Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Today Was a Good Day

I want to thank all those who sent me notes and comments and all of you who prayed and have been praying for me (and the family).  Today was a much better day than yesterday.  For one, I managed to sleep at night, so when I had to get up for my doctor's appointment, I had had enough sleep that I could without too much of a fight.

I even dressed up nicely, wearing a business-style grey skirt with a black sweater covered with sequins on the yoke.  I have to wear a brace for my knee now, but I have been having problems so I've needed to go back to the store for help.  Since I would be out already, I figured today would be a good day.  Wearing a skirt would make it easier to work with the brace on my leg at the store.  Basically, I needed more information because, being unclear about how the brace works, I wasn't sure whether I should be sitting or standing putting it on.  It was sliding down; how do I prevent that and so on.  They were most helpful and I think I'm good to go now.

The idea of the brace (one of those hinged kinds) is that, over time of using it, it will separate the bones that are currently rubbing against each other with no cartilage between them.  I am looking forward to go for walks again.  I used to go for near-daily, hour-long walks and really miss them.  I've been told that the brace will enable me to do that again.  Yay!

I had a couple of other errands that I needed to run but, in the midst of them, I had the spontaneous idea of stopping at a favourite bakery café I was driving past.  It's got only a few small tables and is often crammed with people, but today there was an empty one for me and, wouldn't you know it, I discovered an electrical outlet right by my chair.  I had my computer with me and so I sat for a couple of hours writing and enjoying being out of the house and alone.

Today was the second time since returning from Vancouver, that I've been out of the house and the first time was just to see the doctor and get my brace.  I'm so glad I had the energy and ability to do more while I was out.

Then tonight was the first night of a house group from church that I've been waiting for since September.  I was sure I wouldn't be able to make it because I've been very exhausted but amazingly I did!  I'm glad because the evening was wonderful.  It's going to be a good group--especially if they serve schmoo torte every week (I know, not going to happen).

So, thank you everyone for praying for me.  I know the exhaustion is going to be around for a while--it seems to be the way my body and mind are choosing to grieve, rather than with sadness and despair--but it's nice to have a break from that.  Maybe I can make it to church on Sunday too.  That would be awesome.

Blessings on you all.

1 comment:

Harmony said...

What wonderful news Debbie!

I love to hear how God answers the prayers of intercessors.

The knee brace is good news too. You will see.
About a year ago I was in a dreadful spot with immobility caused by the loss of a fat pad between my bones in my knee. Ironic that the only fat I've lost in years is the fat pad in my knee joint - all two ounces!

I injured the knee in the summer and by December decided to see a Doctor. At that point I was virtually immobile except for the very necessities of life. I received a jointed knee brace which at first was horrible to put on and impossible to wear discretely. Once I got the gist of it, I was up and walking again.

It took a month of continuous use and then one day I thought I'd try not using it. Amazingly, my knee has been FINE ever since - It's been one year this month. It was miraculous to me. I hope the same outcome for you.

The brace realigned my knee and brought me into a more positive physical and mental space as well.

Funny how such a small thing (well not really all that small) can change your life. It was more evidence of the devastating consequence of immobility on both the physical and mental well being. It also showed me how quickly the body can become strong once we get moving.

Still Praying for better days ahead...
Shirley (harmony)