We went to the doctor's Thursday for the results of the biopsies. The results.........Still no cancer! I just love saying that. We did find out a few more things about what was going on. Hubby not only had the baseball sized inflammation in his upper bowel, he had a smaller one on his lower bowel. The doctor said that there were possibly two reasons for this to happen. One, he has a inflammational bowel disease like Crohns, or two, he wasn't getting enough blood to his bowel because of something like dehydration.
Well, HELLO!!!! Hubby never drinks water. He almost ALWAYS drinks either ice tea or coffee. Both drinks have caffeine, therefore they dehydrate you. He also works outside in a factory welding and cutting metal. A hot job! So that's a good possibility! Either way, Hubby and I are still happy it's not cancer. That would take us in a whole new direction.
The doctor is actually leaning more toward the disease, so he decided that he was going to give Hubby a new med. This will be like an inflammatory medicine that will stay only in the bowels. It will not go through his whole system. We will have to go back to him in three months to see if this is helping any. Hubby is also suppose to drink lots, and lots of water. Hopefully this will help out the situation. We shall see.
During this whole ordeal, Hubby and I had plenty time to talk. By being faced with a serious illness, we have made many decisions about our lives. One: We are going to start taking better care of ourselves. I know, I know, we should have done this before. I'm sure you all can relate. But, we figured we got a second chance and we don't want to throw that away. We're going to try and eat as much "good stuff" from our garden and pastures instead of buying everything from the store that has been processed or is artificial. You would think that since we have such a big farm and all, that we would be doing that already. We weren't. We liked lunch meat and pre-made granola bars. We like prepackaged things like sausage and cheese. Now, we are going to make this stuff ourselves. We have been trying to go off of wheat, so far, not doing so good. Maybe if we would go to organic wheat, it wouldn't be so bad. We shall see. I'll keep you updated on all of this.
Two: We are tired of not getting anything done. Sure Hubby can do a lot of the stuff around the house by himself. Things like finish the house, build a garage, build a barn, finish the chicken house, and sooooooo much more. The problem is, TIME. He works 10 hr days and then on the weekends he just has maintenance stuff to do at the farm. He doesn't have time to do everything that needs done. With his job, he makes enough money for us to pay bills, and then we have just a tiny amount left over to buy things like feed and gas. That won't get things done. So that brings us to number three.
Three: I'm going back to work. I'm going to get a job so that I can make some money so that we can hire these things done. We are getting at the age where we need to hurry up and do this! Not getting any younger here! I'm not working for fun, or to have something to do, I'm working so that we can get some of our infrastructure done around here. That way, when we DO get older, we will have everything set up to where we (hopefully) won't have to worry about things on the farm.
Four: Stop worrying about the small stuff. It's no big deal! You look at things differently when something like this happens in your life. I really don't care that Hubby smacks his gum when he chews it. He chews gum because he quit smoking. Look at the big picture!!!!
Five: We have started going back to church. You can only imagine all of the "deals" that you will make with God when something like this happens. LOL! Seriously, there were a lot of people praying for Hubby and I. I believe that is the only reason that we got good news. Some of you may have your opinions, and that's fine, but I will also have mine. :0)
The content of this blog may change a little. I'll still have things about the farm and such, but it may be a little more personal. Writing this not only let's family members know what's going on, it let's me have a "diary" of sorts, that I can look back on and see where we have come. Don't worry, I'm not going to get all sappy on you all. There will still be some of the "crazy happenings", I'm sure. But I also think that you will get to actually know me and Hubby better. I think I'm okay with that. I hope you are too.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, getting real