Slowly But Surely: An Update

I’m so touched that many of my blogging family has asked how my healing is going. May I just say it means the world to me? While the recovery continues to be slow, I am certainly seeing improvements daily. The other day my oldest told me I’ve shocked her by how fast I’m walking!πŸ‘πŸ˜† (Great news because my quadriceps were starting to atrophy.) Since my legs are so much stronger I’m even able to stand up and take a shower which is a huge deal for me. Seriously, until you can’t take a shower the fact that you can deserves a celebration. So thankful for showers! The muscles on my arms and legs continue to get back to normal but the skin on my legs is thick and tough like leather…..very strange. That may be a result of the neuropathy but I’m not sure. πŸ€”

My nervous system is getting better as well but my body still gripes if I overdo. I’m absolutely amazed at how consistent my broken brain is…..it is very honest with it’s limitations which require respect.

Sadly, my ears continue to be an issue due to 5 weeks of 100-200 decibels of nerve-raking noise. I’m wearing earplugs at all times which is helping but my Dr. says my brain is unable to turn down the volume. It may require more healing time for this issue to settle itself.

God continues to be faithful. In all of the weakness, pain, fatigue, and uncertainty He continues to heal the broken places in me only He truly understands. He has drawn near unto me and comforts me with His Spirit at every instance and every moment of need. He always sends angels in the forms of friends at just that perfect moment to pray for and with me.

My walk through recovery seems long at times and I struggle to be patient. Not only do I struggle but my husband, kids, and even my dog are weary of it all. I honestly feel bad for them. My husband has taken on extra tasks that I can no longer do and he’s just worn out. I thank the Lord that he is strong and for God’s strength in him every day but the poor guy needs a break.

I’m going to leave you with a quote by Lee Woodruff wife of TV anchor Bob Woodruff from ABC news who suffered a horrible TBI while reporting in Afganistan in 2006. Here’s what she says about patience and TBI recovery:

Having a TBI, or being connected to someone who has suffered one, is an exercise in extreme patience. The slow process of recovery makes “watching paint dry” feel like the speed of light. Yes, it’s that slow.

Much love,

Viv πŸ’š

Author: Viv

I'm a TBI warrior whose hope and strength comes from God.

76 thoughts on “Slowly But Surely: An Update”

  1. Thank you for sharing an update viv. Continuing to keep you in my prayers. May the Lord shower you and your family with His peace, strength, patience and love. As I was typing this a notification popped up that had this verse. I love how God works 😊.
    β€œHe gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. β€œ Isaiah 40:29

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    1. Wow Manu!! Isn’t that just how the Holy Spirit works!? I’m going to go highlight it now. Wait, I have it underlined. Yes, thank you so much for reminding me of this verse!! God bless you always dear friend! πŸ€—πŸ’š

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    1. Mandy, that comment touches my heart deeply. Thank you and praise God for our fellowship here on WordPress. What a gift and blessing dear one. Hugs galore!!
      πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  2. Ohhh, a shower! What a blessing! I’m so happy for you. Thank you for the update; I do always appreciate knowing how you and your family fare, I love how you see God’s blessings. I pray for you and your family. β€πŸ€—

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    1. Bless you Kathy! Yes, I am so excited about taking showers again. It’s been great, and the water helps relax painful muscles. To know you’re caring and praying helps my heart Kathy. We are hanging on but it’s tough. Much love and big Hugs! πŸ€—β€

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    1. Thank you so very much dearest Dawn. God has provided me with so many blessings through knowing you and others on this blog. Y’all are my family!! πŸ€—β€πŸ€—β€

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  3. It’s so good to hear about your healing progress! The Lord is good indeed! Thanks for the update so we know what to pray! I pray that your ears will calm down and that your hubby can get that break that he needs and the strength to continue on until he does. ❀ Much love and prayers for all of you.

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    1. Yes dearest Tina. The Lord is so good. Even with the setbacks, I see his hand in everything. Thank you for praying specifically for my husband. Sadly, COVID has reached his team at work, so now we wait and pray. I have no idea what the virus would do to me but God does. Love you. πŸ™πŸ€—

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  4. It’s been a rough week here with a lot of bad news, so I’m so glad to read the good news that you’re progressing, even if it’s slow. Not to the same extent, but noise bothers me, too. What kind of earplugs do you use? Mine don’t seem to filter well.

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. I certainly have my ups and downs. The downs are very discouraging. Can I pray for your bad news?

      I use vibes ear plugs. They really work!!

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      1. We lost two close friends to covid, just a few days apart from each other. It hurts deeply. And I have a pretty serious health concern that I need to get checked for, but I have neither a regular doctor nor health insurance, and because of what it is, I know it’s going to involve expensive testing. Feeling very overwhelmed. And all this has my already poor sleep schedule even more messed up (which is why I’m up so late) and me feeling more lousy than normal. Prayers would mean a lot. Thank you.

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      2. Oh Rebekah😒 I’m deeply sorry for your loss. May God fill you and yours with the comfort only He can give as you grieve this loss. πŸ’”

        Please know that as soon as I received your comment yesterday I began praying for you dear sister and I will continue to pray for you fervently as you seek help for your health. I’m actually honored to pray for you and thankful for your realness and transparency here so I can be specific in my petitions for you.

        I’m giving you a super big hug sweetheart. Hang in there and keep fighting with His strength. He will never leave you, he is with you and He will fight for you. Isaiah 40: 29& 31. Much Love! πŸ€—

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  5. So thank you are so much better! Continued prayers for the β€œsound” issue. This is truly miraculous!!!! πŸ’ƒπŸΌ πŸ’ƒπŸΌ πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
    Praying for your hubby to have strength and for you all! Love you! πŸ’œπŸ€—

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    1. Oh I appreciate it so much dear Renee!! God’s been so kind to me. Yes, my hubby is strong but he has much on his plate right now so continued prayers is a blessing. Love you too!!πŸ’šπŸ™πŸ˜Š

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  6. Thank you for letting us know of the progress you are making. You are a living testament to the care and love of a healing Jesus. So glad your family is a great support. I have experienced the delight of being able to stand in a shower. That is such an assumed task without a thought of thankfulness until you find you can’t! God continue his work in you.

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    1. Hello dear friend, thank you so much for this comment. Oh yes, I’m so glad you mentioned the shower! God has been very kind and I agree, until you can’t it’s hard to be thankful when you can. Praise God for His blessings and mercies! Big hugs!πŸ’šπŸ™πŸ€—

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  7. Thank you for the update!!! Praise the Lord for every accomplishment!!! ❀ There was a woman on the American Gospel (if you have Netflix you can view it). But she shared how at one time when she was at the top of her health, she was so empty. Now she has a lot of health problems, and yet, she is overwhelmed by the love of God and His peace that surpasses all understanding. She said she wouldn't trade it for health, and I think stories like hers and yours encourage others that our struggles, no matter what they are, pale to the Lord, His love, and His glory. He fulfills something this world just can't. Money. Health. Popularity. Family. What have you. Thank you for sharing, Vivian! May the Lord continue to guide you! Praying!

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    1. Bless you friend for sharing this story with me. I can honestly say that it’s been in the deepest of valleys that I have experienced the love and comfort of Jesus as we fellowship together. He alone can fill our emptiness with himself. Thank you for praying! Even though I like to give positive updates, I still have my ups and downs. How are you friend?

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      1. Overall, I’ve been doing all right. Adjusted my blogging schedule and that has helped me stay ahead. I’m hoping to get 2 months ahead eventually. It will help give time to editing and when I visit family blogging won’t be a concern. My husband is getting close to graduating and there is a lot of uncertainty in knowing what will happen next or where finances will come. But I am working on trusting the Lord. πŸ’—πŸ’—

        I’m glad the story I shared spoke to you, it was encouraging to me, too. Yes, He alone can fill our emptiness!!!

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      2. I’m so glad overall things are ok for you. I continue to pray for you whenever the Lord puts you on my heart. I understand the uncertain feelings all too well my friend. The Lord is very good, and will always provide. I’ve been brought very low and yet He amazes me with mercies every day. Hugs!!β€πŸ€—

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      1. Hey Viv. I Praise God for your excellent memory. Yes it’s me, Nitin. Your lost friend. So sorry for not catching up with you. I heard that you are doing well. I was extremely busy with my master’s program from Johns Hopkins University. I graduated in spring, however got caught up with COVID-19 related work. I wasn’t receiving notifications from your posts. Then I searched for your blog. Ultimately by the grace of God I found you my dear friend. How is your lovely family? We are doing well.

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      2. Oh Nitin, how happy I am you found me again! You were always so supportive and kind to me in the depths of my emotional pain. I won’t ever forget that dear brother! Congratulations on your graduation! That’s Great! What exactly is your degree in specifically?

        This past spring was tough on me. I had a major set back with my health and suffered extensive damage to my nervous system. I spent many days barely able to walk or lift a glass of water since I was so weak. God pulled me through!! I’m still healing but a lot better. It’s great to hear from you. I did stop blogging for 4 months so may be that’s why you stopped receiving notifications.
        Blessings to you.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ‘

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      3. Oh dear. You are going through such terrible time. But, I know that his grace is sufficient for you.

        I have specialized in Spatial analysis. It’s a tough nut to crack. But, the grace of God helped me through.

        Thanks for catching up. Love and admiration to you and your lovely family.

        Remember that I am praying for your total recovery.

        The Lord will bestow his healing on you.

        Be blessed in the name of Yeshua Meshiakh.

        Halleluyah πŸ™ŒπŸ€—

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