Life is a constant curve-ball, isn’t it?

It has been nearly a week since my misfortune, or God’s sovereign plan (whichever you choose call it in this instance), hit me. I dislocated my knee as I was running in Johnson Park. I took two days to try and get the swelling under control. With it being Thanksgiving Week, I had to get to work to help write ahead so we could take Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving.

IMG_2018[1]Today, was a discouraging day. I woke up with pain in my knee that I haven’t had until now. I’m beginning to wonder if indeed I’m going to need surgery. This isn’t something I want or have time for. It doesn’t look like I’m coming to terms with God’s sovereignty, am I? I’m trying to wrap my arms around it, but I’m feeling more like Solomon than Paul. In other words, I’m believing more and more that all is vanity. I woke up to my knee looking like this. While it doesn’t look too bad, maybe even a little bit better, I now can only bend it about 80 degrees. That means it difficult doing anything — dressing, taking a shower, getting out of cars, sleeping (I sleep on my side in a ball — at least i did)anything that requires me to bend my knee.

In 2010 when I injured the same knee in about the same way it required a very painful surgery. They don’t do arthroscopic surgery. They have to open up the whole knee to repair the patellofemoral ligament. It is so painful that they planned on keeping me overnight. The second and third day after surgery is horrible. Then, no weight bearing for almost a month. Therapy is intense. The first step is getting the knee to bend again, while at the same time doing a little strength training. It took a long time. I had the surgery in March and didn’t start exercising on it until June or July.

The last six days have been frustrating for a number of reasons:
1. I only have 45 miles to hit my goal of 700. I have all but come to the conclusion that I won’t be hitting that goal.
2. I’m supposed to travel to Russia to cover the Olympics in February. If I have to have surgery, I won’t be going. That’s so disappointing.
3. I have worked so hard to lose 30 pounds running and cross-training. To think I’m going to have to start over from square one is deflating.
4. I was hoping to run in the 5th 3rd River Bank Run (25k) again in May 2014 and if I need surgery, that won’t be possible.
5. If I have surgery, I won’t be able to drive.

I know, all of this seems selfish and childish. I’m sure there are many others who have much more difficult issues facing them. Issues that are life threatening, debilitating, and scary. For me, I’m just wallowing in self pity, even though I’m scared trying to figure out what’s ahead for me. The stupid thing is, I haven’t even seen the surgeon yet. He may say I don’t need surgery, in which case I’ll be working my tail off trying to get my knee back into shape so I can run again.

All of this takes me back to Scripture. I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” Is just one verse that’s a little convicting. Or Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Or how about, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24.

I know all these things in my head, but understanding them with my heart is tough right now.

So, what do I do? I just keep plugging along re-reading and re-reading Scripture that I know is true and reminding myself that I DO believe it, which I do. I’m just being a little hard headed.

CT Scan day

I woke up at 4:30 am today with a strange sensation throughout my body. I felt like my whole body was pulsating. Then my head started thumping. I tossed and turned until I needed to get up at 6:30 am for my catscan on my head.

The morning started off cloudy, but warm for this time of year. It started off in the lower 50’s, but it’s suppose to get windy and cold today. I’m currently sitting on the couch at 9:45 in the morning watching Fox News and wondering about my health.

I was nearly in tears as the nurse drew blood and as I went into the catscan room at 8:00 am. The guy who did the test sensed my concern and told me that 90 percent of the people who get ct scans have nothing show up. That was good, but that also means 1 in 10 DO have something show up. With my luck, I’ll be the one out of the 10.

I had a great talk with God this morning. I prayed for the obvious things, but I also realize God has a plan and he’s not waiting for me to complete the plan. He’s going to do what He wants no matter what. I just need to be willing to be a part of the plan, not to be a hindrance. So, while I don’t want to have a tumor in my head, I know He’s in total control and I just need to trust.

This process has been hard, but it’s been good. I know people are praying for me. That’s also a good thing. However, the doctor and the hospital are making waiting even more difficult. I was told today that I may have to wait a week to get the results. How can they expect people to wait that long? That’s ridiculous.

I am a bit disappointed I can’t go hunting tomorrow (opening day deer hunting). But, in the scheme of things, that’s VERY small. 🙂

I had one great success today. I was able to do the dishes without feeling too queezy. So, perhaps things are looking up.

I’m excited to start reading Romans tomorrow in The Message. I love that book. I helps me focus on what’s important. Chapter 9, will be especially helpful.