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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

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