Jul 15, 2014

No News is...No News

Right now we are in a "hurry up and wait" mode.  No news, good or bad on the job situation. No new job. 

Migraine is a constant 8+.Going to see my neurologist tomorrow to try to figure out a plan of action.  I know that stress is a lot of this. 

So, how can I reduce the stress? 
  • Keep my hands and mind occupied with profitable pursuits. 
  • Pray without ceasing. 
  • PRAISE without ceasing.
  • In everything give thanks.   
  • Eliminate as much junk in my diet and life as I can. 
  • Exercise daily
  • Spend time daily with my husband, just the two of us.

Plan is made.  Time to implement. 

Jul 10, 2014

No news on the job front means uncertain times.

David's job situation is still uncertain. According to the "PIP" paperwork his last day should have been today. His boss has NOT kept any of his obligations in this mess and even had the gall to tell David that they designed this PIP so he could not pass it. Never-the-less David has continued to go to work with a cheerful and loving spirit. Continuing to give his all to serve his clients, vend...ors and fellow employees.

His health is suffering and so is mine. Right no, as I type, my chest feels tight and my head is about to explode.

He has had 2 very good phone interviews with a company in GA. A company that is so much bigger than his current one. He also has an interview scheduled the 22nd in Raleigh, NC. But no offers so far.

Please keep us in your prayers. Right now I am frightened. I know that our heavenly Father is in control. But. It. Is. So. Hard.

Please just pray....

Jun 29, 2014

Migraine Disease Stinks!!!

We were at the Vision center at Walmart getting Davids new glasses. They had these sunglasses that fit over your regular glasses. So I bought a pair to try. They fit over my glasses well and I can't see the edges in my peripheral vision. The idea is to be able to stand wearing sunglasses inside when my migraine is bad.
So annoying. I had to leave the church service 2x this morning because of my migraine and then a 3rd time because I started coughing. I missed half of the sermon. It seems like, no, it is true, that I miss so much of life because of this horrible, invisible disease.




We were at the Vision center at Walmart getting Davids new glasses. They had these sunglasses that fit over your regular glasses. So I bought a pair to try. They fit over my glasses well and I can't see the edges in my peripheral vision. The idea is to be able to stand wearing sunglasses inside when my migraine is bad.

Jun 24, 2014

2nd Job Interview

David had his 2nd phone interview yesterday with AGL.  It went for an hour!  He was fortunate his battery did not conk out.  But I think he put it on the car charger as soon as we pulled out to head to our doctor appointments.

So...things look good.  He feels that he is in a very good position to get this job.  Pray that he will  be able to get a severance from his current company.  They have in the past in similar situations but are telling him "We don't give severance."

Pray that we wait on our Father and don't run ahead.  That we don't assume.  That we make wise plans as we go forward. 

Thank you for all the encouraging words.  It really means a lot to us. 

Cayenne Pepper used to treat migraine pain. It Works!

I know I've posted this at least twice on FaceBook. BUT since all 3 of my siblings suffer from migraines. And I have at least 4 friends, 3 of whom are on FB, that have migraine as well. I'm posting again here.  Maybe someone will find it and be helped.

Make a thin solution of ground cayenne pepper and water. Dip a q-tip in the mixture and gently wipe it around inside your nostrils. It has worked to relieve my head pain every time I've used it.
Don't use a lot of pepper. More is not better. The capsaicin in the pepper somehow blocks something to relieve pain.

I checked with my EENT doc yesterday to make sure that applying this solution to mucus membranes would not cause any problems. He said I'm fine.

There is a spray commercially available, but I haven't tried it because
1, I feel I have more control of the placement with the q-tip and
 2, I keep cayenne on hand for cooking anyway so this remedy is essentially free


Article on using cayenne pepper in the nose to treat migraine pain

Jun 22, 2014

2nd Job Interview

David will have his 2nd phone interview tomorrow.  Please keep us in your prayers as we go through this.  There are so many uncertainties and questions as we learn, once more, to wait on our Father.

Jun 14, 2014

Cayenne pepper in my nose? On purpose? Yes, please...

I posted several days ago about my experiment using a thin paste of cayenne pepper in my nostrils to treat a migraine. I've used it several times now and it has helped to at least lower the pain every time.
Now I find there has been at least one study using a nasal spray solution to treat migraines.

intranasal capsaicin may be an effectivemigraine treatment/

Jun 12, 2014

Good-Bye Wisdom...Teeth that is.

Tomorrow Daniel goes to have his wisdom teeth removed. He's a bit antsy about it and I'm NOT looking forward to it for him at all. I'm actually dreading it. One more thing to get out of the way before David's job is gone.

Jun 10, 2014

Life marches on and GOD will provide...

David had his HR meeting yesterday.  He was told that the company does not give severance packages.  He told them about the 2 people, both over age 50, in his department who have had the same thing done to them in the past 18 months.  So there is a precedence set.  While he was in the meeting with HR he got a phone call from another company about a job!    I know GOD will continue to provide what we need.  But still struggle when I'm too tired with not being fearful.  Thank you for your words of advice, encouragement and your prayers.

Jun 6, 2014

Another day, Another Migraine....

Went to bed with a bad migraine, woke up still in its clutches.  Took meds and am making a to-do list or the kids so that by the time I'm groggy again they can handle most of the day and hopefully Ill be a bit like myself by the time David gets home from work.
I know stress is adding to this.  I think I'll put some of my favorite hymns on to play while I rest.  Anything that takes the focus off of my pain and puts it to better use is a good thing.

Jun 4, 2014

Continued Prayers needed

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray especially for me today as I tend to freeze up in stressful situations and as a result become of no use to David or anybody else.

Because of the stress my migraines are a lot worse and I'm unable to keep food down.

I'm sending in the paperwork to retain a lawyer so we will have legal guidance from here on out. Hopefully that will relieve some of the stress.

Not knowing is one of the worst things to deal with...

Jun 3, 2014

Prayers for wisdom needed


Please keep us in your prayers. David's job situation has become increasingly hostile over the past several years and he was recently put on disciplinary action. He has been with the company for over 25 years and doing his current job for at least 5.

Today his boss told him that there was no way that David could meet the goals set out for him as part of the disciplinary action even though he... has already met several of them.

We need wisdom on how to proceed. Do we need to hire a lawyer. There is definitely discrimination based on age going on as well as harassment in other forms and also his boss has not kept any of the conditions set out in the action.

Pray for peace, wisdom, and strength for us as we go through this trial. Pray that David will be able to find another job.

We do not want to take this to a lawyer because we're greedy. We do need to have our family cared for and when a company starts disposing of a group of employees, in this case the over 50's, something needs to be done.

Apr 13, 2014

Life Goes On...

This coming Monday, 4/14,  will be 7 weeks since Oscar died.  On one hand it feels like he's been gone forever.  On the other it seems like just yesterday he came in with a hurt foot. 

It really is the little things that hurt the most.  I still start to call his name when we get home.  I miss having him get on the bed with me when I'm suffering a migraine.  I miss giving him little tidbits when I'm cooking.  I even miss tripping over him in the night.

But, life truly does go on.

This past Tuesday I had another kidney stone surgically removed.  This is my 4th surgery.  The first one was in May 2003.  Numbers 2 and 3 took place within  six weeks of each other in the fall of 2012.  Each time my recovery has been different but painful. 

The first one was the worst, terrible pain all week and when the stent was removed my bladder went into spasms that took hours to get under control.  My sweet friend Lynette came over that evening and just held me and prayed for me.

The second one I reacted to the anesthesia and felt like I had been run over by a train.  Every muscle in my body hurt.  I couldn't even roll over in bed without help. 

With the 3rd one the pain meds stopped up my digestive tract.  Not fun.  I also spiked a fever and when the doctors at the E.R. couldn't find anything wrong they did a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. 

With this one, it's the pain again.  Not as bad as with the first one but still bad enough to keep me on strong pain meds.  I also had a rougher time in recovery this time. 

My final recovery room nurse, Peggy, was wonderful.  She was so kind and caring and knew what to do to make my trip home easier and safer.  She sent me home with emesis bowls in case I got sick again and she put me in 2 hospital gowns so I didn't have to mess with getting into and back out of clothing.  This was such a help since I was so nauseated and groggy.

Here it is, Sunday, 5 days after my surgery and I'm still on the heavy duty pain meds.  I'm kind of dreading going in Wednesday to have my stent removed. David will not be able to go with me so I'll be alone during the procedure.  I'm not looking forward to this at all. 

This is Life...
It goes on....

Mar 15, 2014

Science Olympiad, Regional Tournament, 2014


Full Circle Academy Science Olympiad Team took 16 students to the Charlotte Tournament on March 8.  With 6 students on Division C and 10 students on Division B we were probably the smallest team there, and we were also 1 of only 2 homeschool teams.  Congratulations to Science Hounds/ Hunters who placed well enough at regional to go to State! 

David and I hope that in a few more years the FCA team will be THE team to be on for the homeschool community. 

Overall our little team brought home 8 medals.  Not bad for a small, young team.

Full circle Academy Geniuses in the Making

Daniel and Grayson Bottle Rockets Div B

Daniel Bottle Rocket Div B
Team Poster, also the design on our shirts


Emanuel Div C


Josiah Div B

Kennedy Div C

Sarah Div C
Caris and Sophia Div B



Caris and Naomi Div B