Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tomorrow's the last day of school

Well, the kids have made it through 5 months of school! They have learned a lot about culture, got their feet wet in the languages, and got established in our new community. I think the positives outweighed the negatives.

I hear some good French accents when I hear them reading, they can do simple Arabic dictations, and cursive writing has improved (the appearance of the writing is really important here).

My boys are a bit rougher too. It's cultural. I remember when we first arrived 3 years ago and I heard of groups of boys that would run around with shards of glass and throw rocks at each other. I was scared for my little band of cherubs (!!)--would they be safe? I mean, how scary!

The other night we took a walk as a family and I turned around to see all of my boys throwing stones at each other. And they were having a ball! I turned to Patrick and said, "Yep, they've acclimated."

Health update

I have an appointment with my Infectious Disease doctor on June 23rd. I'm excited to have some more light shed on what's going on in my body--is the valley fever gone or at least controlled? is the lung cavity gone? While I feel hopeful, I feel sober-minded at the same time.

Here are my 2 biggest prayer requests regarding my health:
1) That the lung cavity will have healed up
2) That the doctor will take me off the antifungals

Both of these are huge requests. If the lung cavity remains, I may need surgery or a longer stint with the meds. If I stay on the meds, well, quite frankly, I don't want to stay on the meds. They cause me grief. I know that the disease is worse than these meds but my body is on overload. Most recently, I have wondered if my adrenal glands have been affected because of my back pain, fatigue, dizziness, etc. When something stressful happens, I feel no adrenaline rush coming from the inside. The body is fried.

I trust in our all-powerful, all-good, and all-wise God to work this out in His time and for His glory. At the same time, I am petitioning Him for the above.