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Why You Should Never Ignore Ice Cravings

I have been pregnant eleven times. Every time I craved iced. Every time I gave birth I stopped craving ice. It is amazing how many doctors don’t know ice cravings are a symptom of anemia. My second daughter had five pregnancies. She also craved ice during each pregnancy. We joked about knowing where to get the chest ice in town– Sonic ... Read More »

A Typical Gluten Free Day

Thanks to genetic engineering the wheat we eat today has four times the amount of gluten the wheat our grandparents ate—i.e., we are not eating the wheat God intended us to eat. Most people can benefit considerably from a gluten-free or reduced-gluten diet. Gluten and wheat are blamed for a variety of health problems, including depression, fatigue, weight gain and ... Read More »

Things My Doctor Didn't tell Me

The American medical system is among the best care the world for treating accidents, but ranks with the lowest  in the world for treatment of disease. We have higher rates of infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease, and other ills than many other developed countries. This week I received several test results from my primary care doctor (not my nutritionist/chiropractor), with ... Read More »

God is Better than Google: Found a Christian Doctor

I don’t know why I’m always amazed how God answers my prayers. He always does and I’m always amazed. The Bible says we are not to receive counsel from the ungodly (Psalm 1:1)—however, most of us go to doctors without a clue of their spiritual condition. I prayed for a Christian doctor and  found Dr. Josh Axe. Dr. Josh Axe-Testimonials ... Read More »

Dehydration: As Serious as a Heart Attack

I had a really scary experience yesterday I want to share to prevent someone else from learning the hard way. Our family has a flu bug. I didn’t think it was too bad. My son was vomiting and had a headache one day and the next morning I awaoke feeling achy with a headache. By mid morning my son and ... Read More »

Prayer Request for Robin

Hi all, This is Robin’s friend, Kathleen, writing to let you all know that Robin was admitted to the Critical Care Unit of the hospital Monday, August 24 and needs our prayers.  She lost quite a bit of blood due which then led to serious heart problems. She lost almost five units of blood and has been given two units ... Read More »

Journey to Wholeness

Last week I was admitted to the local hospital for 4 days. Tuesday I went to the Vanderbilt Emergency Room with the same stomach problems. I returned home this morning (Friday)...Diagnoses: either the last doctor was wrong about my Crohns diagnoses or I've been healed. Praise the Lord! Read More »

Home from the Hospital (again…sigh)

Friday, I hemorrhaged again and went to the ER. God gives us the strength to endure and even rejoice in trials. We can rejoice in weakness, trials, hardships, persecution, and calamity when we understand God is building in us dependence on the glorification of the grace and power of His Son. Read More »

Another Blood Transfusion

The hospital just called and rescheduled my blood transfusion for Thursday morning 8:00. Recently, I had several hospital procedures preformed to find the cause of intestinal bleeding I’d battled for several years (put on the back burner for a while to deal with heart issues). I lost 3 units of blood in the last few weeks leaving me very weak. ... Read More »

Home from the Hospital and Anxiety Free

Thank you for your prayers. God answered them! I went to the local Emergency Room on Monday afternoon after experiencing several days of chest discomfort (not helped by nitroglycerin)  The EKG showed some irregularities so I was transferred by ambulance to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville. I have left main coronary artery disease (LMD). Last July, I had open heart surgery, then ... Read More »

The Issue Continues: Anemia and Medical Warning

Health Update: Anemia I received an iron infusion at the hematologist office today. I’ve lost over a unit of blood since Friday. (Last week, I lost that much in one hour in the ambulance). The good news is I had enough blood to lose a few units; the bad news is I’m still losing blood. I go back to the ... Read More »

View from the Back of an Ambulance

Is there anything more sobering than an hour ride in an ambulance with flashing lights and screaming sirens? Yes, there is. When the paramedic in the back of the ambulance takes your BP and says to the ambulance driver, “You better speed it up” SPEED IT UP? Yep, that is even more sobering. Rejoice: This Week Has Been a Trial ... Read More »

Health Update on Robin

Dear Ladies, Thank you so very much for your prayers and concern. Robin was delighted when I spoke to her yesterday and was able to report that a small army of homeschool moms has undertaken to intercede on her behalf. Please continue to pray for Robin. She is under attack spiritually and has lost her will to live. She was ... Read More »

A Reminder of the Blood Covenant

A few days ago I was hospitalized to receive a blood transfusion. What a difference! I received two units of iron rich blood and feel 20 years younger (a fountain of youth!) Last week, I was so anemic I couldn’t walk up the stairs. Well, I could kind of–I could take three steps, then rest a few minutes then try ... Read More »

Health Update and Timeline Summary

I went for my second iron infusion yesterday. This is me at the oncologist (ugg, hate this photo, remember I’m really sick here). My blood levels are exactly the same, no improvement. So I’m going to be admitted into the Murfreesboro hospital today for a blood transfusion. I did not want a blood transfusion (for obvious reasons). I’m asking you ... Read More »

Passover in the Hospital

Our Passover was something. Our close friends Louis and Ibeth and their family of 5 drove down from VA to spend Passover with us. Passover morning they received a call Louis’ mother was killed in an auto accident. They left immediately to FL to be with family. Please pray for the Alvarez family. Before the tragic call, I had to ... Read More »

I Almost Died and Missed the Blog Party

You know blogging is a big part of your life when you are lying in the back of an ambulance with chest pains thinking “Oh man, I’m going to miss the blog party.” Don’t get me wrong, this was not my primary concern, but the Ultimate Blog Party did cross my mind, quickly followed with the thought, “You’re thinking of ... Read More »

Update on Robin

Robin is scheduled to have the catheterization at noon today – Saturday. The doctor said if he sees anything that needs fixing he will go ahead and do that so it could be a while before I hear anything more. Thank you for your prayers – Robin appreciates your love and support very much. Please continue to pray, especially that ... Read More »

We Interrupt This Blog For Medical Testing…..

I’m having a nuclear stress test and echocardiogram in the morning so I won’t be here to post. Don’t worry about me. My Father has everything under control. I have had a few problems but I really don’t think it’s my heart again. I think anemia is the source but the cardiologist wants to do tests. Did I mention my ... Read More »

Blog Down for Flu

I have had stomach virus and been in bed for a few days. I need another few rest days to get better. Blessings to all. Check Out Most Popular Blog Posts Here Read More »

Selling Our Home

Due to recent events, we are selling our home and moving to Nashville to be near our adult children and grandchildren. We will be downsizing. If you know anyone interested in the Northern VA area send them here. It’s For Sale by Owner. Recovery Update I’m doing well. I’m off complete bed rest and have graduated to “activities as tolerated.” ... Read More »

Home and Resting in Him!

Thank you all for your prayers. God is good. The complications from heart surgery have me on complete bed rest for several weeks. I’m thinking of this time as my 40 days in the desert resting in Him! I pray as God heals my physical heart He will create a right spirit in me and prepare me to serve Him. ... Read More »

Robin is Home; Update and Timeline

Health Timeline July 6, 2007 Open Heart Surgery: Robin had open heart surgery (CABG coronary artery bypass graft). The problem was a major blockage in her left main artery. July 21, 2007 Back in the Hospital: Complications developed and Robin treated for fluid in her lungs, fluid in the heart lining. March 2008 Back in the Hospital: second heart surgery. ... Read More »

Robin is Spending the Night at the Hospital

The doctors have found a fluid build-up behind Robin’s heart as a result of the heart surgery. They have put her on anti-inflammatory medicine and are keeping her for further observation. She may be able to come home on Sunday. Continue to pray for her physical healing and spiritual uplifting. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Kathleen Read More »

Robin is Back in the Hospital

Robin has experienced a slight setback in her recovery from surgery. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious, but as a precaution she was admitted into the hospital Friday afternoon and is undergoing several tests to determine exactly what is going on with her. The doctors thought she might have been developing pneumonia so they put her on antibiotics right ... Read More »

Praise God, I'm Home!

I home and feeling great. Thank you, thank you! God is so good. Your prayers were answered in many ways that I will explain more when I’m not on a computer time-limit. 🙂 Two weeks ago, we received news I was dying of a horrible disease. A few days later we find out I need open heart surgery. Now, I’ve ... Read More »

Miracle in the Making

I was going to wait until I heard the final word, but am too excited to keep the good news to myself. Ronnie called to say that Robin may actually come home today!! They are doing a blood test to ensure that her blood oxygen level is adequate – if it is, she will be discharged today. He also said ... Read More »

Robin's Recovery, part 2

Hi everyone! It is about 11:00am on Saturday and I just heard from Ronnie. He has been with her all morning. Robin is still in ICU but only because they are waiting for a bed to open up in the Cardiac ward. She is still groggy but that is to be expected considering the pain medication. Her only complaint about ... Read More »