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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #Family – #Kidney Transplant – A Good Match by Miriam Hurdle

I’m over at Sally Cronin’s blog today. She features my archive post about my brother’s kidney transplant. It was an unforgettable experience in our family. Please click the link below to read the story.

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Welcome back to Miriam Hurdle with the third of her posts from the archives and this week a life-saving operation is needed for her brother-in-law.

Kidney Transplant – A Good Match by Miriam Hurdle

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In the summer of 2008, my husband Lynton, my daughter Mercy, her boyfriend (now husband) Will, and I planned to attend my nephew’s wedding in Hong Kong. That was the year when China was hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics. The airfares going to Hong Kong from the U.S. were higher than usual because of the people traveled to Beijing through Hong Kong. After searching, I found a Bangkok tour from the U.S. via Hong Kong, and we could stay in Hong Kong at any length of time. It was a deal I couldn’t resist. I had never been to Bangkok, so this would be a bonus for our trip. All we had to do was adding…

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Share Your World – April 2, 2018

Cee’s Share Your World posts these questions for this week and here come my responses:

1. What was or is your favorite cartoon?

My favorite cartoon is Peanuts. I like that because many of the comic strips have thought-provoking quotes rather than funny ones.

Peanuts is written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. The comic strip is the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being.”. At its peak in the mid to late 1960s, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of around 355 million in 75 countries and was translated into 21 languages. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts

 

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2. Which cooking utensil (other than the usual pots and pans etc.) would you miss the most?

All my life until the time I was retired, I worked long hours. For many years I worked full time and went to school full time (It seemed like I was going to school all my life). Cooking has never been my favorite thing to do. When I do cook, I made due of whatever is at hand.

 

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3. Would you dare to sleep in a haunted house overnight?

I’m not an adventuresome person. If there were ghosts, I don’t think they would harm me. But if I saw one, I would be scared.

I have a friend who is a real estate agent. After her mom passed away, she was selling her mom’s house. she showed it to a buyer one day. While talking, that buyer said, “Is there anyone living in this house?”

“No.” My friend said.

“There is a person standing behind you.” The buyer whispered.

“Described that person to me.” My friend said without turning to look.

The buyer described to my friend of whom she saw. My friend said, “That’s my mom.”

 

4. What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I’m thankful to be well again. During my hospital stay last weekend, after many testing to rule out the virus and disease, the doctors concluded that I had an allergic reaction to some chemicals in my high blood pressure medication. Whatever chemicals that didn’t agree with my baby, I had taken it for nine months. Then my baby didn’t like it anymore and reacted to it violently and cause 103.8 fever and rash all over my body. The medication was replaced by new one, and I’m doing well.

My granddaughter turned 6-month-old on March 28. I’m going to see her tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

 

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Cee’s Share Your World – April 2, 2018

Nutrition Benefit

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 My husband Lynton and I have changed our diet since April 24, 2017. What a difference it makes in our health! He wished he had the knowledge about nutrition and how it affects our health in the early years.

Lynton was diagnosed with prediabetes several years ago. A nutritionist was assigned to him for discussion, along with attending some nutrition classes. He then just mentally avoided eating too much sugar. He didn’t have a specific nutritional plan, except eating less carbohydrate and sugary food.

I have no concern about my diet. I am a quasi-vegetarian, in that, I am not an official vegetarian but crave for vegetables naturally. I can do without eating meat and not missing it a bit. When I do eat meat, I could eat two or three ounces.

During the last lab test, Lynton’s blood sugar level got bumped up to the low level of diabetes. Both of his parents are diabetics, so this lab test raised his concern. He diligently watched YouTube videos on nutrition every night for many weeks and then decided to change his diet.

Ever since April 24, we have freshly squeezed orange juice from our tree, rather than processed juice, plus tomatoes and eggs for breakfast. We have the vegetables and mixed berries smoothie for lunch and dinner, and add salmon for dinner several times a week.

Prior to changing our diet, whenever Lynton watched TV in the evening, he would be snacking off and on all night. After we changed our diet, he has no craving for snacks or sweet. This is a great revelation to him. He monitors his blood sugar level with the home test kit. So far, his blood sugar level has been below 110 and is as low as 97. He feels more energetic.

We now have two happy campers in our house!

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Daily Prompt: Revelation

Daily Prompt: Snack

Imaginary Mountain

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When I was done with the bio-chemotherapy and radiation in 2009, I only had the summer to rest. I needed to go back to work for one more year to make the most of my retirement. I worked twenty-four years for my last school district. As the district policy, if I worked twenty-four years, the calculation of my retirement income would be based on the average income of the highest three consecutive years. If I worked twenty-five years, the calculation would be based on one year of the highest income. For this reason, I went back to work for one more year.

I was not in a good shape to go back to work. During that year, whenever one co-worker got sick, I got sick. My immune system has no ability to fight germs. I had severed cold three times. My sick leave days were down to minimum. What I did was to leave work two hours early to go to the doctor. I was able to take two hours leave for four times to count as one sick day. I looked so much forward to the end of the year for my retirement!

My body didn’t start to recuperate until one year after the treatment. There was one incident illustrated very well of how physically weak I was. I went to a store to get a hummingbird feeder. The section with all the pet items was in the back of the store at the far right corner. When I went to the cashier in the front of the store to pay, I changed my mind of the color of the feeder. I asked the cashier if someone could go to the back of the store and get me the other color. They wouldn’t do that for me.

I looked at the corner of the pet section, diagonally from where I was standing. My whole body felt there was an imaginary mountain in front of me. Yet I only had enough energy to go home. So I left the hummingbird feeder with the cashier.

Getting the hummingbird feeder would be another task for another day!

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Daily Prompt: Imaginary

Brain Tumors

The Thursday before Good Friday Service on April 14, 2017, a choir member discovered that he was not able to write with his right hand. The next day when he went to work, he had a headache. With these signs, he went to the doctor. Testing, MRI were done right away and the results revealed that he had two brain tumors. He and his wife were not panicked. They informed the grown-up children right away. The doctor wanted to review the testings with him before scheduled a surgery.

With the knowledge of the brain tumors, even though he was not able to sing in the choir for Good Friday Service, he and his wife came to sit in the audience. They were in complete ease with their faith and confidence in God.

The surgery was done two days ago to remove the tumors. His wife and all the children were with him when he woke up from the surgery. As of this moment, they are waiting for the pathology result to show the nature of the tumors. The doctor did say that the brain tumors were originated elsewhere in the body. Some tracing needed to be done.

The whole family was trusting that He will see them through this circumstance.

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Daily Prompt: Panicked

52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 9

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 8 at Haddon Musings

I am thankful this week for good health.

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My health insurance has a great prevention program for patients over certain age. The “head to toes” physical check-up does not require copay for doctor’s visit. Upon completion of the check-up, patients will receive a $50 credit card as incentive. The insurance customer service representative even called my doctor to set up the appointment for me.

I always have my annual physical examination anyway. The proactive, preventive program of the insurance made it easier for my visit to the doctor. Prior to the appointment, a physical history review form was sent to me to fill out. I was thankful that I checked “no” or “none” for 99% of the problems. The only concern I had was my high blood pressure.

Dr. Hutain has been my doctor for 25 years. During the visit, he had on his computer a list of questions. The questions were in the categories of my diet, exercise, lifestyle such as drinking or smoking, my emotional state, my vision, the ability to drive and my memory. It felt so good to hear my own answers to all the questions were positive.

At the end, I was prescribed a low dosage of high blood pressure medication. My doctor had a big smile on his face and said, “You’ll be around for a long time!”

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Daily Prompt: None

Daily Prompt: Lifestyle

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