Saturday, February 24, 2018

Behold, He Makes All Things New

Never before in my life has the Bible verse from Revelations 21:5 been more meaningful.  Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new."  And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."  And if there happens to be an explanation mark to add, I would use two more words – Jesus Heals.  My own body, broken and damaged, is the canvass upon which Jesus is revealing himself.  All I can say is I'm thankful.  I believe I will make a full recovery from my auto accident.  Other than careful monitoring, strong pain killers, and a whole bunch of prayers from friends and family members, surgery was not necessary.  Thank you for being with me on this journey.  The first couple of weeks were almost unbearable.  It's getting easier as each day passes.  I promise to keep writing about all things new.  Yes, His words are true and faithful.  Have a great day.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Living in Bonus Time

Jesus is in charge of my time clock.  I turned it over long ago and have no regrets about it.  The calendar is all his.  This includes daily activities, priorities, etc.  As a believer, I understand the clock never really expires.  It's eternal.  On this side of eternity, there are stages, like seasons in nature, or periods in sports.  Our lives on earth are finite, but our time on the other side is infinite.  Like it or not, we're going to be around forever.

I've been spending a lot of time during my recovery since my auto accident on February 5 thinking about my time on earth.  For me, that moment I was struck by a fast-moving van on my driver's side door was a defining moment.  The only way I can explain surviving is that there was something Divine happening.  It was some sort of miracle on ice.  I believe I'm officially living in bonus time.  We never really know when that earthly time clock will expire.  That's why living every day to its fullest is so important.  Never miss an opportunity to say, "I love you," or "I'm sorry, please forgive me."  Let Jesus be in charge of your time clock.  Have a great day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Counter Intuitive Recovery Plan

Today is day 17 since I was injured in an auto accident during a severe Winter storm.  I'm doing all the things I originally tried to avoid because of the acute pain associated with the activities.  It turns out the things that seem to hurt the most are also the things aiding my recovery efforts.  Here's what I'm doing to get back on track:
  • Laughing.  Go ahead.  Make me laugh.  Tell me your best jokes.  Laughter is good for my lungs.  Yes, it hurts.  No pain no gain.
  • Coughing.  I can do this as long as I have my trusty pillow to brace myself.  Coughing helps express fluid inside my body.  
  • Sneezing.  Even though it feels like my ribs are tearing apart, sneezing is also good for me.  The pillow does help minimize the pain.
  • Deep breathing.  The only way I could do this during the first week was under the influence of extremely powerful pain pills.  Otherwise, I'd still be breathing like a woman in the final stages of labor.  Deep breathing allows my lungs to expand.  I'm also hoping the deep breathing will help me expel fluid inside my chest cavity.
  • Walking every hour.  I would rather sleep all day but my body needs movement in order to recover.  The doctors are asking for ten minutes every hour.  I'm adding an extra 20% to help tip the scales in my favor.  The time goes faster when I pretend I'm on a tennis court and I like to throw in some shadow tennis strokes into the walking routine to make it more fun.
Thanks again for making me laugh during my recovery or encouraging me to follow doctor's orders.  There are certainly times I would rather pull the blankets over my head and go back to sleep but I'm going with the counter intuitive plan in order to achieve full recovery.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Have You Seen Jesus Lately?

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There's some bad stuff going on all over the world.  For the non-believers, it's their confirmation God doesn't exist.  Pardon me for bursting their bubble, but I have something to say about this.  In fact, I was pretty sure I was going to see Jesus face-to-face at approximately 2:50 pm on Feb 5 when I lost control of my Honda Accord and ended up across the yellow line directly in front of a fast moving Dodge Grand Caravan.  I was wrong about "crossing over."  Everything I was seeing leading up to the direct impact on my driver's door at 50mph led me to believe it was game over on earth.  What keeps flashing in my mind since surviving is "unfinished business."  I've been given a special opportunity to get back on track and finish all my assigned tasks.  Number one on the list is helping others on the "dark side" get a glimpse of Jesus.

Does God allow evil to exist?  Yes.  Why? Because he loves us enough to grant us free will.  Ask God to stay out of schools and you won't find evidence of His presence in the classroom.  Deny a child's right to pray and you take away one of his or her best weapons for protection.   Is it still possible to see Jesus in these places where so many bad things are happening?  Yes.  Look at the teacher who stands in the way of a student about to be shot down and you will see Jesus.  Gaze into the eyes of a soldier willing to risk his or her life so you can have your freedom and you're seeing Jesus.  Spend time with a health care worker who tends to the sick and you're spending time with Jesus.  I believe with every cell in my body, including the ones damaged from my accident, Jesus is with us.  He is real.  He's preparing a place for you.  It's a place where you can be with Him for all of eternity.  My prayer for you today is that you can see past the darkness and discover the light.  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you  ~ Matthew 7:7.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One More Health Hurdle to Clear

I visited the health clinic at University of Iowa hospital yesterday for some follow-up tests related to my auto accident on February 5.  Chest X-rays revealed that the fluid in my left lung area increased in size despite all my efforts to follow a rigorous breathing exercise program designed to eliminate the excess fluids.  I've been doing deep breathing exercises every hour since I returned home from the accident two weeks ago.  CT scans confirmed what my docs saw in the morning X-rays.  The good news is the seven broken ribs and the injured spleen are healing.  The bad news is my body is not quite out of the danger zone yet.  The least invasive method to force the fluid out of my left lung is to start taking a diuretic twice a day.  I'm giving it a try with prescription medicine beginning today and will return to the clinic next Monday for another evaluation to see if this solves the problem.

I can't say enough good things about the health care professionals who are caring for me.  And I do believe all those prayers from friends and family are aiding in my recovery efforts.  I admit it's really challenging to keep up with all my caregivers are asking of me, especially trying to walk ten minutes every hour.  Thanks for keeping me in your prayers.  Have a great day.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Healing in Progress

Two weeks down, four to go.  My healing is now at approximately 33%.  The accident was the most difficult challenge I ever faced and I'm thankful to be on the road to recovery.  Today I'm visiting my trauma team that helped me get through seven broken ribs and a damaged spleen when I visited them on Feb 5.

I would like to thank my cousin, John, for encouraging me to try a food experiment he designed for me when I was going through what I thought was blood pressure issues over two years ago.  Not only did his experiment help me get rid of the real health issue – inflammation, my body went through some kind of incredible transformation and was functioning at optimum levels when I went sideways and was struck on my driver's door by a fast moving Dodge Grand Caravan on the wrong side of the road.

Yes, the food experiment is playing a significant role in my recovery.  Check back tomorrow and I'll share an update from today's evaluation.  Have a great day.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy Sunday

I shot this photo from my back patio this morning just before sunrise.  Today is going to be one of the best weather days ever.  My road to recovery since my auto accident nearly two weeks ago is looking better every day.  I would like to thank my friends and family for the good thoughts, well wishes, prayers and cards.  My body is on the mend.  Tomorrow I'm visiting the trauma center at University hospital for an evaluation.  I expect to be back to my day job soon once I'm cleared.  Have a great day.