I’m doing some free thought-association on this one. There’s been a lot going on, some good, some not so good. Let’s get the not-so-good out of the way first.
It’s been four Sundays since I was able to make it to church. I’m afraid tomorrow is going to make it five. The pain has ramped up this week, and Terry took me to the ER this morning, looking for some way to ease it. My pain doctor is supposed to call me so we can make an appointment for a round of cortisone shots, but he hasn’t done so yet. I’m going to call on Monday morning and do a little pleading, I think. The ER doctor didn’t want to increase my oral meds, since I’m supposedly going to see the pain specialist very soon. He suggested a Lidocain patch, or the one called Salon Pas. They put one on the affected areas, and it did give me some relief. So the saga of Old Woman’s Back continues.
Better news: We’ve been looking for a car to replace our 2001 Volvo. It’s looking its age, and Terry knows that keeping it would just be endless repairs at this point. It’s been a good car, though. Well, today he finally made a decision after hours and hours of searching online. He drove to another town to look at the car, and he actually bought it! This is wonderful news for a guy who manages to talk himself out of almost everything 🙂 I haven’t seen it yet. He left it with the dealer to be inspected, and we’ll pick it up on Monday. So that’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing the car and learning a whole bunch of new stuff. This one has a lot more electronic doodads than our Volvo. The owner’s manual is very thick.
Another good thing: Friday was the first day of the homeschool co-op our church hosts. This year, I get to teach a class called The Constitution and Current Events. I was in quite a bit of pain, but I just couldn’t let these kids down. They asked for this class last year, and most are very enthusiastic about it. The only down side is that I’ve been in bed most of the time since I got home from that really fun class. Hoping to be pain-free in two weeks when we meet again.
Best yet: The road work that started in early July is finished! Yay! They put in storm sewers and curbing, and repaved the road. They put down topsoil everywhere someone’s yard was dug up, and planted grass seed, put down hay–and the Lord even decided to send us a nice, gentle rain last night, perfect to get the grass established. The whole project has been a bit inconvenient, but the crew worked with all of us to let us get in and out for whatever we needed to do. They were friendly, efficient, and considerate, even through some of the hottest weather of the summer.
Finally, a passage from Proverbs that I love: Proverbs 9: 7-10.
7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.