As many of you know I've been recovering from a bad infection on my ankle the last month. "Recovery" is a difficult word to define. My wound that became infected with the flesh eating virus is healing at a rate that is not even measurable. I've had the PICC line since early November (I am getting it out today!) where I had 4 weeks of IV antibiotics.
But being off of my main medications for rheumatoid arthritis since August has slowed me down considerably and I won't be able to go back on them for months. My tendon I was supposed to have surgery on is still close to rupturing, so once I "recover" I have a surgery to plan on.
Physically and mentally I've never felt so exhausted and that has been more difficult to cope with than the physical pain.
I was very blessed that my parents came to help for four weeks. They did project around the house, helped taxi Joshua from school to Tai Kwon Do to Little Gym. Mom made dinner and did laundry. Dad got my car up to par. I couldn't have done it without them. But that doesn't mean it was easy -- for any of us. I know I will never understand what they experienced seeing me hurt and not being able to fix it. And simple words could easily have led to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. After all, I've never spent so much time with them since I was 17 and living in their house.
People have asked, "How did you do it? Was it hard?" and I've just said, "We all gave each other grace." I recently read "article" below on the internet somewhere and have not been able to track down the author. As the holidays approach I know that many of us deal with the emotions of trying to accept that people are not always exactly how we want them to be. None of us are perfect. But that doesn't meant we love one another any less. Instead, we must just offer grace and remember what is really important in this life.
And most importantly, we must remember where to put our faith -- in the Lord, not in people. Romans 5:5 says, "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
I hope you will find hope in the article below... and you may even want to consider printing it out for your refridgerator. When someone complains about that turkey being too overdone, one of these references may just get you through the next few moments.