Chronic Life In A New Place

It’s been a few days since I was on the train and I’m finally getting over the extra pain. Traveling is so hard on my body. The arthritis and pain from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome became extreme the morning after I arrived at my parent’s home. Adding extra doses of Advil made me able to move around.

It’s been interesting and there’s always drama when I am with my family. But, the great part about being here is being able to see my daughter and her family. My little grandson has grown so much since I saw him last November. It’s wonderful that we often spoke to each other on Snapchat, because he remembers me.

He called me Mimi and grabbed my hand and said, “Come on, Mimi.” It was so much fun for him to show me his toys and climb in my lap. He hugged me and said, “I love you, Mimi.” That was the best thing ever!

I’m trying to get myself organized as I live in this new place. I do have to go up and down stairs here. I’ll be picking up groceries for my mother and taking her to her appointments. Cooking dinner each evening won’t be any harder here than it was back home. I won’t be needed to clean the house because they have a person who comes each week to do that.

Missing my husband is just a part of this sacrifice I’m making. He wants me to sacrifice this time with him in order to help my aging parents. I know that it’s a day to day decision, but for now this is my life.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

I’m thankful that God provides me with peace and strength to do what I need to do. His plan for my life must be to follow Him in everything. I want to please Him today and everyday. I hope and pray that you all have a blessed day.

@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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