Catch up on my adventures over the past 4 months!
I’ve missed you at this blog site! It seems like I’ve traveled to distant lands and have been out of touch with most of you. Actually I’ve been right here in Colorado, but my circumstances stood in the way of my keeping up with all of you. Here are my adventures:
Heart surgery was the last thing I expected on that beautiful October day. But it was necessary. A main artery leading to the left side of the heart was 70% blocked. A stent was placed within that vessel, and new blood revitalized the organ once again.
Now it was four days later. My birthday. I looked at this battered body of mine. Because of three blood thinners and many bruises to my skin from those meds and my surgery, I looked like a wounded soldier. Had I actually been in a war? It felt that way as I greeted the morning that 17th of October, finally back in my own bedroom. But I was alive! I breathed the fresh air and grabbed onto the new energy that pulsed through my veins. Was this new energy due to the power of prayer from all my angels (friends, neighbors, family) that spoke to God on my behalf? I took a few little dance steps to the music on my radio that morning, delighting in the healing adventure I was about to embark upon.
Cardiac Rehab and dozens of doctor appointments became my new schedule. Three times a week for an hour each time for 12 weeks was a big adjustment. But each day I felt stronger. And then the news at the ophthalmologist’s office: “You are legally blind…I’m so very sorry,” were the chilling words from the doctor on that freezing December day. Multiple Sclerosis was the cause of the deterioration of the optic nerve.
Wap! Another punch to the gut. Another blow to my secure, safe world. My mind raced to this verse in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Plowing ahead with new resolve, I began Mobility Training with a brand new white cane! Maneuvering intersections, stairways, grocery stores, and round-abouts (yeeks!!) with this new tool is quite the adventure!
The New Year Begins!
And so the new year of 2018 began. This will be a brand new start, I naively thought. Instead, it was an adventure we hadn’t yet explored the road map for. Barely into the year, my Fisherman-Husband complained of “floaters” and “fireworks” in his right eye. Red flags went up in this wifely brain! Seeing the eye doctor that very day confirmed my suspicions of a detached retina. Surgery on that eye was performed, and he now awaits the day that the gas bubble inserted within the eye will allow the retina to once again attach, and perhaps his vision will be restored. Patience. Waiting on the Lord and His timing…oh my!
With both of us blinded, we had a new challenge….transportation, to doctor appointments, to church, to meetings. The Fisherman was my chauffeur, but his new job was to heal. So then at just the right moment, we felt the brush of angel wings, our loving family and friends, who stepped up and drove us everywhere, brought meals, ran to the grocery for us, hugged us as battered as we were.
We move forward!
So today I write to you, still hobbling along, completing my Cardiac Rehab, looking forward to some day being approved for a Guide Dog, hearing the Fisherman declare, “I am seeing a bit more today than I did yesterday!” and vowing to pray and love others with the intensity that we have been loved and cared for.
Wishing for you new adventures and blessings in this year of 2018,