Celebrating Chronic illness

Thursday and Friday have been one big party and today is Crash Day!  These two days have been two very special days in our family, though.  Thursday night my youngest had his community college graduation.  The graduation was held at a busy local university with limited parking, so Hubby drove him to the rehearsal.  We all went two hours early to the commencement for the line-up and to get good seats.  There were plenty of good seats and the ceremony was very nice.  We have snap-shots and video for memories.  The college was also taking professional photos to purchase.  We were very proud parents of our Summa Cum Laude graduate.  He’ll continue on in the fall at a four-year university to earn a degree in Math.  I’m certainly glad that he got his math abilities from his Dad.

Celebrating Chronic Illness

Yesterday was my 54th birthday and I awoke to Hubby bringing a box of fresh donuts, balloons, and a box of candy!  I really thinks he wants me to get fatter….just kidding.  After breakfast and lots of coffee, we just relaxed most of the day.  He wanted to take me to an English Tea Room place, but I asked for a rain-check because I really can’t eat two “special” meals in one day without getting sick.  He understood what I meant, and wasn’t offended.  My sad stomach really can’t deal with new and unusual foods very well….ugh.  But, we’ll enjoy that for another date-night 🙂

When our oldest and his wife got off work, Hubby had prepared a delicious meal for dinner!  We all stuffed ourselves with grilled salmon steaks and the works.  I had asked for him to buy a special lemon-blueberry cake from our local restaurant, which was delicious.  We didn’t know, but our daughter had also sent a gift from a local bakery of spectacular cupcakes!  So, we had multiple sweet choices for dessert.  We were all miserably full, but happy and enjoyed the night together.  I was presented with the famous funny-Mom cards and sweet gifts.

Celebrating Chronic Illness

The visits with family bring the memories that I will always treasure.  Each year, the visits are more and more valuable.  I treasure them more than ever.  Even when I don’t feel well, I try to squeeze every drop of joy out of them.  They don’t come as often as you think they will.

Today, I’m paying for all the celebrating, the walking up and down the stairs, eating the heavy sweets, etc.  I also experienced some sort of event this morning (maybe seizure or migraine); it was very weird.  Whatever it was, the dog knew something was wrong and came and stayed right with me and didn’t move.  Having Hubby here made me feel better, especially when he prayed for me.  No matter if I’m celebrating or fearful, I know God is here and He cares.

Psalms 56:3-4 – What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 

@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Celebrating with Chronic Illness

2 thoughts on “Celebrating with Chronic Illness

  • May 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I'm glad you had a special birthday with your family, and I know you are so proud of Brett graduating with honors! (My son-in-law was a math major too, and he will be returning to teaching math this fall after they move to Raleigh.)

    I understand what you mean about crash day! When I do a special project or over-exert around the house or yard, it takes several days
    to recover.

    Are you doing okay this evening from that spell?! I'm so sorry this happened, but glad little Archie was right there with you (and your husband too). Two faithful companions the Lord used to comfort you! So thankful for His day-to-day provisions and care.
    I praise the Lord for helping me this week with negotiating a bill from my orthopedic provider! We are basically self-pay at this point, so every discount is greatly appreciated! He is good!

  • May 15, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Every graduation is such a proud moment for moms! I hope your son-in-law has a great teaching job down south! Celebrations or hard work can cause us to need recovery, and you know what I mean. I'm still wiped out from this morning, but at peace and we're still praying together. Medical bills are so awful, especially (self-pay). I'm glad you got a negotiated discount. I worry all the time about insurance changes in the works. But, I should just be thankful for the insurance that I have today and praise God for the provision He has provided today. Like you say, He is good! Thanks for sharing 🙂 It is very encouraging 🙂


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