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The fourth in the series, here’s an update two weeks after surgery.

Friday, November 7, 2014
I am thankful to report that each day has me feeling stronger and better. Little bit by little bit.

Within the past seven days I have transitioned from pjs to yoga pants, still accessorized by an assortment of fuzzy socks. I’ve been told by several people that my coloring is better, which makes me wonder exactly what shade I turned last week. It must have been something “off-white” enough to be noticed and noted. :) And while my appetite is increasing, the number of pillows I sleep with is decreasing, as is the elevation of which I sleep at night. I am thankful.

I’m also trying my best to stay hydrated. However, drinking a lot of liquids without getting cold when you are not highly active, can be tricky. Water, tea, Gatorade, ginger ale, pretty much whatever I drink without ice, helps slow down the crystals forming in my fingers and toes. An assortment of hot teas help, too.

My blood pressure normally runs low & I found out that especially now, if conditions are right and I get up too fast, I will wake up on the floor staring into my loving husband’s concerned eyes. (Don’t worry. That only happened once). I am trying to stay hydrated, remember. ;)

I realize now why your abdomen is referred to as your core. Mine gives me little reminders that it is connected to pretty much everything else. It’s funny how I tend to think that not using my hands to lift something takes care of letting it rest & heal. When in fact, the twinge I get when making my legs or feet do something such as push in my chair after dinner, let’s me know that that counts as using it, too. Whoops. I am learning.

Although the skin around my incision is getting dry and flaky, whatever kind of glue they use in the hospital to put on it is not. It hasn’t even come off a little and appears to be accomplishing its purpose.

Speaking of purpose, it is so special to be part of the family of God and feel His love through the serving of His children! I see the joy, compassion, and genuine heart of service that He graciously gives in the way people are caring for our family.

I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving to God for the body of Christ. Through others He has provided prayers, meals, encouraging cards, texts, transportation for our children to go to their usual places, even flowers to brighten our counter. I could go on and on…

The thing is, this love and grace that people are offering, reflect Him. And we are all drawn to worship Him, in amazement at how He works. What a God we have! And what a precious thing for the world to see.

For my local friends, just to let you know, after talking with Tim, he thinks it’s probably best if I do not attend church this Sunday morning. He is very cautious with me (heart heart) and thinks it will be too much too soon. Although I’m kind of bummed I will not be there to help the first Sunday in our new building, I know it’s where God has me. He gives sustaining joy even in disappointment. :) I will not complain. This entire chapter in my life is truly a blessing. And being cared for by so many of you is part of that blessing, too. :)

P.S. Everyone that is able, is warmly invited to attend Grace Fellowship at our new location. The service starts at 9:30am. Go to http://www.forgodsfame.org for more information.

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