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This update is encouraging. My friend has opened his own office and is working every other week there. The decor is upbeat and very tasteful. It is most pleasant and comfortable.

I have been suffering with stomach problems for well over six months. Nauseouness and cramps immediately  after eating had taken away any desire to eat. I had a CT scan done and it showed the median cruciate ligament was impacting on the celiac artery. It took another four months to have an ultrasound done. Then my PCP went away on vacation and I headed to a doctor who had recently done surgery on my husband. He ordered tests and sent me to a vascular surgeon and a GI specialist. The vascular surgeon was "underwhelmingly impressed" with my CT scan. No help there. The GI specialist put me on a low residue diet and asked me to keep a food diary and to check my meds for gluten. No help there.

In comes Rod with regular appointments. He immediately felt a strain pattern in my stomach - a virtual knot in my stomach. We had gone through this years before and, while finding it a most unpleasant procedure to endure, it works! The first treatment was especially rough but I survived. As time passed I noticed my nausea was less and the cramps were decreased in number and intensity. Today I saw him and when we talked he asked about what percentage improvement did I feel I received. I told him 70%. When he felt my stomach he was amazed at how much better it felt than two weeks before. This treatment was not anywhere near as painful as the first. Probably one or two more treatments and I will be free for now.

He feels I should have another CT scan in a few months and expects what they saw on the first one won't be there! I can go for that. It is so good to be back in his care and have things corrected - truly corrected without prescription drugs giving side effects.

He's almost back to being who he was. He was made to do this work and to use his God-given gift brings him great pleasure. Our relationship is back to being close to what it was. God has placed a love between us that is hard to explain but that we each benefit from. It's a close friendship and a caring about each other's life.

Rod's wife is the receptionist and secretary and that blesses me as she hadn't taken much of a role in what he does best. It makes him happy to have her there. The three of us enjoy being in this business.

Now, about that knot and how it got there. I put all my stress into my stomach. I need to make some changes. I asked God for direction. I have found an answer to my question about how do I change a lifetime of a bad habit.

Phillipians 4:4-8;10
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you."

Last night I attended a revival meeting. Being in a different place spiritually than I was in the 90's, I found my reaction different. I spent time with God, soaking time, in a room filled with many people and one musician filled with the Spirit. It was so peaceful and relaxing. I felt my body just let go of tension. I felt like a child sitting on the lap of Jesus, safe and secure.

God has shown me ways to stop knotting up my stomach. It's up to me to keep my eyes on Him, learn His Word, and, above all, do it. 

          "His lovingkindness is forever." Psalm 118                          

          "Praise God from whom all blessings flow."

Mood: grateful
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