Keeping my mind on the simple joys of life, and on the grace God gives me for each day is keeping me sane.
Things have been up and down around here lately.
First of all, the sonographer who checked my heart said it still looks "pretty", and that the area (left chamber) is what they are watching...and the valve and everything is working well.
She said she would read it in more detail and send the report to my doctor. (Thanks for praying)
The blood test for liver function was also done, and we will know this Friday when I go for chemo #5.
We were unable to visit the Cross In the Woods because I had a bad cold that only lasted for three days because I decided to give it to Jeff...who still has it. This was the shortest cold I ever had, so I am confident that my immune system is working well!
On the same day last week, I was informed that someone hacked into my Google account, and then I discovered that someone had trespassed onto our property, and the place I go in the woods had a bunch of litter thrown all around...I ended up cleaning it up filling two (grocery sized) bags!
Both issues are now resolved (hopefully). I changed my Google password, and Jeff caught two kids playing in the spot where I found the trash...He nicely told them they didn't belong there...they left without argument...Hopefully they will not try again since (a): it is not a safe place for small kids without supervision to play and (b): they don't seem to have very good manners!
We also had quite a lot of trouble with both our phone and internet accounts...As far as the phone, it has been nearly impossible to use for the past few months. We have been trying to get out of paying an early termination fee with them by stating the fact that the service is almost useless and we are experiencing a major health issue which requires a dependable phone. At first we were told that it was not an acceptable reason to terminate early...but the next day they left a message that they would not charge us if we returned the equipment and to call them to request a return kit...when I called I had to speak with three different people before they would finally honor their promise...after I had to repeat the whole thing over and over each time! I was so stressed out by the end of it I was nearly in tears! Such a simple thing became quite complicated.
But, after May 5th we will have a better phone connection finally after more than a year!
As far as the internet (its the same company but a different account)...that contract will be up in four months. This is the first time this week I've had a good enough signal to be able to update this blog from home!
We also took quite a financial hit...something came up that ended up depleting our savings account...but hopefully that issue will be resolved quickly too.
But, as always...we have lived our lives by what the following quote says:
Delight in Simple Things
~Learn to like what doesn’t cost too much.
~Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
~Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
~Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
~Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.
~Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
~Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
~Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
~Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
~Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.
And of course this scripture...
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I am feeling pretty good much of the time. Although I am experiencing more nausea and continue to have neuropathy in my fingers. The strangest symptom so far is how my upper eyelids are almost constantly twitching! It's pretty annoying!
Oh, and the chemo has finally put me into instant menopause, so I am having hot flashes and night sweats every day and night. This is the worst of all symptoms! I will ask my nurse on Friday if I can take an herbal remedy for this while I am getting chemo. I only have two more to go!
The weather here has been weird...as is the case in many places, I know.
We had a lot of rain over the weekend...so we would not have been able to go anywhere anyway.
The rain flooded out many roads in the area. (Thank the Lord we live on a big hill!)
The temperature went from the 50's (F) down into the twenties as of yesterday, and we got a couple inches of snow last night!
I am sitting here under the blanket typing this...but the sun is shining once again!
here is what it looked like two days ago:
Yep, that's my coffee cup on the ground...Those two stole it while I was taking some shots!
Well, that is all for now...Life may have its ups and downs, but God is always in control and working everything out for our good.