Today in occupational therapy, I worked on taking cards off a board in order and by suit. The cards are velcroed to a large board that has a copy of the same card behind it. They all mixed up, and my job is to pull them off in order starting with the lowest value , within the same suit. This helps to work my fingers , as well as loosening my shoulder muscles because I have to reach up for the cards.
We also played a game in which there was a hoop in front of me, but turned to the side. My job was to take a ball from one basket with one hand, place it through the hoop into my other hand, and then place it into another basket.
I was able to do this pretty well with my right hand. My left hand was more of a struggle, but I was able to put the majority of the balls into the basket. My entire left side is definitely a lot more difficult to use than the right.
In physical therapy, we continued to work on using the slide board to move around. With my limited movement and weight bearing, it is still challenging. I’ve gotten better with transfers, but it is still not always consistent. I’ve also been having a lot of pain by my hip in trying to do them, especially moving to the left.
This morning, I woke up at 3am in pain. I called for the nurse and got more pain meds, then put on some worship music while I tried to go back to sleep.
I don’t like waking up in pain, but I think I will always treasure these middle of the night wakeup and worship times. Don’t get me wrong. I still have many moments when I struggle, when I wish this whole thing had never happened but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. Even in the pain, I know God has a plan for this. I may not see it or understand it, but I don’t have to.
I’m writing this blog not only so people can follow how I’m doing, but also as a reminder to myself. There will be really tough days when I’m in a lot of pain and don’t understand why all this is happening. That doesn’t mean I can’t find ways to worship even through the pain, knowing that the God I serve, the God I love and trust, is still in control and will carry me through the tough days ahead. But the human part of me will need the reminder in the days to come.
From my mom:
Another song to focus on:
From my mom:
Another Verse to focus on: