Leena the Lap Dog joined our family several weeks ago. I was wishing for a little dog to sit on my lap. Bree had been thinking it might be a good idea for me to have a dog to take outside and keep me moving. Leena had been living with Bree for several years, but Bree felt it was more important for Leena to hang out with us for awhile. Having Leena here has been wonderful!
A little back story….Leena has been in our family for eleven years! She was originally Trevor’s dog. She was so tiny, that he would carry her under his shirt, and she would pop her head through the neck line of his shirt. She would also hide in his shoes, so he had to be very careful when putting on his shoes. Leena has always been one of the most patient and sweetest dogs that I’ve ever known.
Ok…back to current story! Leena not only gives me comfort, but she also makes sure that every visitor gets a chance to have a Leena encounter. She will sit on every visitor’s lap (if they want her). Leena brings comfort and peace into a situation where visitors might feel uncomfortable. When I take her on walks, she leads me with the walker. One can see that she feels very important and in charge of our walks. Thank you Bree for sharing Leena! Dog therapy is amazing!
The mass by my left rib has grown. It feels like the mass is pushing against my rib, which is causing a squeezing of the other organs nearby. I can really feel it when I’m walking, so I’ve slowed down and am using the walker when outside.
The mass on my neck is also growing. This one makes talking difficult at times. I will return calls when I can talk clearly. Otherwise, texting works well for me.
I have definitely slowed down. My energy level has been very low these past couple of weeks. Showering is an example of how I have slowed down: It takes at least an hour; maybe an hour and a half to shower. On Monday and Thursdays a bath nurse comes out and washes my hair and body. This was difficult for me to accept in the beginning. Now, I am thankful for her help. During the shower, I need to sit down on the shower chair because it is exhausting to stand for the whole shower. When the shower is complete, I sit down for the drying. Then there is the lotioning, the hair brushing, the hair drying…it all takes time because I need to stop and rest frequently during this process. It is a strange thing, but showers now wear me out and I usually end up taking a long nap after showers!
As I continue to slow down, I will be asking for more help. There is a web-site that I will probably post next week. It allows for people to sign up for times to help in various ways. I promise, I won’t make anything difficult!
As much as I can, I still want to experience life to the fullest! This Friday, Trevor and Katie are taking me to The Living Desert. We will have a Private Safari and will experience The Living Desert with a private shuttle and driver! I’m looking forward to feeding the giraffes!
Spiritually, I am doing well. The Lord is always with me; I have never felt deserted by Him. He brings me family & friends to help along this path. I am thankful for each of you! It feels like I am preparing for the ultimate Hiking Trip! I know that this journey will be full of love and adventure.
If you are a person who enjoys Praise & Worship music, check out this song:
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United
This song is where I am at spiritually. It is on the song list for the funeral! I’m not sure it is “cool” to write that, but, yes, we have been working on that reality. I count that as a part of the gift of time I’ve been given! I love you all and I am thankful that you have joined in on my journey.
It is well with my soul! Love, Cindylindy