Speaking of #2

The First Part of the Story.

(Sorry, just couldn’t help myself, with that title!!)

The Dr. told me I had:

Kidney disease.

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What??  I’d never had any kidney problems before….  Well, except the UTI  2 weeks ago.

Realization dawned on me, as I sat there in shock, crying.  I’m dying!!  Like, immediately!!

If your kidneys crap out, it’s dialysis then death!  A really grim picture!

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Visions of my quickly approaching death ran thru my mind.  Then, being me, I started to plan my funeral.  Would everybody wear purple, like I want them to???

I went out to the car, hobbling on my walker, and called Mama, still justa bawling.

Mama! I’m dying! Like right now!”

Of course, she was shocked, and tried to get down to the bottom of it.

Long story short, I made up my mind that I wanted to LIVE!!

And I knew that involved some BIG, and serious changes.  So, I decided to change.

Sweet friend had a Wheat Belly Cookbook.

(Don’t ask me why, he doesn’t eat Gluten-free.  But he usually has 1 of anything I ever say I need, packed away somewhere.  NO!!  He’s NOT a Hoarder!!  How dare you suggest that??  He’s just prepared!  😉  )

A life saver!

A life saver!

So, I read it, that night.

To Be Continued….

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speaking of #1…..

Speaking of toilet paper…(I know we weren’t, but I wanted to use a segue today, and that was the chosen one. Just go along with my little delusion, okay? I promise it won’t hurt. No pebbles in your shoes here.)

Lately in my physical recovery, I’ve been using less t.p.

My favorite brand of tp in the world!!

My favorite brand of t.p. in the world!!

This is a big deal to me.  All my life I’ve had IBS symptoms, even tho I was never diagnosed.  I remember as early as 8 years old, running to the bathroom immediately after every  meal. Mama thought I was just trying to get out of doing the dishes!  She really didn’t realize there was a real physical issue.  As I grew older, I began to realize that wasn’t how others reacted to eating. Why was I different?  What was wrong with me??

Learned about IBS, recognized symptoms, but just thought that’s how it was.

8 years ago, approximately, I found out I was allergic to wheat. Still, I made no change.

Then, in about March, my Counselor took me to see another counselor, Kelly.  She told me about GAPS, Guts and Pyschology Syndrome.

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She followed the diet, and her son also, who was having terrible times.  She lost lots of weight, and his symptoms cleared up entirely.  I was glad for her, but very skeptical for myself.  I know me, I DO NOT DO diets well, AT ALL.  (Kinda spoiled brattish, there.)

So, I chalked it up to, “Well, sounds okay, and I’m glad it’s working for her, BUT…..”

Now, mind you, I was already on a walker, from falling so much, last year.  And so weak, I was evaluated for a powerchair.  AND, I already KNEW I was allergic to wheat, which was one of the big things talked about in the book.

So, why didn’t I do something about all the information??

Because I’m a pig-headed, stubborn, mulish….. (You get the idea.)

Then, when I went to the Dr. on April 9th, and she told me my blood test results, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

To Be Continued…

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Be still my heart!

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I said, BE STILL!

I was re-blogged again!  This time by James Lantern of JamesLantern40.

What an honor!  I’m getting so much attention lately, I’m feeling like the Queen of the Internet!!

Queen Purpleslob!

Queen Purpleslob!

https://jameslantern40.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/man-giant/

James has been a Christian most of his life.  He gives glory to God for everything.  He has a great heart for God.

Check him out.  You won’t be sorry.

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I was Nominated for a Liebster Award!!

THE LIEBSTER AWARD

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I was nominated for a  Liebster Award!  Time to CELEBRATE!  See ya later!  Just Kiddin! It’s a nomination given to smaller bloggers by other smaller bloggers . It’s a fun way to be recognized and acknowledge other bloggers, and help readers discover great content as well!

I was nominated by Angela over on Setting My Intention. I accept, Angela!  Thank you so much!

THE RULES:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you. (done)
  2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator. (fixin’ to do)
  3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.  (oooh, now I gotta do math???)
  4. Create 11 questions for the nominees.  (hope it’s ok if I cheat, and use some of Angela’s!!  Thanks, girl!)
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.  (sigh, more work?? Just Kiddin!  Y’all know I love ya!)

QUESTIONS FOR ME:

1. When did you start blogging and why?

August 2014.  Because I needed a way to force myself to start cleaning my house!  (And I love to talk about  myself!)

2. When you’re not blogging, what would we find you doing?

Ummm, reading other blogs!  Napping!  Playing with Pudding Pop, my grand baby!  Last but not least,

eating!!

3. What book are you currently reading?

The Bible.  I try to make sure I read it every day.

My latest, and newest favorite

My latest, and newest favorite

4. What’s your favorite food?

That’s a hard one.  I love nearly every food I’ve ever put in my mouth!  Except octopus, and squid!  I don’t like feeling like things are trying to crawl back up my throat!

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5. What’s your favorite way to exercise and get movement in your day?

Does typing count?  Doing finger plays with Pudding Pop?

6. How do you relieve stress?

Getting a massage at my chiropractor’s is always good!

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

When people read it, and comment!  Comments are oxygen to me!

8. What is the most challenging thing about blogging?

The technical aspects of it.  Trying to figure out how to do something that I want to do, and don’t know how.

9. If you were gifted $150, how would you treat yourself?

Go out to dinner at Ling’s.  Buy a good Christian book.  Buy something purple.

I even used them, twice!

I even used them, twice!

Spend at least $50 of it on Pudding Pop.  (Are ya sensing a theme here?  That little girl owns my heart!)

10. What is your favorite quote or saying?

John 3:16  “For God so loved the World, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

11. What quality or characteristic do you most love about yourself?

That I smile a lot when I’m happy.

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I  NOMINATE:

Athena

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JDawg

NJ

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Neha

Freda

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Birdie

Sherri

 I hope y’all  accept the award – I can’t wait to see your answers!

 

HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

1. When did you start blogging and why?

2. What is your favorite childhood memory?

3. What book are you currently reading?

4. What’s your favorite color?

5. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

6. Close your eyes, and describe a vivid scent memory.

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, no cost, where would you go?

9. Why did you choose that particular place?

10. If you were gifted $150, how would you treat yourself?

11. Miss America, how will you bring world peace?

Thank you again,  Angela for the nomination!

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Strawberry Startings

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School, part 9, Strawberry Struggles, part 10, Strawberry Sessions.

a blog.  What would she talk about?  Well, her house was a mess, and clutter had followed her to this place.

She hadn’t thought too much about messes, and clutter, what with all the excitement of Strawberry Grandbaby

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But, once she started thinking about it, that’s ALL Strawberry Girl could think about.

She was sick and tired of messes , and clutter.  Ranch Man was working hard, but all he could do is keep up with day to day stuff, feeding and caring for an invalid, semi-invalid, and a baby.

So, Strawberry Girl made up her mind to clean up her own messes, and clutter, and document the process.

She found other blogs that inspired her, so she began.

At first, all she could do is sweep under the high chair.

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Then, she would sit down exhausted.  Of course, her fingers weren’t tired!  Just her back, and legs, and arms, so she could write her blog posts.

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And so she wrote, and wrote, and wrote.

To Be Continued….

(After a week’s break. Sorry, Laura!  Hang in there!)

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Strawberry Sessions

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School, part 9, Strawberry Struggles.

Strawberry Girl was in the hospital, flat of her back.  Her broken back.

After 5 days, she was moved into a rehab facility for therapy.  It was hard work!  She was in a wheelchair, because it hurt so bad to walk.

Wheel_chairTherapy was not fun.  But she made friends, and was as okay as she possibly could be, considering.

Strawberry Girl realized she would be nearly helpless, once she went home.  So, she decided to beg Ranch Man to forgive her, and come back to her.  Fortunately, he did.

So, now Ranch Man

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was doing all the work.  He took care of Strawberry Girl, in her wheelchair, and the Strawberry Grandbaby.  He and the Strawberry Grandbaby went on walks, and he took Strawberry Girl places, with the Strawberry Grandbaby on her lap.

Strawberry Girl was not doing well mentally, so back to the hospital she went, to the Ward again.

And again.  And again.  three times in 12 months, she went back to the Ward.  The nurses, and counselors, and her doctors knew her by name, and told her to “Get well!  Don’t come back here again!”

She began going to weekly counseling sessions.  That helped.

By this time, she had graduated to a walker, instead of the wheelchair.  So, she was able to get around better, and do stuff.

She decided to start…..

To Be Continued…..

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Strawberry Struggles

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7 Strawberry Daiquiri, part 8, Strawberry School.

and got pregnant. Everyone was so happy that a Strawberry Grandbaby was on the way!

But, all was not well.  Strawberry Girl, and Ranch Man had been having problems.  So, Strawberry Girl and Strawberry Giant Daughter moved out to their own place.

A month later, the Strawberry Grandbaby was born to much fanfare!!

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Strawberry Girl, and Strawberry Giant Daughter were so thrilled!

Finally, Strawberry Girl was an Omie, grand mother, her second life long ambition, after being a mother!

She did everything for Strawberry Giant Daughter, and  Strawberry Grandbaby.

After 10 months, Strawberry Girl was so tired, and worn out, she didn’t know what to do.  Strawberry Giant Daughter had gone back to work, and taking care of a baby, and the house had exhausted Strawberry Girl.

One day, she was at a friend’s house, so unattentive to what she was doing, she tripped over something in the hall, and fell.

PAIN!!

A frantic call to 911.  Paramedics, firemen, confusion.

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To Be Continued……

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Strawberry School

If you missed any of the story: go here:

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness, part 7, Strawberry Daiquiri.

divorce Strawberry Girl.  She had so many problems, and acted out against what she should be doing, and damaged her marriage.

It was a sad time for the whole family.

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But, life went on…

Fast forward several years.  Strawberry Girl met and married Ranch Man.

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She was still acting out, and doing wrong stuff. Her girls had both decided to go live with Man Giant.

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Strawberry Girl was so sad, but she knew it was best for the girls.

Strawberry Girl decided to start teaching again, because she really hadn’t been using her mind for a long time.

It was okay for 2 years.  Then, she was diagnosed with Manic Depression.  Finally, everything started to make sense.  Her drinking, depression, and other things were all part of another disease.  It helped Strawberry Girl to get on the right kind of medication.

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Mama had come back to live with her again, so Strawberry Girl once again had someone cleaning up her messes, and clutter.  So, she got along for a while.

Then, tragedy struck.  Strawberry Girl had a nervous breakdown, and had to go back to the hospital.

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She couldn’t work for 9 months.  And, it happened again, several times.

The 3rd time, Strawberry Girl realized she better quit teaching while she could still be coherent.  So, she got on disability.

About this time, the first Strawberry Giant Daughter came back to live with Strawberry Girl, and Ranch Man.

This led to interesting adventures, but they’re not part of this story, alas.  Maybe another day….

Strawberry Giant Daughter fell in love……..

To Be Continued….

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Part 1, Strawberry City, part 2, Man Giant, part 3, Strawberry Banquet, part 4, Strawberry Love, part 5, Strawberry Slush, part 6, Strawberry Sickness.

an alcoholic.

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She didn’t know that her dad had been an alcoholic, when he was younger.  But, thank God, he got saved and delivered.  Unfortunately, Strawberry Girl kept on drinking.

Once again, Man Giant was being sent over seas, for his job.  This time to the Land of Heather.

Strawberry Girl would not go, so she and the 2 girls moved back to Strawberry City.

Things didn’t get any better there.  In fact, they got worse.

One night, after drinking, the Strawberry Girl didn’t come home.  She was missing a whole weekend.  So, her parents contacted Man Giant, and he was able to return home on Emergency Leave.

When Strawberry Girl turned up, she confessed everything to Man Giant.  Together, they decided she needed professional help.  So, she went to the mental hospital for 3 weeks.

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In the hospital she discovered she also had major depression, besides her Tired disease, and her alcoholism.  The first person she met was also named Strawberry Girl.  The other Strawberry Girl had teeth missing, she looked twice her age, and had her children taken away.  Our Strawberry Girl felt like she was looking in a mirror of the future. That sobered her up, really quick like. She cried out to God, and promised with His help, she’d never drink again.  And she never did.

But!  That didn’t cure her messes, and clutter problem, or her depression, or her Tired disease.  Those just kept getting worse.

Man Giant had to leave her again, to go back to the Land of Heather.

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Strawberry Girl didn’t handle this absence any better, she just did it sober.

When Man Giant came home again, he realized that sadly, he had to

To Be Continued……

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Strawberry Sickness

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she has The Tired Disease.

So. Very. Tired.

So. Very. Tired.

That’s the reason she can’t do anything but lay on the couch.  So, the Dr. starts Strawberry Girl on Tired medicine.

She begins to feel better.  Finally!   She takes the girls on adventures,

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and makes friends.  She learns how to do some many new things, like quilting, making Tundraberry Jam, and weaving baskets.  Strawberry Girl even starts working part time, to fund her Coca Cola habit.

Man Giant was so happy, and relieved that Strawberry Girl seems to be recovering.

But, the messes and clutter begin creeping back in again.  Strawberry Girl feels helpless, and hopeless.

She takes dancing lessons

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to make herself feel better.    But that plan backfired.  After dance lessons, some of her new friends went to the bar, to dance.  While they were there, it was inevitable that they began drinking.  Strawberry Girl didn’t drink.  But, everyone offered to buy her a drink.

So, she decided to try a Fuzzy Navel.

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Big mistake.

1 drink lead to 2, 2 lead to 5, and 5 lead to constant drinking every weekend, after dance class.

Strawberry Girl became ……

To Be Continued

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