Thursday, December 13, 2012
And the cartilage at the joint is pretty far gone. I was given a prescription for a stronger NSAID, which I started today (will watch for adverse effects). And MondayI'll go in for a "guided injection" - make sure the stuff arrives at the joint! This should buy me some pain-decreased time until I can see about surgery when school ends in June, giving me the summer vacation to recuperate. Unless, of course, the Lord intervenes with a different form of miracle - creative as opposed to medical (because really, technological advances these days are amazing!)
I learned that the metal involved WILL set off the airport scanners. I'll just show em my scars and the doctor's note next time I travel.
So I'm thinking 2013, hip - maybe 2014 will be knees, unless that can be postponed. If I AM to have surgery, it'll have to be while I'm still working and have the coverage! If Levi makes it to the states next year, then perhaps an extra year without travel will be better for him to be established in a job before we take off together for Peru.
I think about these things, but ultimately take each day as it comes, rejoicing and being glad in it. After all, "Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." (Prov. 19:21)
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I had gotten down to my lowest since Sparking back in 2008. But early in 2009 I hurt my back a bit and then it traveled to my neck from poor posture - I went for physical therapy, which helped me considerably. But for a long while I couldn't do my usual exercise; then our stationary bike died. So of course the pounds crept back up. But as arthritis began to attack my knees and hip more, I wanted all the more to get rid of those pounds. I got another bike when I had the money, and it's been a friend to me. Lately I've also resumed some strength exercises, and changing things up a bit, and sparking more, tracking more. And today I was under 210 for the first time in a LONG time! I thank the Lord for Spark, and also for my DD who's in on this with me (RaptorMelon), who is seeking to prepare healthier meals (since she is the chief cook!) I also decided to measure myself starting today. Let's see how THAT goes.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
No, not Alka-Seltzer (for those who remember Speedy, "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz...")
After the previous days' concern, and still not getting through to my fiance's home in Pucallpa yesterday afternoon (he would be at work, but his elderly parents should have been home), I connected with one of his nieces via Facebook (her father - my brother-in-law - had also been with them Sunday), and she told me she'd seen everyone and they were all fine, that it must just be a phone issue. I continued trying to calland finally heard my mother-in-law answer last night. She said aside from two calls that were wrong numbers, the phone hadn't rung all day! Yet there I'd been trying on and off! It wasn't yet 8:30 and so Levi wasn't home yet, so she told me to try in a half hour. I was reluctant to hang up, I tell you! But I called at 9, and got through with great relief. He said he had the same problem when he tried calling home from work - ring, ring, ring, ring, no answer, and of course it had HIM worried. Papito is 80 and not in the best of health, although God bless him, he does continue some little carpentry work around the house!
Anyway, had a nice long (40 minute) talk with him and put my concerns to rest.
They DO need a new phone though!
My sweet little Papito and Mamita
Monday, December 10, 2012
Yesterday afternoon I called my "honey." His mom answered the phone and said he and his brother were involved with moving the washing machine. This is a gift Josue, Levi's son (my "bonus" son) got for her some months ago, but they have not been able to use it because they had to "do up" the back part of the house: Put up a roof of calaminas (corrugated steel) and do some plumbing adjustments. Meanwhile, my dear mother-in-law has been washing clothes by hand, rheumatoid arthritis notwithstanding! Anyway, while I was there this summer, Papito and Tio Armando got the roof up, and leveled the floor for the most part. So I was excited for Mami for the work it would save her. She suggested I call back later, which I did.
But there was no answer.
I called again a bit later. Still no answer.
This is unusual because someone is almost always there, at least to mind the little "bodega."
Now, I know sometimes the weather - the heavy rains (Pucallpa IS in the rain forest region) - can mess with the connections. Or their old phone might have a loose wire - I heard the ringing but perhaps it wasn't ringing for THEM.
But I couldn't - and can't - help but be concerned that in the midst of all the sweaty work, perhaps one of the brothers was injusred - or even one of Levi's aged parents suddenly took ill and was rushed to the hospital (brother-in-law Victor drives a motokar) with all the rest of the family in tow...because that's the kind of thing they do.
I made a call again this morning before going to work and still there is no answer. I AM trusting the Lord as I pray for them. But I hate not knowing what's going on.
Sunday, December 09, 2012
John 13: 34 ďA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.Ē
And it's not just "warm fuzzies." It's DOING love. It's the decision to do good for someone even if they "don't deserve it." Especially this time of year, if we reflect on the birth of Christ, He certainly didn't come to a world that deserved blessing.But the Father had compassion on us.
Through Christ I have been forgiven so much...I have been loved so much. How can I close my own heart?Lord, help me to love like You do.
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