Welcome friends and family!
It has been a bumpy ride, but God has given me strength, love, friendship, and, FINALLY, health. My prayers have been answered, my miracle was granted, and I want to share the joy of my new life with you.
My entries begin in April of 2008 and my double lung transplant was December 10. Scroll down to my blog archive and you can read from the beginning or jump around. If you are looking for a specific topic, you can use the search engine.
I hope I can help you to experience the love God has for each and every one of us!
May God Bless You with Miracles in Your Life! Nancy
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
My appointments on Monday went well. My Pulmonary Function Tests were back up to an FEV1 of 100%, so that is a good sign. The doctor did hear some gunk in my right lung, so we will have to see if that is an infection, please pray it is not.
Yesterday's bronch was much better than the last one. Though I feel tired and sore today, I have no excess swelling anywhere, thank you God! I woke up easily this time and was out of the hospital by 10:00 a.m., I arrived at 5:30 a.m.
We stayed in a hotel that was two blocks from the hospital, so Hannah and Scott stayed at the hotel on Monday while I went to my appointments and I walked over at 5:30 on Tuesday, Hannah and Scott didn't arrive until after 8:00. All in all, it worked out great!
I will let you know as soon as I receive results! Thank you all for your prayers and care! Love, Nancy
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I will let you all know how things went when we return home on Wednesday.
Until then, God bless you all and have a wonderful weekend! Nancy
We have a Wii, so I started by using our Wii Fit, but was very disappointed with it. Though I enjoyed the exercises, they did not provide a good workout. I was at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and noticed that the Biggest Loser had a Wii fitness game. I was nervous, but decided to buy it.
It is really good. They have lots of different excercises to mix things up, you choose how long you want to participate and it plans an exercise schedule for you, you can choose your fitness level, and it gives you the option to customize your own workouts. I have been using it for two weeks now and I am very satisfied. I come away from each session sore, but feeling good. If you are looking for a new way to exercise that provides feedback and reinforcement, I would highly recommend you check this out.
If you have any other great exercise routines or suggestions that you can recommend, I would love to hear about them!
Happy Exercising! Nancy
Monday, March 22, 2010
My Aunt Jo Beth sent me this story and I had to share it, because it touches on the message I shared in Bible Study this week: Do not fear, the best is yet to come!
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her...
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
"What's that?" came the Pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the young woman continued.. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked..
"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming....like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork, the best is yet to come."
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled..
During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Olean Area Irish Dancers
Miss Brown's Fancy
The Dance Off
Hannah danced in 6 shows yesterday, I am not sure how she was able to walk this morning. What a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hannah's Olean friends, Amber, Becca, and Mary
Wish you all could have been there!
Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! We'll be travelling all over the area to different performances. Look for pictures in the near future!
Monday, March 15, 2010
The camera is in Scott's car, so I will share our pictures in a later post.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Hello! I am so sorry I have been away so long. After the traumas of the last two weeks, I needed a break. The prednisone has been making me crazy and to try to sit and do anything has been difficult. As of tomorrow I will be back on a normal prednisone dosage, so hopefully my body will get back to normal and I won't feel so stressed.
I will share more about our weekend when I can access the pictures on Scott's cell phone, but for now just know I am doing well. Your prayers continue to strengthen me and I can get over any hill (or mountain), large or small, knowing you and God are on my side!
All my love! Nancy
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Hannah built a special snow friend to ride down with.
How cute is Simon?
Aw, the love birds on the sled, look at my sweet sister-in-law and her hubby!
What a heck of a wreck!
Here's my cutie!
The adults needed a chat break.
Lydia and Mommy, with their dog Finnegan right behind.
Simon and Daddy
Simon and Mommy
The crew, minus the Dads, I think they were taking a beverage break.
Leslie and Finnegan, this did not end well!
My turn with Simon.
Hannah built herself a snow horse to ride.