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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Hi Good Friends & Family!

We got through yesterday, (Colonoscopy Friday 9/6as we called it). The prep is clearly the worst part of the whole thing! The Coolyte (the worst tasting clean out solution ever thought of or invented) did a fantastic job; about 2/3 of the gallon caused Mark to make a mad dash - or as fast a a person with left side paralysis and in a wheelchair can make a dash to the toilet!!! He did the best he could and I jumped in with mop and bucket, and clean-up wipes to take care of the rest.

In the end (pardon the pun) there were no further negative findings - no evidence of colon cancer, polyps, tears or fissures, just the internal and external hemorrhoid, which will be removed in the surgery next week (Thu 9/12)! We were quit happy and relieved to hear this news.

Now let's see what I did with your support for me and my program. I did follow my plan with more emphasis on real food, not just the liquid protein. I did find out that eating half of a delicious free-stone softball sized yellow peach was a delicious bright spot. I also did an omelette with one large egg, some diced tomato, onion, mushrooms and pepper. I keep that vegetable mixture in a container in the fridge next to the bag of grated cheese blend.

I had an office visit with my endocrinologist, who was ecstatic with my numbers, but I am spilling protein which could indicate kidney damage. It is probably explained, however, by the fact that most of my blood & urine tests are done after exercise days at the gym, when the body is clearing the broken down proteins normally cleared during the in-between exercise days. My weight, CLOTHED, was 183.2!!! We will just wait and see if timing my lab tests to after recovery days. I did find that my the lower blood pressure (110/50 range) is a NORMAL BP, for me, and goes along with my "new" body size and successfully maintained for over a year and a half.

So how am I feeling? I gotta be honest, a diagnosis of cancer in Mark does concern me. Oh let's be really honest - it scares me! But I am equally determined to maintain my hope and faith in his being cured of this pesky dis-ease. Yes, I hyphenated it! Also I do believe that my God is alive and well AND working in all our lives TODAY, if I let that Loving Friend into my life in every area. After all look at what is and is continuing to happen in my body.

OK that's where I am and WE are today! Thank you for your love and prayers and friendship!

Carl (and Mark too)

PS I'm still weighing in under my goal weight range (180-185, mid point 183) Today 179.6.




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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Journey through
    96 days ago
  • MSEMBERSTORM
    Prayers!
    347 days ago
  • AALLEY2
    emoticon on your progress! The prep for colonoscopies need to be reinvented! It's definitely miserable!
    Prayers and positive thoughts for you both as you go through the unknowns of your journey. emoticon
    349 days ago
  • ANACORAZON
    I’m very happy about Mark’s colonoscopy results! Thanks to the Almighty God! And you continue being my hero! emoticon
    381 days ago
  • DONNALEE-53
    Happy that you had some good news and you are doing well as well.
    Continued prayers for you and Mark.
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    384 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    Happy to hear the news was good and the two of you are doing your best to care for your own health and well-being and each other.

    Keep making healthy choices and enjoying each day. emoticon good thoughts and emoticon for you both.
    385 days ago
  • SELLMAN04
    Prayers and courage to you both.
    385 days ago
  • THROOPER62
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    385 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    It's great that Mark's tests showed nothing serious! What a relief! And it sounds like you are doing very well and taking good care of yourself. Health scares can be a very good thing, putting (or keeping) us on the right track, as well as reinforcing our love and concern for each other. I hope you both continue to do well and stay happy.
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    386 days ago
  • INGMARIE
    Good News.🤩I know the prep is awful, I am having my 3rd and last [? I hope] in December.

    Seems you are doing good things for you too. emoticon
    387 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    HUGS and so glad that the news was good. Prayers continue!
    387 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
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    387 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I know that nasty prep. is horrible, I just can't imagine going thru that in a wheel chair. I think I would get there, bring a book, and worry about anything. lol
    387 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Great news to hear about Mark! I continue to pray for health for him and you. I am so happy to read that you are in your all time normal range of weight. I know you've had a struggle for years and years. Just keep focus on your healthy lifestyle. Making healthy choices for food is much easier to make isn't it? I know since I've gone on a low carb diet, by eliminating all sugar and not using any processed foods, I feel so much better. Weight is not where I want it to be but this journey continues.

    My brightest spot is that my A1C has gone from 7.3 to 5.9 and I'm not doing anything to go back to raising it again.

    My next journey is to find a nutritionist to help me understand what I need to do to keep my levels healthy.

    Sending prayers for the both of you.
    387 days ago
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