Tax season is here. Preacher taxes are complicated. I have always prepared my own and feel much more confident now than I did several years ago. However, it is still difficult to complete all tax information in terms of what the IRS considers a preacher to be, ie a denominational employee at the willful employment of said denomination, therefore receiving a W-2 from that group.
Church of Christ preachers on the other hand receive a mixture of 1099-Misc and W-2s, which makes me appear to be a consultant preacher operating a business of evangelism for which I must carefully deduct expenses for the Schedule C business portion to account for the 1099-s received from supporting churches and then must also split out some expenses to assist in lessenening hte tax burden on the self-employment taxes due on the W-2 received from the local congregation.
In other news, I am preparing the wedding ceremony for Caryn for next week.
Took Timothy to FtWorth for follow up on his ears. They look great and the tubes are in good position.
Pickles has a minor incision site infection that I am having to treat with Triple anitbiotic. It is strange to me however, that she coule come home with an infection, even though she was staying at the vet for the entire time. I am not sure I am confident in this vet or their facility.
I am feeling a little better though from time to time I feel deep sharp pain in the pancreas area.
Me and the boys will head to Houston Friday morn for my great aunts funeral.
The furnace in our Indiana home at broken down, luckily we were there this past weekend and I thought we should run by the house real fast. It is fixed now, though the temp in the house got down to 34F that is cutting it too close for me!!
We made it back home Tuesday midday. It is a long journey traveling with two small children, but it was managable and they both did great.
So far my healing is doing well and I am tolerating a little more food at each meal. Although I still couldn't finish off even the child size plate.
So far everything is still on track for the move.
Saturday morning Amanda and I decided that I had been in the hospital long enough and that I was good enough to get going. The doctors suggested that I stay a few more days, but didn't argue that we wanted to get home and me back to my boys.
So we left. This afternoon (Sunday) we have headed out and are on the road. I am still in a quite a bit of pain, pain that might not really every disappear at this point.
The surgery on Monday did remove a large part of the damaged minor pancreatic duct and a stent was placed into the full length of the pancreas. The dr stated that I did indeed have chronic pancreatitis and needed to begin aggressive treatments. Hopefully, insurance will not be a problem as he obtained plenty of definitive evidence.
This stay was rough with me being out of conscious a lot and at one point Amanda and the nurses seriously thought I was near death. Evidently my lips and fingers were blue and I had gone cold and was not responsive.
Sadly, it is now taking about 5 to 10 times the level of pain medicine to help my sufferring as opposed to a few years ago when this started.
I will begin the injection therapy soon, probably in March as I get moved back up there. We were both reassurred through our observations that IU Hospital and Medical Center is the only place to be for sure.
I appreciate the calls, comments and prayers.
Also, Very much thanks to Philip, Tracy and Andrew making the trip to come and see me. That really encouraged and picked up my spirits.
I hope I didn't look to scary to little Andrew with all the wires and tubes coming out of me.
I had to have a naso gastric tube this stay, Which is AWFUL, Hope you never need one!! It was helpful though in draining me of a lot of blood and bile that was building up. I even had to have an IV placed in my foot as a secondary port due to so many IVS meds at the same time.
I am still in the hospital. It is my understanding that yesterday I slipped into a type of mild coma . Amanda was sitting at my side crying when I finally woke up completely unaware of how long I had been out.
My pain is awful, the worst I have ever experienced. The dr has not come by yet do am not sure when release will be. These complications are expected with a 50/50 chance
Dr just came in and told me that I was not doing so great and that there is possibly dome other complication. Going down for a CT scan later and will also have a NG Tube placed! :(
Please keep praying for Amanda that she receive strength. I am concerned about her job as she was going to be back in TX for work today. Now we don't Know when she can return.
My roommate is awful with his tv on very loud night and day. It was hard for Amanda to get rest here. The man's wife cussed a lot and was very rude about ms needing to vomit last night.
My vomit has been painful and very bloody.
Thanks for your prayers and love!!