Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Achilles Heel

     According to Greek mythology, Achilles was not born invincible, but was instead prophesied that he would die in battle. To prevent this, his mother dipped him in the river Styx which was said to be the source of great power. She had to have a grip of some point, and held him by one heel, leaving one weak point on his otherwise invincible body.  The mythology further states that Achilles was shot and killed by a poisoned arrow in his heel.  Thus the phrase describing someone's "Achilles heel."
     I am (obviously) far from invincible, but I understand the pain of an Achilles tendon injury. Last week there I was merrily playing volleyball when suddenly I pushed off my right leg to feel and hear it pop and down I went.  Doctor says the tendon is ruptured and I require surgery to fix it. The good news/bad news is that I can't have surgery for another 7-8 months because I'm pregnant.  The plan is now that I'll have the surgery soon after the birth and really be laid up for a while. So where does that leave me? Wearing a walking boot, trying to stay healthy, counting down the days for more than one reason. This is not the pregnancy that I had planned, but lucky for me my God does have a plan. As my OB/GYN joked, "that'll teach you for trying to exercise and stay healthy."

      Thank you to all my friends who are praying for me.  I'm going to need continued prayers over the next months.

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