One of the ways we try to maintain endurance, hope, courage, & bravery in the fight against Lyme is to find five things we are grateful for each day. Of course there are days I am not full of hope or have the strength to continue battling. Sometimes it takes a lot of time just to find just one thing you are grateful for, much less five. There have been days that we were grateful the microwave worked or Duke won their basketball game that day.
Tonight, I have a number of things to be thankful for – plus the microwave is working – so here are the other five things I am grateful for, in no particular order:
1. Smooth Move: We have successfully moved into our new condo. Over the past two weeks, the place has been changed from a 1970s western ranch style decor to a beautiful, relaxing, calm place. This whole process would not have been possible without the help of our friends & family that graciously helped out in many different ways.
2. Blood Pressure Improving: The heart medicine seems to be working! I have not passed out for four days (in a row) & my blood pressure seems to be stabilizing.
3. Doggie Redecorating, Glue, & Creativity: How could I not mention our beloved beagle? As described in my last post, I came home to a redecorated (some would call it tasteful destruction) bathroom last week…just a few days before we were supposed to get our security deposit back. Thanks to some glue & a little creativity, we salvaged as much of the bathroom as possible. I am grateful our mischievous Beagle is ok & ultimately this provided some much-needed laughter in the midst of a stressful time.
4. Home Again, Home Again: Even with all of the boxes around us, we felt at home right away. It is nice to have peace & quiet instead of the chaos from our upstairs neighbor in the apartment. This is a place where I can recover from the Lyme treatments without additional stress & noise.
5. Towards The Starting Line: After finding a Lyme doctor, we did not realize that we would continue to face all of these obstacles just to start the treatment. It has been a test of our perseverance to endure the long, windy road that will ultimately lead to starting the Lyme treatments. Fortunately, it seems that I will be reaching the starting line of the Lyme treatments sooner than later. These last few months have prepared us for the longer road to the finish line of treatments.