Down for the Count

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Sorry, friends. I’ve not been posting much. My right shoulder started hurting in mid-May and hasn’t gone away. The pain at times is excruciating.

I was referred to a sports medicine doctor this past Monday. He diagnosed my right shoulder with rotator cuff injury with tendonitis, as well as bursitis and trapezius strain.

I don’t know how long it will take me to get better. He gave me anti-inflammatory gel to rub on four spots of my shoulder twice a day, and directions on how to move my right arm to allow for healing of the tissue and muscles in my shoulder.

I had an x-ray and CAT scan of my shoulder and neck last week. It didn’t show anything torn or pinched.

The sports medicine doctor said he does have injections he could give me via ultrasound guidance and that they aren’t cortisone shots. He does numb the area before putting in the needles. My course of treatment, I think, will last at least six weeks. He has the shots as the last resort, but I’m getting tired of the pain and may request them earlier. I’ve already called his nurse just a little while ago because of the pain.

If I try and calculate how many hours I’m able to sit up (only when eating) and stand and walk (up to 10 minutes), that would probably be around 45 minutes the whole day. 😦

So, basically, I’ve been miserable. Praying healing comes sometime in the near future.

I’m not sure when I’ll get another post out. Thank you for sticking with me.

 

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Me with PofP final print copy April 27 2020

What I Learned From This Year’s Great Lent During The Coronavirus Lockdown

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Reading a friend’s experience of Great Lent this year and his experience of Pascha (that was this past Sunday for us Orthodox Christians), I could relate.

I answered him with my own experience:

Definitely felt depleted in the midnight service when the Light of Christ came out. It was not close to being the same as experiencing it in person. I also realized what a terribly weak and slothful Christian I am throughout this Great Lent and even Holy Week. I believe it was a test for all of us this season, and I’m thinking I may have just crawled over the finish line, dragging myself along.

Having said that, I know that I learned a lot from this experience. To grow stronger, to work harder at keeping connected to Christ God, and to live with sober awareness of Him and focus on Him every day. It showed me, even more, how important He is in my life. How much more I need Him than ever before.

Out of every difficult time comes a lesson and a ray of light in those darker moments. God is good.

 

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Getting Closer!

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My publishing project with my editor’s consulting starts on Monday. It’s possible my debut novel, Passage of Promise, could be out to the public by mid to late April! But, of course, before that happens, I’ll have a picture of the book cover, as well as a book trailer (the latter, compliments of my son, Nicholas’ video and computer talents). Will keep you posted!

 

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