Thursday, February 19, 2009


The Spring and Summer 2009 Children's Ministry calenders are now complete
I will pass them out during our Upward Closing program and to the members that following Sunday..
Our theme this year is
"Imagine" taken from Ephesians 3:20 - "Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.


Friday, February 13, 2009

GERTRUDE...A Firery Red Head

Meet Gertrude.. Or as I have come to call her.. "Gerti" the next generation of movers and shakers in a world of non stop youth activities.. and family fun..

Stay tune for more adventures featuring our new star..

Good Bye Betty Lou....Job Well Done

Well rain has come to Muddville one more time..I had to say goodbye to a friend this week..

Miss Betty Lou gave her last performance on Tuesday.. She was a swell gal.. We have had some great memories together her and I..

During the bad snow days.. Ole Betty Lou would plow through the snow, while the snow plows would move to the side... as to say.. "Lead the way Betty Lou"!!

Even when Betty Lou hit a deer at 55 mph one foggy spring day.. She just smiled and wiped the fur from her grill and kept moving..

To find the words to say goodbye to Betty Lou.. is like asking a Robin to name that song.. or a Rainbow to describe her colors..

"My..Betty Lou...Betty Lou...There was no car like you"!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Esophagus Stretching Procedure..Or..OUCH!!

Hello everyone.. with the weather being bad and not really having time to blog, I thought I would write a quick blog about my procedure on Monday..

What is wrong with me:
Acid Peptic Stricture - This condition is very common. The stomach produces acid which, in turn, can reflux into the esophagus. This event is usually made worse by the presence of a hiatus hernia. Over time, the acid and peptic stomach juices injure the esophagus, causing inflammation and then scarring. The fibrous scar then contracts and narrows the esophageal opening.

Schatzki's Ring - This condition is really exactly that, a narrow ring of benign fibrous tissue constricting the lower esophagus. Physicians still do not know how it develops.

Cough.. Cough.. Gag, Gag... Scope... Scope.. Chew slowly Chew slowy..(I did this 4 times)

Achalasia Dilators - Achalasia is a special situation which requires a larger, balloon-type dilator. The procedure is frequently done under x-ray control. In this situation, the spastic muscle fibers in the lower esophagus are stretched and broken, which in turn allows easier passage of food and liquid into the stomach.


I have to do it one more time at the end of the month..

(Dont worry.. in about 3 weeks, I wil be able to eat a whole turkey again in one bite!!!