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Carol Perkins: My demons must be winning

Sunday school lesson on demons and spirits opens her eyes to new way to off load tribulations - like falls - to new cause. A knee replacement is "Coming Soon" - CAROL PERKINS
The next earlier column: CAROL PERKINS: The trip to Louisville & the partial plate story

By Carol Perkins

My Sunday school teacher talked about demons and spirits last Sunday and did so in such a colorful way that I could almost see them dancing around the room like little gnomes, sword fighting each other. He said, "You have them to your left, to your right, and all around you." My demons must be winning. What happened to those good spirits when I needed them?

Just a mess of clumsiness, I am looking at a knee replacement. "You will be so happy to be able to walk," my doctor said. I sure will! Where were my good spirits when I fell into the front door off the newly built porch Guy made and then six weeks later fell out the back door? (07 Mar 2018 Carol Perkins: The peril of going barefoot on the deck)

I think those demons pushed me. To top off my falls, I was in the shower minding my own business, spraying myself off with the hand held device and watching the steam roll off the walls. When I reached up to put the nozzle back in its place, it slipped through my slick hands and hit ONE toe-the middle one. That Demon again! I hobbled out of the shower and examined the injury. Within seconds it was throbbing. Within minutes it was blue and then turned a death ashy black. I have seen the legs of people who are lacking oxygen and how their legs turn black, and my toe reminded me of that. Was I going to lose my toe? I imagined how it would feel with no middle toe.

I didn't tell Guy at first. What could he do? Then he noticed the way I was putting weight on my right heel rather than my foot. "What's wrong with your foot?" he said. I showed him my toe and he shook his head. "I bet it's broken. You need to go see about it." I had an appointment with my orthopedic doctor for a follow up from my cracked fibula, so I thought I'd mention it then. Once I sat in the doctor's office and faced him, I didn't want him to think I was losing my faculties so I said nothing.

Not wanting to blame myself, I now can point to those pesky demons for all these injuries. Where were my good spirits? Perhaps they kept me from breaking a hip when I fell. Perhaps they allowed the nozzle to fall on one toe and not the entire foot. Perhaps they were teaching "this old girl" to be more careful. If my demons and my good spirits are at war, I want to make sure I fully equip the good ones. The knee replacement is "Coming Soon."

This story was posted on 2018-04-05 11:43:03
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