I am finding that when one does not write on a regular schedule, two things can happen. The first thing is that time goes by faster than we think so a new blog post happens later than planned. The second is that I need to write down those things I want to write about on my planner because they tend to last about five seconds.
I am pleased to say the insulin saga (trial) has been resolved. I will share about it at the end of this blog post. Like most trials, it was not fun but I learned a lot. Not the least of which is the reminder that God really is in control.
As I was going through it and the fear would come that I would end up back in the ER, I reminded myself that God has never let me down in the past. I remembered His character instead of looking at my circumstances and indeed... He did not let me down this time, either.
The Study files are all either tossed or placed in their proper space. Hallelujah! It was so good to be able to file away the late 2022 and January 2023 papers needing to be filed and not have to find room in overstuffed file folders. The files in the "homeschool drawer" in our small office have a good start already, too.
I have had the same morning routine for a few years now but after praying for ways to accomplish this project and more later, I realized I needed to make time in the morning while my energy was higher. So now on many days, after watching my "Bible study program" while sipping morning coffee, I spend time on a project or housework.
The new morning schedule isn't written in stone and there are many days I must be flexible. However, it is a change that can be accomplished. So often, I think nothing can be changed but that is a lie from the father of lies. No matter our age or physical condition, there is always something that can change. Especially when we ask God, who says in the Book of James that He gives wisdom to all who ask.
Except for making me more organized, these file projects will ultimately not be noticed by anyone else except my family. I often remember all the work my husband and his brother went through when their mother passed away in a car accident and every piece of paper that can be thrown out now is something our own children will not have to deal with later.
As it is, I can imagine them rolling their eyes and wonder out loud if someone really needed that many teacups. I blame Emilie Barnes... ;)
I have not set out to choose a "word of the year" for a long time but once in awhile, a word comes to me that I believe is God-given. While working on these files and dealing with the insulin situation, I knew it was the Lord that brought the word "persistence" to mind quite often. It has become my anchor word for the new year.
So, what happened with the insulin? Well, I never found out why Eli Lilly didn't send it but I did find out the things that went wrong since then. It was the fault of both the drug company and the clinic combining to create an emergency situation.
It was finally resolved when I was given the phone number to the Eli Lilly program and called on Monday. I talked to a very helpful woman who, while not knowing why it wasn't sent in early November, was able to tell me that it had been cancelled in January because my original prescription had lapsed. Why the clinic employee was not told that, I have no idea.
It turned out that the day I called was the very last day that I could get a new prescription from my doctor or his nurse, have them call it in, and receive the shipment. It took some scrambling and driving to the clinic with a paper giving all of the needed information but I did, they did, and my insulin arrived on Tuesday.
Have you ever noticed how God... at times... seems to provide answers to prayer at the very last moment? I mean, really... the very last day? Otherwise, I would have had to submit a new application and wait for it to process through before it could arrive in three or four weeks. I received the vial of Lantus from the hospital and sample pens of Bassaglar from the clinic to keep from returning to the ER.
I was reminded of a lesson that I have had to relearn over and over for decades now and that is the moment I realize something is not right, I need to look into the problem. I cannot hope everything will fall into place on its own. I can't assume anyone else is taking care of it for me. Even if it is their job. This is especially true in a world where the employee may not be the best person for the job due to difficulties getting workers.
I receive both insulins through the MAPS program at Ely Lily and the clinic where my doctor works. This was the fourth of four shipments from my previous application. In about a month, I will need to submit another application for the new year. It is an excellent program when it works properly.
This particular trial took a lot more time and emotional energy than I wanted to spend but with good results. As well as persistence! I do hope to be back with another hello late next week. We have another Arctic front moving in so perhaps I can chat about books I'm reading on the Kindle right now. By that time I should have finished a couple as staying inside sipping warm beverage is the plan until at least... March?
I pray you all are having a blessed Winter (Summer south of the equator!).
Image: This photo of my neighbor's barn is from a few years ago but the outside world looks similar today.