I've written about my foot sprain. My IT band. Perhaps not the chronic pain in my shoulder and arm that has been with me since my teens. One week ago I sat in church trying to stay composed. I have chronic tendonitis in my ride side - that is from my ear down - my neck/shoulder/arm/abs/back/hip/it band/foot. I only have tightness in my calf - thankfully. To top it off, I can't take anything but tylenol because it hurts my stomach so. Muscle relaxers don't ease the burning from muscles/tendons (although they can help with sleep, they lower my blood pressure which is barely high enough to keep my going as it is - so I can't take more than one night at a time.)
And when the pain settles in like last week (making it hard to sleep), it's hard to not allow it to be your only focus. It's hard to keep my eyes on God. But where else would I turn? He answered prayer and the week lead to new discoveries and determinations.
- Specific exercise that may help the IT band issue, trapezius and foot.
- Encouragement to get a cortisone shot in at least my hip - this is a big decision for me since I resisted so long - but hope that that shot will give me time pain free to strengthen this area.
- I have to stop doing so much - working/playing through the pain. I need rehab!
- I am free from over working myself - I don't have to keep up and push myself to pain. I need to take the days of rest my body needs.
- It's important to ask for prayers. It's important to keep bringing my pain to God - not just to remove it, but to help me learn from it.
God gave me this body and all things to be a steward of. I'm not being a very good steward, but I'm making a plan to get there. The weight I've gained with my foot issue has to be combated in the kitchen not in exercise. I love God more. My flesh may bulk, I may endure a new kind of discomfort, but in the end it is worth it.
"A steward is not supposed to manage things for his own pleasure, convenience or benefit. Instead, he is expected to follow his master's instructions and look out for his master's interest, even if they conflict with his own personal desires or convenience (Jn 12:24-26.)" Ken Sande
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart...11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.