Thursday, November 21, 2013
this month has been a struggle to be active outside- cold, colder, coldest...windchills the other day were -32C with blowing snow. Time to get creative with indoor cardio- housecleaning makes me work up a sweat ; one errand took me to Home Depot- I needed some spray paint and some replacement leg caps for stack stools- managed to a walk more than a mile backtracking up and down the aisles but I was warm
another mall errand took me to the fabric store, while cutting the cloth for my project (re-covering stack stools for my MIL) the clerk asked if she was elderly- the question stopped me for a moment. My reply, She is older- 80 y, but I don't consider her to be elderly. She is active, mentally sharp, involved in the lives of her kids and grands, and is in pretty good health. This year I have started to notice her aging, but no, definitely no elderly yet.
parasthesia and neuralgia. bad this month. constant headache but still working and keeping up with daily tasks. I am definitely needing to choose to keep going
Level 19- crossed to the new trophy level last weekend and I always get myself a fitness related reward. Since I am working on swimming a mile, and seeing corresponding changes in my physique I ordered a new swimsuit-3 of them-Sears catalogue was clearing out last seasons stock so I ordered 2 sizes- 1 for now and 1 for later = all for less than the reg price of one
little owl- for the past week we have had a small owl (I think Northern Pygmy or Boreal) sitting in our lilac tree every night. this little guy is about 8 feet from our front door. smaller than the one that visited last winter and the markings are different.
I think he is adorable, my aboriginal foster kids and their friends are freaked out because owls are "bad news" in their culture other front door visitors include the snowshoe hares, the blue jays, the squirrels and a host of song birds
time to move on and get some real work done before I head back to work tonight
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
just wanted to share a link to an interview with Leif's mom. They are in Toronto for a combination of radiation and naturopathic treatment right now. Megan shares their story best and the family still appreciates your prayers www.cbc.ca/afternoonedition/episode/
with Bryn, the saga of her leg continues- the cast is off for now, some parts of the bone are filling in but it is still very fragile. absolutely no weightbearing for a young lady who has always expressed herself through dance is not an easy thing, but the agility and grace of dance has helped her protect this fragile leg more than once. Her mom shared the following
"We are doing a lot of waiting. It was good news that it hadn't worsened (unlike the time before), but somehow it still didn't feel like good news. When you are holding your breath for five weeks (after holding it for 8 months), being told to hold it for four more weeks feels...discouraging.
The reality of how fragile her leg is hit her hard shortly after. One day we were all walking into a store. One of the kids was jumping and misjudged the distance in front of them, stumbled and accidentally banged into Bryn who was on her crutches, having just had the cast off. The impact sent Bryn's crutches flying out of her reach and knocked her off balance. No one could react quickly enough to grab her, but thanks to her amazing flexibility and balance, she managed to do some kind of strange hopping-manoeuvre that I still can't understand was possible and kept herself upright, with her bad leg in the air. The sibling was, of course, absolutely mortified at their mistake. Bryn burst into tears and we all had to stop to gather our composure and reassure ourselves that she was okay. It feels as though the slightest mistake, one misstep, and everything shatters.
Life is feeling that way. I imagine that everyone, at times, feels that way. One wrong move, and everything could be gone. One misstep, and it will all fall apart"
My heart goes out to Bryn every day. The family as a whole has made amazing progress on the journey to recovery from the accident. Bryn was not the most severely injured, but her injury has had the longest reaching impact on the family. I often wonder what special task the Father is preparing her for as she goes through this refining fire with her leg. Please keep her in your prayers
Thursday, November 07, 2013
flipping through magazines on a break at work can often bring inspiration, get me thinking, AND after I internalize the words, get me moving in the right direction again.
progress for me is SLOW, I am the ultimate . Some days it takes dynamite to get me moving out the door. Excuses are easier than lacing up my walking shoes So this week (after the magazine inspired pep talk) I have walked ~ outside ~ everyday. Didn't matter that we had fresh snow and icy sidewalks, Didn't matter that temperatures hovered well below freezing. The sun was shining, the sky when I walked was blue, the birds and squirrels were out chattering in the trees and by the time I got home, there was a spring
in my step and I felt good. (albeit ready for a cup of my favorite herbal Licorice Spice tea) As we head into the long dark nights of winter I need this.
the magazine thought that caught my attention this week:
"You are a Champion. Setbacks make you smarter; disappointments and difficulties even more determined. If you let it, frustration can fuel your imagination. And problems? They spark solutions! Which means with hope and a little hard work, you can make great things happen."
reading that sparked me, and so, I pass it on to you.
Be a champion today
Monday, November 04, 2013
I read an interesting article over the weekend, and after mulling it over have decided to take up the challenge. It involves transforming from a "newbie swimmer" to someone with the strength and endurance to swim a mile. I can swim and do enjoy the water, but over the past 20 years have not done any serious swimming. The article lays out a 4 week, 3 times a week training schedule- I am giving myself to the end of December to achieve the goal. A co-worker asked me to join her as an accountability buddy Monday mornings, and my daughter has cheer practice after school Tuesdays and Thursdays right next door to the indoor pool so opportunity and proximity are both there. I laminated the training program so it is waterproof, and my swim bag is packed and ready-restocked after each outing; Can I do this, only time will tell
Thursday, October 31, 2013
this month has been a challenge of physical and emotional frustration for our family. I will blog about myself later but tonight I am asking any of your who are inclined to join in praying for 2 very dear families.
First is 5 year old Leif and his family. Leif is the grandson of hubby's cousin. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week and after extensive testing it has been deemed untreatable. His parents made the difficult decision to take him home and love him through the rest of his days, however many there may be. Pray for peace, strength and grace to endure the coming days. Comfort and freedom from pain. and that the family as a whole will be able to find memories to cherish of this time together. They are believers :)
Second is Bryn. What a dear heart. Dec 28,2010 her family was involved in a head on collision that claimed the life of her dad, injured her mom, 3 siblings and herself. The journey to physical and emotional healing for the whole family has been arduous. Especially for Bryn. Her leg was shattered- the femur described by the orthopedic surgeon as "a pile of worms" She has journeyed through months of rehab, and a surgery that helped to lengthen the femur as new bone was filling in. The external framework that was giving stability to her leg was removed in early September, by the month's end the bone had already fractured again, Today mom- Gillian- posted the following in her blog "Bryn's last visit back to the surgeon showed that her leg was worse. The break is not healing but widening, and the new growth is extremely fragile. Her leg is barely holding together and the surgeon is worried. Very worried.
They've now casted her from hip to toe in a heavy plaster cast (why they decided against the body cast they wouldn't say...I'm at the point where I want them to wrap her entirely in plaster and glue her to a bed). That was two weeks ago. Next week, November 6th, we go back to see what the options will be. Hopefully, prayerfully, the leg will get its act together and begin healing. I don't want to think what the other options are.
Bryn is doing incredibly well emotionally. She is so positive and matter-of-fact. And we give great thanks that she is not in pain, that makes a world of difference.
So, if there are those that would fervently pray with us this week for good news, we ask for this leg to be made whole again; for healing; for the chance to dance again. And for the strength and faith to continue believing that as He has shown us in the past, He will continue to go before us and lay the groundwork so there is a foundation for us to stand on, no matter what it is we need to face; and that He will do it with His enduring love and mercy."
you can read more at gillianb-journeying.blogspot.ca if you are interested .
Bryn, Gillian, and the sibs can all use your prayers right now
I will update as needs change, but thank you in advance for storming the gates of heaven with us on their behalf
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