Monday, September 14, 2020

Mitral Valve Open Heart Surgery in a Pandemic 10 Things you need to know.


1. No visitors. Yikes this can be the hardest thing for some people. Take hope though, you are so not alone in the icu. There are people up the ying yang taking your vitals, giving you meds, checking on you, and getting xrays. From beginning to end there are people all over.

2. You must be your own advocate! While the staff may be wonderful, no one cares about you like you! From ordering your meals to talking about how you feel to your pain level, you must communicate that with your nurse. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

3. Bring something you enjoy if you don’t like to watch TV, like audio books. A book might be hard to hold after surgery. I did bring an adult coloring book and pens for after icu.

4. Bring the toiletries you like. The stuff they give you in the hospital is not the greatest. Don’t forget your deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and face wash, moisturizer, and a good hand cream, you dry if you are stuck in the bed. A table mirror would have been nice if you can’t get to the bathroom as often as you would like.

Think about what you would take if you are traveling. Think light, and small sizes. Don’t forget your glasses and a case.

5. A comfy outfit to wear to and from hospital, and enough undies for your stay. Things that are easy to get on an off. Moving, bending, and stretching are an issue so go slow.

6. Make sure you give all your friends phone numbers to the family member that will update everyone on your progress.

7. Pay all your bills before you go in if that is possible, or give all info like passwords and account numbers needed so someone else can get them paid.

8. You will have holes all over your body, don’t be shocked. I was. The chest tubes alone were shocking. They are to drain all the fluid they pumped you with. I had 15 extra pounds of fluid. My legs looked like elephant legs. Central lines, iv tubes, a pacer thing with wires going directly into your chest to monitor your vitals, and a catheter tube. At least that came out the next day. Oh let me not forget the intubation tube. That’s is own kind of torture when you wake up with it down your throat after surgery. I had glue so I can’t speak about stitches or staples, make sure you ask your surgeon.

9. Meds, there will be several depending on how you are doing and your vitals. Go with the flow if you need pain meds. You just had a major life altering medical surgery. You have the right to know what they are giving you and what it is for. Don’t be afraid to ask. I found most all the nurses didn’t mind repeating or explaining.

10. You HAVE to move! PT is a thing. Walking and getting up will help you. You didn’t have this surgery to fall apart. Don’t be a victim. When you are able, get up and follow the suggested exercises then cardiac rehab. Eat better. You only have one life to live and this one is yours.

God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you. I pray your surgery is guided by God’s hand and your recovery is fast and smooth. In Jesus name.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Prayers for the Battlefield Staying MomStrong in the Fight for Your Family and Faith by Heidi St John

Do you need help praying for your family? Heidi has put together powerful prayers to help. In her new book, Prayers for the Battlefield she challenges us to get #offthebench. Our families need strong and fearless praying moms to counter the cultural norm, the status quo, the Anti Christ movement that our families face everyday.

I love Heidi's writing. It is simple to the point and filled with honest love for a lost world, family and for this generation. You will find yourself in this collection of prayers and reflections to help you stay in the battle.

Being a wife and mother are two of the greatest things in my life.  This book will help you stay the course in prayer, whether you are a new mom or a grandma and everything in between. Heidi is committed to help us stay MomStrong with the Spirit filled prayers with scripture. The only way to pray in my humble opinion.

Prayers for the Battlefield is for every season of motherhood. As long as we have breath we have influence in our children's lives. Let's put on our armor and engage the enemy in the battle for future generations. 

Rise up women of God, the King of heavens army has our backs. He will never leave us or forsake us. What legacy do you want to leave?  Spirit filled scripture led prayer is a super natural. 

Jesus says in John 14:12-14 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Finally, be encouraged sisters, we can dance on the battlefield even in the trials of life because 
the victory is already won and  belongs to the Lord. 

I highly recommend this book and it will be living on my side table or bedside.
It makes a great gift and also great for a time of sharing with other ladies. Imagine praying these prayers in a group? #offthebench

Click book above to purchase. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Some of my Most Loved Books, Curriculum, and Vendors

 Better Late Than Early

 Discover Your Children’s Gifts

 Prayers for the Battlefield

The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage Through the Homeschool Years 

Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That's in You for Your Family and Your Faith 

Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years

 Educating the Whole Hearted Child

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children

The Power of a Praying Wife

The Power of a Praying Parent

 A Woman After God's Own Heart Math on dvd/textbooks, and now subscriptions Mystery of History, Illuminations, Christian Kids Explore (Biology, Chem,…) What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible, According to the State: with Evaluation Check Lists for Grades K-8  A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach: Bible Based Homeschooling Foreign Language

 Romancing Your Child's Heart (Second Edition): A Fresh Vision of Christian Parenting

 Hearth and Home Really cool kits and stuff. I spent a small fortune there. 😉

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe

365 Day Homeschool Mom: Real Encouragement for Every Homeschool Day!

How to Be a Great Wife . . . Even Though You Homeschool

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

7 Things Every New Homeschooling Parent Should Know

1 Relax and believe you are doing the best for your children. If you have little ones start by just reading aloud on the couch. Enjoy this time.
Learn what philosophy of education you like.  If you are taking your children out of the system, deschool for a while. Don’t worry about academics and just reconnect with your child. Ask them what they want to learn.  I call it Delight Directed Learning, though I am sure I didn’t coin that term.

2. Find a local support group that isn’t just an online group. Get plugged in, that means participate. You will make lifelong friends.

3. Think outside of the “school” box. Don’t try to recreate a brick n mortar school at home. Make your school cozy, a joy to learn in. Don’t be afraid of messes. Clean up time instills good habits and discipline.

4. Find someone you can connect with that is older been there done that. That has a heart for homeschooling families.  Likeminded in your philosophy of education, religion, politics, just generally someone you can trust.  I know this can take time, and I am not saying people who aren’t the same are bad or wrong, it just makes it easier for you if you are not confident. 

5 Learn your child’s learning style. Check out The Way they learn by Cynthia Tobias. 
Everyone learns differently even moms. 

6. My number one thing I tell every new homeschool parent. If you do nothing but love your child, you are doing more than the public schools.  No one will love them like you do.

7. If you are a Christian parent, pray over your children and make reading the bible the first part of your day.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Becoming an Empty Nester

I think it is beginning to feel like it is happening already and there not even out of the house. Go figure.  I know I am being so emo right now.  My lil guy is now 15 goes to karate 4 times a week and once a month on Sat. So I am still driving him around.  He goes to Youth, and does a health class with some friends and if that isn't enough soon I will be teaching at our new local Co-op.

When my oldest went to college then law school it felt like I was going to die inside from missing him so much.  Even though I was busy homeschooling my youngest, being on two homeschool boards, and helping hubs in our family biz. He was an only child for 13 yrs before we were blessed with his brother.  My heart is so wrapped up in him.  Now with my youngest, he is busy with thoughts of becoming a Marine. So he watches lots of videos after school work and chores.  He loves history so he watches that too. So even though we are busy doing stuff and getting out, my heart is still overwhelmed with empty nester thoughts. Believe me I am not trying to make trouble for myself, it is just part of life right now.  Has anyone else ever felt like that?

Bottom line I have to live intentionally right now and be thankful I have these two beautiful blessings with me.  If my mom could hear me from heaven I hope she knows how sorry I am for leaving the state with her first grandson, and for not letting her babysit #2 (not because I didn't love or trust her, in case you are wondering).  I just have been madly in love and passionate for my kids.
On there way to volunteer at the local Habitat Restore.