Donating blood plasma for grocery money 20 years ago was not the highlight of my single-parenting memories. I remember worrying that my boss would see the needle marks and think I was a druggie that first year post separation. I was glad to leave that era behind with the yearly pay raises. In an odd time-wrap way, I learned from my doctor today that I will be undergoing plasma exchange procedures in a couple of months. My background knowledge of plasma comes from my donating for grocery money experiences. :)
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood...
This procedure, called Plasmapheresis, is a procedure to "wash the blood." The blood is removed from the body in tubes, the plasma is separated from the blood platelets, and suitable replacement liquids or donated plasma is mixed with the blood platelets and returned to the body. This will be done because TM is a Spinal Lesion triggered by an immune response. It is a rare disease that attacks often suddenly and severely from the body's defenses trying to fight off something else in the body. I've found quite a bit of info on the plasma exchange procedure online tonight. The video clip below explains TM better than most others I have seen.
Removing the plasma will remove much of the cells that are attacking my spine. From what I understand, this should provide temporary relief for the symptoms for a while before or if the cells re-multiply. Revelation 1:5 This reminds me of the fact that I am washed in the blood of Jesus. I rest in that fact. The whole thought association thing feels great, when I think about being washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Actually, I have done quite a bit of resting today. I was exhausted after returning from the trip to Riverdale, below Atlanta. I slept for a couple of hours, before moving to the recliner. Sitting here now, waiting on my hubby to return from work, I feel like I could sleep for another 12 hours. He will probably feel the same way, since he had to get up and drive me to the doctor this morning after working second shift last night. He's had very little sleep. Pray for him.
The doctor also ordered me a motorized chair and physical therapy for walking. I hope this provides me more opportunities to get outside. I miss the outdoors, and I certainly miss the days of strength and energy. But, since I am so tired, I will say goodnight now, and ask for your prayers in the upcoming weeks for me and my loved ones. God bless you.
I have a new view on the world: listening to the birds singing in the twilight from my hammock. I love nature, and have missed being able to wander through the woods. But, I ordered a Mayan hammock from Merida Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula. Larry and Travis hung it in a wooded area of our back yard, near the tree house last week. Larry helped me get into and out of the hammock and I enjoyed relaxing in the trees while dinner was roasting in the oven this evening. I love hearing the birds singing in the twilight, and seeing the colorful Autumn leaves in the trees.
Joel 2:23 speaks of the early and latter rains. The latter rains were the rains of summer. The early rains were the Autumn rainshowers, like we experienced yesterday and the night before. Such a beautiful passage in the natural and the Spiritual sense, as it is prophetic of the early outpouring of the holy Spirit in the first century after Christ, and the latter outpouring in this age today. The Holy Ghost is given for a comfort or a rest.
Apparantly God felt Autumn was a good time for resting. Leviticus 23:24-25 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work on it: but you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. This was a bonfire holiday in early Autumn, much like our harvest festivals. We are in the 8th month of the Jewish calendar right now.
Yes, it is nice to be looking up at the world around me! There aren't too many more days of Autumn beauty left. November is at the doorstep. I hope you find time to enjoy time. It is God's greatest gift.