Diary Interrupted


When I started journaling my experiences with diabetes I had all intentions of writing a post every week describing my trials, tribulations and triumphs as I navigated my diagnosis.  But, as often happens in life, my plans were interrupted and our family was thrown into a bit of chaos as a more imminent threat revealed itself.

My beautiful daughter-in-law received a diagnosis of her own and it was way more devastating than mine.  I wrote a post a few months ago telling hers and my sons story.  Two days after that post, Kari-Lee had a double lung transplant and everything went amazingly well.  We were all so over the moon at how smoothly everything went and over the next few months, things just kept on getting better.  And then it didn’t.  At a routine clinic appointment, they found a shadow on Kari-Lee’s new lungs.  The bacteria that had destroyed her old lungs was back. She was admitted in to hospital and they tried to beat it with antibiotics, but after a week the bacteria had grown.  Kari had to go into surgery and have two lobes of her right lung removed.  Since then we have been rallying as a family to support her through this.

As you can understand, my diagnosis took a back seat.  I could have easily become very inward looking and self focussed, but this crisis has made me look outward (and upward) and has shown me that although I thought I was being brave to face up to my own health issues, there are people out there who are braver still.  My daughter-in-law has shown me what it really means to be brave as she has decided to keep fighting when the doctors have given her very little hope.  She has an inner strength that continues to believe she can beat this and we have stood with her and joined her in believing for a miracle.  I don’t often talk about my faith in my blog, but I cannot tell this story without mentioning how we have clung to God over these past few weeks, praying and believing for a miracle.

The bacteria is still waging a war in Kari-Lee’s body but she fights on still and we, who feel so utterly helpless, stand by and fight with her with prayer and supplication to our God believing for healing and wholeness.  This story is far from over and we are committed to stand in the gap and hold up Kari-Lee when she feels weary and go into battle on her behalf.  That’s just what family do.


Computer says no

31 Days of Blogging – Day 15



Living in the age we do, we have all experienced computer issues.  I used to work on an IT Help desk, so I have dealt with a lot of problems in the past (some user error, some not) and I have also had my own issues (insert here 3 months of no internet due to an ISP error and countless calls to an off-shore call centre).  We rely so heavily on the technology that it can be so frustrating when it doesn’t work…well have I got a doozy for you!

I found out yesterday that the server where three of my business websites and another website that I had a hand in building are hosted had a major data failure and everything was lost…e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  This means that currently my websites are blank pages and I am now going to have to rebuild them…from scratch.

You are probably thinking that I have all the files saved, why can’t I just reload them?  Well, the easy answer is, it is not that easy.  I use a platform called Dot Net Nuke, the latest version of this platform is 7 (which is what my host will be installing) but all my files are from version 5 & 6 so they are not compatible.  There is hours and hours and hours of work involved and “ain’t nobody got time for that”.

I am not really angry…these things happen.  My hosting provider is being very helpful and is very apologetic.  I think the scope of the work involved has me a bit floored, but hey, it’s a good opportunity to update my sites.

So, that’s my day.  Probably not very exciting, but I needed to tell someone 🙂