Monthly Archives: January 2017

Crash Down

Okay, so my Dr.’s have all ‘explained’ that I am Immuno Compromised and MIGHT need to take a FEW extra precautions.  I should have done a little more research.  All right, a LOT more.  “Colds and viruses COULD hit you a little harder than most people.  I guess it is one of those situations that I couldn’t wrap my brain around until it hit me right between the eyes.  WOW!!!  What I thought was a simple cold has turned into a three weeks (so far) adventure.  I’m coughing my head off.  My voice is getting worse instead of better.  Who knew you could catch bacterial pneumonia??  I have to wear a mask to go to the Dr.’s office.  I’ve actually downloaded a free pattern to make color coordinated masks to wear for the rest of the winter, and ordered the activated charcoal filters for inside them.  The cloth ones are washable and will keep my glasses from being steamed up all the time, supposedly.  At the very least, they will be pretty.  I might as well make a fashion statement, right?  I’ll post pics when I am done.  Over a year into this adventure and the learning curve gets bigger all the time.  God is good.  He has given me a desire to learn all I can about this.  But.  There is ALWAYS a but.  WHOA already!!  What I am learning about being Immuno Compromised is getting REAL.  Like the dangers of other people’s body fluids in public pools, or being around a dog that drinks out of the toilet.  Fortunately, my dog isn’t one of those.  But he is going to the vet for the Bordello shot.  He sneezed several times last week, and he can’t be held to the ‘cover your coughs and sneezes’ rule like my human family members.

I’ve learned that I should wash my hands before going to the bathroom, as well as after.  I should eat fewer raw vegetables (I LOVE salads!), and really wash them well for 20 or more seconds under running water. Fresh fruits, too, must be washed very well, even if I peel them.  The CDC actually suggests washing my hands after peeling fruit, before eating it.  I can get used to this, but how many extra spoons need to be figured into the schedule?

2Corinthians 12:9 and 10
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

God’s Grace  IS sufficient.  I have to continue giving this to HIM.  I can’t carry it, so HE has to.  I am praying that we all ingest the right foods to make our bodies stronger, including feasting on God’s Word to strengthen our souls and our minds.  I pray that the Holy Spirit puts a halt in our path to help us avoid exposure to germs that can knock us down, and that we remain strong in our faith and witness to others.  I pray we allow God to use our disease to encourage and lift up others.  Have a Blessed day.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside….and Stiff Inside.

I can tell you two days before it’s going to snow, rain or have a change of weather of any kind.  Cold is especially brutal.  Combine cold with wet, and OH MY!!!!

So, it’s sit down and wrap up.  Catch up on my favorite Canadian and British shows via NetFlix and drink LOTS of hot tea.

NOTES to SELF: (Yes, plural)

  • Bacterial Pneumonia IS catching.  Wear the good bacterial masks while helping to care for my 80 year old mother when she is being treated for pneumonia.  Or has ANY sign of nasal drainage or a cough, or cold.  Period.
  • Pick up the COLD water glass to take the extra prednisone required while taking anti-biotics for the aforementioned Bacterial Pneumonia that I caught from my Mom.  The hot tea dissolved the pills WAY too fast and they taste TERRIBLE!!!  Not to mention the scalding of my already sore throat.

Yep, it’s THAT day.  Smile, God LOVES us!!!!  We are BEAUTIFUL in His sight.  He has a plan and a purpose, even for this. It has slowed me down to rest.  Rest is an acceptable use of time.  Resting to let my body heal is NOT being lazy, it is being prudent.

So, take time to rest and have a great rest of the week.

Not Enough Spoons….

Yep.  Last night was THAT night.  Everything hurt, I couldn’t get comfortable.  I gave up at 10:30 and wandered around the house until after midnight.  I tossed and turned and finally, sometime after 3:00 a.m. drifted off to sleep.  Only to be woken up at 7:00 a.m. to help my brother get Mom up, and so the new day started.

I’m so tired.  But I have to remember that God is my strength.  He has this.  I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

So, after lunch, I MADE myself take a shower and wash my hair.  I need to make myself drive to town and pick up my prescription and some black fabric for a project I need to finish.  Or not.  A nap is probably in order, or I will collapse right after supper.

Philippians 4:12 and 13 (KJV) “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

I have great memories of days traipsing through the woods and fishing with my 5 kiddos while they were young.  We homeschooled, so we had wonderful, educational adventures together.  This disease can NOT take my memories away.  I’m learning to make new kinds of memories, and create new adventures.   I’m teaching myself how to knit.  I do water aerobics instead of climb hillsides.  I’m perfecting my sewing skills.  I’m studying the Bible through the Bible Institute sponsored by my church.  I’m learning to pray more fervently, and trust more fully.

Have a Blessed day, and I pray that you have extra spoons today!

Ice, it’s a Love-Hate Thing

Another year, and still no cure.  Winter again.  Last week we had a little freezing rain, topped with a little snow.  Then it warmed up a day, melted that snow on the ice and that night we had some more freezing rain.  I’m trying to knit my first sweater.  I figure it will take me all winter at about four to ten rows a day, depending on whether or not my hands and wrists choose to cooperate. Anyway, I forgot to bring in the rest of the yarn that I bought to finish the project.  I decided to put on my good boots, you know, the ones with all the tread?  Then I ventured out across the driveway.  I now know first hand what the phrase, “Ass over tin cups” means.  The only thing I could think of while flying not so gracefully through the air, was, “This is really going to hurt!”.  The next thing I was aware of, was my head bouncing not once, but twice as I landed flat on my back.  Thank God I had my back brace on.  I was stunned.  I have no clue how long I laid there, my brains still rattling around in my head.  I finally realized that nothing seemed broken, except maybe my pride, and rolled over on my hands and knees.  I crawled to my car and pulled myself up on the bumper before standing gingerly to assess the damages.  A bump on the back of my head, otherwise it seemed I was no worse for the wear.  I had opened the car and retrieved the bag of yarn before I realized that my glasses were halfway to the house on one side of the driveway and my cell phone on the other side.  Now how was I going to maintain my balance and retrieve  these items?  I wear trifocals, so I really need my glasses.  It had also been a really bad cell phone year.  I’m on my third screen and second phone.  I really appreciate E-bay, and my dear friends/adopted son, who works on electronic devices in his spare time.  So, I got down on my knees by my glasses and discovered that they had survived.  Next stop, my phone which miraculously made it without a scratch or a crack!  I walked slowly, using baby steps the rest of the way across that HUGE driveway (funny how it seemed to triple in width overnight), up the steps and into the house.  I doused myself with Bio-Freeze and took two naproxin.  I survived with a headache that lasted for a day, a few bumps and bruises (the biggest of course, was my ego) and achier than normal muscles and joints that I have no clue how long they lasted….since they hurt all the time anyway.

Now for the LOVE part of the ice story.  I love to sit at the kitchen table with a hot cup of tea, read my Bible and watch the birds on the suet block feeders.  It’s so peaceful to reflect on God’s creation, and watch His little creatures.  Their lives are so simple.  It allows me to ponder my Heavenly Father, His Word and His provision for my family.  That’s when I pray and seek His Will for my life, and this “thorn” He has allowed in my life.  It is HIS burden to bear, not mine.  I have to keep reminding myself that if I dwell on the pain, stiffness and tiredness, then I am allowing the devil to take hold.  Instead I need to continually give this burden to my Heavenly Father and turn those thorns into praying for others going through the same things, reach out to them and try and encourage the way God encourages me.

Matthew 11:28-30, (KJV) “28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Challenge time. Reflect on what we have, don’t despair over what we have not. Thank God for every moment and USE it wisely. Remember: REST is a wise use of time. Take care of yourselves!!! If you don’t already keep a food journal, start one, it may be the ticket to feeling a little better this year.