I Shaved My Legs Today!
Some things in life are perceived by all as big events; the birth of a child, the loss of a parent. Other things seem big only at the moment; getting a driver's license, turning of age to legally drink beer. Then there are things that are really only big to the individual.
This past week has been torture on my joints. Last Saturday, in the span of 4 hours, I went from running errands to again being debilitated. I became unable to get myself in and out of bed or up from a chair due to the excruciating pain in my wrists, shoulders, ribs and knees, I could not chew as my jaw swelled causing my upper and lower teeth to "clank" together with each bite, and by mid week, I was using a cane to walk.
Then came the wonder drug, prednisone. Within 12 hours I was able to get myself in bed and even roll over, and within 24 hours I was able to eat, shave my legs and walk without a cane.
The pain that I go through is a true reminder of how wonderful the good days feel. While every day is a gift, every pain free moment is a Blessing.
Philipians 1, 27-30 (paraphrased from The Message), reads, "There's far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting."
Thank you all for your continued well-wishes and prayers that have come from so many I know and so many I don't.
I could not do all of my erratic travel without the help of those at Southwest Airlines. Not one time have I been charged with a change fee and not one time has Jody or I gotten off the phone with an agent who didn't leave a tear in our eye and a lump in our throat from their kind words and offers of prayers for my health and his strength. Southwest Airlines and their employees are Angels in my journey.
Another Angel is a company that my office uses to help out when I am not available to answer the phones, Back Office Betties. After learning about my illness, this generous company and their staff, sent a tribute to this site on my behalf as well as reached out to me with their thoughts and prayers.
There are so many wonderful people in this world, some we know and some we just haven't met yet. Thank you all.