My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Tylenol worked - who knew?

Just to recap, on May 8th, while merrily moving a heavy kneeler around getting ready for a beautiful wedding at church, I paid more attention to the music from the balcony than to what I was doing and ended up tripping on a marble stair and smashing my back. I've been dealing with the bruising and back pain ever since.

Little things have helped. Wearing a body shaper helped keep the pain in check and Aleve and Motrin helped a little. And every day I would note that I was improving... a little. But I couldn't sit for long periods, I couldn't go up and down stairs as much as I need to, and driving is excruciating. I feel a little better after a very hot shower with the hot water beating on my back, but that's about the best that I feel. So today I wondered, what would happen if I just bought some Tylenol? The Aleve said to only take it for 10 days (I'm past that!) and the Motrin didn't make that much difference. So I bought some, and tried it, and 1/2 an hour later I could tell a big difference. A marked difference.

I did a little research and apparently Tylenol works on pain receptors in the brain, where as Aleve and Motrin relieve pain and swelling on the site. So maybe feeling better is a mirage? If so, I don't care. I got a lot more done today and I feel so much better, and for the first time since this happened, I'm thinking maybe I haven't doomed myself to a state of chronic back problems.

So either the Tylenol worked, or... this was the day it was all going to turn the corner anyway. We'll see.

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