Activity level much improved

Great-granddaughter Madalyn Grace Powell arrived 1-12-12! She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. Just had to post some pictures here. Mother Brandi, baby Madalyn and dad Jonathan all doing well.

Since the last post before Christmas, I’ve seen Dr. Burnett (family doctor) and Dr. Denton (orthopedist). I discussed the bone density test results with Dr. Burnett who decided against my taking Fosamax. She says it has never been proven effective and risks outweigh any benefits. She did order a Vitamin D blood level, which was low. So I’m taking prescription Vitamin D once a week for several months. No side effects from that, thankfully, and it’s fairly inexpensive. My blood pressure had gradually increased to what it was a year ago so I’m back to taking both BP medications I used to take.

I saw Dr. Denton for a FU on the torn shoulder bursa. It’s a tiny bit sore still but much improved and he said I don’t need a repeat Cortisone shot.

I asked him about the one spot on my upper chest that still hurts. Right between the clavicle and the upper ribs, it’s not constant but feels like a small hot poker sticking in my muscles, followed by soreness. It’s not like the shingles pain so I don’t think it’s in the nerves, perhaps in a rib or chest wall muscles.

He took another careful look at the shoulder MRI and x-rays (all conveniently stored on his computer system) which included shoulder, clavicle and upper ribs. No fractures, no cracks, nothing abnormal at all showed up.

His thought was that the mastectomy with underarm lymph node removal, shoulder bursa injury exacerbated by radiation therapy positioning, radiation burns with skin blistering, all combined to create a pocket of inflammation in that area. He recommended using Voltaren gel (antiinflammatory) on the area to quiet down any inflammation. I finally got the prescription filled and used it for the first time last night. It smells really nice, sort of flowery. Just have to wait and see how well it works.

Otherwise I’m feeling better and better, able to do more every week. In fact, I’m back to playing piano for church worship services. I played Sunday’s service including special music and did okay, just needed a little nap after lunch. Matt even announced to the congregation that I had been absent from church due to health problems but that I was now healed and able to use my gifts in music again. I didn’t know he was going to do that but it was okay.

So all in all I’m doing well. The arm lymphedema can be addressed at my next FU with Dr. Sonfield, may need to return to therapy for that. I’m in no hurry.

Praise God for his wonderful words and his wonderful people! I’m very thankful for the prayers!


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Bette’s Journal

Bette Cox 2010

Christ is the "Big C" in my life!

That was told to me by a good friend recently, and it's so very true.

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I believe Jesus. I hope you do too.

I have one request of other believers reading this journal:

Agree with me that the invader will shrink, shrivel, die and disappear from my body, whatever method the Lord uses to accomplish that.

Thanks in advance.


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