"I'll take potpourri for $200, Alex" (RIP)
Friday, November 27, 2020
You know how on Jeopardy "potpourri" is a general mix of topics? That's what this blog feels like it's gonna be, LOL.
My Thanksgiving was a bust. My daughter and son in law were supposed to come over but one of my son in law's students (he is a high school English teacher) tested positive for Covid and it was recommended that those around her, be tested. So my daughter and son in law were tested last Friday. They are both feeling very well, thank God... but still don't have their test results, and we had to postpone Thanksgiving. I cooked and kept waiting for " the news"...but it never came. We will celebrate another day, but it's not the same.
I ordered an artificial Christmas tree from Amazon yesterday. This will be the first year without a real tree. I just can't allow my 65 year old hubby, plagued with shoulder and back issues, to drag in ONE MORE heavy, real tree. So that was sad, and hard, but a good decision and I did it so matter-of-factly that I could tell that it didn't hurt his ego at all, which made me so grateful. He lost his mom just a few months ago, we had to close the office for three months due to Covid, he is so worried about my health.... my poor guy doesn't need ONE MORE THING to be sad about.
My rheumatoid arthritis medication seems to be working. I am so cautiously optimistic! I love my new rheumatologist and am so happy that I switched. She is very careful, constantly monitoring blood work and answering every single question. My pain has dialed down since the summer and I can only pray that it even get a little better. Also... I am getting used to it. I am adapting. I am "making it work". So that is comforting, too.
There is only one way I am able to adjust to having RA. Take it one day at a time. Just like every other thing in my life! One day at a time is all we should focus on, giving that one day, our best. Do our best, then rest.
It reminds me of this wonderful story in the Bible (in Exodus), about the Israelites' 40 long years in the desert. Every day, God sent down something called "manna" for them to eat. "Manna" is basically a word that means, "what is it?" Everything I've read about it says it's like coriander seed or something like that. White like snow, falling from the Heavens. It tasted like wafers and honey... sounds good! God sent just enough for every belly to be filled but instructed them not to gather it for more than one day. When they tried it? It just rotted before their eyes, full of maggots. They were told to collect double portions before the Sabbath, when there would be done. Those days? No maggots!
God provided. And they were forced/INSPIRED to trust Him.
And that is what I must do, too.
How about you?