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Saturday, July 12, 2014
I Heart Macro 61
One of the blessings I have taken to heart over the years, living in a body that at times is very slow moving is the truth and gift of the old saying "stop and smell the roses."
I am feeling so much better every day. I am able to take long walks again on my own and today Gordon and I worked in the garden. Most of these roses are from neighbor's gardens, except for the ones with dewdrops and the petal resting on the earth.
I am still struggling a bit with my vision being blurry, especially when reading and well, trying to focus my camera, so these may not be the most crisp of images, but I find them lovely none the less. And believe me, the fragrance from these beauties when photographing them up close was intoxicating.
I am deeply grateful for all of your kind comments and prayers for my body to heal. Although I don't respond to most messages, please know that I appreciate your compassionate words and feel the power of your heart felt prayers. Truly this life is a blessing.
My cervical spine, like my brain showed no visible changes. I am still waiting to hear results from my doctor regarding my thoracic spine images. These would explain the spasticity if there are any visible lesions there. However, even if the MRI does not show new scars, that does not mean they are not there. They may be very small and cannot be picked up yet on the scan. All I know is that something happened to my body five weeks ago, and I still have some deficits that may or may not be permanent.
I can speak clearly now, I can walk five miles, the pain is not nearly as severe, otherwise that would not be possible. The medicines are working and I’m certain my yoga practice, meditation and exercising all help too. My hearing was oddly diminished in my left ear after the spinal MRI series, but that too is gradually improving. I am able to spend time cooking, preparing meals with herbs from our garden. Our back porch is finally clean and set up for enjoying evening meals with the family, and morning meditation and yoga with the birds singing their morning prayers with me. LIFE IS GOOD.
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World
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