Friday, January 21, 2011

12 left

Things are going well.  Mom is starting to get a little more tender now, but it's still not unbearable.  They gave her some cream with a numbing agent in it, and it does help a bit and it hasn't made her itch so far.  We are down to our last 12 visits; 7 more at the regular strenth and then the last 5 are boosted.  It's that last week where we will see a large increase in redness, pain and tiredness.

We saw the Dr. on Wednesday and asked him about some swelling that Mom had noticed on her left arm.  He says he thinks it is lymphedema.  He is recommending some massage therapy to treat it.  We are waiting on a call from the therapist to find out when and where this treatment will happen.  Please pray that this is not a permanent condition and that we can get it under control with the massage.  I do not know how often she will go for treatment, or how long the treatment will go on.  The Dr. did tell us that even though she has good range of movement with her arm, she does need to keep doing the arm exercises they gave her at the beginning of her treatment, because that will help force the fluid away from her hand and back through her body as it should be.

On a side note, Mom's car is having some major problems.  I don't get it all, but I think basically, the engine is shot.  It should be covered under her warranty, except, when Dad bought the car, he put it in only his name.  We spoke with the Attorney General for Idaho, and it sounds like they think KIA should be covering this.  We will have to take Mom's car to Boise on our flat bed trailer, and have them do a diagnostic, which will cost about $150.  In the meantime, she is without a car and Jeff and I are trying to accumulate documentation that will help support our claim that KIA should cover this.  Please pray that we can get this issue resolved quickly and with little to no cost to Mom. 

God keeps giving us opportunities to trust in Him, rely on His provision and rest in His timing.  May we bring glory to Him in each and every situation, giving thanks to Him in the good and the bad.

Standing on the promises of God,

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