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Monday, February 20, 2017

Do What You're Supposed To Do

It seems like such an easy concept, right?  "Just do what you're supposed to do." But it's not so easy. Not easy in so many aspects of life.

Why is that?

Are we, humans, just that inept? Are we that stubborn? Are we that weak?  Why can't we just do what we're supposed to do?

I've said that statement to my Mom a LOT lately. She's gotten stronger and has been released from rehab (but not until she fell again and got a MASSIVE black eye) but she's not exactly following the plan. So I said that over and over and over....

And then, this thought hit me...What's that verse?? Oh yeah...“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

That fifteen pounds...those were the results of not doing what I am supposed to do.  My lab results from last year were tell-tale and a result of not doing what I'm supposed to do. So I need to take my own advice and do what I'm supposed to do.

My mom? Well, the liver specialist confirmed that she has advanced cirrhosis (based on the symptoms she's showing) but has ordered a more thorough CT to get a better picture of her liver.  The doctors here are treating her in the same way the specialist would...so that's good news. Right now the only thing she can really do is try to manage it to keep the progression to a minimum.  It's going to take a lot of the "doing what she's supposed to do" and I pray she does just that. Low sodium and healthy diet, doing her PT at home, drinking water, avoiding Diet Coke, etc.  Yes, I pray she does what she's supposed to do!

As for me...I need to be sure to get in all my water.  I need to be more active again.  I need to NOT put anything in my mouth that's not planned. You know...those LIFE changes I know how to make...but sometimes fail to do what I'm supposed to do.  I pray for me too... to get my health back - including managing the never-ending stress that seems to be coming my way these days. To take my own advice, "Deedra - just do what you're supposed to do!"

"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

Saturday, February 4, 2017

When I've Tried to Blog

I've picked up my laptop a couple of times recently thinking I was going to blog. I was frustrated about various things going on around me and with me and I felt the need to just get it out. But each time I did, I couldn't come up with the words to express it - and then, then, it hit me. I was just wanting to complain. I don't need to complain, I need to be thankful. There is absolutely enough negativity and ugliness in this world, that it doesn't need more!

So this morning as I was having my quiet time, I decided that I need to put into words some of the moments to be thankful about from this past couple of weeks.

I am thankful...

  • that my mom is gaining strength and will probably be released for the rehabilitation center at some point next week.
  • that I took the time to actually fix healthy meals for the family this week.
  • that I have children who others recognize (as do I) as genuinely loving and kind people
  • that when my "pouch hurts" I can surf the web and find others that have experienced the same thing. I know that may sound strange, but if you've not been through this you really don't understand - as helpful as you try and knowledgeable as you may be.
  • that the situation with my mom has made me more diligent again in caring for my own health.
  • that the five pounds I've lost are still off - even if the other 10 aren't.
  • that I could spend last night with the International Students!!
Focusing on the positive instead of the negative can make a world of difference in emotional health which effects my physical health. And if I don't focus on the good, then I'm in a place that is going to lead me down a dark path that had me trapped by food for decades! What a good breakthrough this morning! And for that I'm thankful!

My Name or "Mom" in 11 Languages!

My Kuwaiti "son" that started the whole thing!

"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14