Sunday, July 26, 2009
I've been tracking my exercise but not my food, and I'm sure that will show tomorrow at my weigh-in! UGH!
Today, I'm prepping my meals and will start back tracking tomorrow. I've really missed Sparking the past week or so, but there just hasn't been time to do everything. On the other hand, I've made some progress on other goals - like turning in some important tax documents on Friday, getting my annual doctor and dentist check-ups done.
Mom is still dealing with postoperative delirium but is doing better. The neurologist has been giving her some medication that helps. No idea when she'll be released to rehab. I call once a day and talk with her when she's up to it, get updates from my dad whose days are organized around his trips to visit her in the hospital.
Seems there's been a wave of unhappy news coming from friends in Florida lately. Lots of prayer needs here in Germany, too. God listens and he's the one in control.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Mom was doing pretty well for the first couple of days after the op, but she's now suffering from postoperative delirium. She is very confused, and sometimes delusional. Apparently, this is not all that unusual for elderly people after surgery. Needless to say, this has been very upsetting, especially for my father who is there with her. But when the neurologist finally gave her condition a name yesterday, that was a relief. It could take weeks for this to pass, so she won't be leaving the hospital any time soon.
My work schedule is still very full. That together with the extra phone calls to family and friends in the US in the evening has preempted my Spark time. Things should lighten up toward the end of the week, so I'll be able to check in here - and get my trackers updated, too.
Thank you for your continuing prayers!
EVENING UPDATE/PRAISE: Just got off the phone with my dad a little bit ago. Mom is doing much better today and he was very encouraged. She was able to eat for the first time in a couple of days, too.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts. Mom's hip surgery went well. Now we're waiting to hear what the doctor has to say about next steps.
I'm amazed at God's timing - yesterday was my "free day" and I had extra time in the morning for prayer and started reading a good new book about grace. He knew that I'd need it that same afternoon!
I'll need to be spending more time on the phone and such for the next few days, so I'll have to
keep my Spark activities to a minimum. Please excuse me if I don't come to "visit"
you personally or respond to posts and Spark mails right away!
Will keep you posted! Thanks again for all the support!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
...in FL, wondering how my mom and dad were doing because Dad had called her and left a message on the answering machine - but with no details of the reason for his call. She tried all their numbers and didn't reach them so she started calling hospitals. Found out Mom was admitted yesterday, had taken a fall. To make a long story short, Mom is awaiting surgery for a broken hip and femur.
I didn't get the message because Dad had sent me 3 emails (don't know why he didn't phone!) and today was my "day off" from the computer! I had a really relaxing day, alternately working and resting, getting caught up on some housework, doing some calendar planning, making phone calls. I made some good progress on my goals list. I need to fast from the computer more often! Then the call came at around 4:30 PM Germany time. And I'm back online, earlier than expected!
Since then, I've spoken to both parents and they're doing fine, playing the waiting game as the doctors aren't sure what time surgery will be. So we wait and pray. Mom is 82.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tomorrow will be the first day in a long time that I have had no outside commitments. WooHOO! (Well, there's a home group meeting in the evening that I could go to, but I already said I wasn't coming due to other appointments. Those have since been canceled, but I still plan to take the evening off.)
To avoid what is also known as IGAD (I've Got All Day Syndrome), I've decided I need a plan!
I have to admit that I've been floundering a bit since I finished my Old Testament Prophets coursework, term paper, and final exam. So much of my energy was focused on getting that done and meeting that deadline, that I haven't really known where to start with other projects since I wrapped up the course. In three weeks, I'm flying to the States for a 3-week visit and when I get back, the summer will already be coming to a close!
So, tomorrow I'm going to do something reeeaally hard and stay off the computer. I want to spend some extra time in prayer and kind of take stock of where I'm at. I've printed out my July goals and will devote some time to each of the 5 areas, and tweak as needed.
It's supposed to be a beautiful day, so I'll get in a good workout, too. Maybe drive somewhere to jog in a different setting. And I'm going to rest. Isaiah 30:15 comes to mind. Funny how Isaiah passages come to mind a LOT these days! :)
I'll report in on Friday --- or late tomorrow if I just can't stay away!
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