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Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas is Coming......

December is upon us already and I'm pleased to say our Christmas preparations are well underway. All our Christmas shopping has been done (with a little help from the internet and from my wonderful sister!) and all plans for the Christmas Day catering are safely in the hands of my very talented kids, Bek and Jay, who cooked such a fantastic meal last year that I think it has been unanimously adopted as a regular family tradition!!
Our Christmas Greetings this year have taken the form of an electronic Greeting Card and an appropriate donation to Rowcroft Hospice, the wonderful charity who continue to be our lifeline throughout the devastation of Suzie's illnesses. If you haven't yet viewed our page please do so at this link:
We extend these greetings to everyone who is reading our Blog.
A beautiful Crib Scene made by Suzie, Bek and Jay,
nearly 20 years ago, remains a Christmas favourite.
We've made a start on decorating the house and, as usual, Suzie is the artistic influence behind all of our decorations. She may not be able to place the decorations herself this year, but she is still able to direct my efforts and create a beautiful festive feel to our home. Without her I wouldn't have a clue how to arrange everything!

Amidst the preparations for this Holy season we continue to face the relentless medical issues that are never far away from our thoughts, with the increasing problem with Suzie's breathing giving particular cause for concern. Her latest chest x-ray and the overnight Oximetry test seemed to give encouraging results, but as her breathlessness continues to worsen it leaves us with the unanswered question of what else might be causing this. A phone call from our Doctor yesterday resulted in some unexpected blood tests being done today, to be followed by a consultation and examination tomorrow, in order to investigate other possible reasons why Suzie is getting so breathless. The Doctor has also prescribed some new medication in the form of analgesic patches in order to help manage Suzie's pain. We will start them tomorrow and we'll report back on the benefits, or otherwise, in due course.

Our hope and prayer is that the next few weeks will go smoothly and that there will be no unexpected traumas to deal with. We would like, more than anything, to be able to focus our hearts and minds on the true meaning of this Holy Season as we remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 
May this Christmas be a time of peace and God's blessing for us all. We value all the love and prayers that are being offered for us, and we also offer our love and prayers for all our family and friends, and for anyone who happens to stumble upon our blog. May you feel God's grace and love as a reality in your own life.