A week a way from the city in the bush lands of Arrowhead Provincial Park. It was nice to spend time away from the house the house work ( it is there; big time now being back and having camping laundry and cleaning to do). I was a little jittery and I had a few nights that I didn’t sleep. Those were the bad things, but I coped. I spent some time alone. I spent some time with one of my close friends and told her about my condition. She seem to take it ok. She doesn’t understand it all but she listened. I spent some quality time with my former Pastor and made some connections that I couldn`t make in my mind which I’ll talk about later. I also learned some basic life lessons.
First the life lessons. When jogging through the bush, on the hiking and cycling trail, do not look up at the large wood pecker in the tree. Tree roots on the path will trip you and I did a fantastic fall and roll. When all stopped I was on my back thinking “what the? how did I get here!” looking at the bird looking at the silly human on the ground No cuts just dirt. Second life lesson. Don`t jog with your mouth open, you will catch flys! Don`t ask how I know! And what ever I coughed up had better only have been a deer fly–uck.
The connections. Have you ever been sick and forgot how to take care of yourself? You get a sore throat, cough, or flu. You forget to take vitamin C you forget the Advil, or what ever cold/flu remedy you use. And someone comes along and says why not take what you usually take when your sick—- and you say oh I forgot. Then smack yourself in the head like that will make things sink in better. When I am heading in a down period. The devil ( and I am going to call it what it is) will confuse me. I feel I have a strong faith. I feel God is close to me. I feel a need to be close to him, and I fully give my heart and soul to the creator of the earth and me. That is my statement of faith. But when I start to fall, he confuses me, he wants me to doubt what I believe and he wants me to lose faith in all that is precious to me. The faith I have, my marriage, my abilities to be a mother, a lover, a cook, a functioning working women. I forget the devil likes to confuse me. I forget how to fight back. I forget how to see the dark from the view of the light, I forget that I can talk myself out of the panic, and anxiety. I forget that I have good meds to help, and I forget who I am sometimes. And sometimes I don’t want to remember any of these things cause at that moment you can say I have a mental flu and can’t function. It all seems too hard and in the darkness I can hide. But in the darkness is the lies and the pain and there is no peace. So I get up, I must fight back, I must keep my eyes on the light, I must talk myself out of the panic, and take my meds, call my friends, and pray, and most of all remember I am a functioning, loving person in a dark place that will not swallow me up, because God loves me and you. There is a line from scripture that says
New International Version (NIV) Jesus speaking.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The world is owned in by the prince of darkness, but Jesus overcome him through his suffering and death and resurrection. We can rely on him when we are confused. God has our back.
Does that keep me out of dark holes. No — God (pardon the country reference) didn’t promise you a rose garden. We struggle cause this world is not perfect. This world is fallen. We will struggle and fall and get up and fall again, and we will get weary but BUT we are loved and we will persevere, and we will fight the good fight. And on the days when we can’t fight pray and God will fight for you.
That sounds like pretty high and mighty words. But they are God’s words and they are reality.
I will have days I forget with my mental flu; so to speak. I will need my husband to go with me look after me, the darkness will crowd in, but the light will always shine and this is not how God wants me to live my life. Hiding in the darkness afraid to go forth and conquer. Maybe not mountains some days, but bit by bit it will happen. Do what you can, all you have to do is your bit.
I am a mixture of positive and negative. I do believe what I write I also believe that I am far from out of the woods. I was to the doctors today for my follow up visit. She feels I am not out of the woods either and has upped my medication for the third time. She also wants me to be taking my emergency meds more often and not just when I have gone around the bend. I find this discouraging. I thought I was doing better but I was slipping today. I don’t want the meds but I have to. It is apart of the fighting. It tires one out. I will take my new dose of meds and see what happens. I will have a follow up visit with my doctor at the end of September and I will see where I stand then. If you are in this fight. Hang on. The fight isn’t easy and it can rip at everything you hold dear. It has for me but God has put somethings together for me. I hope soon I can have it all together. I have much more to say about thorns in one’s sides. I hope you’ll come back