Power Of Prayer

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When things go wrong, oh and they will go wrong…  You have to do a couple of things

1.  Either let it all go to God and trust that He will handle it,

2   Or deal with Satan’s outcome…

Dead-serious here.  

Let me give you some back story first. Since 2001, I am type-2 Non-Insulin-Dependent- Diabetes or NIDDM

Recently it has become insulin dependant  IDDM (in the last two years).  So not only have I been dealing with many doctors appts but at some place on either foot for the last two years, I have had a diabetic ulcer.  This happens because of a break down of the skin, inconsistent blood sugars daily, infections, and just a myriad of reasons how it can happen.  I have also had osteomyelitis twice in my right foot.

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Because of this, my right foot has been very susceptible to diabetic ulcers, and starting this past spring, I got a very small I mean we are talking extremely small blister between my pinky toe and the next one on my right foot.  In doing so, I learned a lot about what can and can’t happen.  In a matter of days, this very small sore, turned into a sore that was 1 cm x 8 cm and it tracked all the way to the bone (the deepness of it)

This was in February.  I changed dr’s during that time, from an Internist PA to a full-blown Podiatrist and Endocrinologist, so that I could get more aggressive about my care and prayerfully come back off of insulin and as many other complications that went along with the ulcer, and the high sugars and the bad A1C .  

Because of this, I have been to the Podiatrist, every other day for the last 4 mths and have also had a minor surgery where he took some bone out, so it wouldn’t be rubbing up against my other foot, which was part of the problem to begin with.

After the surgery the surgical site, being so stinking small, healed so quickly, we were all so surprised.  However the ulcer didn’t heal.  Dr.’s, Wound Care nurses and I were just bumfuzzled about what to do.  We kept treating it with Silver Alginate, we used a WoundVac and many other things.  This kept going on, from Feb until the first part of June, and I have finally had enough.  I had been in a DH Walker boot or a surgical shoe for almost 2 years for one reason or another from diabetes ulcers. Also off and on for almost 4 years on one foot or the other for some reason.

The ulcer I had kept getting bigger, and bigger, never losing any tracking and never getting any smaller, only bigger, no matter what treatment we did.  I even stayed up 3 days in a row because they put a woundvac on it and the woundvac wouldn’t stay plugged in.  So I had to hold the plug into the machine just so it would stay running.  We didn’t realize this until we went to plug the machine in on my foot.  So anyway, it has been an ordeal over the past few years.

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I was on many prayer lists all over the country and I KNOW people prayed for me, close and far away.   They prayed on Facebook, in Text, in email and called me and prayed with me, and then prayed in person.   I can’t tell you the number of people who prayed and I knew God had this under control!!!

So all this being said  My son was getting married in Seattle on June 13th.  Of course that meant a plane ride (actually 4) and going and going.  I just wanted to make it till then.  The dr and I came up with a plan of action before I left, and he had one more trick up his sleeve and then I made a very conscientious decision that, included amputation.  I was ready, made peace with losing a body part and knew after I got home from a 8 day vacation, I was going to lose a toe (while it’s just a toe) I’m pretty attached to my toes!!!  

It was a spur of the moment week while we were up there, and if they called to do something until the wedding day, it was one of those, be here in 30 min or so. I did NOT want to deal with wrapping, unwrapping, explaining and all the other stuff that goes with having a sore on your foot.  I did use my scooter while I was up there.  And I went from pushing myself in a manual wheelchair using my feet (which made everything worse) to using the scooter, so that friction of pushing with my feet was gone and that was a major plus!!

DISCLAIMER:  i DO NOT RECOMMEND WHAT I AM FIXING TO JOURNAL.  IT IS NOT WISE, IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE STUPIDESET THINGS I HAVE DONE IN MY LIFE MEDICALLY SPEAKING.  DO NOT FOLLOW MY WAYS, AND PLEASE SEEK YOUR DRS ADVICE FOR EVERYTHING.  THIS ISN’T ABOUT MEDICAL CARE IT’S ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER

Well during that vacation, I took a very minimalist approach to the care of my wound, for one thing.  I was just flat-out exhausted to doing anything with it.   i kept it clean, I kept it covered in silver and a band-aid.  and I prayed, I prayed hard.  I prayed to God for several things,

1.  Please let me have the strength to dance with my son at his wedding (had prayed for that one for months)

 2.  Please God if it’s your will, do not let the amputation go through, but heal my foot.

3.  Please just give me good blood sugars and to stay under control during this time.

okay.  now the wedding.  We left TX on June 10th, for 8 days.  When we get to Seattle, it is okay temperature wise, but quickly rises up into the high 80’s low 90’s.  i had just hit TX weather in Seattle.  So not only did I have to worry about my foot, but my breathing also.  When it is very warm, I can’t breathe at all.bandaid

My shoes that I brought to wear up there are leather tennis shoes.  They don’t breathe at all.  So right then and there, I decided to let my foot stay unwrapped and put the silver alginate on it with a band-aid. 

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I wore flip-flops to the wedding and really did nothing to protect my toe other than just keeping it clean and taking my antibiotic.  LITERALLY “Less is more” way of thinking.  The result was the same.  It was getting amputated.  Or it was getting well.

Because I believe so much in the power of prayer.  I once again prayed to God for His will to be done, for Him to heal me, completely or to make it abundantly clear that amputation was the way to get a healthy foot.

Well, you heard that old story, tell God your plans if you wanna make Him laugh..  He did a big ole belly laugh and said “watch this”  

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When I went to the doctor this friday afternoon.  My foot had almost healed itself!  from a hole in my foot that tracked bone deep, and at least 1 cm wide to practically healed, I was so blown away.  I was honest with my DR and told him EVERYTHING.

The only thing I didn’t do is go in the Ocean while I was there.  I figured that would even be pushing God’s limits a bit!!  But I did go in a hot tub for a few minutes, and wore my foot open most of the time, unless I was going to be in public, then I covered it with a band-aid mostly so it couldn’t be seen.  1b84d57b0877e655165c1978dcb453d8

By the time we got home, my feet were swollen with fluid because of the long flights, I didn’t take fluid pills and my toe was very red indeed.

I knew I needed to rest my foot, keep it propped up and get the swelling down.  I did just that for two solid days, took my fluid pills and proceeded to rest in my way.

I get to the dr on Friday afternoon and as they are cleaning the wound, the nurses are just talking about how good it looked etc, and then Dr. A came in.  He was so surprised! Especially after I told him, I did the less is more option.

Here are just a few of the amazing things God has done.  

1.  The sore no longer tracks to the bone.

2.  It has shrunk.

3.  AMPUTATION IS OFF THE TABLE

4   God, in His almighty, infinite ways, has answered all the prayers for this one ;little toe.

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I had a great vacation, and even though I didn’t walk much thanks to the convenience of a scooter, I did pretty much what I wanted.

and I DANCED WITH MY SON AT HIS WEDDING!!!

(sorry for the crappy picture, but this is the best we have)

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What an amazing gift God gave me in doing so.  I used to pray, God keep me alive till my kids are older, God keep me alive till they graduated High School, etc, etc, and always a new goal.

Now I pray God, I don’t know what you want me to do, but let’s go, I am game!!!  I know God has some amazing plans for me in the future and I am not sure what they are.  I am SO ready to see what He does have in store for me.

and I tell you this, 

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1Thessalonians 5:16-18 16  “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

Thanks for reading this far and remember If he can heal one sore foot, think of what he can do for your heart!!  If you want that same healing in your heart.  

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read this.  God will help you also!

Question: “What is the sinner’s prayer?”

Answer: The sinner’s prayer is a prayer a person prays to God when they understand that they are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Saying a sinner’s prayer will not accomplish anything on its own. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows, understands, and believes about their sinfulness and need for salvation.

The first aspect of a sinner’s prayer is understanding that we are all sinners. Romans 3:10 proclaims, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner’s prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.

The second aspect of a sinner’s prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven – if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Saying the sinner’s prayer is simply a way of declaring to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ as your Savior. There are no “magical” words that result in salvation. It is only faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection that can save us. If you understand that you are a sinner and in need of salvation through Jesus Christ, here is a sinner’s prayer you can pray to God: “God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

Did you pray the sinner’s prayer and truly understand and believe what it teaches?  Please comment below so I can pray for you also!  Start reading your Bible!  If you don’t know where to start, either start at the beginning and read it like a book, or the the Book of James or the Book of Luke.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and rejoicing with me!

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Eating Healthy On The Go – Faithful Finish Lines

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Well, I had started “getting my healthy on” at the beginning of the year and had a couple of setbacks so here it is the middle of February.

I went on an overnight trip this past weekend and to top it off, I went with one of the most health conscious women I know 🙂  So I knew sweet tea was out, and eating as I wanted was out!

God blessed me with going on the trip with a friend that kept me accountable, and the will-power to do it all the right way.  Celeste is an amazing Christian friend so her accountability with me is more than just healthy.  I love her asking about prayer life, and Bible Study and she is an incredible mentor also.  Her knowledge in the Bible is just incredible

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Before I left, I bought lemons, limes, strawberries, blackberries, oranges, cucumber and grapes.  I sliced them all up and prepared them in freezer bags and froze them the night before.  For infused water and quick, reach in snacks.

I also made ready,  snack bags, with single servings of goldfish, vanilla wafers, and then had some chewy 90 cal oatmeal bars and them some filler club and jalapeno cheese crackers,  I was going to be equipped to eat right!  Not to buy anything and to eat/drink healthy

We left Friday before lunch and that was a little different, because my husband made my lunch and so I had a typical ham sandwich and a bag of chili cheese fritos.  I had already gotten my tea for the day so I was working on that and strawberry/blackberry infused water.

Had he put mustard instead of mayo, it would have been a pretty decent lunch.  We drove all the way to Austin without stopping to eat.  Just had a little snack of about ten wafers.

When we got checked in, we went out to Applebee’s,  My friend only eats fish so she decided that their fish plate (*only fish they have, which surprised me).  I opted to the Asian Pineapple Burger and this was my huge splurge for the weekend.  When I looked it up after the fact, I knew I couldn’t eat one again.  So there is another thing that I have to quit eating. (they are my go to pick when we go to Applebee’s).

So we are back at the hotel and I went down to the hot-tub (*and I forgot my swimsuit) so I am in my pants and rolled them up, and started breaking out in hives from the heat of the hot-tub LOL.   I thought, geez, what else?  So I went on to the fitness center.  I was able to walk 5 minutes at the speed of 2 and on a 10% grade.

WOOHOO,  Go me!  I thought, about what an accomplishment this was for me, because of being in a wheelchair so much.  I was so proud of myself.  What an accomplishment that was for me?  

God was so good!

So the next morning we got up and had the continental breakfast and it was actually really great, oatmeal, yogurt and juice, great breakfast, great numbers.

We went back to the room and knew that I had a 4 hour drive after the concert that night so I took a good nap and rested really well.  Then we checked out and went and were looking for Jason’s Deli or McAlisters and ended up at Luby’s.  

I was able to get the Senior LuAnn Plate of baked white fish, steamed veggies and then split carrot and raisin salad and coleslaw.  My numbers for that meal were fantastic and I was very proud of myself for eating very healthy.

I kept my Fitbit on for the weekend and apparently I either cleared it at one point or wasn’t wearing it in a good place, because I didn’t have the total number of steps.  I am still trying to find the numbers for the weekend;  Pacer didn’t keep it either.  That was very disappointing for me.  We went to the state capitol building and then the church was gynormous, so even rolling in my chair, I know I did a lot.  I know on Saturday I walked over 5000 steps though and that is my goal, so I reached my steps goal once

I had drunk orange and cucumber infused water all day so far, so I filled that up with ice and new fruit and fresh water and all together for the short 30 hr trip, I think I drank about 180 ozs of water, so the infused water is working wonders for me.

You can infuse it with anything like, lemons, limes, cucumbers, strawberries, blackberries, oranges, or whatever you might want and then mix and match as you will.  The one that was the best so far has been the strawberry and blackberries. It was so easy to prepare ahead of time also, just get them ready to eat and run them through the colander to clean them.  Get your Ziploc bags ready and just put them in it, if they have water in it, that’s okay because that’s just extra ice for you. 

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I bought a great water bottle that has an infuser in it for less than 6$ at Wal-Mart.  I love the bottle for what it does, however, I need an insulated one, because I love water ice-cold and this bottle doesn’t hold ice (*that’s just one of the reasons why the frozen fruit was a blessing)

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I packed my cooler of fruits and my cooler of water bottles and I was ready for the weekend as far as fruit and water goes. A blessing I have is that fresh fruit and fruit juices, do not make my blood sugar go up.  I didn’t add anything extra to the fruit either, just plain, fresh fruit!

Okay after the concert we were starving so we popped into McDonald’s and I got McChicken plain and dry and put honey mustard on it.  This meal was the one that surprised me the most.  The numbers on it, were actually half way decent except for the sodium (I knew that going into the meal though) So all in all, it was a great weekend for my diet, my blood sugar and steps.  Every blood sugar has been under 250 and for me that was a new goal met!!!

I was really pleased with my “food” behavior this weekend.  Something that I am not normally good at.  Especially when traveling,, I usually tend to eat what I want when I am traveling.  

I met some goals, I surpassed some goals and I failed some goals through accountability, prayers and giving the entire weekend to God before I left made this a very healthy weekend for ME based on my normal way of life.  

Thanks to Faithful Finish Lines for letting me have the membership that I do to their program for a limited time in return for blogging my experience.

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Failing Miserably #FaithfulFinishLines

Faithful-Finish-Lines-e1419871290304 Well, I have had four goals so far,

1. Stop sweet tea
2. Bring my blood sugar and blood pressure down by exercising more
3. Eating better
4. put 5000 steps on a day

Welp. I have failed on the tea, done so, so on the exercising. Since I am in a wheelchair, I am not letting people push me, using my legs and upper arms. Sometimes. There are just days, that this body can’t push this body around. As far as diet, I totally bombed this past week.

Also consistently only having 1500 – 2000 steps a day.
Almost a month of failures.

Now, that being said, I lost 35 lbs of fluid so my scale numbers look great, fantastic, amazing!

It’s so fake. I realize that I am on an uphill drive from the get-go. Because of my illnesses, it makes it very hard for me to exercise.

Exercise is the ONLY thing that is going to allow me to lose the weight (other than the fluid)

So as I lay here in bed. Encouraged by YOUR stories of success, and by knowing that I have a God that wants me healthy and Up on my own, sans wheelchair, (I know this because there are days now that I actually can walk half way decent and I don’t end up dragging my feet or humped over in so much pain that I am walking like an old woman with the curved spine. No offense to anyone that has the beginning of that curved spine.
So here I am enjoying my fake weight loss, enjoying my great food, and enjoying my sweet tea.

So I have new goals of stopping sweet tea starting at Lent (but NOT the caffeine) where my failure arose.
Pushing my doc for the pulmonary/cardiac rehab so I can Exercise under the ability of a trainer.
And no more splurging at Jalapeño Tree © or my favorite burger joint (I have $300.00 in groceries to prove that – why does it cost so much to eat healthy now?) and walking more and more, or making sure that I push my wheelchair myself

Isn’t it amazing that we have second chances. God also gives us those second chances, and third and fourth etc, etc.

Isn’t that awesome! When we fail to God, all we need is to ask His forgiveness, try your best NOT to complete that sin again (which every goal I failed was a sin)

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:19

So as I work towards these old goals and start setting new goals, my prayer is that God will allow my body, the strength I need to get through EACH goal, one step at a time.

Thank you Lord, for second chances, thank you Lord for failures, that drive us to successes!!!

I am part of a network called Faithful Finish Lines.
The encouragement, the help with goals, the accountability!

You should go check this out and see if it’s for you!!!
http://www.faithfulfinishlines.com/

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As a blogger, I received a free membership for 7 weeks. In return for an honest review and to blog about this each week (another failure of mine lately)

 

 

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