Today I woke up to a dark, gloomy day with thunderstorms. I didn't think it would get better. With a killer headache from my HIV medication and Sophie in my arms, I decided to linger in bed for a little while longer. I turned on the TV and to my surprise it was breaking news of the Chilean miners being rescued. They were rescuing number 11 when I tuned in. I was happy for them for sure, but it didn't seem to have a impact on my life one way or the other. And then from nowhere it all started to make sense. It blows my mind when and how God shows up. And when He does, you know in your heart that it was just for you. Yes, the thing might bless more than you, but you know it was what you needed at the right time.
speaking of his reality trapped in the mine. “I was with God and the Devil. They fought and God won. I held on to God’s hand, the best hand. And at no point in time did I doubt that God will get me out.”
It reached to my very core and reminded me that all I have to do is hold on to God’s hand as tight as I can. Our faith is the thing that God wants most from us. It’s the thing that will sustain us and the thing that will deliver us. So today, my faith is renewed and from my faith I will gain the strength to complete this journey no matter how difficult it may be. Like Mario said, all I’ve got to do is hold on as tight as I can and God will surely do the rest.
I was encouraged by Mario. His spirit is phenomenal. He emerged from that mine as if he was at a pep rally. Even in his interview it was clear that God has purpose for his life. I see why the miners chose him as their spokesperson. He said other things that resonated with me also. While it was clear that he was happy to be out of the mine, he didn't waver on his concern for the plight of his people. He used this world wide press event to talk not just about himself but about the plight of his people. It reminded me that God has a purpose for my life and it should always be at the forefront no matter what is going on with my health. My health is the catalyst for the work that God has appointed me to do.
The con, well it’s a big one: renal failure. Yes my kidneys are at risk. So I have to take an additional medication to protect my kidneys. I will take 4 pills 3 hours before the IV infusion, 2 pills 2 hours after the hr IV infusion, and 2 pills 8 hours after the infusion. Now the medication that I will take to protect my kidneys has side effects also. Mainly nausea, but there is a chance that I could have an allergic reaction. The class of medication this belongs to, I don’t tolerate to well. And it has created burning rashes before. So we will see. If I have a reaction to this medication to protect my kidneys then I will have to stop everything. Cause keeping my kidneys safe is major.