It's time for an update.
We are going to change this section to "update" rather than "weekly
update". Like I said earlier, bare with our dust, as this is a
work in progress!!!
On the last update,
dated April 27, 2000-the doctors wanted to delay surgery to allow
my body to heal. Also, I was hoping that I would not have to go
back to CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis), but
with all of the trouble that I was having with the fistula clogging-it
was inevitable. I had the surgery about 3 weeks ago. Let me tell
you the difference between Hemo-dialysis and Peritoneal dialysis.
Hemo-dialysis is done
at a Dialysis Center. The patient is hooked up to an artificial
kidney with lines that circulate and cleanse the blood. Peritoneal
dialysis is a process done at home. A catheter was installed to
accept solution suspended from an IV pole. The solution drains
into the peritoneal lining, and sits there for a while. It is
released, filtering out the toxic wastes. I have to do this four
times a day on a regular schedule. The whole process takes about
a half an hour. It is of utmost importance that this is done in
a sterile environment. I had to take classes to learn how to do
this correctly. If done incorrectly, infection can enter my body.
I will begin CAPD as soon as my body has healed from the surgery.
I can feel myself healing.
Now I can turn and move without groaning. I'm finding that having
something to look forward to gives me impetus, it keeps the juices
flowing. Life has such meaning to me. I'm enjoying cooking for
myself. I do get frustrated because it takes me so long to do
The thought of doing
Peritoneal dialysis is just a bit frightening. I'm hoping I will
have the strength to do it. I've done it before but five years
ago. I was a different person then. Not necessarily better, just
different. My final answer on CAPD is I CAN DO IT. I can do ALL
things through Christ, which strengthens me. That's my final answer.
The bible study is
steadily growing. We're progressing through Genesis. Our last
study focused on the fourteenth chapter. We honed in on Abraham's
giving tithe to Melchizedek. We cross referenced to Malachi 3:10
and pointed out that God does not want us to give him what's left
over after we pay our bills and do whatever we want to do. He
wants to be first. He wants us to give him preeminence in all
things. Like Kim Burrel says in her song I Come To You More
Than I Give "I give you my heart, my mind, my soul, my praise,
my money". If you show me your cancelled checks, I can tell you
where your heart is. It's about investing in the Kingdom of God
and being a wise steward over what God entrusts in our hand.
Prayer requests: Strength
to do CAPD, the flow of God's creativity through me to write songs,
opening of doors in terms of TV programs that will help promote
the ministry God has given me, and the strength to walk through
those doors. Holy Spirit just reminded me of Isaiah 43:18 and
19. Praise you Jesus!!!
Love you always,