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In Case You Were Wondering Where I’ve Been….

Happy Wednesday everyone! I know it’s a little unusual for me to be doing a post that isn’t a Wellness Wednesday post, but I’ve been on a little break lately, so I thought I’d just let you know what’s been going on in my little corner of the world and why I haven’t been around your blogs lately.

We’ll return to our normal Wellness Wednesday posts next week.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I got another phone call. You know…. one of the ones you don’t want to get. This time, my aunt was calling to let me know that my Pop (he’s my step-dad, but I consider him my “real” dad) was in the hospital again.

He had just had a heart attack 2 1/2 weeks previously. This time, it was his gallbladder that was causing the problem.

We were in the process of  getting ready for church, where I had to teach a Life Group class. It was too late to call anyone to fill in, so I told them I’d leave straight from church and head down. I kissed my Hubby good-bye before we went to our respective classes and as soon as I finished teaching, I headed down to the hospital near my parents’ home.

A gallbladder surgery is usually no big deal, but because he had just had the stent placed and was on blood thinners, my Pop’s case was more complicated. By Monday, it was apparent that he was going to have to risk the surgery, as tests revealed his gallbladder was in really bad shape. Thankfully, he had an outstanding surgeon and came through the surgery well. He finally got to leave the hospital a few days later and is recovering well now.

While I was with my parents, my hubby was holding down the fort at home. We have a seriously ill dog, and he had a specialist appointment that Wednesday. Unfortunately, we still didn’t really know any more about what’s going on with him for sure than we did before he went. even after his having two ultrasounds and fluid drawn off his abdomen.

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He had more bloodwork done two weeks ago and we were told that his numbers were way worse than they had been. We had a decision to make regarding whether to do exploratory surgery, a scope, treat with a medication that might help, or just let nature take its course.

We decided to go the treatment option, and he’s still hanging tough, but we’ll know for sure if it’s helping any on Friday when he has his follow-up appointment. We just can’t put him through invasive surgeries, especially at his age. Our major goal is for him not to suffer, to be comfortable, and just be allowed to just be a pup.

Of course we’re hopeful that the treatment will actually work, but in my heart, I really feel it’s probably cancer and that Prednisone isn’t going to help that. We’re just going to love on him and make him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

On a more positive note, I did do something productive with my time….

For me, cooking can be a great source of stress relief, so I decided to try my hand at something I hadn’t tried before – making sourdough bread.

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I ordered a sourdough starter, and so far, I’ve made waffles, a beautiful loaf of bread, and a spinach/artichoke/chicken flatbread with a sourdough crust. I started working gluten back into my diet at the beginning of the year, and sourdough bread is supposed to be good for your gut, so hopefully, that means I’m not only relieving stress; I’m also doing something good for my health.

…..So anyway, all of that to say, I was out of town, and since I’ve been back, my focus has been elsewhere.

I plan to get busy visiting everyone again now and try to catch up with you all. I hope to find that you’re all doing well!

Blessings,

~Terri

 

38 comments

    1. Thank you so much V.J.! You know, we all have “stuff” we have to deal with, don’t we? Sometimes I think we kind of expect things to be easier, but the reality is, sometimes life gets hard and we just have to press on through…. It’s great to be back with all of you – I’m looking forward to catching up! Are you back home or are you guys still on the road?

      1. I’m glad you made it home safely, and I hope you have the opportunity to get some good-quality rest. Sending hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Jeanne! The hard times are just a part of life, aren’t they? I appreciate your kindness. I look forward to seeing more yumminess from your kitchen now that I’m back!

    1. Thank you so much Ruth! I must say, the bread was really good, and much easier than I thought it would be. Of course, it helped that I let my KitchenAid mixer do all the kneading for me; otherwise, it would have been quite a chore. I look forward to catching up with you!

  1. Hi Terri, I was actually thinking about you the other day was about to send you a message to make sure everything was okay. Looks like you beat me to it! You and your family are in my prayers and I hope everything gets back to normal very soon. It’s nice to have you back:)

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! I appreciate you thinking of me. I really appreciate your prayers too. We’ve definitely seen a lot of prayers answered over this last month or so. I’m glad to be back; I’ve really missed my blogging buddies. 😊 I look forward to catching up with you!

    1. Thank you so much Brigid! Things get rough from time to time for all of us, don’t they? It’s not fun when it’s happening, but I always know there will be lessons I take away from any adverse situation. I hope you’re well, and I look forward to catching up with you!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I really appreciate your kind words and warm thoughts. Blessings to you!

  2. To have gallbladder issues to quickly after a heartattack and stent is the thing of nightmares. How greedy your pop is to have so many problems in such a short space of time! I’m so glad he had a good surgeon and that he’s now able to get on with recovering. Hopefully it’s a smooth road from here for him. Does he seem a bit better in himself, keeping his spirits up?

    I’m so sorry about pup being so unwell, too. I really do hope the treatment is working, it’s horrible to think of him suffering but I can see why you don’t want him going through invasive surgeries. My fingers are very much crossed for better news on Friday, even if it’s only a small chance it’s not cancer, it’s still a chance. In the meantime, he’s loved, safe, comfortable and well cared for with you & hubby to look after him and that will mean the world to him.

    Oh wow, sourdough bread, impressive! I don’t think I’ve even ever tried it, but you’re right about it supposedly being good for the gut because of the fermentation process. And if cooking can help lower your stress and give you something to enjoy doing, then it’s a win-win.

    Don’t worry about catching up on other blogs until/unless you have time and feel up to it. You have had a heck of a lot going on and we’ll all still be here whenever you’re able to pop back. Sending lots of hugs your way, Terri. I do worry about you. I’ll be thinking of you and your family, keeping my fingers crossed for your dad’s improving health and for your beautiful pup.  ♥ ♥ ♥
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I’m happy to report that Pop is doing much better. He even mowed his grass with the riding mower a couple of days ago. We keep offering to go down and help do anything he needs done, but he keeps telling us he’s fine. I’m sure my Mom will let us know if he needs something done that he shouldn’t be doing.

      Thanks for your kind words about Coda also. He seems to be doing okay; he’s not exactly perky, but he still thinks he’s the king of the house, trying to scare off intruders if my hubby’s not here.😁 He’s still getting excited about eating and seems to enjoy being outside for his potty breaks, which are MANY right now. I know what you mean about it being horrible to think of him suffering — I spent many hours and tears agonizing over what we should do, and we think our plan will keep that from happening. In the meantime, he’s getting lots of loving from us, and his brother is being exceptionally nice to him.

      Please don’t worry about me, sweet Caz. I’m doing fine. We don’t always get to choose our circumstances, but we do have a choice about how we handle them. Some days it’s just putting one foot in front the other, but others have wonderful moments of light and joy. It all evens out in the end, and I always learn something.

      I hope you’re doing well – you’ve been through an awful lot this year also. I look forward to catching up with you soon! Sending love and hugs your way!

  3. Terri, I am so very sorry for all you and your family is going through. Some days it can become overwhelming and you just want the downpour to stop. Please know you and yours have been in my thought and now I know exactly how to pray. I am thankful that creating in the kitchen brings you comfort and by the looks of it, you have quite the gift! Sending blessings your way.

    1. Thank you so much Wendi! I appreciate your prayers more than you know. We’ve seen so many answers to prayer through everything my Pop has been through lately. I hope you’re doing well, sweet friend. I’m looking forward to catching up with you soon! Sending hugs!

  4. Hey Terri! I, too, was beginning to wonder about you when I hadn’t seen your blog.
    Also sorry about your Pop and one of the boys. Glad Pop is on the mend. Will be keeping all of you in my prayers. No flare ups from extra stress allowed, sweet lady!
    Let me know if I can help you out in any way. ❣️

    1. Awww, thank you so much Kim! I’ve been meaning to text you to see if we could get together, but as you know, things have been a little hectic. I’ve been missing you! Maybe we can manage coffee one day next week. I’ll text you and check on your schedule.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s illness. I am thinking very positive for him. That bread you pictured–what a great way to relieve stress. I can smell its tantalizing scent over here in California.

    1. Thanks so much Jacqui! Sorry for the delay in answering – WP put your comment in Spam for some reason. I’m happy to report that Pop is doing much better and getting back to his daily activities. The bread really was delicious and I was surprised how easy it was. I made a whole wheat loaf yesterday and it was yummy too. 😊

  6. I had wondered where you had gone & if all was well Terri. So glad to hear your Dad has come through his medical emergencies well 😀
    And we’ll done on that fantastic looking loaf!
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! I hope your hubby is continuing to recover and that you’re doing well, sweet friend. I look forward to catching up with you!

  7. I’ll be over for tea Terri! Thank you for the tip about sourdough bread, I might try it out. I’m sorry that things have been so challenging for you and hope Friday brings unexpected good news for your lovely dog. It must be a relief that your Dad has come safely through his surgery and hopefully he will go from strength to strength now! Try to get some quiet time after all you’ve had going on. Marie xx

    1. I’d love for you to come for tea Marie! I’ll put the kettle on. Pop is doing really well now. He was out working in his yard earlier this week. Thanks for the good wishes for my pup. We heard back from the vet Monday night and his numbers have gone up, which means his medicine is helping. We’re definitely feeling more hopeful now. I hope you’re doing well, sweet friend!

      1. “So close and yet so far” but knowing there is a welcoming waiting for me is enough! I’m glad to hear of your dad back on his feet and your pup doing a brave battle too. Xx

    1. Thank you Mishka! We got some good news regarding our pup on Monday — his blood protein levels have improved a lot, so the treatment seems to be helping. We’re definitely feeling more hopeful. 😊

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