Wednesday, January 25, 2006

How I'm doing and how I'm feeling

During one of my college classes, a social rights advocate of the '70s came to speak to our class on racism today. One of my classmates asked him "What do you feel about..." and he answered, "Do you want to know what I think or how I feel?"

The most popular questions I get these days are "How are you doing/how are you feeling?" I answer them the same, because I know people mean the same thing in wording it both ways. I am doing great, praise be to God, although I don't know how God works in all of this. I have gained 20 pounds in two weeks (wow!) and I have great strength and endurance. I went to Target for an hour and a half last Saturday, without a wheelchair. I'm able to eat anything I want and I haven't gotten sick in several weeks. Incredible, considering where I was a month ago.

Yesterday I had checkups with the stomach doctor and surgeon in Oklahoma City. They were both very pleased with my progress. The surgeon dismissed me and the stomach doctor will see me again in March. And I've been instructed to stop my nightly tube feedings after I gain another ten pounds. Great news.

I am feeling alright. I've been through some major trauma over the last 7/8 months, and that's taken it's toll. Of course I'm happy to be doing better. Honestly as I write this I don't know what to say. A lot of how I feel is too private to put on a blog for the world to see, ya know?

So there's your update, since I've gone a while without telling you how I'm doing. Thank you 70 x 7 for your love and encouragement. It carried me. Sunday at church we sang "Faithful Love", and the second verse reminded me of my friends:

Faithful love, calms each fear
Reaches down,
dries each tear,
Holds my hand when I can’t stand on my own.


Faithful Love
From Above
Came to earth to show the father’s love.
And I’ll never be the same,
For I’ve seen faithful love face to face,
And Jesus is His name.

7 comments:

crittermer said...

So thankful for this good report, Ann. It makes my day! Continued prayers that you'll be doing well AND feeling well.=)

Anonymous said...

Ann, I've been meaning to call you. I will try to soon.

Gabe

Neener said...

I love the fact that with your hour and a half of amazing strength, you spent it at Target! I don't think I've ever spent an hour and a half at Target! Ever! Even I get tired after half an hour at Target! Could I say Target one more time? TARGET!

Lisa said...

Ann,

I am glad you posted a complete report on how you are doing. Now I can hug your neck without fear of making you sick or hurting you! I praise God each time I see you and your lovely smile.

See you Sunday,

Lisa Swink

Jason Fry said...

Ann,
Glad to hear that you're doing better. Thanks for e-being there during my recent illness. I knew you would understand if anyone would.
Jason

Summer said...

Ann,

I am so happy and thankful to see you posting and chatting about everything that has always made you a wonderful person: your faith, your intelligence, and your ability to laugh about life's absurdities. Thank you so much for this update. I continually pray for you, and I'll keep it going! I love you!

Summer

Shana Fry said...

We are so glad to hear you're feeling better. We think of you guys all the time. Tell Molly hello for me. I think of her every time I go to church because our singing is awesome, like the best youth rally you've ever been to. I know how much she loved to sing! Tell her she needs to come to ACU so we can see her next year and I can have another babysitter. Love to you all,
Shana