Since being discharged I’ve done as much as I can to get used to normal daily living. From doing the polishing in the living room, to short trips to ASDA, I’ve been getting involved wherever I can. I’m far from being completely independent, but I’m making strides towards it.
I have followed the advice the hospital gave me about initially cutting right back on socialising, before gradually building it back up again bit by bit. I’ve only met up with one person this week (a big change from before), but it helps that as a family we have lived in the same community in Chandlers Ford for eighteen years, and in the same house for ten of those, so it is almost impossible to venture out to the local shops without at least recognising someone, more usually bumping into someone we know. I have come home to a very secure environment.
The main points I’d appreciate your prayers for over the weekend are:
- That my stamina would increase. I really enjoyed catching up with my friend Chris this week (in particular seeing what’s going on at The Life Centre, the church’s new building), but being in a public place seemed to produce signs of physical strain by the end, and I spent the rest of the day under the duvet! Please pray that I would see progress, so that doing something as simple as having lunch with a mate won’t be so physically demanding.
- Despite sometimes getting tired, I have noticed a marked improvement in basic things like being able to get up out of chairs, getting up and down the stairs, and speed of walking. Please pray for my ability to do what my old hospital pals called ‘activities of daily living’.
- Now that I’m beginning to get used to the idea of not having a bed waiting for me in hospital, we’re hoping to really focus on exercise. Please pray we would choose the right exercises for the right days, and that my energy levels would be able to meet the demands of the form of exercise we choose.
- Finally, please pray for good sleep. I have to wake up at least once each night to take drugs, but on top of that I often end up lying awake for a couple of hours before eventually dropping off, even at my most exhausted.
In highlighting areas for prayer, I find Jesus’ words from Matthew 6 so useful in helping me not to cross the line between concern and anxiety:
“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? … But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Let me thank you all again for your amazing stickability in praying for my complete recovery. I don’t take it lightly that there are so many people fighting alongside me in spirit. I truly am incredibly grateful.