Thursday, October 16, 2014

Re-Routes, Detours, and Complete Change of Plans.

Guess what?!!!  Kevin finally got a call from the doctor today.  No they are not going to do anything about his pain medicine YET.  They won't do anything until they can see him on Monday.  They told him to go to our Primary Physician or Urgent Care until his appointment on Monday. Now keep in mind, Kevin signed a contract with this doctor.  This doctor is the only one that can prescribe pain medicine for him.  I find it funny that they would want him to go see the PCP or Urgent Care now that their office is closed with no after hours services.  Crazy!  Especially with knowing the kind of patients you are seeing. People in extreme pain.  I still do not understand why there was not an option to reach out to another doctor while they were away.  I just do not get it and if I let myself think about it for too long I get mad.  I was just about ready to call this doctor's office and give them a piece of my min when Kevin stopped me.  He told me how nice the medical assistant had been to him over the phone and that she was really trying to help.  She was just limited to what she could do.  Monday we will know more.

My mother-in-law, who was expected to be discharged to home today will be going to an extended care facility instead.  I guess she could not get out of bed today because her legs are so bad.  So she decided to go ahead and let them put her in an extended care facility.  She leaves tonight and we have no idea how long she will be there.  It could be weeks.  OR it could be days.  Something tells me she is going to be there a while, especially with her leg issues and everything.  Yikes!  The hospital is going to call Kevin tonight to let us know which facility they decide to go with. 

I had something cool happen to me today.  I receive these inspirational emails at work once in a while.  There is a big group of us at work that have been receiving these for some time now.  Today I got one of those emails.  Here is what it said....

"Before my wife and i embarked on a 400 mile road trip, I set up the GPS with our daughter's home in Missouri as the destination.  As we traveled through Illinois, the GPS instructed us to get off the Interstate, resulting in a detour through the city of Harvey.  After the GPS directed us back to I-80, I was baffled by this mysterious detour.  Why were we directed off a perfectly good highway?  

I never know the answer.  We continued on our way, and we trusted the GPS to get us there and home again.  

That got me thinking about detours in life.  We may seem to be traveling on a smooth pathway.  Then for some reason, God redirects us into an unfamiliar area.

Perhaps it is an illness, or a crisis at work or school, or an unexpected tragedy occurs.  We don't understand what God
is doing.  BY: Dave Branon

Abraham faced a mysterious detour when God told him in Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee.

Abraham must have wondered why God was routing him to the Negev desert.  But he trusted God and His good purposes.

A GPS may make mistakes, but we can trust our unfailing God.  he will guide us through all our mysterious detours and lead us where He wants us to go."

As I read this I thought a lot about some of the detours we have recently experienced in our personal lives.  Not to mention some of the detours others around me have faced too.  As I was sitting at my desk thinking about all of these things and watched several people respond to this simple but good message, I couldn't help but say something.  I usually never respond to the emails.  Partly because I have too much to do at work and I just can't take the time to read the emails.  Today was busy, but I had a moment to check it out.  Then a comment came through about some of the situations others in my office experiences.  No details about there experience, but that this simple little message was exactly what this person needed to hear.  I read that sentence and I could not sit still.  I literally felt that I needed to say something to this group and here is what I said....

"Our family has experienced a few of those re-routed trips, detours, and even a few complete change of plans lately.  The one thing that always gets us through them is knowing, without a doubt, that we can always trust the Lord to get us through whatever comes our way.  We KNOW that that we can trust Him completely and that He will never let us down, even if the outcome changes from where we thought we were originally headed.  He knows all,.....past, present, and future.  What better GPS system do you need?"

As soon as I sent this message back to the group that feeling went away.  I had said what I needed to say at that moment.  Then one of the other women in this little email group replied to the group, but her comments were directed to me.  She thanked me for sharing because she needed to hear this.  She said she felt chills as she read what I wrote.  

I so wanted to tell her that the reason she was feeling this was because it was the Holy Ghost telling her that what I said was true.  BUT, I didn't do that.  I couldn't do that simply because we were at work.  I wanted to tell her not to give up hope.  To keep the faith because your Heavenly Father has a plan for you.  He knows you.  He watches over you and He wants you to always remember Him.  He will never lead you astray.  He loves you, and will never leave you alone or let you down.  And because he loves you so much, He has prepared a way for you to return to live with him someday.  It's called the Great Plan of Happiness!  AND that the trials of this life are placed before us for a reason and sometimes we do not know why, but if we remain true and faithful we will be blessed to know what the grand design of our Father in Heaven is for each of us, at a later time.  
  When we turn our lives over to Him we can rest assured that He will make masterpieces out of each and every one of us, in His way, and in His timing.  We just need to have faith and trust in Him.  AND if you want to know more about these few words I have said give me your phone number so I can have a couple good looking young men come to your home to talk about these things and discuss them more in depth.  BUT, I didn't do that.  I should have...but again I was at work.  This stuff is not appropriate discussion material at work.  So, I didn't say anything more.  
I will just pray that this person, who felt the spirit strong enough to comment on it after reading my short paragraph, will reach out to me to know more.  It could happen, right?  It so could!!!  I'll let you know if I hear more.  

These are fun little moments.  It's a little strange when I have those times when the Holy Ghost is prompting me to speak up.  Especially when they come so strongly and so precisely.  I am just glad that I acted on that prompting.  I love those moments where the Lord decides to use me in some small way to help another.  It makes all the craziness at work today so much more worth it.  Everything else seems so trivial compared to this little email experience and I couldn't be more pleased.  This was awesome!  

Kevin who is out of his pain medicine, and dealing with this foot that drags and the whole body shake tremors, has decided to go see his Mom in the hospital.  He just called me.  He wanted to know if I thought he should go to the extended care facility too.  I told him to go only if he felt up to it.  He was crying out in pain as he laid in bed before he left.  So, I know he is pushing it way to much today.  BUT, this is his mother and she needs him and I wouldn't think of stopping him now.  I didn't get to go because I came home and my feet swelled up like balloons again.  I wonder if it's the new blood pressure medicine I am on.  Maybe I need one that also has a water pill mixed in with it.  I don't know.  But I no likey this!!  Not at all.  Here is a photo kind of showing you what I mean by swollen.  NO! these are NOT my feet.  This is an illustration.  My ankles are not swollen.  Just the bottoms and tops of my feet, mostly by my toes.  Yuck!
I need to do this....
Ice packs and put them up, but I am all ready freezing and the ice packs would not be good right now.  So, I am staying off my feet and keeping them elevated for now.  Hopefully they are back to normal by tomorrow morning.  I can just see me now trying to put my shoes on tomorrow.  Not good!

I need to get some things done.  I finally found a dress I can be happy with for the wedding.  It's not exactly what I wanted, and it's not in one of the colors for the wedding either, but it will do.  Keep in mind, I have been searching Hi and Low for something that didn't cost an arm and a leg.  The dress I really wanted cost $219.00 before I got the 35% off with a promo code.  Even then I wasn't paying that kind of money for a dress I will only wear at the most 4 times in my lifetime.  I just couldn't justify it.  Believe me, I tried everything I could to get the price down so it was within my non-existent budget.  35% off was the best I could find.  So, as I looked and looked at dresses and kept going back to this dress I went through to check out the shipping options too.  Apparently even if I wanted the dress now, it would never get to us in time for the wedding.  It can't ship until October 29th and it takes 7 business days. That means, if all went as planned and on schedule, the dress would arrive the day before the wedding.  That isn't good!  What if I hated the dress, or the dress didn't fit?  What would I do the night before the big day? Run out shopping the night before.....ah, NO!  I will have flowers to get ready and the reception venue to help decorate.  Not happening.  So, a dress has been chosen and it is Navy Blue with silver trim.  It's almost like the dress I absolutely loved, but not quite as nice.  I had to order it.  I just hope it fits right and it looks good on me.  Because I hate just about everything else I have seen and I don't know what I am going to do if this doesn't work out for me.  I love shopping for clothing, but this has been hard.

I told you about the dress I found at Macy's, right?  I thought it was something practical.  Something I could wear at the wedding and then wear again other places.  Honestly, I don't think it was dressy enough, but it would have worked if only it fit well on me.  I got it at a great price.  Not bad for a nice dress, right?  Here is a photo of that dress....
 

I know, not exactly what I would call wedding attire, right???!!! Wait a minute, this is an LDS wedding.  This could work.  Too bad I didn't like it on.  Anyway, this isn't my dress.  
It's been a long day and now a long night.  Time to get to bed.  Hope you have a great night. Talk to you soon.

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