The Bible tells us that we should be thankful in all circumstances... not thankful FOR all circumstances...
I am repeating this constantly as I sit here (Wednesday afternoon) waiting for a prescription for shingles to be filled. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to utilize the free tele-health feature that comes with our insurance. I'm thankful that technology worked properly and that I was able to send a few pictures of the area of rash that I have on my arm. After a short discussion with a doctor on the phone he confirmed that my suspicions were correct.
So THAT was the reason my right arm had been aching for days since carrying and lifting our 18-month-old granddaughter while at the local pumpkin patch!
In addition to the on-line physician and Rx he suggested, I called upon the wisdom and knowledge of my naturopath's office. I have greatly increased the curcumin anti-inflammatory supplement that I take daily, added L-Lysine and am using a topical pain reliever for the sensitive area on my forearm. **sigh** I am thankful for them, their advice and natural treatments in addition to the Rx.
I am assured by numerous friends that the antiviral medication works quickly... I am trusting their assurance and experience that I will be feeling better very soon! For this I am offering thanks despite feeling some discomfort.
I'm not sure if the confirmation and diagnosis has me feeling worse. Or if it is just the stage of the virus. Is it the fact that my right arm down to my wrist is hypersensitive and my right shoulder into my neck feels like a strained muscle? Or is it a mental thing??? Whatever it is... I am ready for it to go away!
I've been feeling pretty well lately too! Clear mind, good focus, energy and productivity, resting/sleeping well at night (except for Tuesday night when I was waking frequently with pain in my ear). Dave and I have settled into a nice routine of visiting and worshipping at several local churches. We feel that none of them alone are a "perfect fit" to meet our Spiritual needs, but we are enjoying the combination of all of them, and each fulfills a different area.
By "Church hopping" we have reconnected with several families that we have known over the years. One family, who had we been attending just one church, would never have felt comfortable enough to stop by and ask for some advice regarding some car troubles. We were happy to oblige when they agreed that it was best to leave their car in our driveway until they could get an appointment for a repair. It just feels good to be able to meet others in their times of need. 💗
Since I have been ordered by Dave to sit and relax in the living room (and since we haven't managed to get away for camping), I will binge some shows and work on the embroidered "bridal veil" that will be the center medallion of a table topper for my Mom. I am grateful that I am able to utilize the skills that I learned as a child and for my cousin, Helen, that taught me.
I have made some progress on it since I last shared... The pattern indicated that all of the leaves were to be done in a satin stitch. I have chosen to do an outline stitch and will use satin stitching on part of the center flower. I thought it would be too much... but, I guess, if I am being completely honest, I don't like doing the satin stitch. LOL! I struggle getting the threads to stay perfectly straight.
The slow-stitching will keep my hands occupied and allow my mind to not focus on discomfort or pain...
I'm going to go soak in an Epsom salts bath and put on some comfy clothes and go relax and stitch.
What are you thankful for?
How do you stay thankful in all circumstances when it is challenging?
Leave a comment... I'd could use all of the suggestions!
Be blessed and keep piecing!
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