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.