Author: Chrysty Darby Hendrick

Gratitude for an MRI Epiphany

Gratitude for an MRI Epiphany

Gratitude, Spirituality, Theology
An MRI machine is surprisingly well suited for epiphanies. After all, you are required to be completely and utterly still, the machine is so loud that nothing can penetrate that noise, and for those 45 minutes you are not responsible for anything else. I discovered this last Monday at 6:45 am. Laying there staring at the alien head sticker placed above my eyes, I suddenly saw the past year and a half laid out before me as if to say, "Look at what you have done and who you are! Don't you see the connections?" It was a moment of sheer connection with the Ground of Being within myself. My God and I in communion. I am so incredibly grateful! You see I have felt scattered and a bit lost since I graduated from Seattle University. Or at least that is what I thought was happening. I also los...
Gratitude for Naming Pain

Gratitude for Naming Pain

Gratitude
Wow. I can't believe it has been weeks since I posted here. I apologize for that. The past 4 weeks have been a whirlwind of pain for me. I fainted at home alone and injured my hip badly on Thursday afternoon 4 weeks ago. Because my injury is deep within my hip, it took weeks to identify the problem. So in the meantime, I have been on copious amounts of pain meds. My brain is still foggier than a San Francisco bay morning. I have been struck this week by how powerful the process of naming pain is. Even though my injury is disappointingly permanent, just knowing the reason for the pain and the name of the problem has dramatically improved my mood and outlook. Terrible pain of unknown origin for an unknown duration was causing some pretty intense depression. But now I know what is wrong an...
Gratitude for NSAIDS

Gratitude for NSAIDS

Gratitude
Life is challenging with my health and yet sometimes I get great news. Yesterday at the allergist's office, I received the exciting news that I am no longer allergic to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS). This is terrific! So many of the over-the-counter and prescription medications we use include some kind of NSAID. The most common is Advil (ibuprofen). Until yesterday my options for pain relief were Tylenol (acetaminophen) or opioids. Even aspirin is available to me now. Woo-Hoo!!! I've had lots of struggles with my health lately but I really feel like I am starting to get a handle on understanding what I need. And that is vital to me pursuing my dreams and contributing to peace and love in the world. I am filled with gratitude! "I take the medication for myself so I can trans...