Sunday, January 21, 2007

Even St. Paul Says My Body Has to Support Lefty…

It may seem a little strange to many that I have started to think of my extremities as independent personalities banding together in the battle for lefty. Maybe it is the pain meds, or maybe it is spending hours in a hospital bed thinking about issues related to your left foot. Then maybe it is hours doing physical therapy designed to strengthen your arms and remaining leg so that they can take over for lefty, while doing separate exercises on the lefty so that it has some strength when you get to start using it, well I guess you see my point.

My dad came back from church today with proof that I am not the first to think this way. The reading at mass was a letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians (probably another letter that the Corinthians didn’t answer*) describing how the individual parts of the body have each a separate purpose and that they combine together to become more than they could be individually. As St. Paul says, “If a foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,’ it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. ….God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, and yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand ‘I do not need you.’ Nor the head to the (left) foot, ’I do not need you.’ …..If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all parts share its joy.” So, there you have it even St. Paul in one of his unanswered letters claims that the rest of my body has to bond together to support lefty(St. Paul also had a deeper meaning).

*My dad, courtesy of cousin Bob, has this joke about some guy arriving at the pearly gates and asking to see St. Paul. Which surprises St. Peter as most people ask to meet others higher on the totem pole, but this guy wants to meet St. Paul. When they finally locate him and bring him to the pearly gates, the guy asks St. Paul only one question, “did the Corinthians ever answer any of your letters”?


Anonymous said...

Dear LisaL

St. Paul spoke in Santa Barbara today too. When I heard the reading about the body parts I thought of you.

Not only have all of us been praying for you, now we get the word from St. Paul that he is getting the word out too.

You are in my prayers daily.

Mary Jane

KTP said...

Just think about how fit you will be when this is all over!

Suzanne wants you to know that she has been trying to comment but your blog won't let her. She is praying for you.

I am still scheduled to come visit, barring terribly inclement weather. I hope I get to see you in the hospital, for I will take pictures and use them as blackmail later on.

Anonymous said...

Christ had the Sermon on the Mount...this is Lisa's Sermon on the foot. It just goes to show how we are never really alone, as a community and in our struggles. That St. Paul...he's still got it!

You are in our prayers for a speedy recovery!

Love, V-L and E

Brenda B. said...


Good to hear that the borders were clean and you are on your way to recovery! Everyone here at CHLA is thinking of you and many are asking about you. Get well soon...we all miss ya!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Ray and Cindy, 
Javi and I have been thinking of you and Lisa.  We have been flollowing her blog.  It is good to hear that she is doing so well and that the pathology showed clear margins.
You certainly should be  proud of Lisa and the way that she has handled her entire ordeal.
She is truly brave and has a very good sense of humor.
We will keep praying for her speady recovery.   Hope you will be back in sunny but cold Calif soon.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Lisa,
Well done to you, your mom & dad, your friends and doctors. Thanks for the blog, it helped relieve the daily anxiety.
Now get better and get back to work.
We love you,
Uncle John & Aunt Marty