Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another great Oncology Appt.

Besides the obvious good news, a side affect of being healthy is that she told me to “stop losing weight”.  With the absence of the sinus infection, I have been able to expand my exercise and improve my eating habits.  (I have stopped drinking sodas and our summer garden has helped us eat more fresh vegetables.)  (Also trying a lot harder to exercise my abs and oblique’s).  The combination yielded some belly fat loss, and instead of complimenting it, I was told to stop losing weight.  I left the oncology dept. looking forward to some frozen yogurt topped with sugared strawberries.  

I missed the Tabata/Pilates class tonight to just chill out and enjoy a nice meal and dessert.

So, instead of feeling slightly guilty with dessert and missing an opportunity to exercise my core, I can eliminate even the slight guilt.

Very thankful to be past the cancer season.

Still praying for the end to all cancers, in Jesus name.

Friday, July 24, 2015

8 Month Sinus Infection comes to an end.

After 8 months of a sinus infection I am thankful to say it is over.

My last long run was a 50K in the Trinity W.V. run, with RD’s Adam Cassaday and Dan Lehman.  The week prior I had started feeling bad and it blew up into a full-scale sinus infection.

Almost choosing surgery along with six rounds of antibiotics, two CT scans, multiple doctor’s visits with primary care, emergency room Dr., ENT, and my oncologist and nothing really helped.  The antibiotics helped for about two weeks and then it would return.  I was almost about to agree to surgery when, together with my wife, we heard a report about peanut allergies affecting respiratory systems.  The thought went through my mind, to consider not eating peanuts to see if it would help. (I ate peanuts by the handfuls, many times a day).

After two days, I reported to my wife, “I tried that, but it didn’t help”.  She made me laugh at myself and encouraged me to try it a little longer.  After two weeks, still no change, but I kept staying off of peanuts.  IN that third week, I slowly got better, and am thankful.

Exercise classes supplemented 8 months of little or no running.  (It is humbling to be one of two males in an exercise class filled with super fit women.)  The classes helped me strengthen my core and rest my legs.  I am thankful to report the last two weeks I was able to log a long run of 6.25 and 6.75 miles with no after affects.

I am thankful to know that there is more exercises than running that one can participate in to stay in shape.  I also made lots of new friends, and can laugh at myself at how bad I am at many things super fit women are really good at.  At least for me, any exercise involving abs, core, obliques the women are so much better at, and I gave them lots of comic relief in the classes.

Just pausing to give thanks to God and all the many dynamics that brought me though the 8 months of a sinus infection.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

What to do and be when “the wicked freely strut about” and “when what is vile is honored by the human race”

Ps. 12:
6And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times. 7You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
and will protect us forever from the wicked,
8who freely strut about
when what is vile is honored by the human race.

When I read this, it sounded just like what is happening in America right now.

Ro. 3:9 reminds us that “are all under the power of sin”

These kinds of things along with all the strange behaviors may be new to us, but not the Lord who provided help within a personal relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ.

The good news is that the Lord will “keep the needy safe” and protected from “the wicked”.

Stay in relationship with God, no matter others do or don’t do.