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Today was an interesting, challenging day. Pain wise, it was rather brutal, to put it mildly, and Julio has officially made me question my handling and communication skills (who replaced my dog with a vacuum and dog-head attachment?), but I did get new music and my favorite brand of hot chocolate. I also got to see my parents, and it was a pretty beautiful day. Due to something Julio did, I now possess larger bandaids and cleaning stuff to clean up a scraped knee. I also do not possess a walker because of the aforementioned action. Dad's going to try to fix it, though, so things may not be that bad.

Anyway, since my brain does not want to think about the post I was going to write, and I don't want to throw a pity party, I thought I'd link to some other posts and sites.

If you spend any time talking about faith with me, especially faith as it relates to disability, you know that I think there is a lot of progress to be made. I never understand why, a group (myself included) who claims to follow Jesus (who didn't pity those with disabilities), can struggle so much with disability and faith. I long for the day when each church becomes a place where people with disabilities are empowered by their faith and viewed as contributors alongside others in the Body. But, I do think things are getting better, and I also feel that sweeping generalizations are a bad thing. This post shows how you can't throw the baby out with the bath water and how things really can get better.
Why Church is Getting So Much Better These Days.

Our pet dog, Baxter, is a black lab, border collie mix. That's why I was so interested in this next post:
Border Collie Survives Ship Wreck.

The use of the internet to empower patients to take care of themselves is something I really enjoy reading about and thinking about. It's being discussed more, too.
Tech Medicine: Online services help patients deal with their illness and connect with others

This essay on
Healing and Being Well
is definitely making me think. I guess my definition of healing is different, but that's all I'll say for now.

With my RSD, I've been hesitant to make plans, mainly because I hate having to cancel, and I don't want to go out and be miserable. That's one advantage to being in college: no one makes plans anyway. Here are some thoughts of being
Sidelined.

And, in the quest to always improve, I think it's a good thing I saw this
Guide To Being Reasonable.

Susan has had several good posts this week, reminding me of things in my own life that point toward God. She was kind enough to share a Julio story in her homily
Beastly blessings.
On a challenging day, it's easy for Julio and I to have some issues communicating. Being reminded of this story helped me give Julio the big hug we both needed. Thank you, Susan, for sharing such a beautiful letter and message. Everyone, make sure to click backward to some of the other great posts!

Well, my brain is tired, and my body wants a bed. Tomorrow will be a new day. As Dr. Seuss says... Oh, never mind, I can't find the quote. But go read the Sleep Book. Between the 'Good Doctor', and all of these links, I'm feeling good. Link therapy anyone?

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, Nickie! Thanks for the story. I'm sorry you're having such a tough time right now, and I'll be praying that things go more smoothly for you (and that the walker gets fixed!).

Please give Julio a pat from me.

And yes, the church still has far to go -- in many areas!

Susan
capricorn_sistr
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Susan!
Cats in prisons don't judge the people who pet them, and many prisoners now help train guide dogs.

I saw the special on television about the prison dogs. Inmates were specially chosen to train service dogs. The change in the prisoner's attitude was nothing short of amazing. When fellow inmates were passed-over to receive a dog - they were upset. There were precious few positions for dog-handlers, so they had to be on their best behavior to be in the program. I think the prisoners were drastically changed by the dogs. To see a grown man cry when the training time was up told me something extraordinary had taken place.

The other show on tv showed cats in the prison yard. These wild kitties would come right up to the bench where the inmates were sitting - some men were playing cards. You could see the love in their eyes, when one of the cats jumped up on one fellow's shoulder. Does the cat know that this guy held-up a liquor store? One purr is like a thousand words. There was a whole lotta love goin' on - right there, next to the barbed-wire- electrified fence!
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