Sunday, February 26, 2012


Tomorrow marks one week of wearing this crazy neck brace! It has been a painful, tiring week!  But the best part is the way the kids unabashedly STARE at me!!! My first "outting" around New Hope was last Tuesday. I was on my way to Ladies' Bible Study and I left the house 15 minutes early so I could spend time talking with people who might wonder about the brace.  NO ONE asked me ANYTHING! Children, old and young and adults all just stared and were speechless. I was really tired as my muscles were pulling in all different directions all day and I had no interest whatsoever in offering any information if people weren't brave enough to ask.  So, I got to Bible study early and enjoyed talking to Aunt Marian for awhile.  
Now that I am a week into this 8 week ordeal, some of my muscles are stronger and do not bother me so much. Others are still screaming. I find myself very tired by about 1 p.m. and throughout the afternoon I take intermittent rests.  By about 8:30 I am toast. But, another part of this 2 month regimen is nightly traction for 20 minutes. Geoff has to set me up with 7 kg of water weight to oppose me and I "hang" as I sit. Not the most comfortable position, but it is slowly helping to improve the pain.

I have to share my favorite story of the kids who have stared at me. I was walking with a friend yesterday and talking with her, so I waved a quick hello to one of our New Hope kids who had stopped on his bicycle along the path. I could tell that he was fixed on me and wondering what was going on with the weird contraption around my neck! I kept walking and at the next junction we found him waiting for us!  He had sped up on his bike and taken a short cut so that he could look again. Finally he said, "AUNT! WHAT HAPPENED?" I was happy to answer him as he had the boldness to pursue me! Satisfied with knowing what was going on, he rode off with a smile.

My other story gives me the title of the blog. One of our fellow missionaries sent their son to borrow a movie from us a few days ago. The kid had not yet seen me and when I greeted him at the door he asked, "WHAT HAPPENED?????" After I explained he laughed and exclaimed, "Jeepers!" which then made me laugh. His response was very cute!

Thanks for all of you praying for me and for us! I have some other fun blogs to do in the next few days, but they may not get posted as soon as I would like.  The rest of life doesn't stop just because I move a bit more slowly through it!  Blessings!


Beto and Laura Perez Speaks said...


You are welcome.

Britton Family said...

And if that is all you have to say, then that is enough!