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!👍😆 (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. 🤔

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 💚

Faith vs. Fear

I feel this very revelant post written last year should be reposted during these uncertain times. I hope it blesses you today. ❤

I have lived this. Fear. It truly is crippling. Fear is the opposite of faith. When I get afraid, I literally can’t walk, and feel more fatigued.

Here are some powerful verses on fear that God wants us to live by as we face challenging times.


Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:10

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalm 56:3


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7


Mark 11:22

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.


With God, truly, all things are possible. Yet He came as a man in the flesh and can empathize with us. He understands our humanity and weakness and prays for us. His power is in those who are in Him and He has not given us a spirit of fear! If we succumb to fear, we cannot watch God’s power displayed in our weakness. We can still put one foot in front of the other and step out in faith, knowing God is with us while strengthening us, and even if we feel afraid, we can face our fears leaning on Him. Our courage comes from God!

Much love,

Viv 💚