My predictions for 2017 was it was going to be a year full of change.
One of those changes will be happening on March 30th.
Have you ever gotten news and you felt a cold band wrap around your mid-section? That's the way I felt.
My doctor called. My Colo-Guard stool sample test came back positive. I have to have my first and I hope last, colonoscopy that day. I'm not worried about the prep. It will be spring-time by then and as my Grandma would say every spring, "You need a good cleaning out!" My Mother would bring out the worm medicine and laxatives and if that didn't work, a warm soapy enema was in the offing.
I am worried about the results. I have had bouts of severe diarrhea and then constipation since July. That's one of the "signs".
Every year I have the FIT test, which is a stool sample smear and all have been negative. Then, on reading about this Colo-Guard test, I see there are a lot of people who have had false positives and clear colonoscopies. But still.........................................
I have my lung CT scan on the 15th. I sure hope that one goes okay. My voice is still hoarse and that too is one of the "signs". My chest x-ray last fall came back good, but chest x-rays don't always show tiny lung tumors. So....................................
GEEZ!!! I'm falling apart!!
Well, if I'm going to talk the talk, I am going to have to walk the walk and put all of this in God's hands. Not that He causes any of these health problems, but that He will help me get through whatever the future brings.
Yesterday we had strong thunderstorms, high winds and a nearby tornado in Michigan. Today, we are expecting snow this late afternoon.
I have to deal with the inkjet refill place again. The black refills do not work! Neither one! I have tried them both in both of my printers, so I know, it is not a printer problem. I should just break down and buy a new black inkjet at Staples and then---I'd know for sure. They are so expensive--the new ones. The refills are about half the price. Oh---I just don't know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!
After that, I go to the torture chamber. So far all the maneuvers have done is cause my nerves to become more inflammed. I don't think my left shoulder will ever get back into it's correct position--it comes forward a bit, but I am in it until the end of the treatments.
So, today is Ash Wednesday. I'm not Catholic so I don't get to have ashes on my forehead, dripping down my nose and I sure hope I don't tell someone they have a "smudge of dirt" on their forehead, like I mistakenly did last year.
I did learn something last night, as I watched Mother Angelica on TV. The ashes are a sign to make us remember death. That we all are going to die and return to ashes. That knowledge seems to be an everyday thought in my life as I age. I don't need a one-day reminder.
I know that Lent is a time of atonement and sacrifice. We Methodists never "gave up" stuff for Lent. When I was in the 9th grade, before going into my Algebra classroom, I stated to my friend that I was going to "give up Algebra for Lent". Not realizing that my teacher was right behind me and heard that comment and was not pleased.
I rather like to take on something new for Lent. Like calling a friend just to say I thought of them, or an e-mail or a note. I think one day I will go over and visit Dar and her Dad and one day visit Merle and Pearl and one day visit Jackie.
I never have quite understood why Catholics have the 40 days of Lent at this time of year. Jesus went out into the desert for 40 days BEFORE He started His ministry, not 40 days before He went into Jerusalem and His death.
Although, it IS a good time to have a period of thought and atonement BEFORE His crucifixion. After all, He did it all for us. Then the joyousness of Resurrection. Christians would have no "religion" without His Resurrection.
Sure, His birth was significant, but our church year begins on Resurrection Sunday--Easter. If He hadn't come out of that grave alive, He would only be a great prophet. He would not be the Son of God and we would not have all the promises He gave us to believe in.
So, March is coming in like a Lion. Many will be anointed with the sign of the cross made on their foreheads with ashes mixed in oil and the rest of us have spring-time to look forward too. A time of new life, as baby animals are born and flowers come up out of their cold, dark winter graves.
I'd say, there are a lot of reasons for celebration!