Things keep spinning around and not just in my head!

I so appreciate each one of you that take time to stop by my blog. I thought about renting out a hotel room right across from the medical facility we use because that is seemingly the only place I have  been this fall. I am a list-maker, so each time something happened that I considered  ‘bad news’, I made myself come back with something positive or beneficial from the experience. For example:

  • The weekly trips each week for my mother’s cancer treatment, combined with the management of symptoms, infections, and continuing decline with her Alzheimer’s. . .
  1. We had some good news about the cancer. A follow-up exam showed that the bladder cancer is stable.
  2. We will do a reassessment in a few months, but for now she has a retrieve from the BCG treatments.
  • Plantar fasciitis
  1. I was at my pulmonologist’s office for a visit, when he noted two things. I had edema in both ankles and elevated blood pressure. That may not sound like good news, but. . .
  2. I was at physical therapy the following day for treatment of my foot when I casually mentioned this  to my therapist. Within hours, I was on high blood pressure medicine because the numbers were now much higher.
  3. Now that I was paying better attention, I paid more attention to that nagging chest pain I had been experiencing. This led to a trip to the ER.
  • The unexpected gallbladder surgery. . .
  1. I went to the ER because of a possible heart attack. I have continued saying nearly every day that a surgery is almost always better than a heart attack.
  2. I am unable to eat certain types of food still. . . such as foods with very much fat. Instead of having great plans to change to a healthier diet, I pay dearly if I do not eat correctly. This just might be one of the best things that has ever happened to me!
  • The EKG at the ER
  1. My EKG did indicate a problem with my heart. I have rarely mentioned this, but my older brother passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 42. I am extremely grateful for a warning if there is a serious problem.
  2. An alert physician and cardiology nurse recognized the potential for a serious problem, and I saw a cardiologist for further treatment. I am going through several tests this next week, but the cardiologist believes the previous EKG’s gave an incorrect diagnosis.

This is the short version of why I have been away from my blog.

Does it change what I believe when there I can’t find a STOP button to press? Absolutely not. I found this blog, A Super-charged life, which says it well.

  1. Pressure refines us like gold and makes us stronger.
  2. Recognize the difference between internal and external pressure. This was especially true for me. I had to prioritize if I wanted to avoid creating my own pressure.
  3. The worst case scenario is usually not as bad as we imagine.

What about you? What are some things you have learned about handling pressure?

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35 thoughts on “Things keep spinning around and not just in my head!

  1. appletonavenue November 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I always thought I handled pressure pretty well. Not so well any more, I’m afraid. Some of it due to ms some just from aging, but there are some things I have great difficulty dealing with. You’re dealing with a lot, and it seems life just keeps adding more. I believe things happen in threes, I hope that is your three for now.l


  2. lenwilliamscarver November 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply

    ah the hospital, er journey, gotta love tht journey….NOT! I certainly hope you are doing better and just keep the faith for He gives no more than we can handle with HIM! God Bless!


  3. writerwannabe763 November 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm Reply

    First of all I need to say that I am so sorry that you are going through so much at one time….

    And as far as what I have learned about handling pressure…I seem to go and go and go…and then when the pressure lessens’s then that I give in and basically ‘collapse’ while I can.. When it’s prolonged it sure does take some time to recuperate though…Diane


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply

      I can be the same way. That is why I had to put the blog aside for awhile and just get some old-fashioned rest when I could!


  4. Katie Michele November 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Sounds like you have your hands full x1,000. Hope things ease off and give you some sort of a break.
    I can’t say that I’ve ever learned how to deal with pressure at all, my way of dealing seems to be by ignoring it or *not* dealing with it. .
    You’re in my thoughts.


  5. Clanmother November 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm Reply

    The older I get, the more I realize that we live day by day and sometimes minute by minute. In those moments, when I wonder where to turn, I draw on the strength of my family and friends. Within their embrace, I feel safe. Community is all about giving and receiving. My thoughts are with you as you navigate perilous waters…


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm Reply

      That is so true. I have relied very heavily on my family and friends. Very blessed to have both!


  6. applepieandnapalm November 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply

    As I get older, I’m learning to stop and remind myself that my pressure may not be as great as someone else suffering in silence. I’ve learned to find an outlet to to get the stress out and I’ve learned at the end of the day, it does get better. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but there is light if you look for it. As always, I’m pulling for you and my thoughts and well wishes are with you.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm Reply

      That is very true. Some times the quietest people are going through the most. I write about what is going on in my blog, but not much on Facebook, etc. It all depends on how we communicate. I suspect that is true with many others.


  7. Anne Wingate November 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply

    I think you and I must be related, except that the motel room wouldn’t do be any good because my doctors are at multiple hospitals! I find that reading helps a lot. Especially if it’s funny reading.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm Reply

      Oh no ~ that would be very frustrating! I have done everything possible to keep all physicians, etc at the same facility for both me and my mother, but I know that isn’t always possible. We live in a mid-sized market. You definitely have to choose your hospital or go to a much larger city. We do not have every specialist available, which means a 3-hr drive if you need someone not locally available.


  8. javaj240 November 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm Reply

    When I am feeling particularly stressed out I try to remind myself that it could always be worse. Because it can always be worse.


  9. Learning2Hear November 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm Reply

    I can certainly relate to wanting a Stop! button to press. I’m so glad we have a God who hears and answers prayer, even when all we can pray is a cry for His help. A pastor once told me that sometimes the best prayer we can pray is “Lord Jesus, please help me!” Five words that summon the all-powerful God for which nothing is impossible. I hope and pray you will be overwhelmed by joy very soon from answered prayers and good news. May you feel His presence and have His wisdom in every situation.


  10. fruitonthefrontline November 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. Your strength is an inspiration.


  11. ruleofstupid November 4, 2012 at 4:20 am Reply

    Hey Over-Joy,
    Good to see you finding ways to stay positive. My ‘thing’ I try and do is to understand what MUST BE, and what I can change, so I don’t waste too much energy being sad or trying to fight things that are inevitable. That and trying to accept that if i can’t do it it’s not a personal failure, just that no-one can do everything.


  12. Anna Popescu November 4, 2012 at 8:29 am Reply

    One of the things that led me to follow your blog was the title because joy is one of the guideposts of my life. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through so much but it sounds like you — as I am too — are trusting through the pain that God still knows what He’s doing and allowing in your life.



    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 7, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply

      I am glad to hear that you are trusting in God during your circumstances. There is no place we can go that He is not ahead of us. I will be praying for you.


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  14. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman November 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Bless your heart – you sure have been through your share. You are so right when you listed the three things on how to handle the pressure. It was a lesson I had to learn the hard way, I tried to run away and then fight my way to a “perfect” world. I had to find my way back to the inevitable, accept it and learn how to live with it. Since then I have let go of the anger I bottled up and have come out of this “refined like gold” – living a God centered life. You are an inspiration to many of us and from what I read you are not alone. Hugs – Patty


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm Reply

      Isn’t it a great feeling to let go of that anger? Not that it is easy by any means. That is wonderful that you now live with God at the center! I say it so often. . . I don’t know how others make it without Him!! Thank you for sharing your story!


  15. The Orchestra Director's Wife November 5, 2012 at 7:00 am Reply

    It’s okay to take a blogging break. 🙂 You have a lot of followers who understand and they are not going anywhere. I’m praying you will have a reprieve from all that is besetting you at this time. I pray that I can learn to handle life with as much grace as you. You are in inspiration. Thank you for setting a good example of Romans 5:1-5.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm Reply

      I appreciate your encouraging words so much! Now I need to get back into my routine again. I hope you are having a great week!


  16. Melissmor November 5, 2012 at 10:53 am Reply

    There’s not a waking day that goes by without me praying about you. Thus far, you have had such a successful journey and you are being blessed with the opportunity of re-discovering you. God is Great and He means well and your Joy, it is a miracle. You are quite right, because just like gold, diamonds – a girl’s best friend – requires 1650 to 2350 degrees F to actually form into the pretty pieces they do. Imagine that! That is way beyond anything known and if due to the pressure it forms such beauties, then imagine what God has in store for us, not that He wants to pressure and burn us up, but when the pressure hits, it’s like if He’s holding our hands squeezing us tightly and saying “My child, sit tight, I’m going through with you all the way, you will be even more precious when this situation/ordeal/tragedy/wake up call is completed.

    As always, I wish you God’s wonderful blessings and you know what marvels me – your wonderful sense of humour, that even though in the midst of all the pain and more, you still manage to have a smile and see things in the big beautiful lights. God bless you – Always! I’m CERTAINLY cheering you on your success journey, because honey, that’s exactly what it is, you’ve already won the prize, you’re just continuing the Success Journey!


    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 7, 2012 at 10:02 am Reply

      I appreciate your prayers so much. The next week is going to be a big journey. I am glad God is much bigger than my journey! Praying for you as well!


      • Melissmor January 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        Now THAT is certainly a wonderful feeling – knowing that He is bigger than us, He is awesome and a wonder to behold, He’s definitely got you covered.


      • Overwhelmed By Joy January 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        And I’m so thankful for that truth!


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    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 13, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

      Thank you. I am always looking for more information. I will be sure to check it out.


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