Couch Potato Poem

My church does this really fabulous thing every summer where we celebrate the ordinary time between the big holidays. There really isn’t a lot that happens through the church calendar between Easter and Christmas, and we recognize that lots of our lives are spent in this ordinary-ness. So we do things differently, and usually spend time getting to know one another better.

A couple years ago during Ordinary Time, each Sunday started with a poem or writing written by someone in the church. All totally different topics, but everyday ordinary topics. I shared this poem, and haven’t shared it anywhere else but with the group that was there on that particular Sunday, so I’d like to share it with you here today.

Some things have changed, but the ultimate message remains. I’d love for you to soak in some couch potato-ness after reading this and remember all the things your body does for you!

Couch Potato

Looking at me right now, you might not be able to see that the simple things like consuming enough calories to survive, or taking a shower are difficult for me.

You might not know that I have to put a weird rubbery sleeve over my arm before showering in order to keep my PICC safe from water.

Since it is my lifeline, the way I receive nutrition, I wouldn’t want it to get infected with scary water germs.

You might not even be able to tell that medical tape is a part of my daily wardrobe, or that I have two feeding tubes that I like to call my stomach piercings.

And that’s all okay.

Because these things are hidden.

But do you know what else is hidden, aside from our different hidden struggles and limitations?

Just how much LIVING our bodies are doing.

I love how Christy Beam, author of Miracles from Heaven, put it, our bodies are “like an orchestra with all the individual instruments playing together in perfect tune.”

Now, maybe my violin section is a little off.

And maybe your trumpets aren’t playing quite loud enough, or your sax player is just getting into their own groove while you have no say over what they are doing.

But let’s just take a moment to think about all of the things our bodies are doing for us right now.

Hearts pump-pump-pumping.

Lungs breathing. In, out, in, out.

Blood cells acting as a transit system and getting oxygen where it needs to go. Such busy streets.

Guts churning. Gurgling.

Eyelids kissing one another as they blink blink blink.

All the while, you’re just simply sitting.

It’s truly beautiful.

We all go through life thinking, oh I’ve got to get this done, I’ve got to do that, say this, go here, be there at 7:37, constantly going.

But we already are constantly going.

Even in just simply sitting.

And sometimes it is perfectly okay to be a pretty, or handsome, couch potato.

DIY TPN Backpack

Hi everyone! I missed you all last week. We took a couple of days away in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And get this, we stayed at a haunted hotel! I’ve got photos to share from that soon. This week I’m sharing a post I’ve been so excited about, how I easily transform any everyday backpack into one that will work for TPN! Let’s get this backpack party started!

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Materials needed:

  • Backpack of your choice- Ideally with a wider opening if possible! I also prefer to have several pockets on my pack.
  • 9 inches of 1 in. wide nylon webbing (sold at most craft stores by the yard, I recommend getting a little extra to have some room to play with)
  • 2 inches of 3/4 in. wide Velcro (I bought this by the yard, and got a 6 inch piece just to be safe)
  • scissors
  • sewing thread
  • embroidery thread
  • sewing needle
  • pins
  • ruler
  • lighter

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Hair Chop

Hair may seem like a bit of a weird thing to talk about on here.  But when it comes to nutrition and overall health, hair can give us lots of signs as to how we are doing.

The moment I realized this was when I was at a mall with my mom one day several years ago when I wasn’t doing super well health-wise.  We were walking by an Aveda, and they happened to have a sign promoting a new product that was supposed to help with thinning hair. Continue reading “Hair Chop”

Choices : TPN Infusion Pharmacies

Hi there!

I hope you are doing great! Staying hydrated, out of the hospital, having fun and such!

It’s been a hot minute since I started a series called Choices, but I’d really like to jump back into that!  Plus, I’ve still got about a million photos I took at the grocery store because where else can you get perfect images that demonstrate the zillion choices we have in our lives?

In my first post, I talked on some tips and questions I ask myself when I’m looking at the doctors in my life.  Now I’d like to take a look at the tips and questions I like to ask myself when I’m choosing the company who mixes and delivers my TPN and supplies.

Choices _ TPN Infusion Pharmacy

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Coping Advice From My Dear Dad

Happy July everyone!  June didn’t quit and stayed busy the whole way through.  It was an amazing month.  I got to go to Cincinnati for work training then a one day turn around before the Oley Conference in Memphis!

I’m so excited for this post.  My sweet dad volunteered himself to contribute to this blog as my first guest writer which is just so amazing!  Let’s jump on into that to hear my dad’s perspective of some of the things my family did to help me to better cope with my illness.  I’ll be peppering in photos of dad and me from over the years.

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Dad and me this past weekend in Fayetteville!

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Roger.  I am Lauren’s dad and I live in McKinney, Texas.  Lauren is a light in my life and I have learned so much from her.  I am so proud of her and what she is doing in her world to change it for the better.  I wanted to write this piece for her blog because we didn’t really do things by the book when we discovered that Lauren was chronically ill.  Maybe the things we did will help someone figure out how to cope with a challenge in their life. Continue reading “Coping Advice From My Dear Dad”