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.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Tonight I'm picking up the student who's come with me to church a few times, to take him to youth group at church. At my previous church, while my son especially was a teen and he was involved, I would take him and stay, and got to know the kids. Like my son, they're all grown, many married with their own kids, but I still hold them fondly in my heart, and the feeling is mutual when we run into each other here or there.
In Lima, Peru, I have also invested time with my host church's youth group, getting to know them over the years. Two of the "boys" (MEN now!) are engaged to be married. I've invested in the youth ministry by buying a drum set, guitar, amps, and mikes - which they use to lead in praise and worship, and which have drawn other young folks from the community.
Cesar and Jhon try out a couple of guitars at the music store
Cesar starts to assemble the drum set
My "kids", Moises on drums, Gaby leading worship, Cesar on guitar
I've bought them matching t-shirts, bandanas, and "baseball" caps, which they've worn when they've done community outreaches.
Abel and I minister wearing the 2008 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" t-shirt as we minister in Bretaņa
Jhon and I have our Soldado de Bendicion shirts on as we horse around in 2008
I model the 2011 edition of the tee shirt I brought to the youth group
Ruth in a skit is wearing the 2011 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" tee shirt
So in a way, even though I'm not physically there, I'm participating with them in the work they do. I want to bring them some more new shirts and bandanas when I return next year (God willing), this time a camouflage design. Pastora Sabina says that it gives them a greater sense of unity, identity, and purpose, even boldness to share their faith. I think it's a worthwhile investment!
Meanwhile, TONIGHT, I want to start getting to know the kids in my newer-to-me church. I may even talk to the leader about getting tees for THEM. Hm, there's a thought!
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