21 Degrees

I live in one of the places that is dealing with terrible winter weather. It was less than 0 on Monday, and because of the snow and temperatures, our car wasn’t road-worthy. We have an all-wheel drive, which cranked, but wouldn’t move out of it’s spot. So, my treatment for Monday was canceled.

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Today the temperature made it up to 21 and the roads were clear enough to proceed in our Civic. The 21 degree temperature felt like a heatwave compared to the sub-zero of the weekend. Since I missed one appointment, the time in the phototherapy machine was backed off a little. I spent 49 seconds in there today.

I felt alright on the way home, but three or four hours later it hit me. I feel like I’m getting the flu. My symptoms include extreme fatigue, sore throat, hoarseness, and pain. At least we have power and are warm and safe in our home. So much of the South is dealing with power outages. Because I was raised in Mississippi, I can relate to the misery of ice storms.

We once were without power for seven days after an ice storm. We escaped our house and stayed with my parents who had a generator. Thankfully, their house is big because all of their adult kids and grandkids showed up.

I feel terrible, but am trying to count my blessings. Gratitude is really important and has become even more important to me as I’ve gotten older and sicker. If I wasn’t grateful I’m afraid that I would become very bitter and angry. There are times when I still get angry that I’m feeling so rotten. But, then I really strive to calm down and focus on the wonderful things in my life.

woman reads bible

What would you put on your gratitude list? I like to think of stability. I have a stable home, family, provisions, and medical care. Having insurance, medications, and food is such a blessing. Living with a long list of illnesses means that my health is not stable at all. Every day is a unique mix of pain and other symptoms. So when I reflect on something good, the things that are stable really stand out.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the LORD. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the LORD. Col. 3:15-20

@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

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