Monday, August 3, 2009

Not so part-time!


I have missed you all lately.


This upcoming trip to the Mayo Clinic has kept me busy.


I have needed to focus on getting things in order with my work. I worked perinatal bereavement six out of seven days (so much for part-time!). This included my 12 hour Labor and Delivery shifts on Saturday and Sunday.


Additionally, I have been trying to get my mind in order. I have struggled with discouragement and a lack of faith in getting better. In order to try to find the best doctors to give me a second opinion, I have read many articles and professional journals. The information on anaphylaxis prevention and on reactions to fragrances did not leave me with the impression that there was much that could be done.


But, then I found great encouragement in God’s word…


Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6


Being a nurse and having the knowledge that I do, I think that I can figure things out myself. God is in control here. He created me and He can fix me.

He can use the doctor’s knowledge to heal me. Or He can just do it Himself.


Clearly, I cannot do it on my own, I cannot even begin to figure out my problem. I cannot lean on my own understanding.


But, I can have faith in Him. I can trust Him.


We leave for the Mayo next Monday. Did I mention we are going to bring the kids. They are very excited to go to a "new" state, stay in a hotel, and swim every day. They are also thrilled that we will be visiting the Mall of America!


I will have more posts before then.


Now, I look forward to coming over to see what has been happening with you.


I hope you are enjoying your summer!

40 comments:

Foursons said...

Good luck with the trip. I hope you come home with fantastic news!

He & Me + 3 said...

Enjoying the summer over here. What a great verse to live by. Praying that all goes well on your trip. Be safe.

Rachel said...

We've missed you too! And a perfect verse to depend on.

Can't wait for more posts - and I'm sure you will have enjoy the mini break!

Beth in NC said...

I pray God will continue to encourage, strengthen, and heal you.

God bless!

WWWebb said...

I am passing my good luck on to you, as I'm almost done with it.

The stairs won on May 26th and I got an open fracture of my right tibia.

Six operations and three weeks of hospitalizations later-- MRSA.

However- as of today, my plastics guy LOVES the state of the skin graft he did on me last Friday, and assuming the ortho guy is just as happy with things come next Monday, I'll get cleared to return to work.

So I'm passing my good luck (MRSA excepted) to you, and hope you have the chance to pass it along to someone else when you're done with it.

-stephanie- said...

Great verse to lean on. God is good and has your life under control. Your family will love the Mall of America. Enjoy the trip. Praying for wisdom for the doctors.

Yarnmomma said...

Julie,

I think about you every day as I am praying for wisdom for the doctors your going to see and good things to happen on the trip..

God will never leave us nor forsake us..The love he has for us is awesome, unbelieveable,..there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe the unconditional love he has.

If you wanna reach me to talk or for prayer please leave me a note or send me a email..

Huge Hugs,

Stephanie

Following HIM said...

HE will lead you to an answer HE already knows about. Hang in there sweet friend! Praying for you~ Have a great time in the "new state." :)
~Elyse

Valerie said...

Sending lots of positive thoughts and best wishes for a successful and fun/safe trip.

I'm sure walking in your shoes is difficult...being a nurse and yet not being able to find the answers you are looking for!

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and asking our Heavenly Father to provide your doctors with the wisdom necessary to make things better!

Blessings,
Val

Mighty M said...

I hope your trip goes well, it is so hard not having all the answers!! I think the Mall and the pool ought to keep the kids very busy!!

christy rose said...

Well, at least you are getting to make the most of your trip and make some family memories! The Mall of America sounds like a great place to go.

mrosev14 said...

Wow, so much for part time alright! I think you must have found great strength from that verse, I mean, even you, a phenomenal nurse needs a little lift every now and then again.

I hope you have a wonderful time during your remaining time there.

Pam D said...

Favorite verse there, Julie.. and it's come to MY mind several times this past week. I'll pray for travel mercies and a productive visit for you; my sis in law had some digestive issues that just couldn't be figured out here; she went to Mayo and they got it worked out. There are truly some amazing doctors there, but what matters most is that you're taking the Great Physician along for the ride.
big hugs........

blueviolet said...

That's one of my favorite verses and couldn't be more apropos to your situation. Hugz!

Kelley said...

I pray that you come back with many questions answered and many treatment options! I will pray for wisdom for your doctors and for safe travels for you and your family!

I can't wait to hear all about it!

Aspiemom said...

Good to hear from you. You have been working A LOT!

I'll be praying for your trip and Mayo visit, that they can find a way to help you.

Glad you're leaning on God, instead of only trusting in man!

Jen said...

I truly hope that you find the answers that you are looking for and if not the faith to carry on.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love that verse. We sing a song based on it at church. Well the kids do. I am praying for you.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Praying for you....

Beth E. said...

How exciting for your family! I'm praying that you will have a WONDERFUL time on your trip, and also that God will reveal the answers that you seek.

Blessings,
Beth

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

You know that I am praying for you and I know that God has you in his hands for sure. It is tough to not have control of something.

If you end up going to the Mall of America....call me...seriously.... I would love to "Meet" you for a little Coffee (ie...shopping)!!! Cell phone 612-239-5915

Tricia Nugen said...

I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers!

Grami's girls said...

I will be praying God gives you the answers you need. While there visit Lakes Superior, the drive up the North Shore is beautiful! The Mall of America is awesome!!!..have fun...

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

=)

brian said...

Hang in there sweetie...

Paige said...

Praying for wisdom and healing. Have a safe trip!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Will be keeping you in prayer......

prayers of peace, healing and wisdom. May you feel God's arms surround you and your family on your trip, keeping you safe, healthy and happy. I pray that the answers are revealed to you, one way or another.

xox
*~Michelle~*

Annie said...

You are coming to my state! The kiddos will love the M.O.A. So much for them to do there.

Orah said...

I am so sorry you are going through this, and I hope the Docs at Mayo are very helpful and that G-d gives them the wisdom to do their work well. And, I am happy that the kids will have fun in Minneapolis. I was there in the winter (AWFUL - FREEEEEEEZING) The mall will absolutely keep them busy. Good luck and be well.

April said...

We've definitely missed you, too, Julie! Praying that you will get the answers that you're looking for! Have a fun and safe trip!

Helene said...

I really do hope you get the answers you need!!! Keep us posted!!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Please read this when you get a chance http://shortsouthernmomma.blogspot.com/2009/08/nicholas-walker-question-10-answered.html
I told her I would send you.

E @ Scottsville said...

Yea, I've missed you around these here bloggy-land parts! But I've been so busy that I haven't done all of my keep-up on my favorite blogs either. It's hard in the summer time when you're too busy enjoying life. Don't worry, I know!!!!

Have a great trip!

Morgan said...

I've wondered where you were, but it seems lately a lot of people aren't posting as much. Must be the nice weather. Would you believe we had 70's here in the midwest a few weeks back?!? Crazy weather this summer.

Thank you for your nice comments. It's the figuring out what gets to healthy baby, healthy mom that I'm wrestling with.

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Praying for a safe trip, wisdome for the doctors you'll be seeing and for you and your family to have fun together on your trip! Even though you're going there for a serious reason making memories as a family will be a good thing and help with the stress.

grandma mac said...

Gosh, I have missed you my friend. I KNOW, without a doubt, that this will be a trip of a lifetime...answers to your questions....peace for your mind, body and soul....and some GREAT shopping....giggle, oh yeah, the pool will be awesome too!!

I will be, as always, thinking and praying for you and your family and asking that Heavenly Father, keeps you safe, protected and that the Doctors will have the answers to the thousands of questions that are running through your cute head....take care my friend....deb

Lori said...

Best of luck at the Mayo... I'll keep you and your doctors in my prayers.

Rebekah said...

Ill be praying for you.... I finally got back to my computer. No new posts for me yet. It seems like the summer is becoming a blurr of working like crazy then packing to go out of town then coming home only to work and catch up on the laundry. I hope you have some fun and find some answers. Im working day shift this week.I look forward to hearing about your adventures

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Been missing your posts...have been doing some posting but not much reading lately. School is starting!!! Take care and know that we're thinking about you as you search for the answers you need to move on. Enjoy the mall. We went several years ago and it was SOMETHING!

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