Thursday, February 17, 2011

Do You Believe in Miracles?

I believe in miracles.  I believe miracles are everywhere and we only need to look to find them.

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are obvious and many people are involved, other times they are felt only by the person experiencing it.

I would like to tell you about one miracle that recently happened to me.  I have had many miracles in my life, too numerous to count, but this one is recent and I thought I would share it with you.

Lately my health has been up and down.  I have had 3 severe sinus infections in the last 6 months and they are the kind that creep up on you and one day you wake up and your head feels like it's going to blow up from the pain and your sinuses are so inflamed that you can't breathe, can't think and have little, if any, energy.  Your temperature elevates, your eyes hurt and sometimes it affects your gums.   For those of you who have experienced this kind of infection you know the only way to cure it is to have an anti-biotic or serious anti-inflammatory prescribed by your doctor because over-the-counter-drugs don't work.
On top of this I have been dealing with swelling in the ball of my left foot.  I started having pain whenever I would take a walk around my neighborhood.  Some of you know I have fibromyalgia and have read about the fracture I had in my right foot last year and how long it was (7 months)  before I was able to walk for any distance.  When you have this illness (fibro) it can play games with you and causes you pain  for no apparent reason, so when this swelling occurred I wouldn't normally have gone to the doctor, but I put off going when I had the fracture because I assumed it was just sprained so this time I went right away and was given an anti-inflammatory after having it x-rayed and told to build up to walking any distance.

To make a long story short, it had been 3 weeks and the pain in my foot would not go away even though I had practically stopped any kind of walking and had iced it on a regular basis.
So, here I was on Valentine's Day with a sinus infection that's escalating and pain in my foot that is causing serious frustration.  I am tired, irritable, weepy and fed up, but I know that there is power in prayer so I began to ask God to show me what it is I am to learn from what I am experiencing. To show me why I keep having trouble with my feet and getting chronic sinus infections.  This was not the first time I had prayed for healing, but it was the first time I had let go and asked God to show me what He wanted for me and truly meant it.
He led me to the computer (later that day) where I read an article about a woman who was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1993 and has led an extraordinary life despite it. She is unable to get around at all and has to lay in bed day in and day out just looking out the window and watching life happen around her.  She longs for the days when she could take a bath all by herself and remembers what it was like to run and dance and swim.

People often tell you that "things could be worse" when you complain about your life.  I never liked that answer and frankly, it makes me mad. However, when I read that article about that woman's life I was in tears and it did something to me.  I not only realized that my problems are small comparatively but it made me stronger.  I made a decision to accept my situation and let God work where He chooses. This isn't always easy for a person who likes to control her own life.

That night I decided I would go into the Urgent Care the following day and get the meds I needed to get over this sinus infection and set a doctor's appointment to see about my foot.  I had envisioned a long journey of possible Allergists and Ear, Nose and Throat doctors to help me determine what I am going to do with this chronic problem.  I also figured  my doctor would suggest an MRI on my foot as nothing showed up in the x-rays. It looked like a long road.

When I awoke the next morning my headache was gone, my fever was gone and my nasal passages were as clear as ever.  My foot barely hurt and later that day I took a walk around my neighborhood.  This was happened 3 days ago and my infection has not returned and my foot is nearly back to normal.  I have walked every night and have little pain and no swelling.

I would imagine many would see this as coincidental or that my infection wasn't as bad as I thought or whatever.  I happen to think it is my very own miracle!

Until Next Time. :)


Christie Cottage said...

I believe in miracles!

GOD answers our prayers.


Laurel said...

I'm so glad you received relief from your sinus infection and foot pain. I'd call it a miracle! I've had those sinus infections, and they're debilitating, and don't tend to just go away on their own. Glory to God for your peace and your healing!

Tins and Treasures said...

Hi, again,
I have been thinking about you, as I knew you weren't feeling well. Had to scroll down for an update. I am relieved to hear that you are back to 'normal' again.

Take care ~Natalie