Friday, January 17, 2014

Wow!

It seems I've gotten behind a bit, telling you here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) about my comings and goings.

Last Friday became the first of several days that my body hurt.  Really badly!

Because I am Rheumatoid Arthritic (RA) with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), you may think that's the reason.  Especially, with our weather being cold, rainy and snowy.

This wasn't the case.

On Friday, I worked all day at cooking and baking.  It totally wore me out!

When I had gone to bed, late Thursday night (maybe I should say... early Friday morning!), I had lifted my slow cooker out of its storage drawer, up and onto the stove.  This was the first (1st) time I had done this, since before I had my first (1st) surgery on my gut for the Incarcerated Hernia, early in September 2012.

Up until lately, I didn't think I had the strength to do this.  I probably didn't.  You see, it didn't do my gut, nor my body good to lift the slow cooker, clean it out from any dust, and get it ready for use.

I prepared the roast beef.  To me, this was also a heavy task, that I hadn't done, in a very long time.

When I went to bed, I left the slow cooker on, to cook the meat. 

This may sound unusual to you, but I have found this very effective in assisting me to create a special meal.  After all, it does take a lot of energy to do something like this!

You see, I've suffered with chronic pain from neck, shoulder, back and knee injuries, and more, ever since being injured in the bus collision of 1980. 

In the past, I taught myself how to do some work, then rest.  Do more work, and rest, again.

Upon awaking Friday morning, the roast was fully cooked.  Just as I had planned.

I lifted it out of the slow cooker and wrapped it in foil to prevent it from drying out.  Then, I placed the ingredients I use to make beef gravy, into the slow cooker, and reset it to simmer the gravy, until it was thickened the way I planned it.

Something else I did Thursday evening, was I prepared some veggies and peeled potatoes.  With them soaking in water overnight, it made cooking much easier, Friday.  Still, I rinsed the contents of each pot, and cooked them.  Plus, I made up some frozen veggies, too.

In between all this, I baked.

Not being able to lift my electric mixer yet, I decided to bake cookies, again.  This way, all I needed to use, was a mixing bowl!

Of course, this isn't the easiest thing for me to do, either.  In the past, it took a lot of gut strength to be able to physically hand-mix the ingredients.  Friday, was no different.

Still, I found myself baking enough cookies to provide for the pot-luck dinner scheduled at church for last Sunday.  Also, I baked enough for two (2) other church events planned for this week.  And, of course, some for my freezer!

Sigh...

When I say I was exhausted, I truly mean it.  I was totalled, physically speaking.

Even though I alternated my efforts between work and resting, I found it was truly too much for me, physically.  And, painfully.

I must admit that while I was in the midst of the work, I prayed... continuously.

Not just for relief from pain.  I also prayed that my Lord would help me.

After all, we are told in Psalm 121:2, "My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."

He did help me.  For this, I praise Him!

If He had not, I would not have been able to get through the amount of effort I had to put into cooking and baking, that day!  Whenever I felt I just couldn't do anything more, I prayed.  And, he responded by helping me.

Thank You, Lord!  Hallelujah!  I know I could not have done what I did, without You.

Yes, I eventually enjoyed a lovely roast beef dinner, with delicious gravy.

However, later came more work.  Cleaning up.

Plus packaging up the roast beef meal for others.  As well as the cookies!

By the time I went to bed, my whole body ached.  Every joint.  Every muscle.  Every inch of me.

What did I do?

I took something for pain.  And, prayed.

Hopefully, you believe in prayer. 

It works for me.  And, if you are one of God's children, it should work for you, also.

So, the question is... are you one of God's children?


Until next time...

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