April 14, 2016

Thankful!

It was two years ago when she told me about the pain.

I recall the shock upon discovery of the lump. What's more the size of it. I needed effort to keep a straight face and stay calm. 

Things moved swiftly and in less than a week, she is in the hospital, awaiting surgery to remove what we hope is large but benign lump. 
Two years ago she went in to the operating theatre. Two years ago when she came out, I sensed the person was different.  It was as if she changed. And so she did. For the better.

So thankful to the Lord for the way things worked out. Hallelujah!

October 28, 2015

Does She Know?

Foster son was home for a week. The week went by so quickly.

Before you knew it, he was due to fly off. He said his "Good bye be a good girl" and then got in the car to head for the airport. 

I came home and saw this. 
Do you think she understood?

September 9, 2015

Pressing On

It was time to build up for the national competition. Training began to intensify. Suddenly she has an injury. She seeks relief and tries to continue. 

She isn't the only one on the team having injuries. Oh dear!

Thankfully, a physiotherapist comes along and helps them out. 

She has a special strapping given to her. The physiotherapist teaches her how to put it on and how to rest and yet strengthen her leg.
When the team play they get the bronze, losing on point despite tying with the team which finally won the gold.

Glad that they pressed on with guidance!

June 29, 2015

Rallying Around

Amazing. I put one word out and the whole group rallies round. My former classmates did a relay specially for my Arrow and I. The only known "treatment" for dengue.

One collected papaya leaves. From her neighbour no less. Stripped the tree bare apparently.

Then it was specially delivered to another friend who put the leaves in a special wash.
From the wash to the special juicer. I have never seen anything like this before. Wow. No water added so pure juice comes out.
Behold the end product - special, pure, papaya juice. This goes into a cold pack because that's the way to make sure it lasts longer.
Then the passing on continues. It goes to yet another friend who then passes it to one more friend before it gets to me.

And all within a few hours. 

So that Arrow #1 can have this concoction which is supposed to help get the blood platelet levels up. 

Thankful. So thankful for this camaraderie... 

January 26, 2015

Unexpected Trip

It wasn't that long ago that I had made a trip across the South China Sea. I wasn't expecting to make another so soon. 

But conversations via text messages stirred something within me. I felt my first Arrow needed me and so I caught a flight. 

I arrived just in time to hear the results of his blood tests. He had dengue fever and was about to be admitted. Thankfully, the results were borderline high enough to be allowed to go home. 

So I travel back with him to nurse him. 

This was such what I envisaged - that he would not be admitted but that I would nurse him at his apartment. Somehow it felt the right thing to do. 

And so it was. The story continues....

October 16, 2014

Tugging at the Strings

Tugging at the strings of my heart, wanting to leave already.
Tugging at the strings, nay the reins, of constraint, wanting to exit so soon.
Tugging, tugging, tugging.

It's time to cut lose before it snaps.
It's time to let go before it breaks.

Slowly, though.
Not too quickly.
My pace, perhaps?
Though you prefer yours.
Let's try to meet halfway.
And we will both win.

June 10, 2014

Testimony