Suffering

What an amazing thought to think that the worst pain we are going through now is nothing compared to the Glory that will be revealed to us later! Amen?

Blessings,

David

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Good Sunday morning everyone! Hope you had a great Saturday; I know I did. Got to spend some time with my oldest, my daughter-in-law and of course my two cute as a bug in a rug grandchildren. They bring such light into our lives no matter what we seem to be going through.

Sorry..had to share them with you all. I know, I know I’m far too young to have grandchildren that cute…Just kidding, ironically the title of my post is just the opposite. In fact, this message will be quite different than normal…I got into writing for two reasons.

  1. Because I truly feel I have an important message from God that is not currently being shared and will change the mindset of the church.
  2. Sometimes I just need a place to vent and heck maybe someone will still be helped by knowing they aren’t alone.

Today’s message is all about number two so just bare with me. 🙂

As many of you know I have been dealing with a hip/leg issue for almost a year now. My surgery was fantastic in the aspect that my hip pain is now 100 percent gone so praise God for that. The bad part (also the one nobody told me about) is that there a muscle that runs from said hip to around your knee. Well apparently this muscle gets tore in half then repaired to perform the surgery. As with all muscle recovery, it seems like it is taking forever to heal and I have a big trip in October coming so, just like before, I am pumping myself full of Ibuprofen just so I can function every day praying that the healing picks up. I know the surgery had to happen, just seems like I should be farther along….

Next on my list are just things that seemingly are not getting better as fast as they used to be. I have a toothache that wont stop, an eyelid infection that was a sty now looks like something out of Alien, and just overall feel like a truck hit me. (I know this sounds like whining and it is but again one of my reasons for writing…)

Some of this is from a need to lose weight, but much of it is just because I know I am getting older and things don’t heal the way they used to. I am pushing 50 and my bride and I were just saying last night how we need to start rethinking about how we take care of ourselves because the old way of just flipping through life without a medical care in the world are over.

I know this isn’t just me; my bride has been dealing with major back pain and other medical issues for a while. Even as strong a woman as she is, this has been bringing her down as well. I don’t think people truly understand what an effect pain has on our body and even more so to our minds. I know I need to find a better way to manage it all but it is truly been a daunting task…

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When I saw this earlier I knew God was telling me not to give up and I never will; just some days are easier than others, amen?

Well, thank you for listening to a bit of my self-therapy. I have found that writing things down makes me feel better and sometimes puts things in perspective. Maybe this even still helped some of you…Have a blessed Sunday my friends!

In Agape Love,

David

Don’t Take It For Granted

Good morning again! As promised, I am back! Had a nice breakfast with my bride and now have my coffee in hand and ready to type. The picture above is one that was taken nine days after I got home from surgery with Marcy and my Grandson Alan. He had Grandparents Day that day and surgery or not I was determined to be there. Love these two so much and it go me thinking about the topic for today; don’t take it for granted…..

As I said, this picture was taken nine days after coming home from my hip replacement surgery. Thinking back it is amazing the things I couldn’t do that I did take for granted such as:

1. Peeing!- Not sure if you all have been under or not but one of the things that happens is EVERYTHING shuts down. So the day of surgery after I woke up, I felt like I had to pee but could not! That has to be one of the most frustrating things I have ever experienced. Especially when the threat of them sticking a catheter up there if you don’t pee in time….Then once I did I had zero control over it which was so embarrassing I can’t even describe it…….

2. Walking!- Because they literally removed my leg from my hip I had to learn how to walk again. I mean my brain knew how but my legs had to be “re-trained”. Still seven weeks later I’m not 100 percent but its another thing I feel most of us take for granted.

3. Taking a Shower!- Especially at first this was an awful experience. I needed help to get into the tub, was scared of falling and messing up my incision, and I really couldn’t bend my leg so it was a long, hard road back from that. Today I jumped for joy as I needed no help from any device, turned around in the shower, and was able to bend my legs up so I could dry them. Seems like something small but when you can’t do it, it’s HUGE!

4. Sleep!- Until just a couple of days ago I was getting no more than 5 hours of sleep a night and even that was only 2 hours at a time or so. It’s hard to function in life much less heal from a major surgery when you can’t sleep. Two days ago though I had a breakthrough and slept for EIGHT HOURS! Eight hours of heavenly bliss and only up a couple of times to pee which was amazing. I had so much energy, I did some housework which I haven’t been able to do in two months (hopefully my wife was happy) 🙂

There are so many more thing I could get into but these are the main ones. Today, learn from me and don’t take anything for granted. If you got up this morning and was able to shower and walk around, you have been blessed beyond imagination! That is reason enough to SMILE and LAUGH!! Love you all and continued prayers as I get ever closer to a full recovery. 🙂

Grace and Love,

David

Hello Again

Good morning everyone. I know I have done a horrible job of keeping up with my posts. This journey of mine since my surgery has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. There have been many ups and downs both physically and mentally; but it would thankfully seem I am on the upside of both right now.

I think the mental part was the most surprising of it all. I never equated that having a hip replaced would turn into this storm of emotions that raged within me during the last six weeks. My family was very supportive in putting up with all of this, but until you go through something like this its hard to relate.

Physically, I still can’t sleep all night. Up every 2 hours is not conducive for a great mental state but that too is getting better. I go back to work on January 2 to which I intend to be at full steam ahead in these functions. Although I have been told the entire healing process can take up to a year.

Well, that is the latest and greatest. I hope to be back writing these posts more regularly again and getting back to my original topic of removing the veil of deceit over the eyes of the lost souls of this world. With that in mind, it would appear that veil is dropping rapidly…..Be good folks, be kind, have grace for others, and put yourself second.

Peace,

David

Good Morning


Good morning/afternoon everyone. I have not done a real good job of keeping up on my blog posts during this recovery time. My initial plan was to document daily how I was doing, however, the reality of my situation put me on a different direction.So today I give you an update. I hope that there are still those of you around that are interested in my ramblings lol.

As I said the other day, this procedure that I had done is turning out to be just as much a emotional one as a physical one. Maybe some of it is the drugs they put you on, maybe some of it is how dependent you become on others, I’m really not sure, however what I can say is that in many respects I feel as if I have lost many of these challenges….

My filter has been completely gone most days which makes my family life not pleasant. I mean as charming as I am, people can only handle so much of me unfiltered.  To their credit, they have endured it and haven’t told me where I could go; even though they would be perfectly within their rights to do so. I do feel as if i am starting to turn the corner a bit however and hopefully for all involved those unfiltered days become less and less as time goes on.

For some good news, I am walking around pretty well with this cane and have even started venturing out a few steps without it at all. Balance still isn’t real good so I make sure that can is within easy distance of me at all times. The other good news is that last night I slept most of the night in my bed. It still wasn’t real comfortable but at least I didn’t spend all night in the recliner. During the recovery process sleep is so vital for both your physical and your mental state and so I am very grateful that it seems the worst is behind me in that regard.

Well, that is my update for today. It has now been 4 weeks of my 12 weeks journey to a full recovery which means I am almost half way there! God is good, all the time. Thank you my friends, I will post again tomorrow.

Peace,

David

Update!


Good morning everyone! It’s been a while since I posted a meaningful blog update so to help me start getting my life back in some sort of order I thought I would type one up. It will be four weeks tomorrow that I had my surgery and its time to start getting back to a more normal routine. 

So the pain that I had before is gone, I will start there. Praise God for that! Sometimes I even forget the amount of pain I was in before because I get so consumed with the recovery process. Some days I just need to remind myself that this pain is going to go away; the other would not have. 

For the most part my incision is all healed up on the outside. It is a 9.5 inch scar which can be difficult to look at sometimes but other than a few spots, its pretty good to go. Inside of course will take longer but after what they did to me that is not a surprise. My bride has been nice enough to keep it moist by putting some lotion on it daily so the dry skin stays at a minimum.

The most surprising thing about this recovery has been the emotional part of it. There are times where pain is at a minimum and I’m in a pretty good mood; other times the pain comes seeping back in and I feel like I could cry a river any second. It has also set me up to have no filter at times which can be extremely frustrating for my family which unfortunately takes the brunt of that. I have been trying hard not to be that way but alas it happens. My bride and my family has been so supportive through all of this; I can’t begin to tell you how I would have never made it to this point without them. Especially Marcy who has major health issues of her own yet somehow puts them aside to take care of me. Where she gets the strength for this I will never know….

Well friends, that is my update for now. I will try and write again tomorrow. My head is still pretty foggy so I apologize in advance if my thoughts are not real clear. I love you all and please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Peace,

David

P.S. I put the UM picture up because apparently that is the only one of my teams that cares to actually play football lol

Update!


Good morning everyone! It’s been a while since I posted a meaningful blog update so to help me start getting my life back in some sort of order I thought I would type one up. It will be four weeks tomorrow that I had my surgery and its time to start getting back to a more normal routine. 

So the pain that I had before is gone, I will start there. Praise God for that! Sometimes I even forget the amount of pain I was in before because I get so consumed with the recovery process. Some days I just need to remind myself that this pain is going to go away; the other would not have. 

For the most part my incision is all healed up on the outside. It is a 9.5 inch scar which can be difficult to look at sometimes but other than a few spots, its pretty good to go. Inside of course will take longer but after what they did to me that is not a surprise. My bride has been nice enough to keep it moist by putting some lotion on it daily so the dry skin stays at a minimum.

The most surprising thing about this recovery has been the emotional part of it. There are times where pain is at a minimum and I’m in a pretty good mood; other times the pain comes seeping back in and I feel like I could cry a river any second. It has also set me up to have no filter at times which can be extremely frustrating for my family which unfortunately takes the brunt of that. I have been trying hard not to be that way but alas it happens. My bride and my family has been so supportive through all of this; I can’t begin to tell you how I would have never made it to this point without them. Especially Marcy who has major health issues of her own yet somehow puts them aside to take care of me. Where she gets the strength for this I will never know….

Well friends, that is my update for now. I will try and write again tomorrow. My head is still pretty foggy so I apologize in advance if my thoughts are not real clear. I love you all and please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Peace,

David

P.S. I put the UM picture up because apparently that is the only one of my teams that cares to actually play football lol