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Giving Thanks in the Midst of the Unknown + A Health Update

Happy Thanksgiving to all of YOU!  I am so very thankful for each and everyone of you.  Your faithful reading of my story here at New Nostalgia is such a blessing to me.  I feel so surrounded by love and supported by such an awesome community.  I am so grateful.

Today I am having 16 family members over for Thanksgiving meal.  It will be very laid back with paper plates and comfy clothes.  My family is bringing most of the food and I can’t wait to just relax and enjoy the precious moments of just hanging out and feasting!

This week I have been practicing giving thanks in all circumstances, and what peace and joy I have found in doing this!  I am able to do this only through God’s help and His faithfulness.  He has proven to me over and over again that He holds all of me together, that He has purpose for everything that happens & will not waste pain and suffering.  He gives it meaning & brings beauty from it all.

This song has been on repeat in my head and heart all week.  It says all that I want to say.
He. Is. Faithful.

Health Update:

Tuesday I went to my weekly Dr. appointment to get filled.  I had a few dissolvable sutures that were not dissolving and were looking inflamed. Doc removed them, and became very concerned, as immediately there was drainage from the small hole it created.  Not good, a sign of possible infection.  I had noticed a pink area, but the nurse had taken some steri strips off that area the week before and commented on how I had reacted to them and that my skin was inflamed.  I have very sensitive skin and often react to the adhesives in bandages. Because of this, I was not concerned about the pink and neither was she.  I guess we should have been!

Doc was not happy about what he saw, and was quite concerned.  He put me on an antibiotic right away and said if I spike a fever or if it gets worse I will have to have surgery AGAIN!  I have been having burning/aching/pain on that right side, but no fever.  I am really hoping the pain is from the stretching of the muscle and not infection.

I am on day 3 of antibiotics.  I am really hoping to stay healthy and avoid surgery!  This would be a huge setback, as they would have to remove the expander and wait to do any more reconstruction until the infection clears up, which can often take a long time.

Despite the unknowns of what is going to happen, I have a peace and joy that I know is a gift from above.  I SO don’t want complications, but I also KNOW that God is faithful and holds me and my life story, and knows every moment of it.  I am so THANKFUL for this reassurance.  He has been so good to teach me this, and continue to show me that I can trust in His goodness.

Never Once
Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Is Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

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  • AmyT
    November 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Try to get some extra sleep to help the infection reduce with the help of the antibiotics. It might be that you’re too busy right now and just need some sleep and chill time. I know it’s not fun but you might have to do it to recover. I’m sending you healing prayers today and hope you get through this in turbo speed (for the positive, might I add!) and the holidays will be less filled with doctors and more with your family and some rest!

  • upnorth
    November 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Praying for you and family. This is scary and hard for everyone!! Blessings, Amy!!

    November 30, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Praying against infection. God is good and He holds you. Love this song by Matt Redman!

  • Israel @ Jam n Bop
    November 30, 2013 at 12:21 am

    He will do all things well.

  • Anonymous
    November 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I want you to know, I pray for you each time an blog update arrives. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but it has become one of my favorites. Bless you and bless you and bless you…
    Sending healing grace and asking Jesus to keep you from all infection and harm,

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