Hooked on medicine

I don’t know what it is like to be “hooked” on medicine. I never have to take any medication for pain, not even a Tylenol. That may change tomorrow, but right now I am plugging right along and doing just fine according to all reports.

I have a loved one that is in pain all of the time. She takes medicine for pain, anxiety, nervousness, and anything else she can think of, it seems to me. Now she is hooked and has overdone it. She is no longer able to keep up with how much and when she has taken something. Plans are to send her to detox this week. I wish I could help her, but I can’t. She needs monitoring 24 hours a day. It must be a helpless feeling for her. I know it is for me.

You and I have a lot to be thankful for…

If we can walk without pain.

If we can walk and feel our feet or the sand in our shoes.

If we can stand up straight and walk.

If we can stand and walk without being dizzy.

If we can hear what others are saying.

If we can see the beautiful flowers in the summertime or the colorful leaves in the Fall.

If we can eat our food and enjoy the taste of it.

If we can feel pain when we cut or prick our finger.

If we can hold a loved one in our arms.

If we can feel the joy of a tender kiss.

Our health is so important to us. We have one body, one life, one temple of God. We are challenged to care for it properly. It is not just ours, but the Spirit lives within us as Christians. 

So much of our problems are brought on by life itself, but some are brought on by our carelessness. We have so much to be thankful for in this life, and in the life to come as Christians where there will be no more pain, no tears, no parting. All will be beautiful in that home that Jesus has gone to prepare for us. Let’s look forward to it with great fervor!