First Sherri got it, then Thomas, and now Patty. So far I am fine. Sherry and Thomas’s experience was like a bad cold, and Patty’s as well. Mostly just congestion and sore throat, and feeling a bit wimpy. Several years ago I built a sauna on our back porch after reading that it was beneficial to those with Parkinson’s. It is about six feet square lined with cedars boards and a bench. There is a heater on the wall with a bunch of rocks stacked up on top of the heater. When the rocks get hot ladeling, a dash of water every few minutes fills the room with steam. Only takes about ten minutes and you are sweating like a horse. I don’t know for sure because I never got tested, but I think I may have gotten COVID a couple of months ago. I was feeling weird so I sat in my sauna on high, making lots of steam, for 40 minutes. When I got out I took some melatonin and slept for ten hours. When I got up I felt fine. So I talked Patty into sitting in it tonight. She only lasted about 15 minutes before she bailed. We will see how she is feeling in the morning.

Reading through our church prayer letter, there are people with brain tumors, bone cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, kidney cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, COVID, and a variety of other ailments. About ten years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and a couple of years later my bladder quit working so I have to self-catheterize three times every day. I am wondering what will be the next body part to quit working. Growing up, there were colds, the flu, chickenpox, measles, sprained ankles, blisters, maybe even some broken bones or appendicitis.

Most people learn to live life with ailments and expect more to be on the way without getting all tied up in knots. That is just the way it is, always has been and always will be until Jesus comes and then sickness, weakness, and death are over forever. Sickness is God’ tool to keep us focused on heaven instead of this life.

4 thoughts on “COVID

  1. Dale Pader

    hi Pastor Dee, I just read your blog about you have built yourself a sauna and I am very interested in building one for myself and Tammy, would it be possible if I could pick your brain on what you use for a heater and maybe some ideas that you would and would not do if you had to do it again

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  2. Timothy McIlroy

    I can resonate with questioning why God allows so much pain and what will “go” next. As I deal with hip dysplasia i.e.(my hip is shaped differently than most and therefore causes tendonitis all over) and wonder if I have a similar condition in my shoulders. I was told by the doctor when diagnosed with my condition that I may need a hip replacement at the age of 40(+ or – some) and I’m 23. And so out of a deep sense of despair and depression I have found that God puts trials in our life’s for us to depend on him to endure and to know when he’s telling us we need to change our lifestyle. Often he wishes to use our trial to showcase his miraculous power to heal or to give us the experience to share with someone else how his wisdom can guide us away from needless pain. Physical trials in this life our a great source of spiritual growth in preparing us for our spiritual reunion with God where pain, sin, and death cannot corrupt. And that reunion with God should be our focus not the gradual “decay” of our mortal bodies.


    1. Timothy McIlroy

      Similar to how Colossians 3 so eloquently states; 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4……………. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,which is idolatry(my health).


    2. angimu

      You are wise beyond your years!
      Hip replacements have come a long way…I had two done in my mid-sixties and have a freedom of movement that I never knew before…
      God bless you😊



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