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A Prayer for the Ephesians Eph. 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Month of May

May has been the month when I needed to increase my medication. Last month I needed to supplement  my Octreotide LAR with shots at home only for a few days before and a few days after my treatments. During May I gradually added one shot per day, until I am now on one injection every morning and one every night.

My injections are 0.1 mcg of Octreotide Acetate (aqueous) in a pre-filled 1mL syringe. I increased my meds to 2 shots when I had symptoms of waking up hot, sweaty, and with that feeling of "increased bowel motility". First, I began taking one shot every morning because I don't like the feeling of having my back on fire while I'm on my computer in the evening. That feeling has disappeared this month.

So this is just a report to say that things continue to be good. I had a very good April as my strength increased from a rough episode in December and January. I am not really strong compared to going out and doing things as much as other people do, but I can garden and walk Spunky. Last week I was able to take Spunky on one of our long walks like we did a couple years ago; so that is good. On the other hand, we went to San Diego over Memorial Day weekend, and I can only walk around for about three hours. I can go out for the afternoon or the evening, so I have to decide what I really want to do.

One goal I have had for a few years was accomplished this month. The man (Jeff) who takes care of our lawn created a planter in front of our yard. No bricks involved. He created a curved shape for me and filled it in with plants from elsewhere in the yard. Our yard in front of the house looks quite traditional: roses, a fern, lacy hydrangeas, and a type of heather.  The side yard that Jeff landscaped about five years ago has Allium, peach daylilies, and other things I had never planted. I wanted the front planter to integrate the two looks.

So the new planter looks great! Jeff used a deep red daylily, a peach one, some heather, pink roses and Allium to pull it all together. So that is a goal fulfilled from my post about "You can't Change everything, but you can Change Some Things."