Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I didn't vote for Obama, but as I have blogged before, I do sustain him in his calling as the President. The people of the United States have spoken, in never before seen numbers, and Barack H. Obama has been elected as the 44th President of the United States of America. It is my duty to do what I can to support him and pray for him.
As the President gave his Inaugural Address, I was struck by several of his comments. The speech in general was well written and well delivered, as we have come to expect of our eloquent President. The message was one of hope and unity and I pray that we, as a nation, are up to the task of Obama's vision.
One comment that struck me was when he stated that there were some who thought his vision to broad and felt that it was not attainable... he said that these people have poor memories and that they don't seem to remember that America's history is full of acomplishments that seemed too high to reach. I agree that Americans are capable of acheiving any goal, no matter the difficulty in attaining it - IF they work together. It is not that Americans cannot acheive any goal they put their minds to, I simply think that Obama's goals are too numerous. I hope that I am wrong. I would absolutely love to see all the changes that Obama has proposed be accomplished in the short 4 years he has to acomplish them, and I will do everything in my power to help him accomplish them. However, I consider myself a realist, and I personally think that for as short a term as a President has, it is better to have two or three goals and work hard to acheive them than to have a laundry list of goals and spread one's self too thin.
I pray that Obama and his Administration is up to the task of the change that America needs. I pray that God will grant them strength and hope and courage to do what needs to be done, regardless of their own plans.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (100%)
2. Jehovah's Witness (89%)
3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (75%)
4. Baha'i Faith (71%)
5. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (71%)
6. Orthodox Judaism (70%)
7. Sikhism (60%)
8. Reform Judaism (58%)
9. Islam (56%)
10. Orthodox Quaker (56%)
11. Liberal Quakers (53%)
12. Eastern Orthodox (48%)
13. Roman Catholic (48%)
14. Seventh Day Adventist (48%)
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (45%)
16. Unitarian Universalism (43%)
17. Jainism (37%)
18. Hinduism (36%)
19. Neo-Pagan (32%)
20. Mahayana Buddhism (30%)
21. Theravada Buddhism (28%)
22. New Age (28%)
23. New Thought (26%)
24. Secular Humanism (23%)
25. Scientology (20%)
26. Taoism (17%)
27. Nontheist (13%)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Two years ago, I had my son by cesarean due to polyhydramneos (too much amniotic fluid). I found out later that the cesarean was not really necessary. The docs didn't want to break my water because my baby was not engaging and they were concerned about the risk of the cord prolapsing (coming out the birth canal before the baby). I found out later that they could have poked a small hole in the amniotic sac and allowed the water to drain out slowly, this has it's risks, but certainly would have been preferable to major abdominal surgery!
Since then, I have been trying to prepare for having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). I didn't want to repeat my experience with major abdominal surgery. I found a Midwife who was willing to take me on for a home birth in spite of my health concerns, which include seizures and obesity, to name a couple... I have been reading extensively on the subject of prenatal care. I attended meetings of my local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) and joined the ICAN forums.
In spite of this, the universe seems bent on me being cut open every so often. I had to have my gall bladder removed in August of 2007; and a seizure-induced hernia repaired in October of 2008.
I found out this week that because of my weight, the multiple surgeries, and other concerns, I have developed Type II Diabetes. I am 27! I have been dieting and exercising and doing everything I can to keep myself healthy! I have lost a considerable amount of weight! I just don't understand how I could have developed Diabetes... I am not yet insulin dependent, we hope to control it with lifestyle changes at this point.
So, I thought it would be good to find out more about how Diabetes will affect my hopes for a VBAC. I had contacted every OB and midwife in my area following my son's birth, and none were willing to take me for a VBAC BEFORE I had diabetes because of some other health concerns I have...
I HAD found a midwife over in Seattle who was willing to take me on for a VBAC in spite of my health concerns (I had talked to practically every independent midwife in the state), but I talked to her today and she has changed her mind... apparently diabetes is a deal breaker for her.
I cannot go to a birthing center in WA because the brilliant lawmakers have made VBACing at free standing birthing centers illegal in this state... so apparently my only choices are to find a local doctor and CBAC (repeat cesarean); or go to the University of Washington Maternal Infant Care Clinic where they have midwives and specialists who deal with High Risk pregnancies... especially diabetics. The choice seems pretty clear, at least to me...
I don't know what my chances will be of getting to VBAC, but at least it isn't ruled out completely like it is here in Kitsap County! I just find it interesting that my life is always taking a completely different course than I plan for. I know that God will not give me any more than I can handle with His help, but sometimes I wish He didn't trust my ability to handle problems so much!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I am not a vegetarian, vegan, or animal rights activist. I am not allergic to animal based yarns, they don’t make me itch or rub me raw, I just don’t particularly like animal based yarns… I have tried to love them, but I just can’t.
I know that is grounds for exile in many yarn crafting circles, but that is just me. I know there are many knitters out there who are allergic to animal based yarns, particularly wool. And there are bound to be conscientious objectors to using animal products for various reasons… but for some reason, I haven’t found a group on Ravelry dedicated to these outcast crafters. So I have created one...