Learning new norms

A little over a month ago, I had major surgery that removed parts of several organs.  I knew that part of my stomach was removed and was told repeatedly by the nurses and doctors that I need to eat 5-6 small meals a day.

Well, I barely eat three times a day and much of the time, I make myself eat at night because I know I need to eat something.  Take today’s “menu”: 1 cup of cereal for breakfast, 1 slice of pizza (a first since surgery!) for lunch, and a cup of chicken spaghetti for dinner.  Just so you know, at this point, I haven’t started adding fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet.

Another new norm is how easily I tire.  I can go to a grocery store in town and by the time I come home I have to rest.  I have lost any muscle mass I had in my legs.  I don’t have much energy.  I know, it takes time, yet, my mind is ready to do more. As an aside, it took me several days to decorate my 2 ft Christmas tree! 🙂

Lastly, it appears that I have become more emotional listening to music with impactful words.  I listened to one song today that has become such a blessing to me.  Tears welled up in my eyes and I cried knowing the Truth of the song is what I am holding onto each day.

God is with me through all of this.  He knew what I would face before I even knew about it.  I see places where He was at work before I would know of the need.  He has promised in Isaiah 41:10: “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  He won’t let me go.

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  1. Joe, I know this has to be frustrating, not being able to do everything you used to. My prayers remain with you for patience as you go thru this trying time. Karen

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