Catching Up

I haven’t posted since Sunday, Aug. 1, so I thought I probably should stop in and let you all know that I WILL be posting again, maybe tomorrow or Saturday. I’ve had a rough week. Pain can kill one’s energy level!

I was able to see my pain doctor on Tuesday. It was God’s hand of intervention that I got in the same day I called! He changed up my pain meds, and it’s already having a good effect. I’m thankful for every step downward on that pain scale of 1-10 that you’re all familiar with if you have a chronic pain condition.

I’m also thankful for all the years and years of good health I enjoyed before my creaky old back started falling apart. Remember running, swimming, jumping, ball games–all in one day— and still being able to enjoy hide-and-go-seek after dark? Of course, back then I fell into bed and slept like a log all night long!

I wish I could tell healthy younger people to please enjoy every moment, and take care of yourselves! Of course, I would have thought, when I was younger, “But I’m fine!” And I was.

One of the things you learn with advancing years is that the word “fine” gains a new definition. I still respond positively when people ask, “How are you?” because no one wants an organ recital 🙂 They’re really not asking about your liver, lungs, and lumbar! They just want to know if things are better. Usually, once I’m out and about again, I can respond “I’m better, thanks!”

All right, that’s it for now. I miss doing the daily Bible study, and I should be back on track soon. I appreciate comments from readers who have wondered if I’m okay. Yes, just not up to par yet., and thank you so much!

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Sunday Morning Coffee: Being Thankful

Facebook put an old picture of mine in their “remember this” feature. Often, I ignore those pics, but this one really grabbed my attention.

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I posted it four years ago, because Terry had just figured out a way to give me a basket for my stuff. You’ll notice the book. Always, a book. What you may not be able to see is the medication, which I was taking every 6 hours around the clock.

Since then, I’ve had my sacroiliac joints fused in two separate surgeries. Wonderful procedures, reducing my pain a great deal. Also, my pain doctor put me on a 100 mg. extended release Tramadol that I take only at bedtime. It keeps me from tensing up against the pain during the night and waking up nearly unable to move. It’s like a miracle for me!

Finally, a couple of months ago we bought an adjustable bed that allows me to raise my legs, in turn relieving stress on my lower back. It’s amazing how helpful that is. My daughter says I look like I’m sleeping in a taco (I raise the head a bit as well) and that’s just fine with me! Oh, it also has a vibrate option which I run for about 20 minutes every night. Luxury!

What I have, though, is a condition, not a disease that can be cured. I’m looking at my present level of comfort as a welcome reprieve, and I’m thankful for every day in which I am relatively free of pain. It’s been about 18 months since I’ve needed a steroid shot for the back pain. I am SO thankful for that!

I’m also very thankful for Terry, who has supported me every step of the way in this journey, in spite of his own back pain and debility from his foot injury eight years ago. We try to take care of each other, but he’s a typical guy. Trying to take care of him involves a great deal of courage 🙂

I’m thankful for friends who pray for me. I’m thankful I’m mobile and able to drive. I’m thankful I’ll be getting the cataracts off my eyes over the next couple of months. The surgeon says I’m going to be amazed at how much better everything looks!

I’m thankful for my Bible. I’m thankful for a godly husband who spends so much time in the Word since he retired.

I’m just thankful. Sometimes I forget, and tend to stew about the minor stuff, but God has a way of reminding me to be thankful, and this picture was one of those reminders.