|This was my first attempt at stopping myself from using my left arm.|
As all of this is going on, we have other things adding to our ride. I tried to drive myself to an appointment last week and Drew's car wouldn't start. So, we have had that in and out of the shop a couple of times. The great news is that it now works. Hooray--praise the Lord!
I had my first visit to a wound care clinic yesterday. Unfortunately, the clinic didn't have the hyperbaric treatment ability that my physician requested I get. So, I have an appointment at a new wound care center next Wednesday. Hopefully, that isn't too far out. The good news is that I learned a lot about caring for my wound until then by the specialist that I saw yesterday afternoon. Also, she said that it didn't look infected. Overall, I feel much better and more informed since my visit with her yesterday. Another Praise!
But, when I returned home from my appointment, Drew informed me that our large patio cover was falling down. So, there's that to deal with as well. But thankfully, the contractor that built it in 2010 gave us a 5 year warranty that we had him put in writing back then. We are also thankful that he responded to our email to him, requesting him to come take a look. He says he is coming over tomorrow afternoon to take a look, so we are praying that he keeps his word.
|You can see here how the patio cover is actually siding down the house. It is a HUGE cover, so we are hoping it doesn't crash down before it can be repaired.|
There are many other things adding to our ride as well, but this post is getting long and I want to get on with the point. Do I feel stressed at all? Actually, I don't. I think dealing with cancer has taught me that a lot of stuff is out of our control, but God is sovereign and has a perfect plan. He is my strength when I am weak. This gives me so much peace. But, I can only speak for myself as far as the stress level. Drew is also dealing with work stress. He loves his job, it's just that there is too much to do and not enough time. He works all day and night, with the exception of the hours from 6-8pm. So, there really isn't much time to think about these added things. (At the same time, we are SO thankful for his job though!) But also, we're a team and we're not doing this alone. We had friends from our community group bring us meals following my surgery. Also, one of our friends watched the kids while I went to my first post-op appointment (and even put a meal into our crockpot so it would be ready for dinner--how thoughtful and awesome is that?). This allowed Drew to continue working while I attended my appointment. Not only that, but both sets of our parents have sacrificed and loved and served us. My parents were with us during and following my surgery. This was a sacrifice of love for them, as they had to close down their business for a few days to be here with us.
|I was behind Drew, who was taking the picture, making the kids laugh. You can tell they are looking at me since I am shorter than Drew--oops. :-)|
|Luke and Papa looking for buried treasure.|
|Eating like a big girl at the table where Luke likes to eat.|
|For fun, I shot through the supports of our blue Ikea kids' chair. It created a pretty cool, natural blue vignette.|
|Busy girl likes to get into all of our cabinets, including the entertainment center.|
|But, she is still my cutie pie. Even with her new short bangs.|
|As I have learned, it's only hair and it will grow out. :-)|