Resolutions and Cycle Stuff

The New Year has brought some resolutions.  It seems I am always going back to the same ones...praying more and things related to organization.  This year, a whopping two weeks in, things are going pretty well.

I have officially said the rosary more times this year than in my entire life.  I am not sure that is saying too much, but I am really enjoying my rosary ap on my phone and Charlie loves saying it with me.  He is the reason we did two in one day (my mom was like, the entire rosary, and I got all deflated, no just like one set of mysteries...).  Its been good for both of us and I am glad he is getting exposed to these things.  I can't wait until he gets enrolled in Atrium (Catechesis of the Good Shephard).  I have trouble knowing how to answer his questions and give him the right impression of God's justice and yet mercy.  It's tough and I also don't want to worry him.  I am looking forward to having help! 

Speaking of, my number one prayer right now is for a very dear friend of mine, Nan.  I have known her since I was 17 and seen her lose her mom and her sister to breast cancer.  She went through the doc program with me and was the only other one to get married and have two babies in the program.  She is expected to defend her dissertation next Monday, but there has been a delay.  The Friday before Christmas her biopsy came back.  Breast cancer.  She has a 2 year old and a 3 year old.  I am praying she kicks some serious cancer butt!  They are doing chemo prior to surgery (this is a newer way of doign things for cancers that are aggressive, large tumors, etc).  We are lucky to be in a big city with a large teaching hospital and lots of clinical trials to particpate in.  Leila, I am adding your sister to my prayers!

Back to resolutions, I also sort of hate doing dishes at night and don't have a good attitude about it. I have a CD player in the kitchen and have started replaying my religious talks on CD. I started with Christopher West's Women: God's Masterpiece. I don't know how you could listen to that and not feel fabulous when you are done! Now I am listening to the Jeff Cavin's bible study on the Gospel of Matthew. We are doing it as part of our small FG, but the first six chapters were so spread out due to the holidays, the CDs (I borrowed from church) are such a good refresher.  I am finding myself cleaning more than necessary to listen to the end!

Cycle-wise things are fine.  I am not on any meds and definitely can tell there is lots less CM, even with the addition B6 this month.  B6 works for me, but in combo with other things, so we will see.  I am figuring if I get to peak plus seven this month the bloodwork will indicate this and I will go back on all my old meds again (mucinex, amox, clomid, hcg).  I am glad we are not allowed to ttc right now b/c with ovulation comes...me running to the bathroom.  Dang stomach!  I did some googling and found out Crohn's diseas is diet related but also hormone related.  I wonder if that might be the culprit (I don't think I have it that bad, but then again, it has been about 5 times in the last 6 weeks), but I would think they would have seen something abnormal on my colonoscopy a few years ago.  I have an appt with my primary care next week. 

That's it for now! :)  The boys are good.  This is a nice easy time in terms of sleep and schedules (but very hard in terms of taking AJ to church-that boy is not interested in sitting still for half a second!).  Hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year!


JellyBelly said...

I find that being back to work makes it easier to pray the rosary. While I was off recovering from my surgeries I just couldn't wrap my head around it.

I didn't realize that you had IBD. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis ten years ago, but I've been in remission since 2006 and I haven't had any symptoms since I went off gluten. My gastroenterologist said that the disease had nothing to do with diet, but I have strong doubts about that!

I don't know if my stomach issues got better because of my diet changes and having stage IV endo removed, but I'm sure that both helped.

Good luck with your belly issues!


LOVE Christopher West, especially his talk on women as God's Masterpiece!! So happy that your resolutions are going well. (I still smile every time I think of Charlie praying the Rosary with you. Awesome!) :)

Keeping Nan in prayer and you as well... ALWAYS! Take care, my friend.

"All in His Perfect Timing" said...

Praying for your friend! Breast cancer is so scary!
So glad to hear that you are praying the rosary so often, even if it is only a decade. It still counts! I truly believe it!

WheelbarrowRider said...

JB, I am working on an official diagnosis. I am going to ask my doc to do allergy testing too. I am happy to change my diet to feel better, but need to know it is necessary b/c I am really a big baby re food. Glad you are feeling better!
AIHPT, maybe my language was wrong-we do what I always thought was an entire rosary (all the way around, five decades), but my mom always thinks I mean luminous plus joyful plus sorrowful, etc. I thought any time someone said they did the rosary, it was assumed it was only of the five sets of mysteries. Sorry for confusion but I am curious if I am just using inaccurate language? I also so appreciate the prayers, everyone! THANK YOU!

Jill said...

Big, huge prayers to your friend, Nan. I say a Novena every month and I will say it for her this month.

Also, I hope your tummy problems get better!

Let's get together soon, I love seeing you.

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

I love Christopher West! he is actually good friends with my odler sister!
I also hate doing dishes at night,and having a cd player in the kitchen is a great idea that I might just steal!
Praying for your friend..