Speed Bumps

Just like The Amazing Race, it seems my recovery has some speed bumps.  A task in the next segment that only I have to do…. only I know I have Christ & a loving husband with me.

This last month, I got sick & gained 5-6 pounds in one week – extra fluid retention.  An emergency trip to Emory, my medications have changed, and I lost it, but 5 pounds came back. All in my stomach & feet. It’s very frustrating, because I want the healing time to go faster & more smoothly.  I always have. 

It’s been 4 1/2 months since the surgery – a major open heart trauma to the body, mind, emotions & family life. I would love to get off some of the meds, not have so many changes, no more fluid in my stomach & feet.  I would love to have more energy, start the day like a “normal  person.” 

But at this point, it’s not to be. And in some ways that’s good – I really know God is in control – He’s got this all planned & sees the future. I don’t. , I have been given so much by our family & church family that it makes me want to give more & recognize people’s needs. 

When Paul talks about learning to be content in all situations, I haven’t learned that yet.  Sometimes I am, but when I have stressors from different directions, I am not. 

So I will have some speed bumps along the way in the next year or 2 🙂

 

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Sleep – a luxury???

I read an article in Health magazine for May, by Amy Spencer, discussing sleep as a luxury.  She said people take pride in how early they got up, how little sleep they need & when you mentioned you got 8 hours of sleep they say, “lucky you.” 

My thoughts… I agreed with her.  If I told someone I didn’t pee all day, who in the world would say, “lucky you.” If I said I haven’t eaten in 4 days, who would say “lucky you.”  If I said I didn’t take the normal 28 pills in a day, who would say, “lucky you.”

My point – our bodies need these things – food, water, vitamins, medicines (ok, maybe not 28 pillls), & SLEEP.  I know I can get more done if I didn’t sleep or take a nap or take a mommy break – but does that make me healthier?  Sleep is vital to our health.