers¬†sometime this week!

I saw one of my doctors today, but he didn’t really comment on how I am doing. He just oversees my IVIG. I did get a report from¬†my¬†Pulmonologist on Monday that my chest x-ray shows no new issues. That was very good news! So now I am¬†hoping to soon feel normal again… To be able to do simple tasks without becoming exhausted… I always forget how long it takes to get well again… Then I get to this stage where I am tempted to become impatient. So just now I am trying to focus on¬†counting¬†my blessings instead of the “I wishes”.

I didn’t get my Something to Think On post for today¬†up yet, but I hope to do that soon. I hope you have a blessed week!

Crocheting in Sickness and in Health

21 Jul

One reason I love to crochet is because I can do it while I am sick. It gives me something to do with my hands (keeping my mind occupied)¬†and keeps me from feeling completely useless! Of course it’s much more fun when I feel well, but I still enjoy it all the time.

Here are some things I have been working on the last week and a half or so while I haven’t been feeling good:

Crocheted Rose

I wasn’t completely satisfied with my rose, because I didn’t think it rolled very nice. I need to keep practicing that one!

Crocheted Socks

I love making socks because it seems like something more useful that people could actually use. This pair is for me; I wanted to see how they wear and how they wash. They turned out pretty good! The drawback with socks is that the yarn makes my hands really sore.

Besides this I am still working on my baby afghan and also on baby hats and booties. I love doing the hats and booties because they are so cute and don’t take long. I usually have a short attentions span when not feeling well. I’ll try to tell you more about the patterns I use in another post.

I have also worked some on my “Big Project”.

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