Hit the Ground Running

Whew…it has been a crazy past 2 days!!

Yesterday (Monday) I began my Radioactive Iodine Uptake test. This was the test I had to do for my thyroid to see what was really going on. This is a two part test, given at three different times.

The first time I went, they had to give me the radioactive pill. Not a huge deal, but since it was a radioactive pill, it had to be administered at the hospital. After taking the pill I was free to go.

I got back to the dorm, washed my sheets, did homework and my friend colored my hair. I am working on going back to my natural color, so we are working on getting there. After coloring my hair, I jumped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could.

I had to go back to do the actual test on my thyroid. During this part of the test, I had to sit completely still for about an hour so they could take pictures of my thyroid. I was strapped to a table and could not move. It was definitely an experience. After I left the hospital, I went to the chiropractor.

When I finished at the chiropractor, I had dinner and spent the evening with my boyfriend. I ended the day reading “Jesus Calling” devotional and meditating on the Word. What a great way to end a very crazy day!

Today, I woke up and had to be at the hospital to finish my Uptake test. After finishing it I had to go to Walmart for groceries! I cut up fresh fruit for lunch and enjoyed it!

After eating lunch I completed my homework assignment and headed to my thyroid specialist appointment.

After that appointment, I had to get back for a meeting about my upcoming student teaching. The meeting made me scared but yet excited, nervous but yet anticipating greatly! I found out all the rules and regulations that I must follow during the semester! I am so excited about the upcoming semester!

After the meeting, I went to my night class. I had to sit in class tonight for 3 hours. I learned about classroom management and how to handle students when I get into my own classroom. I cannot wait to get my own classroom and be able to teach! Teaching is my passion and I LOVE kids! I cannot wait to teach kids and the crazy part for me is I actually get paid for doing something I love! I cannot believe I am so blessed!

Well it has been a crazy 2 days and it is now time to go to bed 🙂

One little nugget I will leave you with tonight is: God knows exactly what He is doing in you. He knows exactly the purpose of everything going on in your life. It may not seem like it, but He is there watching over you. Keep going, keep walking, and trust in Him no matter what.



Bad News

Have you ever gotten bad news? Do you remember how you felt? I have been through a time in my life where it seems like nothing but bad news concerning my health and well being. I want to share with you this journey that I have been on and hopefully someone will find encouragement through it.

I am 22 and have had back problem since I was about 19. I started going to the chiropractor and it seemed to help, but I found that it was only temporary pain relief. I was experiencing low back pain. Pain that started making my legs go numb. At age 19, this was not the best thing in the world. I would go to the chiropractor for about a month and that would take care of pain for about three months.

After going through this cycle, I gave up on chiropractors. I did not want to go back. The end of September 2011 I started experiencing the back pain again. I got to the point I was not even able to get out of bed. The pain was severe to the point I was missing class, which is not what is wanted.

Finally, the middle of October, I met Dr. David Erb of Maximized Living. He had been attending LifeChurch Coppell, where I attend, and my boyfriend had been telling me to go see him. One Sunday after church, my boyfriend introduces me to Dr. Erb and I tell him about the pain I had been in, his response was my office opens at 7:30 am tomorrow morning, be there.

I went that Monday morning to Dr. Erb’s office. Once there I did X-rays, physical tests, and different tests on my spine. As soon as the tests were over, Dr. Erb said come back this afternoon this is serious. I had no clue what was coming up next. All I knew I was about to turn 22 and to find out something is seriously wrong with me scared me to death. I had no idea what was to come and what was to happen. I was driving back to the school for my class, crying out to God wondering what was going to happen. All the sudden I hear God say, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Talk about a relief. At that moment I knew God was there.

I went back to find out that my lower back had no curve, my upper back had a six-degree scoliosis, the lower part of my neck had a seven-degree scoliosis, and the top part of my neck was curved but yet frozen in place. As well as structure I had severe nerve damage and signal damage to all my organs. As a 22 year old that is not the best news in the world. I had no clue how this was ever going to be ok.

I later sat down and found out the cost of the care, and my family could not afford it. I left the office scared. I thought to myself I actually trust this doctor. I found someone that knows what to do to help and now I have to walk away. I began to cry out to God. And yet again I heard, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). A day later I found Dr. Josh Ferrell also with Maximized Living to help me. I began treatments with him immediately.

Dr. Ferrell had me do some blood tests so I could start a diet plan and get healthy. The blood tests led to me having to seek a thyroid doctor. The thyroid doctor has no clue what is wrong with my thyroid so she orders a sonogram.

The sonogram takes place and I have just found out they found a nodule on my thyroid. This is the last bit of bad news I have heard lately. I have decided to go ahead and do the radioactive iodine uptake test. This will show them what to do next to help me. They are hoping the test will diminish the nodule and we are praying it is nothing severe.

Bad news is not fun to get. I know this because it is all I have gotten since October.

But the best news I have gotten since October is………….. I serve the GREATEST Physician and in HIS perfect timing I will be well physically. Knowing that God will show my doctors, myself and others around me His great and awesome hand at work in me through my physical trials.

If you today can relate to the bad news please know that God does know what He is doing. He has NOT forgotten about you. He knows exactly why you are walking through this difficult time. Burry yourself in the Word and allow yourself to be filled up by God, and not the bad news. I believe if God brings you to it; He will bring you through it.