Monday, October 11, 2010

Entrusting our souls to a faithful Creator

Today was another day spent in the recliner with the heating pad.  I haven't had a back problem this bad for a while and it's been a misery.  However, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I spent the morning praying and praising God.  Amazing how that can bring us out of ourselves and into another place of thankfulness.  God is so good that way.  The rest of the day I spent reading a new library book I had picked up over a week ago by Elizabeth George.  It's the Elizabeth George that writes the Inspector Lynley books.  If you've been reading my blog for any time at all, you know that I love all things British.  Her books are no exception.  I had seen the movies on PBS and enjoyed them so when I saw one of her books at the used book store, I decided to give it a try.  I was hooked!  I'm trying to look at this down time as a blessing from the point of view that I can read for hours on end without feeling guilty.  Honestly, though, I'll be so glad to be back to a point where I can move again without having excruciating pain! 

My youngest son went this morning to the doctor to have his nerves tested.  This is a test where they poke you and send electric currents through the nerves to see if there is permanent nerve damage.  I've had it done myself and, yes, it's as tortureous as it sounds.  It's not too horrible until they do the back and at that point, you just want to jump out of your skin.  My poor son came home just like jello and in pain from that horrible test.  I loved what the doctor said to him, too.  "You have a pinched nerve."  No, really?  I think we got that a long time ago when he started having the pain clear down his leg!  He still has that pain, but it's a bit better.  He has had physical therapy and that has helped some, but his whole leg still falls asleep if he walks around or if he sits.  It's very uncomfortable for him and also a worry because we don't want him to have permanent nerve damage (like me).  I am going to make an appointment with his doctor that ordered the test to see if there is any damage that we need to worry about.  I felt so sorry for my son when he came home.  I didn't tell him ahead of time about the test being painful because I didn't want him to be uptight.  It's so hard going through the test and then if you're scared, it makes it even worse.  He's feeling a bit better tonight, but went to bed at 10:00 on the dot, so that's a huge giveaway that he's just wiped out. 

My husband went to the eye doctor today because he's been having double vision.  They found out that he has cataracts starting.  They can't do anything for him at this point because of the bleeding behind the eyes caused by his diabetes.  He's so concerned about losing his vision and I'm just praying that the Lord will heal him and he won't lose his vision.  They are working on getting the leakage stopped in the eyes and so far that has been pretty successful.  Your prayers for him are so appreciated!

"Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall enstrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right."  1 Peter 4:19

God bless you ~ Julie


  1. Hugs to you and your family. Praying God's will and that you'll all be feeling better soon.

  2. Jack went through the bleeding in the eyes and cataracts as well. He has had countless laser surgerys where they shoot the eye to cauterize the leaks. They've been pretty successful and he had surgery on one eye last year to remove the cataract. He still has to have the other eye done, but wants to wait until after he gets his transplant.

    For several years he was told he could never get cataract surgery because of the diabetic retnopathy. But he saw a new doctor a year and a half ago who told him that was old school thinking and he could get it done. He was so thrilled to have that eye worked on. Now he can see far away without glasses. He still needs them for reading, but he buys over the counter glasses.

    Praying for you and your back. I understand the pain.




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