“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer
Have you experience a season of sadness? What are some things that cause you sadness and how do you cope? My seasons of sadness started in 2009 when I sustained multiple injuries resulting in many surgeries and years of physical therapy.
Some people think because we are saints (Christians) we should not experience sadness. If true, Jesus would not have cried in Hebrews 5:7.
My recent diagnoses join the existing family of right-hand sprain, contusion of back, bicipital tenosynovitis, sprain of hand/metacarpophalangeal, sprain of back, displacement of lumbar intervertebral disc, degeneration of lumbar/lumbosacral, daily migraines, chronic pain, right shoulder joint sprain, post-concussion syndrome, neck sprain, neuritis/radiculitis and thoracic/lumbosacral.
Other existing conditions are face contusion, contusion sacral area, game keepers’ thumb, annual tear L3, peripheral neuropathy in legs and feet, bilateral numbness and tingling in arms and hands, three cases of previous carpal tunnel syndrome.
I was diagnosed in 2016 with chronic kidney disease stage 2, in 2010 with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (precancerous for multiple myeloma), chronic iron deficiency anemia (body does not absorb iron well) and in June 2022 mild cognitive impairment.
Tests performed yesterday were an Electromyography, and a Nerve conduction study. Yesterday’s diagnoses are carpal tunnel syndrome (requiring a fourth surgery), damaged muscle in left leg and mild-moderate sleep apnea requiring another overnight stay to be fitted for a mask. I have some memory issues, but despite what we endure in life, I encourage you, as the scriptures encourage me, to trust God in all seasons.
Now tests are done, I await my scheduled appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to determine if he will proceed with neck surgery. I encourage you to hold God’s unchanging hands and keep the faith trusting joy will come in the morning.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. –Jim Rohn.
I am thankful for God leading me to some of the best specialists in the nation. However, I am most grateful for Jesus, the greatest physician ever existed, for guiding the minds and hands of my doctors. My brain video EEG showed no major abnormalities.
Sister Copeland’s words of encouragement titled Never Forget. “How far you’ve come. Everything you have gotten through. All the times you pushed on even when you felt you couldn’t. All the mornings you got out of bed no matter how hard it was. All the times you wanted to give up, but God gave you strength for the day and made a way when you saw no way. Thank Him! Amen.”
You can find information at https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/peroneal-nerve-injury