I really would like to catch up on the family journal and still hope to soon. We are enjoying our summer and things are busy as usual. I finally (two months late) put 10 hours on Friday and Saturday into the neglected, overgrown vacant lot we once called garden and now it is lovely and hopefully will still grow, even though I had a late start.
I’ve learned that a hysterectomy is a very life-changing thing. It has entirely changed me in so many ways, and it has been a little scary. It turns out I was completely low on every major hormone and was at the levels of a woman in her 60s. All the side effects that go with that—muscle/joint pain, exhaustion, depression, apathy, mental fog—well, that has pretty much just been my life, thus no blogging. But just yesterday I finally started on a bio-identical hormone compound cream that hopefully will restore me to my 37-year-old youth.
Triathlon training has been difficult under these circumstances, but I’ve persevered as best I could—riding to work 1-2x a week and swimming a mile 1-2x a week, walking 1-2 miles 3-4x a week. That is fine for training for a sprint tri, and I’m doing an Olympic in two weeks, but that’s just what I can do. Since I don’t have a runner again, I’ve decided to just swim and bike and walk if I feel like it. If I happen to meander over the finish line before midnight—hey, I’m a triathlete. If not, I’ll just do a sprint tri in August.
And, since I’ve been using all the workout time and bus time to listen to the scriptures on the iPod, hopefully I’ll become a scriptorian, too. I finished our Relief Society’s Book of Mormon 60-day challenge and am now more than half way through the D&C. What is completely remarkable is that all of these books speak with the same voice—the same voice also in the New Testament and much of the Old, the same voice I hear in the temple, and the same voice that answers my prayers. There is no way such a comprehensive, consistent body of work can come from anyone but God, and it has been a real blessing to me in these hard past few months. Together it has been a humbling experience.
The kids are great and I’m enjoying them. Not a lot of major events to report there, but I’ll try to post all the pictures I’ve been stockpiling soon.
We had a talk in Stake Conference quoting Bednar’s recent CES address about how spending too much time in the virtual world gives us over to the adversary’s attempt to cause us to revert back to our non-corporeal existence and deny ourselves the blessings of temporal life. This is a very powerful talk and I very highly recommend it.
“If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are. In essence, he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state. And, if we let him, he can cunningly employ some aspects of modern technology to accomplish his purposes. Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, ear buds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer-mediated interaction that can displace the full range of physical capacity and experience.”
I do appreciate the outlet that a blog offers, and journaling is important, but I do feel that my life is richer the less I’m on the computer. This talk was very insightful for me.
As always, I’ll try to post more for you, my beloved friends and family, especially the pictures, as soon as I can.