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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: So much more than I can handle...

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

So much more than I can handle...

Got back from the allergist earlier today.

I had a skin test done, in which I tested negative for every allergen.  The list?  Cat, cockroach, dog, 2 types of dust mite, feather mix (various birds) mouse, the 7 most common trees, 2 grasses, 9 types of weeds, 16 types of mold, corn, egg, milk, peanut, soybean, and wheat.  Nothing.  Zilch.  I have no allergies.

The conclusion after seeing three specialists?  My acid reflux is to blame.  The sinus pain, ear pain and fluid, my "asthma", my recurrent bronchitis, my "allergies"?  All a result of my severe acid reflux.

A few years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux after finding out that acid reflux and regurgitation is not, in fact, normal.  I had no idea.  I've had it my whole life.  I had an endoscopy done during which they found two things.  1.  I have a hiatal hernia.  This means that a portion of my stomach sticks up through my diaphragm.  2.  My esophageal sphincter, the one that connects the esophagus to the stomach, doesn't close.  These two things would be the combination that has created a wicked issue with reflux.

Today, I was informed that it is also the cause of almost every major health issue I have had in the last 10 years and I now have to have surgery.  As in, ASAP.  :(

I might lose my job.  I had to call them and tell them that I will need a minimum of a month off of work for it, but will likely need 2-3 months off.  Not likely they are going to keep me in that case.  And even if they do, I will have to be off of work all that time unpaid.

I will be confined to the upstairs of my house because that is where the bathroom is and I won't be able to go up and down stairs for a few weeks.  My husband won't be able to take any time off work to care for me because we will need him at work as much as possible to cover the medical bills, the dietary restrictions, and my loss of income.  So, we are going to have to figure out how to have the dogs taken care of and get me some kind of help, give that the bed and bathrooms are up stairs, but the food is downstairs.

With everything else going on in my life, I just cried the whole drive home from the doctors office.  I'm currently waiting to hear from the surgeons office about when I can be seen for a consult and then I will need to schedule my surgery.

The phrase, "God never gives you more than you can handle," is sounding like a whole of of BS right now.  


Blogger Nicole Marie said...

I am so sorry to hear that you need surgery. Hopefully your job will understand.

Having surgery is going to fix you, therefore in the future you wont have to take time off so much, and you will feel 10x better.

I know right now it looks as though it is a sucky situation, especially having to stay upstairs. But in the long hall, this will make you better!

April 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Mask said...

I am so sorry. But as Nicole said in the long haul this will make you better. I am a testimony that God may seem to give us more then we can handle, but it is only so we learn to lean on him. Not trying to preach just talking from my own experiences. Praying for ya' hugs lady!!!!!

April 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Do you live anywhere near dc? If so I will figure out a way to help you. If not, maybe I can at least order you a pizza or provide a shoulder. Reflux stinks. My daughter has had it since age 3 and I wonder if she'll need surgery too. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. God doesn't give you more than you can handle. He will be there for you. I promise. Keep us informed. And don't feel alone. I'll be praying.

April 26, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

I'm so sorry lovey! I'm always praying for you!

April 26, 2011 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger chambanachik said...

I'm sorry, girl. That really is sucky. I am glad they at least found a reason for all those things.

That whole "God doesn't give us more than we can handle" is nowhere to be seen in the Bible. And I'm glad it doesn't exist, because I have been angry at him for having way too much on my plate at times. So it's not that he promises that, but that he is capable of helping you through it, even when it is too much.

Lots of thoughts and prayer.

April 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Marine Wife Unplugged said...

You might hate this comment. I really don't know. Please know however, that I'm praying for your health, your job, and your marriage (I read your most recent post about marriage).

In regard to your last statement about thinking God not giving us more than we can handle is bs, you only quoted half the verse, and you misquoted it, so here's the full verse. Yes it is in the Bible, and it's a very encouraging verse:

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." -1 Corinthians 10:13

The temptation it's referring to is referenced in James 1:13-15. Basically, crap happens. You can't get through it on your own. (John 15:5) God allows things to happen so that we learn to trust in Him instead of trust in ourselves. He sees the end. We don't.

I'm sorry it's sounding like a bunch of junk to you right now. I get that, because I hated hearing plenty of things when I was at the end of my rope.

I don't know if you've ever seen Patch Adams, but if you have, do you remember when Patch visited the old man whose coffee cup was dripping, and the math problem they solved together with their fingers? It's stuck with me after years, so I thought I'd ask. :)

April 30, 2011 at 1:12 AM  

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