I’ve not posted anything here for a couple of weeks, as, rightly or wrongly, I sort of assume that you don’t really want to know every day that I’m home, went shopping (though that’s not QUITE accurate!), ate food, went to the loo… all the things people seem to think are vital we need to know on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve not become a ‘Twit'(terer), but I do get mighty frustrated with some of the garbage on Facebook!
The shopping comment is an oxymoron reall,y as, since getting back from Australia, my knees have been pretty dire! For a few days, I could barely move….but, being the determined (or stupid??) bloke that I am, I made them move. Prayer, Tiger Balm plasters (from the far east), Voltarol gel, and occasional painkillers, have helped! Saw my new doctor last week (lovely Jimmy Courtney retired soon after I’d permanently registered with him: hmm, thinking about it, the first doctor I registered with here also retired pretty quickly: is it something I’ve done??!). My new one, with a lovely Irish accent, is name Omar Mohamed, super bloke, just the accent doesn’t quite seem right :)! I went to see him as I need a months’ worth of painkillers, with Colombia coming up (yep, even people who pray for healing feel pain, and people who see knees healed can have duff knees!): they’re pretty heavy duty painkillers, so he asked about my knees… took one look at them, and said that he’d rarely seen such osteo-arthritic damaged knees in his life…. hmm again! So, I got the pk’s: and a probable appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon for ‘urgent surgical intervention’. I’m hoping that I get a good look at the scans, so that people can pray specifically into the damage, as I’m not really inclined to go down the surgery route!
Heard this week, too, that the house in Virginia, USA, is now emptied of my ‘stuff’: some to be shipped, most to be sold/given away…. awfully, though, the Estate Agent (sorry, Realtor!) valued it for sale at about 40% of the price paid for it…. also heard from immigration that though my ‘case’ has been revoked, they’re leaving the door open for appeal. Not too worried, really, what happens now: I’m very much at peace with where I’m at, even if at times I feel anger towards the States for dragging this on 4 years, at great cost financially, and emotionally.
Much more important are stories I’m still getting from Australia: if this stupid software would work, I could paste the message here, but…. Lee, my lovely friend who is putting up a whole new website for me, is working on it even as I type, so it’ll be goodbye to this aged, dated, chronic website… wonderful message on facebook too, from someone whose name I didn’t recognise instantly (her married name, now) – but she is Erin, from Seattle, USA, whose knees were miraculously healed in Perth, Western Australia, when she was a YWAM student, and I was speaking at her school: her knees are fine, perfect, and wonderful, 11 years on…..another old YWAM student wrote to say that what I’d spoken about on her school 10-11 years back, changed her life forever…. so it’s all worth it…..
Now, preparing for my 49th trip to wonderful Colombia: I leave for England Tuesday next week, fly on Wednesday: on this trip, Lee & Katie, his lovely doctor wife (with two doctors, and a brain surgeon friend in Cali, that’s the time to be ill, huh??!!), Chris Spark, and my long time friend Benny Osorio, from Mexico City, are going with me…. it’s going to be wonderful….