Thursday, June 9, 2005

Helen Keller, group therapy, and kidney stones!

Wow.  Today was hot and humid.  It was in the 90's.  I just wanted to stay inside all day and do nothing.  I did get a lot done though.  And tonight John and I rented and watched "The Miracle Worker".  If you have never seen it, I would recommend you see it.  It is the story of Helen Keller.

I went to group therapy yesterday.  I mentioned in a previous entry that there were a couple of people that were monopolizing the whole group.  Well, I am really proud of myself.  I brought up to the group yesterday that we should be aware of one another's needs, and not take up excessive time at the expense of others (a polite way of saying not to monoplize).  It was taken really well.  The fascilitators also decided that in the beginning of each session we would all go around and check in and if we had a pressing issue we would get extra time to speak that session.  When it came my turn I told them about John's test results coming up on June 16 to see if he had cancer.  Everyone was stunned.  They wondered why I hadn't mentioned it before.  It was because I couldn't get a word in edgewise, but I didn't tell them that.  At this point they were willing to listen to what was going on in my life.  We all had a chance to share.  The dynamics of the group totally changed.  We even had a topic and problem solving.  I think I am going to like this group.  We just needed time to sort of allow things to fall into place.

Something else that is new is that John has to have shock wave surgery on June 17 to blast  away kidney stones.  He will be going under general anesthesia.  They put part of your body under water.  Then they shock you.  It leaves bruises on your back and hurts for I don't know how many days afterwards.  Then it takes a few days to pass the pieces of stones.  He won't be able to drive for two days.  Anyway, getting the treatment is less painful then trying to pass the stones.  He has one that is a half an inch wide.  Anyway, enough on that topic for now.  I hope that wasn't too much information!

Well, I guess I should go to bed.  Nite Nite J-Land people.     


  1. I saw The Miracle Worker many years ago, in fact I have seen it several times. Wonderful film and so sad that Ann Bancroft has just passed away.  She was a wonderful actress.  Well done you on the group therapy, so glad you spoke up and people listened.  Sorry to hear that John has to undergo that. I have never heard of this particular therapy, maybe it is only in Amerca.  However, stones can be absolute agony so although he is going to be stiff and sore, he will probably be much better off.  God bless you dear friend xxxxxxx

  2. sarajanesmiles6/09/2005 5:19 AM

    I'm so glad that the group was better this week, well done you for speaking up and making your point in a non offensive way :o)  
    Poor John, I didn't realise he had kidney stones aswell as having to wait for those test results.  Am thinking of you both.
    Sara    x

  3. It was a hot one! and another one today I hear.  Good luck to your husband when he has the lithotripsy done....I went through that a long time ago...I remember the pain afterwards.

  4. jules196420016/09/2005 6:45 AM

    I actually know medical word for blasting of kideny stones having worked on a renal ward, lithotrypsy! hope it all goes well for John...........Jules xxxxxx

  5. Hellen Keller is a great movie..I haven't sen t in ages.  Hope john gets some relief from his kidney stones. They can be wuit painful I hear. I will continue t ray that things turn out OK on the 16th....please keep us up to date...........thinking about you........................Kasey

  6. springangel2356/09/2005 7:02 AM

    I love the The Miracle Worker...such a moving movie.  
    Sounds like you did a great job at the therapy session and also we all are keeping John in our prayers and you too, for the answer back on his test.
    My husband has had the kidney stone blast 3 times in the last 5 years...same as you described.  He did great...and it is easier than going in to remove.  Hope John does well.

  7. quartrlyfecrysis6/09/2005 7:32 AM

    Good for you, bringing up those issues with the group and having it go so smoothly.  I'm really glad you got your moment to discuss some of your issues :)
    I hope all goes well with John and his kidney stone treatment and will definitely keep the two of you in prayers.
    Take care doll~

  8. Well done Krissy for speaking up like that. Group therapy is just that, for a group, not just for individuals! I hope John`s test results are good.  (((((hugs)))))

    Sandra xxx

  9. I think that I have seen that Helen Keller movie. I know I have seen one about her... yes, they are very good.
    I AM SO EXCITED that your therapy session went so well. YOU are what that group needed to balance out the dynamics. You are very WISE to give it a few weeks to see how it goes.
    You and John are in my prayers. Waiting on test results can be stressful. I pray for the best out come. Sorry to hear about the Kidney stones. HOW Painful! Isn't it amazing all the new things they can do now for our illnesses. Medicine continues to amaze me.
    Take care

  10. I am so proud of you for speaking up and for getting the needs met for everyone in the group, honey!  You are so cooool!  So, stilll praying for John constantly, you know that, my TBADT!! xox  P.S.  You can never write too much info.!

  11. Great job in group!  I am sure everyone will now benefit equally from this!  Hope all goes well with hubby...JAE

  12. So glad that the group is going good! Will be praying for John as he gives birth to his stone.

  13. Wow I've never heard of that particular stone treatment before...interesting. I hope it helps! (I've always had an avid interest in Hellen all started with a kid's biography I read as a child - it even had the braille alphabet on the back cover.)

  14. Kidney Stones are BAD. I have had a few. Good luck with the Surgery!


  15. Thinking of you and John; sending hugs & hope.
    Sylvia x

  16. love2sing20076/10/2005 6:22 PM

    Hey!  It's love2sing2007.  I'd just like to thank you for visiting my blog.  I was just about to delete it, but you've given me some motivation.  I like your idea!  Thanks so much for your confidence.  You were, I think, I sign from God!
    God Bless and Cheers!

  17. I love the movie "The Miracle Worker". So mind boggleing all that she accomplished.
    That shock wave surgery sounds like torcher... Hope all goes well!
    Have another newlywed weekend!

  18. missboogerhead6/10/2005 11:35 PM

    Sorry to hear about John.  That sounds painful!  Let us know about the results on the 16th!

    Glad the group is going to work!  :-)  It goes soooo much better when the facilitators actually do... Huh?  :-)

    ~Miss O

  19. Lots happening in your life now Krissy, WOW will keep you and john in my thoughts and prayers. Oh how I hate humid weather, saps all my energy!
    Great flick Miracle Worker, my daughter and I have watched it and shed afew communal tears. Good for you, taking the initiative at group, that took some courage. Sounds like everyone will benefit. Best of luck and blessings to John with his upcoming surgery and tests.

  20. Hope you're both doing well soon.

  21. eternallife236/11/2005 10:42 AM

    Thanks for stopping by my journal. I will ask him. Just from reading this entry I see that there is lots going on in your life too. I will pray for you guys. I look forward to reading the rest of your journal. God Bless You.....Take Care...*Louise*

  22. thefaircolleen6/12/2005 6:52 AM

    Hope all is well with John Krissy.I loved the miracle worker too.Have a lovely Sunday!

  23. dbaumgartner6/12/2005 9:21 AM

    Oh yes, The Miracle Worker is an excellent movie.

    Give John my wishes for an easy procedure.  My father suffered from kidney stones so I know what pain they can cause.

  24. Hot and steamy here too !  I'm glad you were able to speak up at your session and I bet a lot of others are too.  It looks like there is never a dull moment at your house either .  That's why I'm always thankful for those 'ordinary ' days.
    Take care !  'On Ya'  - ma

  25. Krissy, I'm glad you like your group better.  And proud of you for speaking up.  I sure hope John does well with all his treatments and tests this week.  I will be thinking of you guys.  I know he must be in pain with this kidney stuff going on.  


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