Sunday, April 14, 2013
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, NOT GIVING UP MEETING TOGETHER [emphasis mine], as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotheróand all the more as you see the Day approaching."
That doesn't mean you have to go to every service your church has, or feel condemned if you miss a week of attendance. For myself, since I rise so early on weekdays, I'm usually not inclined to go out again in the evening, much as I'd love to participate in the Tuesday prayer meetings and Wednesday Bible studies. But I maintain connection with other believers - I meet vicariously as I write letters of encouragement, and my DD is also a believer. Then there are the Christian message boards where we comfort and exhort each other in the love of Christ on this journey to a healthy lifestyle.
But Friday night I took my student friend to the youth service. And my granddaughter wanted to go to my previous church again. Well, they changed location, and also the time of their service. So Saturday evening I took my DD and the 2 grands to the service. Of course, I feel quite at home, and it was nice to see that part of the family of God in Christ! And this afternoon, I'm going to my new home church, the bilingual Assembly of God which I joined for when Levi eventually makes it here.
How good and pleasant it is when Godís people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
And how beautiful is the Body of Christ!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Actually, really, it's all good...because God is good (all the time!) www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZS_Fq8ksJU
I've been overweight a long time, and have worked at jobs where I've been on my feet for long hours. As a result, there has been considerable deterioration of the cartilage in my knees and hips - right hip especially, followed by left knee, with the other sides following in their own time.
So I'd been going to an "orthopod", I've gotten a prescription for Meloxicam to ease the inflammation, had an ultrasonically guided injection (which relieved me for all of a month) - and so I was honestly looking to have hip surgery at the start of summer vacation.
So today I went to the orthopod to see about setting up a date for surgery. "ANy questions?" he asked.
Well, there was one are of concern. I have had this metal allergy - can't wear anything metal, it makes me break out in a rash. I found out about it when I had my ears piercd as a teenager, and getting reactions whenever I wore earrings. Even after I got married, I would have to remove my ring now and then, till finally I just stopped wearing it. Forget any kind of jewelry with metal. Even a snap on pants, if it's against my skin, I itch. After one C-section they used staples to close me up - and as I started itching and a rash began to break out they quickly changed to another form of closure.
So I wondered to my orthopod if this would be a problem for metal on the INSIDE.
Oh, yeah. Yes, definitely. And he told me they do have a ceramic COATED metal hip, which isn't used as often and of course there's always the risk of breaking or cracking, and infection and all...He said they could run a test - which of course insurance doesn't cover, and it runs about 400 bucks, and it may not be totally reliable, to determine what metals and to what extent...
Well, anyway, I guess hip replacement (AND knee) is not in the immediate future after all. Perhaps some years down the line the technology and materials will be developed for folks like me. But for now, I think it is not worth the risk of developing all kinds of problems.
Which is all the more reason why I need to get this weight down and to keep as active as possible.
Now, when I've told my friends in Peru about hip surgery, I've been saying, "PROBABLY" and "there's a great possibility" that I'd have it. I also added, "Of course, the Lord could just heal me, restore the cartilage to my joints" although I added, "but because I have the resources it is not so necessary." But what do you know - I have the resources, but my body chemistry won't allow it.
So...I'll be switching gears over summer vacation. Still won't go to Peru - I'll wait till next year. And I'll be praying. And trusting. Because even though it SEEMS like bad news...God knows how He made me. He knows the plans He has for me. If He restores the cartilage, you can bet I'll do a Happy Dance and a Holy Ghost Hop. If He allows me to continue with degeneration at the joints - well - I may not be able to dance so well, but I'll still praise Him, because I know He's good. Whatever He sends my way - He is worthy of praise.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
One of my SparkBuddies (COLLEENROSTE) mentioned that she has a 3-item to-do list, and a 3-itme fitness list. I thought - what a great idea! So during the last part of my work day, not having any students, I finagled a list. I figure the 3 fitness items would be IN ADDITION to what I do in the morning - something I can do in the afternoon. One fitness item would be, after digging out my ball and pumping it up, sitting on it at the computer to improve my balance. Some fitness would be combined with the other items - heavy cleaning bits. And other fitness items would be some of the recommended pre-surgery exercises, to strengthen the lower muscles for easier recovery after my anticipated hip surgery.
So today, I WAS going to lug the bag of trash from the attic - it had some chunks of drywall and stuff - but I wasn't too sure I'd be able to. So my DSIL did THAT. So I had to come up with another thing right quick. Well, I went into my bedroom closet and pulled out stuff that was either over-sized or under-sized that I wasn't likely to be wearing. I filled two big bags (that is to say, filled them to a manageable weight). Okay, that was ONE item. I decided I'd take 'em out and put 'em in the back of the van for the next time I am out and about - like tomorrow after my appointment - to drop them off in the drop-off bin at a local church. There! That's TWO items! And the third for today was to go in the basement and gather and crush and bag all the laundry soap and bleach bottles, and take it out. Yay!
I've plotted ways to break down big jobs into smaller ones, some over a couple of days - 3 items to do per day, fitness bits.
So tonight I'll head to bed a little earlier and do 10-15 reps of 3 of the pre-op exercises.
Thanks for a great idea, Colleen!
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I was reading a blog and someone was describing their market experiences, so of course I took another trip down memory lane and hunted up pix from my Peru (and a few Ecuador) market experiences. So here's my little travel-log!
Iquitos fish market, 03
a sister's fruit market in VES, 06
February 07 - fresh meat? Villa el Salvador (VES) in Lima
Summer 07, view of a market in Requena
a sister's meat market in VES, summer 07
checking out veggies with Sabina and Gaby 08
getting ground meat for sauce, 08
I love the garb, especially the hat, of this woman 08
flowers in Chepen, 11
meat market in Chepen 11
Chiclayo version of PetSMart, 11
assorted seafood, Chiclayo 11
crabs and scallops, Chiclayo 11
man, eating shark, Chiclayo 11
Octopus, Chiclayo 11
Pretty strawberries and my friend Vikki, Chiclayo 11
The tail identifies goat meat
This little piggy went to market, Chiclayo 11
Market scene, Chiclayo 11
Fresh chicken, VES 11
Gabriela makes purchases to spoil her "madrecita" (me) 11
Rochester, NY has a very nice farmers' market, but I love the experiences when I go abroad.
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