Thursday, December 6, 2007


This candle sits on the round table in the sitting area of my bedroom and is lit every day that I spend in my's been used a LOT this week! LOL and I'm here to tell you why......

I have been so concerned about the fact that I haven't been able to keep up with my blog for the last week and a half!
I've been concerned that you may have been wondering where the heck I was!.........was I in an accident?.........did I simply run out of Blessings??....hahaha

Well, I can assure you that I will NEVER run out of blessings!! Oh, no, not me!!
So, that leaves an accident and I wasn't in an accident............been having some, but haven't been in any. HAHAHA! (you'll understand in a minute!)

I've been thinking all day today about what to say in this post to those of you that follow my blog.
I didn't want to go into too much detail, but that's really hard for me because going into too much detail is one of my gifts. LOL

So, here's where I have been the last week and a half.....

I have Ulcerative Colitis.
My G.I. doctor has been trying to find the drug that will put it into remission.
It's chronic and though not curable, can be put into remission for any varying amounts of time:)

Okay, let me explain U.C. just a wee bit here.....'s little ulcers on the lining of your large intestine that inhibits the water of your waste from being absorbed into your body.
Easy to understand.
..........anyone out there wondering where that waste water goes if it can't be absorbed???

That's riiiiii-iiiight....welcome to my world since June of this summer!!....

....if you're not totally grossed out, keep reading! hahaha
Finding the correct drug is hit and miss - you have to find what works on you.
(There's nothing easy about this! LOL)

About a week and a half ago my colitis symptoms started changing.
My symptoms had been slowing down, I could eat in other places than on the toilet (kidding, but a really good idea), and then all of a sudden it got BAD.

This past Friday afternoon Frank the Tank took me to the E.R.
I found out during that visit that I was now suffering from a SECOND COLITIS called "C. Diff" (that's the abbreviation but it can be Googled if you want more info').
This one is very serious.

They gave me a scrip and sent me home - no beds.

BIG mistake.

The next afternoon I (this is Clay's word...) wigged out.
And I would have to agree.
Among other things, my arms were tingling as was my face, I couldn't walk, I couldn't breathe..............I was a MESS! LOL

Since I couldn't walk, not even out to the car (what a baby), we had to call an ambulance.

Back to the E.R.
Was admitted.
Stayed in the hospital until Tuesday afternoon.
Started eating after eight days of no food,
while in the hospital.
That's enough to tell you that I ate very little when I finally allowed myself to eat something - their food really is stupid.
Anyway, was released Tuesday afternoon and am now home.

I have changed G.I. doctors and now have an appointment with a G.I. doc in San Antonio this coming Tuesday and I'm very excited about that. What a blessing that we had a San Antonio specialist recommended to us that could see me so soon! Praise God!!

Until then, I'm homebound.
Gotta stay near the bathroom - you have no idea and you really don't want to! LOL

Okay, now I'm going to pretend to be like Katie Curic........
.....And believe it or not, there are a LOT of people that suffer from colitis or other irritable bowel syndrome diseases (I.B.S.'s).
Since it's not something you talk about with people at parties, you don't know that people have it until you're diagnosed and then you find out that all of these people have it (and are in remission - praise God!)

My hopes are that we get this second colitis (C. Diff) very, very soon as it has me housebound and then I will live with the ulcerative colitis as I have been for months until it's in remission.

Put me on your prayer list, your church's prayer list and let's get this show on the road! -
............that's why I'm really telling you all of this personal information - I want, I NEED, your prayers!

...............time for dinner and the Head Nurse (Frank the Tank) has brought me my menu (not really - I'm pretending again) so must place my order (that part's true - it's like walking miles to get down to the kitchen and back. I'm very weak - hoping that goes away in a couple of days if I take care of myself cuz my studio's down that way!:)

So, the blessings that fill up the rest of November's "30 DAYS OF BLESSINGS"??????.........

....ALL OF Y'ALL IN THE ART COMMUNITY THAT "GET" ME, THAT LIKE ME, THAT PRAY FOR ME....................What a blessing y'all are to me!!



Heidi ( said...

Jan, I'm so sorry to hear what you are really facing. (I thought maybe a bad flu...) I love your sweet spirit that shows through and "in" your still praise God for the blessing you DO HAVE. I will keep you in my prayers.

Eccentricities Studio said...


Oh I'm SO sorry about what's been keeping you down ... :( Thank goodness for a new doctor prayerfully the right meds to put this into remission.

Wanted to come by with Merry Christmas wishes ... and blessings for a New Year, too.

Sending many hugs, and prayers ... your way!


sammy said...

Jan... wow you have been thru a lot... Am so glad that you with a new GI doctor... I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts that God will be with yu always... Which of course he is... We are so blessed to have him as our director in our life...
Blessings to you and your family...

sandra f. said...

Ohhh Jan, I am so glad you are home and in your own bed, and that you are going to a new doctor! I know all the gory details of u.c., suffered with it in my 20's,bless your heart, I will pray diligently that God will heal your body and put you back on your feet and soon!!!-Sandra

Maya said...

Jan!!! I am so glad to see that you're back. I am so sorry for all that you have been through... I hope you feel better soon, my friend!

Shelly @ thePINKbarn said...

Thanks for your email! So sorry about what you're going through right now, but I just want you to know that I am praying for you! Glad to see you're back! :-)
love and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh you poor thing! I will get started on your sign and put lots of light in the paint! I have IBS too..but not as bad a syou are your electrolites ok? I was put on that Lyrica ..thats awful too takes me days weeks to recover from these awful meds! Your in my prayers I will call Unity..their awesome they pray for 30 days!

Laurel said...

Jan, my darling (faux) daughter - poor baby, that just sounds like a complete nightmare. But it also sounds like you are dealing with this in your usual irreverent and extremely humorous way, and I'm so happy to hear from you - was worried!
Love and prayers,

Angela Rae said...
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Angela Rae said...

How was your weekend??? I had my monthly rubber stamp club meeting yesterday. I almost didn't go... we had company last night, and I had so much to do! But I went for a few hours and I'm glad I did. I got some Christmas gift tags made and assembled.

Thinking of you!

BloggingQueen said...

Oh Jan, sweetheart...

Thinking about you, praying for you. And most of all, praying that your gut gets out of the way long enough for you to make art and think about other, prettier things.

I work in a research project that has me asking EVERYONE if they've ever been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis... IBS, diverticulitis/diverticulosis, etc. You can't gross me out very easily. But you do get all of my sympathy.

The Urban Chic said...

jan, I just found your blog and I will definately keep you in my prayers. I know what it's like to have a gastro disease---I had severe reflux, so mine came up, instead of down. Glad to hear you found a new GI---I have a great one and a new surgeon that had to redo the first surgery. More Blessings coming your way. Pat


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