Saturday, April 26, 2008

Random Act of Kindness

The Lord has truly blessed me with a very kind, caring husband. (You're going to wonder where I'm going with this, but just bear with me.)

On Tuesday of this week I had another injection in my right eye for my macular degeneration. I've been getting injections of Avastin on a monthly basis for the last several months. I initially had significant improvement, but the last few injections have not given progressive improvement. So Tuesday he changed to Lucentis, which is the other drug that can be used.

I usually experience some discomfort and scratchiness for a day or two after the injection. And I put antibiotic drops in my eye 3 times a day for 3 days. However, since Wedneday, my eye has continued to feel very irritated. ( Also, I started rubbing my eye, which didn't help matters).

Friday at work I began to be worried about it. Some of the nurses said it was red and swollen. Then this morning, Saturday, I was really depressed; I was thinking I may need to make an appointment and try to get off work to go have Dr. Walker check it. So, the bottom line is, I was kind of having a pity party this morning.

I was sitting in my recliner about mid-morning working on some things on my computer, when Lynn came in and sat a vase of really pretty flowers on my end table. He knew I was feeling bad and wanted to cheer me up. I so much appreciate his love and concern and he is very good about doing random acts of kindness at various times when I seem to need them most.

I am back on track now, and just trusting the Lord to heal this eye, if that is His will. And if not, I
will continue to trust Him to allow me to have good enough vision to continue working, at least until September.

Psalm 18: 30 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Making Memories

A couple weeks ago I went to a "stampin' up" party hosted by a friend from church. I knew it was mostly about making your own cards, but also would have some ideas for scrapbooking, so it piqued my interest. I really do enjoy scrapbooking, but haven't taken time to do much of it recently.

The party was really fun. We made three cards, and they showed us different techniques and materials and tools to use. I have a good friend, Shirley, and she and her daughter have started making cards and have accumulated lots of supplies/equipment. Of course, I just had to buy a FEW things to enhance my scrapbooks, so now I'm anxious to start working on them again.

I started scrapbooking after my trip to Israel; I wanted a really nice way of preserving my pictures. It really turned out well. Then I started doing a book for each of my kids, starting from birth to present. That was a little bit of a challenge; the hardest thing was organizing the pictures and remembering what age they were, etc. I had finished Sara's and I was so glad that I had it. When she passed away in August 2006, I was able to have the scrapbook available for people to look at. I think it turned out to be a really neat thing to have, especially for some of her friends. I have completed Tim's as well, except for recent years, and I have very few pictures in the last few years. I am now working on a scrapbook of Lynn and I, starting with when we first started our relationship.

It's great to have an organized way of reminiscing and re-living great memories occassionally. So for now, I'll probably continue my quest to get family pictures into scrapbook form.