"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong"
2 Corinthians 12:10

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I am in McKinney Texas tonight staying in a hotel so I can see a new Cardiologist that specializes in dysautonomia.  His name is Dr Suleman and he has a clinic that's called The Heartbeat Clinic.  (I thought that was a good name) I have been in constant contact with 2 women that live in Arkansas that have the same illness as me and he has been able to really help them so I am very hopeful. It will be so awesome to be able to sit with a doctor who knows what is wrong with me and that doesn't look at me like I am nuts.  I am very excited but nervous.  I will be going through lots of test tomorrow in Dallas and then Thursday at his clinic in McKinney and will get all the results on Friday.  

I am very thankful that I am getting the opportunity to come and see him.  It is just very sad that such sick people have to travel to a different state to get the help they need.  We need so much more awareness for this disorder and doctors really need to "catch up" on it so they can help there patients.  

I will post more as I get news but for now I miss my family but I am loving the quiet!!!!!  

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tummy Friendly Bread

Here is a delicious bread recipe that is more of a cake.  It is easy on the tummy and smells great cooking!!

Pumpkin Apple Spice Bread
Makes two 9X5 loves
Preheat oven to 350

1 tbs all-purpose unbleached white flour
5 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs canola oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl & set aside

Sift into a large bowl:
3 cups all purpose unbleached white flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
Whisk dry ingredients with a wire whisk or fork until thoroughly blended.

In a large bowl beat well with an electric mixer:
16 oz. can pumpkin
3/4 cup canola oil
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
8 organic egg whites

Fold into wet ingredients:
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled & chopped (about 2 cups)

With a wooden spoon, add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring the batter by hand until well blended.  Pour batter into 2 non-stick loaf pans sprayed with cooking oil.  Sprinkle on topping.  Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Cool on racks.

I got this out of a book written by Heather Van Vorous.  The book is called "Eating for IBS".  It has lots of yummy recipes and they don't hurt your tummy!!  Her website is www.helpforibs.com so check it out if you have tummy issues.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Some answers

My new GI doctor had some answers for me Monday.  I have an overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestines so I am on a very powerful antibiotic.  Hopefully that will help some.  That just sounds yucky, just call me the "bacteria" girl. :-) She is very happy that I am going to the cardiologist in Texas who specializes in all forms of Dysautonomia and she is going to coordinate with him on how to care for me.  She says that I have severe IBS and that I will have to live with all the symptoms for the rest of my life but that we can keep my symptoms from going crazy like they have been all year.  I am thankful that I don't have cancer or anything like that.  God is good and I am so thankful for his protection and for seeing me through this rough patch in my life.

I am looking forward to the day that I can drive again and be able to do the things I love to do.  That will be soon I hope.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Praying for patience........

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

I open the Bible to read and this is the verse I see in front of me.  It's funny how that happens.  You pray for an open mind and for God to speak to you and he always does.  He knows our mind and our soul.  It is so hard to be patient and to wait for him.  This is such a weakness of mine.  I need to pray for patience, and really mean it.

What does that mean, patience?  Think about it hard.  We need patience in raising our children and patience in dealing with our co-workers.  Patience in our personal life is so hard.  We know that we cannot control anything that happens but we don't want to accept it.  All things happen in God's time not ours.  When we are sick, hurting, and so down we don't see any way up that's when it takes courage to be patient and wait on the Lord.  He promises us healing and comfort if we have patients and we lean on him for all of our needs.  My prayer tonight is for all of this.  Patience to wait on him to allow healing in my body and the courage to turn it all over to him.