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Another questionable announcement (with prayer request) updated 8-15-08

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serenity blaze
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0 posted 07-16-2008 02:03 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I realize that I probably shouldn't do this, but since I have announced my monthly cycles in the past, I thought it only fair to announce my last one.

That would be...um, now.   ?

Because, (and here's where the prayers come in) I am tentatively scheduled for a radical hysterectomy on August 15. I have to pass requirements to earn my unlikely reward, however. I've had some surgeries in the past few years (as some of you know) which have proven me to be high-risk anesthesia. I have some lung damage due to my infamous chain-smoking, and sleep apnea, and well, high anxiety (that's no joke it's a medical term) which results in sudden drops of blood pressure once they shoot me with the elephant gun it takes to knock my impish and ever-growing behind "out".

So pray for me to pass my tests, and put an end to my proclivity of "ellipses", and pray for yourselves as well if I get the surgery, because...

I also have little hormone problem...nod, just a leetle bit, and the doctor won't even venture a guess as to what is gonna happen after my surgery.

If it actually happens.

So...it could be, Armageddon, or it could be Heaven on Earth, or....just another "fire drill" if I don't pass my tests.

so? (I toss up my hands in surrender!)

Let's just all pray, huh? (I really love what it did for Marge!   )

thank you



And I just re-read this, and it sounds like Andy Rooney with ovaries.

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (08-15-2008 07:51 PM).]

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((((Karen)))) what you say has the right sound to touch my heart and to induce me to join my hands in prayer for a successful surgery, with perfect positive consequences. The Angels will assist your physicians by guiding them through the process and you by planting trusting calm into your heart.

Relax and trust, dear Karen.

Love and hugs.
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2 posted 07-16-2008 02:49 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well um sure Karenity, I never really prayed for the demise of a uterus before, but I will sure give it a shot.       I am wishing you 100% on your tests to get better once and for all.  You have a great doctor now that knows what is best for you - put your ____ in his hands with trust, and all will be well.  

Oh, if you ask them to save it you can always  use it for a nice vase?
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I remember how I felt prior to going in for that kind of surgery, albeit I didn't have much other going wrong for me than that and high anxiety. I'm thinking that you're going to pass all of your tests [you know my gut feel... ] and you know that I believe in the power of prayer because it's always good to have a cheering section going on for positive outcomes...

so never mind MY ellipses...I'll keep them, thank you, as they are the only reminder that I have been much healthier ever since my kindly take away [although it does do a thing on you emotionally and mentally for a little while...until you realize you never have to worry again about whether or not to take stock out on Kotex and such... ]



I'm here for you, sissie!
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joining the others in prayers for you Karen... that you will first pass all your tests and then  have the necessary and successful surgery.

hugsssssss
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Well, m'lady, you just 'let go' of all those bothersome unnecessary extras!
Hope you pass your tests, and hope that surgery will bring real 'serenity' your way.  
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6 posted 07-16-2008 01:20 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Lawsy...I'm trying to not make jokes about this surgery (I learned my lesson from the one before last--*wince*) but Sharon, I'm looking at that picture, and it would make such a great costume! Now I'm writing horror movies in my head! (oh...when did I ever NOT write horror movies in my head.)

And Kari? I'm concerned about the hormonal swing too. The doctor actually used the words "crash and burn".

But ya'll will tell me if I'm acting funny, right?



I love ya ladies!
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7 posted 07-16-2008 07:14 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

You have my prayers that all goes well and suddenly all your health problems leave with your nice flower urn.  Joyce
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Sis, my physician got me on some hormonal treatment right away, and it only took two tweaks and things went right as rain. Eight years later, I now and again experience a "cloud burst" but these things could be laid at so many other onsets...so, ask, ask, ask, and don't hide anything as far as your emotional, mental, physical feelings go. This "trying to be brave" stuff isn't always what it's hacked up to be, but...thinking strong, and right, helps a lot. Yes, you'll find me in my desk chair, mulling over the day's activities as to "why am I like THIS right now?!" I pride myself, as you do, on not being a hypochondriac...but every once in a while, we also have to admit we don't have all the answers. And sometimes the smallest adjustment to diet or intake of diet, i.e., fiber over protein or vice versa, can make such a difference!

Ergo, herbs over pills, when we know they're safe...



We'll be here...

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All blessings and prayers Sweetie,
You'll do fine.
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You got it, sweet pea!  You know you are in my thoughts!  It's just got to get better.  *smooches* & *hugs* ......your jojo
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Dear Serenity,

          My dear, I will certainly do the thing that I call praying for you, a meditative sort of settling in, and I will focus on the sheer delightfulness of knowing you with your absolute and utter refusal to be anybody but your own particular and peculiar and altogether wonderful self.  It will be some very nice time for me, and no effort at all.  Even if the energy is men's energy rather than women's energy, I have faith that it will make the transition.

     I have had asthma my whole life, and it's always been a pain.  One thing that's been a bit of a help is taoist style abdominal breathing, which you can teach yourself from a book.  You can actually feel yourself improve over time as you add new skills to the breathing patterns.  I still wheeze on occasion out here in LA, but not very much and my general number of respirations per minute has fallen off substantially.  I get much more air overall.  B.K.Frantzis is the author of a number of books, and the one that's most helpful about this subject is, I believe, Relaxing Into Your Being.  Unless you want to know specifically about techniques of taoist meditation, you could probably skip the rest, though I find it interesting.  

     I'm told that accupuncture and herbal medicine may be helpful for regulating that sort of problem, but I have no experience or knowledge about this other than vague rumors.  It might be worth while at least researching a bit about this on the net and checking to see if there's any actual well-designed research on the matter.  On occasion there is, though oriental medicine is not really designed to be researched in our particular fashion; the treatments are too patient specific.

     I'm rooting for you, Serenity.  Good luck!  BobK.
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12 posted 07-17-2008 09:37 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I love you lady, you know you have my prayers
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Well Ms. Karen, one of my favorite things about you is that what you see is what you get. I'm really confident that's God's favorite kind of people! So my prayers are for you health and full recovery as long as the hysterthingiemabob doesn't alter who you are!

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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14 posted 07-17-2008 11:17 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Yanno, K... *S*

Whether God or Goddess, surely they know better than to mess with a good thing? *S* And you are that... up, down or somewhere in between. *S* So... may you be granted the peace and courage (and yes... serenity *S*) to deal with whatever comes and may all the pieces fall in place so that the docs can do what's best for you so that we may continue to enjoy what's best for US... you - healthy and strong. *S*

Count me in on the praying stuff... *S*

your friendly neighborhood lurker *S*
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Karen...Lordy...and I was thinking about giving you a call and a visit...Well I don't know too much about that, cause a raging woman without hormones might be biting off a little more than I can put up with. Call me after you settle down and we will see. Oh yah if I see a raving crazy person in Walmart I will know it's you and will act like I don't even know you. Good Luck with everything. ...Paul

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Dear Serenity,

           Who is this Larry guy?  And why is he calling me these terrible names?

     Did I call him a hysterthingiemalarry?  I think not!  This is getting a bit personal.

     Sent some energy your way last evening and this is what I get.  Sheesh!

    Best from LA, Bob Kaven.

      
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Dear Serenity,

           Who is this Larry guy?  And why is he calling me these terrible names?

     Did I call him a hysterthingiemalarry?  I think not!  This is getting a bit personal.

     Sent some energy your way last evening and this is what I get.  Sheesh!

    Best from LA, Bob Kaven.


      
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Now I just backspaced a lot of bee ess, so I could, for once, say a gracious thank you, and I thought that for once, I'll just honestly admit that this time, I'm scared. So your loving emotional support is very much appreciated.

Please continue prayers for our Marge as well--her indomnitable spirit is an inspiration to me!



Love to all!

especially Paullie! *laughing*

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Karen dear, it is the fear that hurts...the surgery will be a piece of cake.  I'm with you on this ride...with much love sent!!!
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Hey You~
You KNOW that I am SO here in the prayer line ... and as far as the petals of prayer working ... yeah ... like I said ... I am living proof~

Of course, I am now know statewide as the 'mystery girl' ... actually across the state lines too~

However ... my visit with Dr. Jantz was a good one ... and he (in conjunction with the first female doctor I've seen in this total number of 14 physicians SO FAR) is determined to track this critter down and see if we can name it !!

I was thinking of just running an online PiP-athon to NAME THAT MARGE THINGIE !!!

Hey ... the GOOD NEWS continues to be that cancer is "off the table" !!!

Sooooooo, I've instructed all angels to give you their utmost attention and keep fluttering around you ... CONSTANTLY !!!

They promised me that they would keep that hormonal thingie in check !!
Honest Injun !!

You will be fine girlie girl ... I just KNOW it ... and when, pray tell, have you ever known me to be wrong ???
That time doesn't count !

Now get all better so I can get up off my knees ... or next thing you know they'll be treating me for knee displacement !!

Love n' lots of prayers and *Huglets*
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Well, Karen, I've been there, done that, 38 years ago and survived.  They've come a long way medically since then, so I'm sure all will be well.

I'm asking God to watch over you and your doctor to make sure he doesn't take any of your talents, wit, humor, or tenderness with the 'vase'.

My prayers will be sincere, although perhaps a little selfish, as I can't imagine life without you.

Love,
  Rae
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*smile*

blushing and touching the screen

I want to see what you guys see...



thank you, thank you, thank you...
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Dear Ms. K,
I don't think a mirror will help you see what we see. So just keep lookin' to us! As for Bob K. well, I'd apologize but I didn't say hysterthingiemabobK. now did I?

It is a fact life gets scarey. So hopefully our "humor" and support bring value to your beleagured heart. But that's what love is supposed to do. You let us do the worryin' and you do the... what is it you do now? I forget.

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I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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Dear Serenity,

           Of course, Frightened.  I get frightened by the dentist and by hangnails.   Of course, you're frightened.  But I notice you're also funny, and very well plugged in to a wide network of loving friends.  I notice that you have a pretty solid understanding of what's going on inside you emotionally and intellectually.  I notice that even while you're frightened you manage to give as well as get, taking this ability, at the same time, totally for granted.  I'll bet Marge Tindal doesn't take it for granted at all, nor do any of your other admirers.

     I am simply saying the few things that come off the top of my head here, and without very much thought.  Longer consideration would doubtless produce more.  None of these things mean that you aren't scared, but they do mean that there's much more to the substance of you than that fear.

     Doctors are by law obligated to place the worst case scenario in front of you when they talk about the operation.  They have to do so because they need your "informed consent" to do the operation as a legal protection and also because ethically it's simply right that you know what might go wrong.  If you are very frightened of that outcome, why not ask the doctor what the chances are of the outcome that you fear actually occurring if your doctor does the surgery.  

     I'm sorry to be going over this if in fact you've already gone through these steps.  Sometimes when people are frightened, however, they don't think to do these things, even when they are very bright in deed.  Anxiety is like a blow on the head.  Often thinking become much more limited for a while.

     Is the feared outcome as likely as you thought it might be?  Or is the doctor somebody who needs to use dramatic language to make sure the importance of the procedure gets across to his or her patients?  It may be possible that the outcome you fear may not be as likely as you fear it to be.  Before you as the doctor, write down the likelihood that you fear.  Sometimes when we aren't specific with ourselves our brains magic us a bit, and we don't remember these things correctly later.  Keep clear written records of your questions and your doctor's answers so you won't need to repeat some of the same questions.

     Ask yourself if the operation is actually necessary for the gain that you believe and your doctor has explained  you will get from it.  Then get a second opinion from a doctor that you find independently of your own doctor.  Make sure you check out his qualifications as best you can.  He should be affiliated with a teaching hospital, and hopefully be somebody that other doctors send their patients to for evaluation and treatment.  When you're there, ask him about the treatment options, and ask him about the surgery proposed by your current physician.  Bring your record with you.

     A good part of the anxiety from this type of operation can sometimes be managed by finding some way of shifting yourself out of a passive role in relationship to the situation.  Information gathering and research are two ways of doing that, but they need not be the only ways.
Active meditation and use of pre-operative hypnosis can off ways of helping speed recovery and dramatically lessening the amount of pain involved.  For childbirth the hypnosis training is often started up to six weeks in advance, but can be done, I believe, somewhat more quickly if needed.  I would check with the web to see if there is a physician trained in Ericksonian style hypnosis, which has been used for pain management.  OB-GYN doctors have made good use of hypnosis.  There's a book of papers on the subject that you may be able to find someplace by Cheek and Rossi.  Cheek is the GYN guy, and Rossi is a clinical psychologist.

     I suggest Ericksonian style because this particular style makes use of a person's own particular internal resources to use experience in a positive way, and it sounds that this may be an area where you might enjoy a bit of assistance.  I thought I might try to offer some of these possibilities and ideas in addition to my prayers, which remain with you.

Yours, BobK.

    

      
 
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