So far, 2010 has not been my favorite year. If you follow me on twitter, you know I ended up in the emergency room on December 31st with the most intense pain I have ever experienced.

The doctors I’ve seen are fairly certain I have a herniated disk in my spine which is pinching my sciatic nerve. Even though the injury is in my lower back, the pain in my left leg has been excruciating. Sometimes the pain feels like I have just ran a marathon with only my left leg. Other times my calf feels like it is cramping, but when I reach down to massage my calf the muscle feels fine. One time it felt like someone had lit a match and put it in between my toes. I reached down to remove the fire only to discover nothing there!

I have had to move all my meetings to my house. Do you know how silly I feel as I’ve been having a staff evaluations while laying flat on my back on my couch?

My work on my dissertation has become much more difficult as I cannot sit down or stand up for very long without the pain coming back. As a result, I have had to type while laying on my back with my computer on a pillow on my lap.

I really do appreciate your prayers for healing and a quick recovery. Debbie has had to take care of me along with the kids, so she needs prayers too. I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon this week who intends to have me evaluated with an MRI. (So far my HMO has rejected 3 different request from general practitioner for this MRI).

In the midst of feeling sorry for myself, I came across an article “Haitians praise God after apocalyptic quake.”

The challenges I am facing are nothing compared to what others are facing right now. Even still, I am grateful.

The people in Haiti who have chosen to sing, march, and pray to God after what they’ve experienced, remind us that no matter we may have lost, we can still be grateful.

If some of the people in Haiti (who need our help and prayers more than ever) can praise God after the horrific ordeal they have experienced, we can too (no matter what we might face).

What has the earthquake, the world’s response, and the response of the people of Haiti (some positive and some negative), taught you?

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