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Be willing to accept whatever is thrown your way

Another weekend flew by, but I had such a wonderful time spending it with Matt and his family!  Matt is actually leaving this Saturday for a mission trip in Jamaica!!  I’m incredibly proud of him and wish I were joining him!  On Friday night, I helped Matt sort through plenty of old clothes and memorable items that have been stashed away in his room since high school.  At first it seemed like it would take hours, but we had a lot of fun rehashing his past.  I even got a few shirts out of it!  On Sunday, we met up with more of his family to celebrate his grandmother’s birthday, and found ourselves playing “Mexican train”- it’s a fun game that involves dominoes.  I managed to win a few games!  Of course, it was extremely hard saying goodbye, as it will be 16 days until I get to see him again.  I give props to military girlfriends and wives, for they must wait much longer!

My RA seems to be flaring up a tad bit over the past few days.  I haven’t been very disciplined as far as eating sweets is concerned, but when you celebrate two birthdays, it’s nearly impossible to not indulge in cake.  My mother’s birthday was March 3rd.  Happy Birthday Momma!  Ironically, I ate carrot cake two days in a row.  Both times, I enjoyed every little bit.  I was convinced my knee was going to be swollen again, as it seemed to show signs of holding fluid on Saturday and Sunday.  Praise God it went back down, cause I sure dislike feeling icky.  My wrist however, the one that is practically bone on bone, is giving me some problems.  Last night as I was getting into the car, my wrist got caught on the door and it bent forward, causing instant pain and I must admit I got a tad angry-not fun because I am almost always joyful and happy.  Again, today as I was getting into my dad’s truck, I had to push the seat back and somehow my wrist bent and I felt completely weakened.  Poor wrist!  I suppose I must take extra precautions to be careful.  I sure do feel blessed though, even after dealing with RA pains, because I am quick to remember those who are less fortunate than I.

I know I have RA for a reason, though I am still learning what that reason is.  Perhaps it’s to educate or uplift someone who needs to hear it.  Perhaps it will strengthen me mentally.  Whatever the reason, I am willing to accept it, with a joyful heart.

Until next time, keep eating carrot cake!

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Always be joyful.  Keep on praying.  No matter what happens, always be thankful, for that is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Appreciation

I think it’s safe to say…I think the medications are working!  Or maybe I’ve just had for the most part, a pain-free past few weeks minus a few exceptions?  Either way, it’s comforting to know that perhaps I’ve finally reached a stage with my RA that proves that it’s under control.  I realize I’m still going to have really icky painful days, those come with the territory, but waking up without pain is honestly a blessing in itself.  Tomorrow, I think I may call my Dr. and ask him if he could refer me to a different rheumy-one that is much closer to the one than I go to now.

On Thursday I was able to do something that I have not done in quite some time that actually didn’t involve large amounts of pain.  Jackie and I were playing with Braden, and we were hiding under blankets to make him giggle.  Hiding under the blanket involves bending your knees and resting your butt on your heels.  In the past, I would cringe with pain because of how stiff and sore my knees would get if I tried to sit like that.  I was so thrilled that I could sit in that position without wanting to cry!  Oh how I appreciate the little things in life.

I had an incredible weekend!  Matt was able to visit, and we had such a joyous time together.  Our weekend consisted of: playing in a worship band for an event on Berg campus, coffee date, shopping, game night, church, talking-and lots of it, and visiting some family.

Until next time, here’s to feeling GOOD!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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