Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Refiners Fire

Isaiah 48:10 
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

In the last few days my health has come crashing down upon me. My carpal tunnel has become super hard to live with. My shoulder pain is something I can not ignore not to mention scoliosis complicating everything; and my knees, back, hips and feet are screaming for me to recognize them as well. 

I usually just try to get up and do something different if I am at my computer or if I am lifting something I hurry up and quit doing it. Sometimes I just keep doing whatever it is that is causing my pain and tell myself I will stop and rest when it is done. I can't do that any more. I have to RECOGNIZE! I have to do something about it!

I went to the chiropractor and he suggested that I should have some x-rays to determine what the extent of my problems were. So we had them done and he said that I needed to take time to work on me or be sorry more or less. So I am. My husband did some things to help me. He bought me a bench for stretching out my back and shoulder area and he bought me some nifty gloves. I have two pairs of support gloves now and I am feeling the love. 

I was feeling so down about maybe loosing the ability to do everything that I enjoyed in life. I took the week end off of playing the piano and I may still lower my work load on Sundays. I'm not sure. So pray about that. I also took off from working at all on the computer and got my oldest girl to help me with doing ebay. She works great for Cheetos :)

All the dishes were done by the kids and all of the laundry as well, Well almost all of the dishes. Its so hard to not do something around here when so much needs to be done! 

this is the ones he
got for playing the piano.

The kids did the laundry, vacuuming,  floor cleaning, bathroom cleaning, and kitchen cleaning because we were having a teenaged boy over for lunch it was my oldest's birthday Sunday: its funny life don't stop around here because Mom is hurting or sick. I guess that is what keeps me going. This is really hard for me to adjust to because when I walk in the other room and see things that aren't in their right place and things that need washing I tend to want to act right away. The kids are a blessing and have always helped but now they have to "kick it up a notch!" 

Yes, I saw myself going down hill rapidly but when everything is happening around you. Sometimes, its hard to see just what it is you need to do until your body screams at you. 

I shared this in hopes that if there is someone out there like myself that they too need to stop and reevaluate what they need to do different and do it before they are in the condition that I am. I have a long way to go before I am feeling better but thanks to my dear husband I am on my way to a better me. Please pray for us as we journey to better health. 


Joyful said...

Hi Jennifer, I'm very sorry to hear about your health issues. But it is true our bodies tell us long before everything comes crashing down and we often do not listen or do not recognize the signs. I too am dealing with numerous health issues for pushing myself again and again beyond limits.

I've had a lot of wrist issues among other things. So know what the carpel tunnel pain is like. My mom had similar issues and underwent surgery many years ago. It helped a bit but caused other problems. So I would really recommend you do take care of your wrists. There are exercises (google on line) you can do for your hands and wrists to help yourself. If things don't improve they do now have a modern type of surgery with no cutting. It is done by laser. I'm sure it would work far better than cutting in the wrists like my mom had.

I'm glad you have some useful gloves and that you are doing stretching to help your other areas of need. It sounds great too that your children are helping so much. That really helps and everyone will need to get used to a new routine. It is hard to have to adjust to things when they are different. But you can do it :-) God bless and help you.

Jenifer Harrod said...

Thank you Joyful. Your comment was very thoughtful and kind. I really have had some hard days. Please keep us all in your prayers.

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