Monday, January 23, 2012

A snap shot of my day

Gentle Reader,
While this does not constitute a true return to blogging, I thought I would thank you all for your prayers- they lift me every day- and give you a snap shot of recovery, and some prayer requests.  So first, here is wat my week-day schedule has evolced into:
  • 6:45 AM: Dave wakes me for a hot breakfast, and i fight the pain from the night and the emotions from lack of hormones to have breakfast with him, and take a shower to start the day. (The first pain-pills since bedtime come with breakfast.) That accomplished, Dave reads me Spurgeon's Morning by Morning devotional as I settle into my comfy chair, and prays with me (sometimes twice) before he leaves for work. I doze off completing my morning scripture reading and prayer time.
  • 9 AM: sometime around here I wake up from my first morning nap, brush my teeth and my hair, and head out for my first walk in the brisk day.  I am currently walking very slowly for about 15 minutes 2-3 times a day, and have a shorter evening walk.  It's a start!
  • 10 AM: I have finished my walk, checked e-mail, and am ready for nap #2, or if not sleepy, watch something on my laptop.  If I need distraction, I watch Bones.  If i need easy, I watch All Creatures Great and Small, or Psych.  If I am a mess, I watch the old Cosby show.
  • 11:30 AM: Time for walk #2.  I am venturing beyond the block, but going slowly.
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch put together by Marilyn while I watch the news and sit on the couch. It is left-overs from the fabulous meals my friends have been delivering each night.  What a blessing!
  • 1:00 PM: My ride arrives to take me to Santa Fe.  These dear friends pick me up, take me to Santa Fe, run errands while I have HBO treatment for 2.5 hours, and then pick me up and bring me home.  They distract me, hold my hand when i cry, and encourage me.  What a blessing!
  • 5;30-6:00 PM: I arrive home exhuasted, and receive the blessing of a new meal from some lovely person.
  • 7:00 PM: final walk of the day.  Usually just around the block, because I am worn out completely.
  • 7:30 PM: couch time with Dave: I lean on my back against Dave while we watch something, or he reads.  I doze.  This is the closest to cuddling I can currently manage.
  • 10:30 PM: take my last meds, brush my teeth, and climb into bed.  I can last about 2-4 hours on my back there, then get up and move to my comfy chair for the rest of the night.
And now that I've written all that, I am too tired to give specific prayer requests.  That will have to come another day.  But do keep praying, Gentle Reader.  This will be a long recovery, but God is with me here.  Thank you!


Jenny said...

Dear sweet Chris, you are doing very well. It may not seem like it to you, but you are. Be as gentle with yourself as you would be with another in your shoes. Healing is occurring, albeit slower than you would like, but it will bear fruit.

Love and prayers,

Cindy Marsch said...

So glad to have a snapshot of your days, Chris. I'm very impressed with your walking schedule! You're an inspiration!

Juanita said...

Thank you for the update, Chris. I'm sure it was tiring just typing that. I'm glad to hear that you are able to get out for short walks and that you are napping too! It helps me to pray thinking through what you are doing throughout your day.



Sheila said...

Dear Chris, I was glad to see that you were up to blogging - even it was exhausting for you. Wish I was there to provide a meal:). I will continue to bring you before the Throne of Grace.
Under His Wings,

Patricia said...

Thank you for taking the time to give us an update. I think of you often, and it's nice to know how you are doing. Wishing I could be one of the people bringing you a meal.

jlt said...

Dear Chris,

It is so good to hear about your day to day schedule with specifics. I am continuing to pray for you every day.

Love, Joy

Woman of the House said...

Chris, I am so glad you are on the road to recovery. You seem to have a great attitude! I will continue to pray for you.

Pat (MaMo) said...

stesurDear Chris,
I agree with Cindy, you are an inspiration.

May God continue to give you strength and hold you up as you heal and recover.

Love and gentle hugs,
Pat M. in RI

LaJuana said...

Dear Chris, I'm so glad to hear about your days. Though not what you would have asked for, you are managing so well what you have been given. I'm so glad you have your family and friends nearby to support you. Know that those of us at a distance think of you and pray for you often. Live each day as a triumph, and, as Jenny said, be as patient with yourself as you would be with others.

God bless you, my friend,

EuroMom said...

Thank you so much, Chris, for giving us an update on how you are doing. I am continuing to pray. Please do gentle with yourself and allow your body to heal!


Denise4kids said...

Sweet Chris,
Thank you for taking the time to post your day. It gives me a better picture of you and what you are dealing with in your recovery time. I will picture you this way as I pray while I will also look forward to posts noting your rapid improvement and well-being. God is Good!

I'm so glad you have a sweet soul mate to nurse you along the way, too. He sounds wonderful.

Sending you a hug from Orlando,
Denise Smith

mrsvds said...

Dearest Chris,
May God continue to grant you his peace that passes all understanding as your body heals and recovers. I'm so grateful for the care you are receiving from your wonderful husband, your church family, and friends. Please know that those of us who are too far away to provide you with a meal or run errands for you, are lifting you before the throne of God. Rest in Him as he leads you through this difficult and painful time.

From your NYC friends.

Lee Ann said...

{{{Gentle hug}}} Thanks for the update, Chris. Our family is praying for you.