I am thankful today for my health, and for this remarkable (and resilient!) body that the Lord has given me. Allow me to explain:
Last week, I went to a sandwich shop (one I usually do not frequent, but I was pressed for time), and I ordered a vegan, gluten-free sandwich — sounds pretty harmless, right? Wrong. The sandwich felt like a brick when I held it in my hand, and was coated through and through with a thick, heavy sauce. Reluctantly, I ate the sandwich, but I regretted it! You see, I’m used to eating pretty cleanly (very little that is heavy or spicy), and this sandwich did not sit well in my system.
However, after feeling unwell for a couple of days, I got better, and I am thankful that my symptoms — while unpleasant — were pretty mild, and that my immune system swiftly kicked into high gear, so that my recovery time was fairly swift. However, I did file a complaint with the sandwich shop (I suspect cross-contamination with some meat/dairy products, among other issues), and was told that an investigation was being launched into the matter. That’s something, right?
Secondly, I’m thankful because my asthma seems to be getting appreciably better! 😀 I’m still honoring my limitations and taking my medicines, but I’m also introducing some dietary changes. Without going into detail, asthma fundamentally is a disease of inflammation, so I’m trying to make more educated choices about nutrition. I believe that a good blend of medicine, dietary changes/exercise, and a good stress management strategy will hopefully get my asthma well under control again. I’m not fully out of the woods yet, but this is the best I’ve felt on the asthma front for quite some time.
So I am grateful to God for His provision of better health this past week, and for His wisdom so that I can get continue rest well, keep stress down, eat wisely (no more sandwiches from that restaurant!), and exercise thoughtfully. Most importantly, I am trying to remember to be gentle with myself and take each day as it comes, and I know that I really need the Lord’s strength and peace to help me reach these goals each day.
The week ahead will be a particularly busy one at work, so I want to keep the concept of good self-care at the forefront of my heart and mind. Lord willing, I will continue to make progress on the health front — one day at a time.