Update – 2/21/09

21 Feb

Wow! It’s been 10 weeks since I’ve posted anything. I realized last Saturday that I had not posted since December 10 and that I should post something soon. Then, Monday, I received an email from a colleague at work that said he was waiting for a blog update. So, I thought I should do an update this weekend.

I had my first endocrinology appointment last month with Dr. Paula Phillips. I think we’ll get along fine. I really like her and the clinic’s staff. I had my second appointment this week. My TSH level went from 5.45 down to 0.01. That’s hyperthyroid range! So, Dr. Phillips cut my medication dosage from 1 grain to 3/4. Hopefully, that will bring me up to 1, which is where she wants me. I will have lab work done again about a week before my May 7th ultrasound.

I am still experiencing fatigue, despite my increased hormone level. So, I need to attack this problem from another direction. I suspect the cause is a combination of seasonal allergies, inadequate amount of sleep, improper nutrition, insufficient exercise, and a less than optimal thyroid hormone level. We’re heading out of the winter allergy season, and my hormone level is getting adjusted. So, that means I need to work on getting more sleep, eating right, and exercising regularly.

I must say I’m quite happy with the Walgreen’s pharmacy near my house. I switched to them when I became dissatisfied with the service I received at Wal-mart. The people at Walgreen’s have been great. They even called Dr. Phillips’ to get permission to dispense 3 months of medication instead of one, so that I could save money. I can pay $9.97 for one month, or $14.47 for 3 months.

My first visit to my new dentist, Dr. Stan Shelton, was earlier this month. I was favorably impressed with him, his staff, and his equipment. Any one who can do X-rays with a 90% reduction in radiation exposure has my attention! I’ve had quite enough exposure already, so I like the idea of a 90% reduction. They did X-rays and took pictures of my teeth with a digital camera. It was all very interesting. The bad news is that I need three crowns. I have three large fillings that have a little decay under them. One of the teeth is actually cracked, but I haven’t had a problem with it.

Unfortunately my dental insurance maxes out at $1500 each year and I have to pay 50% for crowns. So, my cost will be about $2200. I definitely didn’t plan on that for this year, although maybe I should have. I’ve been told that fillings only last about 10 years and then start deteriorating. If that’s the case, I may need some more work done over the next few years.

Our Honduras mission trip has been scheduled for July again. I have my plane ticket and the hotel rooms are reserved. I think we have 8 people going so far, and several others who have not said whether they’re going. Money will be an issue this year, so I don’t know how many more people will be able to come or whether we will have much money for a construction project, but we will do what we can with what we have! I trust that God will provide the money we need and the people we need.

Today, I completed the first draft of chapters 15 and 16 of A Prayerful Study of the Gospel of John. This is volume 2 in the series. This is taking much longer than I would like, but I just don’t have enough time to work on it. There is a lot more work to be done after I finish the first draft, but that is a major milestone and it will be so good to get there!

Please pray that God will show me how to fit my writing activities into my schedule and still get enough sleep and exercise. Please also pray that He will guide me to write what He wants me to write.

Thank you all for your prayers. May God grant each of you His peace!

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