I went to the doctor again this morning, and the bottom line is (he said), “Whatever you’re doing is working, so keep doing it.”
I have lost nine pounds in three months, my kidneys aren’t problematic anymore, my blood pressure is mostly under control, except for when I have to write about anyone named “Clinton,” and I’m taking antibiotics for some sort of infection in my innards. I ride my bike most days, and try very hard to relax, totally, at night. I also post a lot of cat videos: what can it hurt?
Of course, I could adopt a much more spartan way of life and eat nothing but strictly healthy foods. That would certainly make it seem like I was living longer! But I say enough is enough–and anyway, let’s get these other issues squared away first, all right?
I do have a doctor who cites prayer as a real aid to life and health. I like that.
Check out how this little lizard escapes from the big, bad snake, who winds up highly confused and annoyed. The lizard’s scientific name is Draco volans, which means “Flying Dragon.” It lives in Indonesia and is one more example of God’s cool stuff which we call “nature” when we should be calling it “creation.”
I am showing this video to calm myself down after getting interrupted in my work by a summons to jury duty. I will have to get a note from my doctor to get me out of it: my blood pressure just won’t stand it. Up at the crack of dawn, central Jersey traffic, hang around the jury room all day long, and then more Jersey traffic. Repeat the process for as many days as the trial takes. And watch my head explode. No thanks!
I will now attempt to go back to writing my book.
Well, here it is, 2:30, and I’m back from my 10:30 doctor’s appointment. No bike ride for me today. No work on my new book, either.
But the doctor is very pleased with my progress, vis-a-vis blood pressure. Then he noticed my T-shirt, adorned with a picture of Scipio Africanus, and asked about it. This resulted in my learning he was not a Christian, after all (I thought he was), and his asking, with a show of great interest, about Christianity and the Apostle Paul. He says he wants to learn more, much more. May the Holy Spirit provide him with a good teacher.
Anyhow, this was about the last thing I would have expected, after sitting an hour and a half in the waiting room being tortured by daytime TV. Like, I was there to be ministered to by the doctor, and wound up ministering to him.
And now to run out and do more errands!
So… yesterday afternoon I sat down and started writing the next book of my Bell Mountain series: that would be Book No. 10, with No. 9, The Throne, currently being edited and hopefully to be published this year.
I don’t have a title for this new one yet, but one will come to me. What I do have, meanwhile, is an opening chapter that has me all pumped up. And that’s really all I need to get started. God gives me the story in pieces. I just put them together.
All I had to do was pick up my pen and start writing on my legal pad–and it was like I’d never been away. Wonderful!
P.S.–I went to the doctor this morning, and he was very pleased with my progress. I think I’m out of danger of popping my cork. He asked me about various things in my life, including my work, and he said a project like writing a novel will actually be good for me.
Well, that makes me happy, and to God be the glory.
And the sun has just come out, and that means it’s time for me to get back out there and write some more!
Okay, Erlene, here’s one of the hymns you asked for, Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand. I hope you don’t mind this upbeat version performed by the Alfred Street Baptist Church choir.
I just took my blood pressure, after enjoying my bike ride, a crazy story by P.G. Wodehouse, a banana, and an orange, and the result put me in the mood for a celebratory hymn like this. It’s still a bit too high, but today it’s down 40 points (!) from where it was two weeks ago.
No one will object, I think, if I make a joyful noise unto the Lord.