Hello everyone! In the last post, I told about the fun day the Lord gave last Thursday. The Lord added more blessings this week, and this post will be an attempt to tell about some of these.
The past couple of weeks have been quite damp, chilly, rainy, and foggy. In the last couple of days the Lord has sent over 2 inches of rain. We thank the Lord for this as it has been so dry here for many months.
On Monday Christy did not have to work, so she took me to Dr. Schulman's where I had x-rays and then my free 1/2 hour massage. While I had my massage Christy went to Earth Fare. Stocked up on carrots for carrot juice.
The massage was absolutely wonderful. I think I can see why people would pay $80.00 an hour for the massage. However, that is not in our budget right now. :-) The lady who gave the massage is also a physical therapist, and she gave me some tips she thought might help with the tension and muscle spasms.
The lady's name is Mamta which is an Indian name that means "a mother's unconditional love." She said it is a name from an older generation. Their names are generational. Usually they use names for one generation and then retire them before the next generation. We talked quite a bit, and I was able to share with her just a little bit about the love of Jesus.
On Tuesday, Christy still did not have to work, so she took me again to Dr. Schulman's. But in the morning we finished most of the shopping. Went to a couple of discount grocery stores but did not find much to buy. Did get some chicken though. Then we went to Forest City to look at a discount grocery store there. We couldn't find it, however, and assumed that it has closed.
Off to Plum Natural where we got Redmond's Real seal salt which has been mined from the ocean and is unprocessed. It looks a lot like the Celtic sea salt but is available in bulk and is half the price. It certainly is salt that has not lost its savor. It is much more salty tasting and flavorful than table salt you can buy in the grocery store, including regular sea salt. Also, it contains 50 plus trace minerals.
Before that I had gone to get my blood drawn. The lady doing it was a student. I think it was her first day on the job outside the classroom. She got the needle in the vein with no problem, and she got the first 2 tubes of blood fine. Then she had a hard time, and the needle went through my vein. She tried to follow instructions to bring the needle back, but ended up "blowing" my vein. The lady training her told her to put gauze on it and pull the needle out, but while they were doing that, she said, "Wait! Stop! The blood is coming." So they were able to get all they needed even after the vein blew. Thank the Lord. I encouraged the poor lady not to give up but to keep trying. She seemed like it had really unnerved her to have made the mistakes she made.
By 4:00 we were once again in Charlotte. On the way we went to Big Lots where we were able to pick up some chocolate, some snacks, and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. It is available there for $3.50 for 17 ounces.
The appointment with Dr. Schulman went well. My neck had almost no curve when I started treatments there. But in only 3 months of treatments it has gone from a curve of 9 degrees to a curve of 20 degrees. A normal curve is from 21 to 35 degrees. The curve in my lower back has corrected somewhat as well. There are still a lot of spinal issues, so the chiropractor does not want to release me for another 9 months. He wants to see the curve at least 26 degrees and also does not want the problem to return. But the good news is that there is a lot of improvement, and I only need to have appointments twice a week now.
Also this week the blood test results came back. My platelets had gone up to 193. My Vitamin D levels had gone up from 15.7 to 19.3 in spite of the low dose I am taking and in spite of the fact that there hasn't been much sunshine to get out in lately. Also, my CO2 levels have returned to normal. The only concern is that my potassium levels were 3.4. This is below normal and is lower than last time in spite of a diet high in potassium and a potassium supplement. Not sure what is going on there.
But we have been very thankful for the improvements seen in other areas. Also, we are thankful that Christy has been able to get a job. So far she has no steady hours, but we are praying that will improve soon.
So thank God with us for all the wonderful benefits He has bestowed upon us in the last 2 weeks.