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Christmas De-Trimmed

Christmas De-Trimmed

I’ve been somewhat of an observer of Christmas this year. The me that usually partakes fully in everything Christmassy I can possibly fit in has been overcome by the weakness of my body and so I’ve been sitting on the sidelines; firstly at home, watching as my family took part in carol singing, parties, services and school events; and now in hospital, hoping very much for a get-out-of-hospital-free card for Christmas Day. So where does this fit into the Great…

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Being (sometimes) beats doing.

Being (sometimes) beats doing.

I’m having a poorly week. Lungs infected again and this time it’s hit me pretty hard. For nearly 4 days I’ve hardly been able to crawl out of bed, though I made it downstairs last night in a somewhat jelly like state. What it did mean is that I couldn’t do anything on the To Do list I’d been stressing over at the end of last week, and had to leave things be. Now, at first, this frustrates me greatly….

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What do you do?

What do you do?

Whenever I go someplace new or meet new people, I always get The Question, and I have come to dread it somewhat. The question ‘what do you do?’ It’s like we as a society buy into all the ‘what we do defines us’ stuff, and it comes out in the first question we ask a new person. Now, I’m not completely innocent of this myself. Let’s face it, it’s often a conversation starter, and can help get a picture of…

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Strength and Self Pity

Strength and Self Pity

Yesterday I indulged in a nice little Pity Party, all by myself. Adventure Bloke had come home from an hours run and had rather nice calf definition, if I may say so. But there was me, deciding that it was Not Fair that I could not go out on an hour’s run and have calf definition. Because I have messed up lungs, and because yesterday was a Bad Day. I did get the Adventurous pair to the park after school,…

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What value on life?

What value on life?

I watched the BBC documentary 23 Week Babies the other night and it’s been preying on my mind ever since. In the first case, pondering on the harrowing and unthinkable suffering parents of these incredibly premature babies go through, and endeavouring to imagine what it would be like (impossible to do so, really.) And then there are the dedicated health professionals involved in the process, and the decisions they have to make, decisions that could mean life or death, impossible…

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Is God a User?

Is God a User?

There is a certain phrase prevalent among Christians (particularly a certain ‘flavour’ of Christians) which comes under what I call Christian Jargon-ese. Now this phrase is something I never really thought about or worried about until Adventure Bloke wrote his most excellent Master’s Thesis. As I began to read his notes and engage with the subject I realised that the phrase was sitting more and more uncomfortably with me. I therefore would like to issue a challenge to my Christian…

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The Spoon Theory

The Spoon Theory

It is hard to explain what it is like living with illness, especially when you often look so normal (well many friends may disagree on this one 😉 ) This lady who has lupus has produced what is called ‘The Spoon Theory’ which conveys as well as anything can a little of what it can be like. For me, some days I start with very few ‘spoons’ and others have quite a lot, but there is always a limit, and…

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