During one of my college classes, a social rights advocate of the ’70s came to speak to our class on racism today. One of my classmates asked him “What do you feel about…” and he answered, “Do you want to know what I think or how I feel?”

The most popular questions I get these days are “How are you doing/how are you feeling?” I answer them the same, because I know people mean the same thing in wording it both ways. I am doing great, praise be to God, although I don’t know how God works in all of this. I have gained 20 pounds in two weeks (wow!) and I have great strength and endurance. I went to Target for an hour and a half last Saturday, without a wheelchair. I’m able to eat anything I want and I haven’t gotten sick in several weeks. Incredible, considering where I was a month ago.

Yesterday I had checkups with the stomach doctor and surgeon in Oklahoma City. They were both very pleased with my progress. The surgeon dismissed me and the stomach doctor will see me again in March. And I’ve been instructed to stop my nightly tube feedings after I gain another ten pounds. Great news.

I am feeling alright. I’ve been through some major trauma over the last 7/8 months, and that’s taken it’s toll. Of course I’m happy to be doing better. Honestly as I write this I don’t know what to say. A lot of how I feel is too private to put on a blog for the world to see, ya know?

So there’s your update, since I’ve gone a while without telling you how I’m doing. Thank you 70 x 7 for your love and encouragement. It carried me. Sunday at church we sang “Faithful Love”, and the second verse reminded me of my friends:

Faithful love, calms each fear
Reaches down,
dries each tear,
Holds my hand when I can’t stand on my own.

Faithful Love
From Above
Came to earth to show the father’s love.
And I’ll never be the same,
For I’ve seen faithful love face to face,
And Jesus is His name.