Hi Everyone! I’m checking in with another Motivation Monday–challenging you to reflect on your week and count your blessings! Here are some of the impactful things that happened to me this week and put a smile on my face! I’d love to hear of some of the amazing things that happened to you in the comments section as well! Have a blessed week:D
On Monday, Sean had to run a few errands out in Jersey and asked if I wanted to come along. It took some time for me to give a response because I’d been up since 4:00am, was in pain, and very sleepy. However, it was 64° outside and I enjoy spending time with him, so I ultimately decided to go. Since I got my car, there are limited opportunities for me to sit in the passenger seat. To Sean, this was probably just another “Jersey Run”, but this time brought me back to when we first started dating–I actually felt like I was on a date! I gladly sunk into the passenger seat and just enjoyed the ride–windows open, wind gently blowing against my face, and music blasting as we jokingly bopped our heads to whatever reggae he could grab while dipping and weaving along the Belt Parkway….bliss.
As my steroids continue to decrease, the pain unfortunately, continues to return. I’ve been suffering from headaches throughout the day and taking frequent naps to avoid the pain. Sometimes it helps and other times I just cope. Nonetheless, I’ve been given the okay to take Tylenol (I can’t take any other pain medications due to concerns regarding my kidneys) and it has been my savior this week! I know this seems like something so small, but I have to be grateful for gifted scientists who create these things! There’s nothing worse than being forced to just deal with pain. The relief that I’m given when the Tylenol kicks in is such a blessing!
Gifts and Surprises
This week was a bit rough, so it was nice to receive several gifts and surprises from my family and friends. The hot water tank for my house broke down, so I’ve been staying with Sean until it’s replaced. On Wednesday, I didn’t plan on going home, but my mom called and said that she was going to stop by because she needed to drop something off for me. When I arrived, my mom was already there with 3 large bouquets of flowers that she, Clara, and Jonah (kids that she takes care of) prepared for me! My original “get well flowers” were all dead, with the exception of one bouquet, so it was really nice to see a fresh batch. The surprises didn’t stop there though! My mom began to explain that when she first arrived, there was a package at the door for me…I knew I didn’t order anything, so I was very surprised to hear this. When I opened the package, there was a nicely wrapped box of chocolate covered strawberries (my absolute favorite dessert) from my sorority sisters! On a day when I was feeling discouraged, down and out, these thoughtful gifts really helped bring my spirits up!
I know, I know…another drug. But this was really great news guys! Years ago, I was approved for Rituximab infusion treatments, which were very effective in managing my Lupus symptoms. Overall I had more energy and was able to engage in more activities over the course of a day. That first round of treatment was the only one I’ve ever received. Since then, due to pricing, I haven’t been able to receive it again…until this week! My doctor called me with the great news on Thursday, sharing that I’d been approved for the treatment! These past few years have been very rough… I am praying that this helps with my fatigue and ability to make it through the day. I can’t wait to tell you guys how it goes!
In celebration of Palm Sunday, there was a huge spread prepared for a number of guests at my church. Lunch is usually provided for these families in need, but today’s lunch was extra special due to the holiday. There was a ton of food prepared, so naturally, there was a ton of food left over. Sundays after church are usually my meal prep days, but I will be able to hold off on meal planning for the next few days because I was blessed with enough food to last me several days into the week! Nom nom nom! Not only does that mean not having to cook, but it also means that I’m saving money. Talk about a blessing!
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