I have had a strange week. I thinkl I overbooked myself. I had my GYN yearly appointment and now I have to go get a colonoscopy. Doesn't that sound like fun? Everything else looked okay though. Then I had an appointment with my rheumatologist and found out that I have Osteoarthritis in my knees. So in addition to Rheumatoid Arthritis, I have Osteoarthritis and Osteopenia. So what else. The good news is that my blood pressure is low, my blood levels are normal. My Doc says I can have cortisone shots in my knees, but I don't know if I am ready for that.
I went and helped out for a while at "Need A Meal" at our Church. We have started a ministry for those who need a free meal each Thursday from 6-7 p.m. It is a real eye-opener. Especially when you see people who are living in their cars, people with small children who actually have a place to live, but need help with groceries. I would say that out church gives out upwards of 50 bags of groceries each week. People are sent to us by Newport News Social Services. "Need a Meal" has no qualifications. We fix dinner and everyone in need is invited. So far we serve about 50 meals, and give take- out with whatever is left over.
The ladies in my quilting group presented quilts to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD). I wasn't feeling well that day, so I didn't go. I am just so happy that so many people will enjoy the quilts.
I think you know that I am President of the Newport News Host Lions Club this year. Our program last Monday was Dean Nowotny who is a volunteer coordinator with Hospice for Sentara. It was such an inspirational program. I really didn't understand Hospice until I heard his speech. If you would like to have him speak at one of your meetings in the Hampton Roads are, please call 757-736-3600 and inquire about Hospice. You can email Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org
"You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." Dame Cicely Saunders
Also, this past Saturday we screened 144 people with Pediavision in Patrick Henry Mall. It was awesome. Over 40 people received referrals to eye professionals to have their eyes checked. We will be screening again in August. This is so important for pre-school children. Pediavision can detect things that are wrong with the eyes with children as young as 6 months old. Monday we were at Arms of the King Preschool and screened about 28 children and staff. We had referrals there also. Our club will probably be helping some of the procure glasses. See my blog at http://nnlions.blogspot.com/
A friend, Jonnie, had a mastomectomy yesterday. I went to the hospital twice to see her, once before the surgery and once afterward. I wasn't able to see her either time, but I did see her son and gave him a gift for her. I hope that I can be there for her. I am her deacon. So many people were there for me, maybe I can give something back. If you have a friend going through breast cancer, please send them here and they can see how life goes on. I have come to really employ something that I believe. "The only way to truly serve God, is to serve others."
There was just so much going on yesterday, when I got home I had to take pain medication and kick back in my husband's recliner until I woke up at 4 a.m. freezing. Our heat cuts back at night. I turned on the bed warmer and the heated throw. It took a little while, but I warmed up and slept in this morning. This is my Friday, no outside appointments and Ray is out for the day. Love you all and hope your weekend is bright. My #SweetTweets are awesome people who follow me and retweet me on Twitter. See me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/barbaraduke