Thursday, December 18, 2014

Heavenly Help - Always and All-ways!

I am always surprised by the way my prayers get answered. I know it shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. 

Last night before I went to bed, I had a list of things to do today that defied the number of minutes in the day. In fact, I was still awake praying about solutions, and feeling a bit worried, at 1:30 a.m. and that is very, very rare for me. I am almost never still “up” after midnight, and usually not after eleven. In return, I’m always up between 5 and 6 in the morning.

To fall asleep when I am not able to, even though it is rare, I resort to routine prayers. I pick a prayer or a bible verse that I like and I repeat it over and over. Somehow, that always works. It lulls me to sleep.

When I awoke, I decided to take on the worst of the projects/tasks first. This is something I learned in high school when a nun taught me a valuable life’s lesson. If I hate the thought of doing something, I just do it and get it over with, whenever possible. And with tasks I don’t want to do, I take the worst and get it out of the way. 

Anyway, by Noon, I was almost half done with my day’s projects. I could see that I might actually be able to take care of it all without undue stress.

At this point, tonight, I have finished everything that worried me last night, and I even had an hour to spare. I enjoyed watching a VHS tape to celebrate. 

Father in Heaven and Lord Jesus, why do I worry at times when I know you always take care of my needs and concerns? True, I don’t obsess over these things, but even the little worrying I do is not necessary, and you’ve proven that to me yet again. Thank you for being there - always and all-ways! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Words With Friends on PC?

A neighbor would like to get me to play Words with Friends but I’d need to do it from my PC. 

It looks like the only way to do that is via the PC and Facebook - am I correct? And does anyone know if it works with W7?
I’m not sure I want to get into this, but she says I don’t have to go back and forth constantly. She says some of her friends take a day or two between plays and she understands.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thank you, Lord! Eye worries relieved...

I have been concerned, and praying about it, since yesterday morning. My post-op (after cataract surgery) eye became red in the corner yesterday morning, and it seemed to be spreading. By last night, I saw some red in the corner of the other eye, as well. I babied the eyes and prayed - a lot. I planned, if anything seemed worse, to call the surgeon early tomorrow morning.

Then, again after praying last night before bed, this morning, I took a look. Still red in the corners of both eyes, and the “new” eye beginning to look a bit bloodshot.

Something made me check the internet. 

Hallelujah! Not one, but several sites, said this is normal after that surgery. I never take the advice of just one source online - that would be foolish. But several comments were from offices that performed that kind of surgery.

Apparently, it is residual bleeding from the surgery and takes its time working itself out afterwards. Some folks even reported some as long as months later, so I am relieved. I will be a very good girl, and keep on with the hysterically-funny schedule of eye drops (amazingly complex schedule). All comments mention that the drops are important to safe and sure healing.

I looked the drops up online when I first came home after surgery. Basically they are antibiotics and pain/swelling treatments. 

One thing the comments all mention is that this lack of concern does not apply if there is pain, discomfort, or seeping or excessive weeping. In my case, none of these are present. Great news.

So, my friends, my prayers were answered in that I am no longer worried about this. Odd, though - nobody I know ever mentioned bloodshot eyes afterwards - it would have saved me a lot of concern. I guess that’s why I’m passing this along to all of you!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for hearing my prayers. And thank you for helping me to help others so that they will not be worried if this happens to them. <./ItemPage>

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Had a Scare with my Cataract Surgery this Morning

This morning, around 9, I was in the bathroom and ran a comb through a few rambunctious strands of hair, and noticed that the corner of my “new” eye was red, like blood. I thought back to what I could have done to aggravate that eye.

I wondered if I had jostled it a little too much when I positioned the eye-drop-guide cup I use for the eye drops each day. The post-op instructions did say to avoid touching that eye for “a while.”

Now, I’m not sure what “a while” is to the doctor. This is Saturday. They are closed. I figure that, time-wise, I must still in the “a while” time-frame. 

I prayed hard, folks, really, really hard, on this one. I already am at risk on this surgery for complications because of a genetic condition, so I do not want a new risk. 

About an hour ago, it felt like something trying to “leave” my eye. Have you ever had a tooth extracted and then had a fragment of that tooth eventually appear and work its way out of your gum? Well, I wondered if it was a piece of broken lens working its way out. A little later, it felt like a strand of hair on my face, up near my eye/nose, so I brushed that away. The “piece in my eye” feeling went away. Possibly, when I combed my hair very early this morning, a strand of my flighty, thin hair fluttered down and hung around to irritate me.

At this point, almost 1 p.m., the corner of the eye is no redder and seems less red. I think everything is okay. If, however, it still looks red in that corner on Monday morning, I will call the surgeon’s office and ask if I need to come in. I’m not due for a final checkup until the 29th. Meanwhile, I will definitely avoid touching that area until then.

Lord Jesus, you heard my prayer and the worst seems to be over. You alerted me to the need to be even more cautious with this eye and I will do so. Thank you, as always, for being there with your strength and healing.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blessings Often Overlooked

Every once in a while, I need to take a break between one task and another. This was never necessary when I was 50, or 60, or even 70. Now that I am 75, I find that it helps me to re-charge both my physical and mental batteries from time to time. 

When that time comes, if I’m at home, I often sit on Jane’s old lift-chair, pull a folded flat sheet (I keep it for a lightweight cover-up) over my feet and up to my neck, and before I know it, my 3-year-old kitty leaps up and flops on my tummy and chest, rising and lowering with each of my gentle breaths.

She loves it.  I love it.

And I suddenly realized a day or so ago that I am blessed beyond what I expect or want. For this, I am very thankful.

I know far too many people whose stress-level and chore-level and obligation-level is so high that there is no way they can take even a 20-minute break of this type.

I think, also of the local homeless and how much they would give to have this, my happy and guilty pleasure.

And I think of people in 3rd world countries, and our military, and others, who, too, do not have this brief but luxurious pleasure.

Dear Father in Heaven, I cannot help all these others except with a heartfelt prayer that you bless them at odd moments with a peace that surpasses all understanding, and thank you for this joy in my own life, even when it is brief.