Back on the roller coaster!

Well, I should have known not to be making plans.  We are now back on the roller coaster that is Carly’s illness.  Today, she went to the lab at the hospital and had her blood work done as ordered, then I took her to the dialysis clinic.

During dialysis, Carly started having problems.  Her oxygen saturation went way down and they had to give her oxygen.  Then, her blood pressure became unstable to the point that the dialysis had to be stopped.  Then Carly was called with the results of her blood work and her hemoglobin was low.

I took her to the ER.  We got there at 2:30, got her all checked in and registered.  At 6:30, we are still waiting.  Carly has talked to Dr. Thompson while we have been waiting.  He says he is going to have her admitted so he can send her to dialysis every day until she gets down to her dry weight and there they can give her blood at the same time. Hopefully, she will be able to be released by Monday so she can have the holiday out of the hospital.

I left Carly in the ER waiting to go get her something to eat.  When I returned, John was there and we were all waiting.  It seemed silly for all of us to be there, so I left to go home to take care of her dogs.

I am not sure what is going to happen from here.  I had planned to go home today, but it seems that will not happen.  We will just have to play things by ear.  I don’t want her to be all alone in the hospital, since her roommate, John, plans to leave on Saturday to go home to visit his family for the holiday.

All I really want is for Carly to be taken care of and for her to feel better.  I really want her to be called to get a transplant.  I am really getting tired of this roller coaster ride!

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20 Reasons Why Network Marketing Is The Business of the 21st Century

Here’s an article that explains why getting involved with network marketing is the smart thing to do.  This is from a British website, so don’t mind the use of the pound when talking about money.  This list is on the mark.  I especially like #15.

Please read the entire article and then decide to join me in network marketing.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


20 Reasons Why Network Marketing Is The Business of the 21st Century

If you are new to business, and in particular network marketing then “welcome”. You are at the right place. We strongly believe that building a network marketing business is one of the smartest things you can do with your time and money in today’s economy.

In order for you to be really successful in network marketing, it is important to understand why you should even bother. The truth is that it takes time, effort and energy to build a business. Most people are quite comfortable with where they are, so why bother?

Below are the top 20 reasons why starting a network marketing business right now is one of the smartest things you can do, but first we must understand that we are now living in a new age. “The Information Age”.

Living in the Information Age

For the last 2000 years of human history, we lived in the “Agrarian Age”. This was a time when it was all about farming. Whoever owned the farms and the land, controlled the wealth.

In the 20th Century, we moved in to a new age called the “Industrial Age”. The first big corporate giants including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford, with their huge steel and car companies dominated the business world. It was whoever owned the factories that controlled the wealth.

From the year 2000 onwards, with the rise of the Internet, we moved in to a new age. “The Information Age”. Today, companies like Twitter and Facebook are changing the business world. Today, it is about building and owning networks. This has levelled the playing field. There has never been a better time in history to build and own your own business. Are you set to take advantage?

20 Reasons Why Network Marketing is the
Business of the 21st Century

1. Build Your Fortune, Not Someone Else’s

Here is the big question: At your current place of work, who is making a living and who is getting rich? It is whoever owns the asset. The asset is the business. This is where the control and wealth is. By working as an “Employee,” you are spending your 8 hour day building someone else’s asset. You are earning a living, and the owner is building a fortune. You are not only making 10x less money, but also paying twice as much in tax.

2. Want To Double Your Income Each Year?

It is very difficult to be able to double your income with a job. In fact, the average pay rise is currently around 2%. This is crazy, especially since inflation is closer to 10%. However, with a business, it is a lot easier to get twice as many “customers” next year than the last, which in turn doubles your income. The smart people are now building their own businesses on the side.

3. True Financial Freedom

One of the top reasons for owning your own business is that it leads to financial freedom. Meaning, being able to earn lots of money without you needing to be there. The problem with a job is that you are “Selling time for money”. This means that you can never stop working because your income also stops. With a business, you have hundreds of customers that are generating the income. This means you can go on holiday for a month and be making more money when you come back than when you left.

4. Utilise the Internet…(or kick yourself)

Important Point: The Internet is changing the world as we know it, and you are living in the middle of it right now. In 50 years, you might look back and think, why didn’t I make the most out of it? There has never been a better time in history to start a business and especially one that involves connecting with people. You can now contact hundreds of people with a push of a button. The fact you are reading this right now proves it’s effectiveness. You will kick yourself if you do not take advantage of this.

5. Living A Rich and Rewarding Life

One of the biggest benefits with a network marketing business is the personal development, which many people are not even aware it exists. To become successful, you have to help other people become successful. It’s very rewarding to watch other people grow and become better people. The fact that you can make £100K per year, working only 4 hours a day, which then gives you all the time and money to enjoy life is a massive bonus.

6. Are You Taking Advantage of the Population Boom?

You may not currently be aware of this but, the human race is currently expanding exponentially. Simply do a Google image search for “world population growth“ and you will see world population is going off the chart. Now, this is going to cause a lot of problems for some businesses, but is great for people businesses like network marketing.

7. What Job Security?

For over 100 years, the reason people clung to jobs was because of security. Today, with more and more people getting made redundant in a shrinking market, job security no longer exists. People are now looking for a more secure way to earn a living. What is more secure? Having one income stream with a job or an income coming from a hundred places, which you get from having a customer base? Today, jobs are now the risky option.

8. Retire Rich or Retire Poor…your choice

The government with the pension scheme made a critical error back in the 1970’s when people could suddenly “Choose” whether they pay in to a pension or not. We now have a massive problem where there isn’t enough money to pay for everyones retirements. Add to that, the fact that the state pension is a tiny £6000 per year, there are going to be thousands of people retiring on half of minimum wage needing another income.

9. Want To Work for The Next 50 Years?

People now have a clear choice. Do they graduate from university with £50,000 of debt? They can then either get a job, earn a living and retire in 50 years on the equivalent of minimum wage, or, they can build a business and have the opportunity to retire after only 3-5 years. This is the Industrial Age moving in to the Information Age at it’s most obvious. Those who realise this, will be the ones who will benefit massively financially.

10. Want To Start Life £50K in Debt?

With university fees being tripled in the UK, the average student debt is now £50,000. The younger generation are starting life with chains around their neck. The choice the younger generation now has, is going to uni and starting life in debt or starting a business where in 3 years they could become financially independent. Where do you think people are going to be going? Are you ready to help them and benefit financially?

11. Do You Use Mass Market Chemical Products?

Did you know that 95% of the food we buy and personal care products we use from the super markets and the high street stores are not very good for you? They are mass produced and in order for them to have a long “Shelf Life” are being pumped full of preservatives and parabens. Studies are now linking these to cancer. The top network marketing companies are botanically based meaning, products that are actually good for you.

12. Would You Like An Income That Builds Itself?

When you get to a certain point in a multi level marketing business and you have your team in place, your business then begins to build itself. You cannot do this with a job. This is how you can go then away on holiday and be making more money when you come back than when...(read the rest here)

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Life has settled down somewhat, but what is next?

Since my last post, things have settled down somewhat.  Carly is doing better and is going to the dialysis clinic three times a week to give me a break.  Her blood work seems to have stabilized and we no longer are on a roller coaster.  She is getting more and more depressed, which I certainly understand, but this time of year has always been hard for her to handle with the time change, less daylight, and the holidays it is hard on me too, but she is particularly susceptible.

Last week I had to leave early to go back to Tulsa because my sister (who lives with me) had some dental surgery and was not doing very well.  She is very sensitive to pain medications and when she takes them it exacerbates her Bipolar symptoms.  So I drove back home and took care of her for about four days.  Once she was doing better, I came back to OKC to take Carly to her appointments.

One of the symptoms of her illness is Hepatic Encephalopathy–a big term for being confused and feeling like she is drunk.  Her gait is unsteady, her vision gets weird, she cannot remember anything, and she develops a severe tremor.  It is because of this that she is not able to drive anymore.  Today, she told me that she thinks her HE is getting bad again and she is worried.  It is caused by elevated ammonia blood levels.  Her liver is unable to filter ammonia out and so it builds up in her blood.  That is why she takes Lactulose and Xifaxan.  She is very religious about taking her meds, so it’s not because she messed up her pills.

Anyway, we seem to be getting back to normal.  I think Carly will start back on home dialysis next week which means I will need to be here more.  I have enjoyed the time at home and am ready to get back to the job of dialysis nurse for one!

Just wanted to update this blog.  I didn’t mean to let it go so long!

 

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It is always something!

It is always something, that is for sure! After being released from the hospital the last time, Carly came home to rest and recuperate.  She was lying on the couch watching television and decided to get up to go to the kitchen for a drink.  She got up, walked into the kitchen and promptly fell to the floor!

She hit her head and her elbow on the counter going down and again on the floor.  She didn’t even have time to cry out, I heard the commotion and ran to the kitchen to find her laying on her side on the floor.  She was conscious and in a lot of pain.  We checked her out, limb by limb, system by system before John helped her to get up from the floor.  She had a big egg on the side of her head, a huge bruise on her hip, and her whole left arm was numb.

We got back to the couch and checked her out again.  I did neuro checks on her since she had such a lump on the head.  I told her she could not go to sleep for at least another hour while I assessed her.  I was worried because she complained of being “so sleepy” and struggled to stay awake for me.  Her vitals were good and nothing was broken, so my biggest worry was her neurological status; and figuring out why she fell in the first place.

We made it through the night without any more excitement and she felt much better, although very sore, in the morning.

The rest of the week was busy with appointments, dialysis–just the usual.  Because she was going to the clinic on Thursday for dialysis, I left to go back to Tulsa after we finished all her appointments.

Friday night Carly calls me to tell me she is in the ER again.  This time she fell and knocked herself out.  She said she was trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom and when she stood up her legs just gave out.  She hit her head hard on the dresser and again on the floor.  John got her up and this time took her to the hospital.  I was so worried while I waited for the results of the tests.  Finally, the test results are back and she has a slight concussion, no broken bones and many new bruises.  The labs came back normal so after 4 or 5 hours in the ER she was allowed to go home.

Saturday, she went to the clinic for dialysis and said that she felt as if she had been run over by a truck.  I spoke with her numerous times and she assured me that she was fine and I did not need to come back to OKC until Tuesday as planned.  I had mixed feelings, but what good would I do if I was there?

So on Monday, after my doctor’s appointment I will drive myself back to the city and this time I am taking the walker that my sister used when she was having balance problems.  Carly is not too keen on this idea, but I want her to use it when she gets up from a sitting or lying position to stabilize herself; I don’t think she needs to walk with it, but we will see when I get there.

It is always something here, that is for sure.  Please pray for a transplant soon!

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Network Marketing article for you

Here is a link to a site with a few articles on working at home and being in business for yourself that you may find interesting.  There is a specific article on network marketing that I hope you read.

I hope you see the benefits and decide to join me on this journey.

Once again, I am offering to mentor new people into my business–complete with step by step instructions and personal conversations.  I understand that being in business for yourself is something none of us are taught about and we need help to understand all the ins and outs.  If there are questions I can’t answer, I have quite a few people to get the information from.

I am also looking for active customers.  Maybe trying the product first will help you decide to join my business.  Maybe not.  Either way, you will be getting the very best natural weight loss products made.  You will have access to the very best skin care products too.

Won’t you try them out?  Below is a video that shows you how great these products are and that they are changing lives for the better every day.

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It’s been a busy time for us

Since my last post on the 25th of October, plenty has happened.  It really has been a busy time here in Oklahoma City.  Carly went to the ER for low potassium and then she had to go back on the 19th for low hemoglobin, as you remember from previous posts.  Then on the 25th of October, she had to go back to the ER because her potassium was toxic and she was acting crazy.  The treatment for elevated potassium is pretty severe since it can cause death if not dealt with aggressively.  But wait, there’s more!!!  She went back to the ER on the 29th for a nose bleed that lasted 24hours.  She stayed in the hospital overnight and they gave her 2 units of blood, but no one did anything to make the nose bleed stop.  When she was discharged, she was still bleeding.

We finally made an appointment with her kidney doctor, whom we love.  He listened to all of her concerns and stated that she was absolutely right.  He changed her to go back to the dialysis clinic for the next 6 weeks to give me a break and give her a break and where he can be more available if she has problems.

We are not giving up on home dialysis, just taking a break.  I will get to be at my own home more and she will have more fluid pulled at the clinic.  I have mixed feelings about her return to the unit, but I have to say I think it is the right decision for her right now.  She is so depressed and with dialysis at home cannot get away from her illness for one minute.

She continues to work on that issue with her counselor and I am very supportive of that arrangement.  She misses me being right there to keep her company, but agrees that she needs to have some alone time herself.

All in all, it has been a whirlwind month of October.  I hope November is less challenging and Carly gets to feeling better soon.  I really hope she gets a call to come get a transplant soon, but even then it will simply be another step in the process.  I would like her to get her transplant in OKC, but I think it will be Dallas that calls her.  Then we have a whole slew of problems to solve since we will have to live there for 6 weeks post-op.  If it’s not one set of problems, it’s another.  Oh well.

 

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Never a dull moment here…

Since last post, there has been quite a bit of activity here.  Never let it be said that we lead dull lives.  img_0855

The rest of the week went by without much excitement, except that Carly kept being nauseated to the point of vomiting.  She was basically living on Zofran or Phenergan to keep from throwing up.  Her dialysis went well after we finally got the SAKs made with the correct potassium dose.

So on Sunday, we went ahead and had dialysis like normal and I drove home to Tulsa as usual.  The plan was for me to be there Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday (Carly was going to get dialysis at the clinic on Monday).  Carly was trying to make time for me to be at home longer.  She wants me to be able to have some type of life in Tulsa.  She is worried because I am so tired all the time.

So, come Monday morning, Carly calls me to say she is SICK and vomiting and can’t stop.  She said she was having to lay on the bathroom floor because she couldn’t get to the bathroom fast enough if she didn’t.  I told her to call John and have him take her immediately to the ER.

She gets to the ER and her labs show a potassium of 6.7!  They immediately begin the protocol for hyperkalemia treatment.  She got dextrose and insulin IV and an albuterol treatment–to try to push the potassium back into the cells and out of the bloodstream.

They arranged for her to get emergent dialysis in the Acute Unit to get as much potassium as possible out of the bloodstream.  Once all that was done, she went back to the ER to be discharged.  In the meantime, I drove back to OKC to be with her at the hospital.

Today she is up but feels like she was run over by a big truck.  We are not sure where she is with her potassium, but I guess we will know soon if it is still too high.

Carly needs a case manager–someone medical who will drive the train that is her wreck of an illness.  Someone to talk to all the doctors and put all their information together into a comprehensive care plan.  Someone she can reach out and touch when she has questions or is developing a problem.  It seems that her train is full of different cars, but no engine.  Everyone passes the buck when a problem develops!img_0857

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Another trip to the ER? Why, yes, thank you!

So I returned to OKC on Monday around 5pm expecting to do dialysis with Carly right away.  Instead, Carly called me on the highway to tell me that the NextStage delivery was not premade bags that can be hung immediately, instead they had sent her a small box with two SAKs.  You get 3 treatments out of each one, but it takes 71/2 hours to make them.  So Carly hooked the SAK up around 4pm and we could not do dialysis Monday.

Since she skipped Sunday, she needed to have dialysis Monday but that did not work out. We called the home dialysis nurse and asked what to do.  She said we absolutely could not use the old dialysate and that we needed to wait for her labs to come back that they drew that morning to see if she needed to do anything else.

At around 5:30, the nurse called to say her potassium was back in the normal range but her hemoglobin had gone down even more.  She cannot do dialysis if her hemoglobin is below 7 and hers was a 6.2.  The nurse called Dr. Thompson who said to get her into the infusion clinic at the hospital for 2 units of blood.   The only problem was they could not get her in until Wednesday morning.  Carly was freaking out because she can’t go that long without dialysis and she was really feeling sick and bloated.  The doctor was upset that we had not done dialysis Monday and said to go to the ER for blood and dialysis NOW.img_0852

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So off we go at 10am to the ER at Baptist Integris Hospital.  What FUN!!  We sit there until around 12:45 when they wheel her into the acute dialysis suite and get her hooked up and running.  They can pull more fluid therethan we can at home and they can give blood while doing so.
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At 5pm, she goes back to the ER to be discharged.  We wait and wait and wait until finally I take out her IV and get her dressed.  At 6:30 the nurse comes in with her discharge papers and we leave.  Just another fun day in Oklahoma City!

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#1 Problem–Please don’t be like this person

This is the #1 problem for every network marketer.  Please don’t contribute to this problem.  I hope you will be open to learning more about how network marketing works and why it works.  I hope you can be open minded enough to see the potential you get with network marketing.

Besides making a living, you surround yourself with positive, goal oriented people who genuinely want you to succeed and make money.  You are encouraged to develop your own self-esteem and to listen to uplifting CDs and read uplifting books.  You are encouraged to learn.  You are encouraged to reach your full potential.

There are many people who are making money right now with network marketing.  Maybe not the thousands that is hyped about, but a good $6-900 a month in extra income just by working their part time business.

In network marketing, you get what you are willing to put into it.  It is a real business with all that includes.  You have to work at it daily and you have to be patient but if you just stay in place and keep working, all of a sudden you start making money; and the best part of it is that the money will continue to come in whether you work or not.  It is called residual income.

I hope you see this to be true and will join me in my business.  I would love that, but maybe my business isn’t for you.  Okay.  There are so many network marketing businesses out there to choose from.  Just dive in and learn how to make extra money every month.

 

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So many doctors and not enough time to see them all!

We got up today early and got ready to go to the hospital for the kidney clinic.  Carly’s letter stated that her first appointment would be at 0845, so we stopped at Jack in the Box to get breakfast and hurried over to the hospital.  Since neither of us knew where we needed to go, I had Carly call the home dialysis clinic for instructions.  Well, come to find out that they changed her 0845 appointment to 1215 and her next scheduled appointment wasn’t until 0945.  So we rushed over to where that appointment was supposed to be and waited.

We made it to the next appointment, which was with the kidney surgeon.  He was a very nice man and patiently answered all of our questions regarding the surgery.  He did a cursory exam of her abdomen and then said we would have another appointment in 6 months if she still needs it (perhaps transplant will occur before then?).  Since we had time to kill before the next appointment, we went to Target.

I don’t know how to describe what it is like to go to a store with Carly.  First off, she is very cheap.  I mean that in the nicest way, but she does not spend money unnecessarily.  So, when you go shopping with her, prepare to be there quite a while.  She has to look at each and every item in the store and only then will she make a decision about her purchase. We went in with a list of just 2 things and left with 2 new tops, new make-up, a new make-up case, vitamins, popcorn and drinks!

Then we went to see her nephrologist, Dr. Thompson for her scheduled monthly appointment with him.  He is a great doctor and we both really like him a whole lot.  He was very concerned about her potassium being so low and said her dialysate prescription at home was pulling too much potassium out of her system.  We are instructed not to use what we have at home now, but NextStage can’t get our new prescription out to us until Monday.

Since she did not do dialysis on  Thursday, she needed to get into a clinic today.  He agreed and arranged for her to go upstairs to clinic today and tomorrow to catch her up and get her potassium better.  Then she can skip Sunday and we will have the new batch on Monday to do her treatment at home.  She was not amused, but was grateful that he did not put her back in the hospital.

I jumped at this opportunity to be able to drive back to Tulsa today and stay at home until after I see my oncologist on Monday.  We will have to do her treatment Monday late in the afternoon or early evening since we are not sure when the new dialysate is being delivered.

There is never enough time in a day to do all the things we need to do.  It’s a wonder that Carly gets anything done except see doctors and do treatment.  I can understand why she is so tired of all this because I have to say I am getting there pretty quickly.

 

 

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