Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ten Days Without the Tube

Thanks Debbie and Kathleen for the info. I will start adding coffee creamer today!! I go to the heart doc next week. I will ask about the duocal. I have been told about the duocal, but last time I mentioned it to my heart doc, she frowned about it. I think it had to do with her intake of liquids. She has to have so many ounces of fluid per day for her shunt to work correctly. She is taking enough fluids now. Last time we took the feeding tube out she averaged 18 to 20 ounces a day. This time she is averaging 23-26 ounces a day.

How much coffee creamer Debbie? As much as she will tolerate? Or is there a formula?

We give all of the praise and glory for this answer to prayers to God our Father! We pray that He will continue to allow Mackynlee to increase her feedings and gain weight without the support of a feeding tube.

Ms. Peggy has been moved to a room and her feeding tube has been removed!! Praise God!!

Continue praying for Rhonda Pittman(breast cancer), Micah Goar(she will be having a baby tomorrow), Tammy McNabb(she will be having a baby before this month is over), Joy Stringer and new baby boy, Bill Morris(in FGH), Ms. Earlene Mitchel(in hospital), and all others that are in need that I am not aware of. God knows.

Last night at our BYW meeting, we focused on praying for the schools. Please lift up our local schools this week. Columbia Public Schools, East Marion, West Marion, and Columbia Academy. Pray for our administraters, our teachers, our janitors, our bus drivers, our cafeteria workers, our parents and students.

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. "
Psalm 100:1-5

What does God want from us? According to this scripture He wants us to be joyful, recognize Him as our Creator, be thankful, serve Him, and praise Him. He wants our joy to be full. He wants us to be happy.

It tells us to keep our hearts and minds on Him. Throughout the day we can praise Him and thank Him with words and song. He is deserving of our praises. He loves us more than we can comprehend. He is waiting patiently for us to acknowledge Him. He is waiting patiently to pick us up when, through our own efforts, we fall flat on our faces.

Have you ever broken open a piggy bank expecting to find more money than what you had put in it? Of course not! God has given you life and His love. Now he is waiting for you to put in your share. Then, once you begin giving back to God He will pour out the blessings on you. Luke 6:38 tells us, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." In other words, you will receive more than you give. Your piggy bank will have more in it than what you put there!

God has wonderful things for us. He is holding out His hand. It is up to us to take it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sorry I have not been faithful in keeping up to date on Ms. Peggy's condition. As of yesterday, she had been taken off of the vent and was talking a little. Family is hoping she will be moved out of the ICU by tomorrow. This is all info from Sunday. I have not heard an update from today. I pray all is still going well. This is definitely a miracle from God.

Report on Mackynlee:

Last Sunday, 8 days ago, Mackynlee pulled out her feeding tube. We have not put it back in yet. (Do not report this to any of her doctors!! LOL) She weighed 17lbs and 12 ounces before the tube came out. Her weight has fluctuated up and down this week. She weighed 17lbs and 11ounces yesterday. She is not gaining as quickly as she would if we were tube feeding her, but she is holding her own. That is a major improvement from the last time we took out her tube. The last time, she lost weight quickly and was very fussy. She is still acting like her normal self. I feel as if she is getting satisfied, but still not taking in enough on her own to gain weight. Heart mom that have gone through this::: Any tricks to try to get her to gain weight? I am changing her slowly from 27 cal formula to pediasure. The pediasure has 30 cals per serving. That could help just bit with her weight gain.

Everyone is invited to our house Saturday March 20th. From 3 til 5 we are going to eat and socialize. This special time is to support Rhonda Pittman in love and friendship as she goes through a difficult time in her life battling breast cancer. Hope everyone can attend

Monday, March 1, 2010


Hello everyone. The party was excellent. We raised a thousand dollars for CHD research. Loved everyone wearing red.(I put a pic on my carepage. I will try to download pics to my blog later. I have not done this before.) I have so many people to thank for helping make this celebration such a success.

Kathryn and Shayne Lowery
Stacy and Susan Reagan
Shelly Anthony
Cindy Stogner
Jennifer Lowery
Trevor and Krystal Graves
Ms. Diane Bedwell
Ms. Diane Gibson
Ms. Faye Hicks
Susan Johnson
Ms. Susan Slocum
Sarah Blakeney
Julie Howdeshell
Ryan Stringer
Dillon Reid
Marie Haney
Kylan Reid
Jay Reagan
Bro. Tim Parker
Tammy McNabb
Wendy Hammond
Donna Ratliff
Keli Ellzey
Foxworth First Baptist Church
(Hope I did not leave any one out. If I did, don't tell me. But, please forgive me. LOL)

We are so blessed to have so much support from our friends, family, and community. We love all of you.

Please rememeber Barry and Joy Stringer in your prayers this week. Also remember Tate and Lauren Robertson in your prayers. Both families are expecting a new baby on Wednesday. This poem is dedicated to them.

Little baby on the way,
Getting bigger every day,
Kicking mommy here and there,
God please listen to our prayer.

Keep our baby safe and strong,
Let his time with us be long,
Help us teach him right form wrong,
And we shall praise thee all day long.

This little one, though not yet here,
Is loved so much, has grown quite dear.
Delivery time is growing near,
That's why we pray our plea you'll hear.

Please help up Lord, we pray to Thee
With thankful heart, on bended knee,
To raise this child that he might be,
A happy child because of me.

Please remember a friend of a friend, Billy Morris. He is in ICU at Forrest General Hospital. Mark's cousin, Carolee Smith is in the CICU at Forrest General. She suffered a massive heart attack last week. She is scheduled to have surgery Friday. My Uncle LeRoy Patterson is in the hospital in Jackson. He has blood clots in his legs and in his lungs. Pray for the Harper family, Angela Harper's father passed away. Keep all of these in your prayers.

Continue to remember our friend Rhonda Pittman who has breast cancer. We are planning a party for her at our house on March 20. Mark your calendars. I will let you know more info about this soon.

As I was looking for a bible verse, story, etc. to end with, a friend of mine text me the following verse. I will now share it with you.