Preparing My Body and My Heart for Cancer Treatments - Pappy's Pen #08

*Note - This article was not written by New John Simmons, but by a contributing writer named Pappy. This post is part of a continuing series called Pappy’s Pen where he writes about his family, faith and recent cancer diagnosis. *

*Note - This article was not written by New John Simmons, but by a contributing writer named Pappy. This post is part of a continuing series called Pappy’s Pen where he writes about his family, faith and recent cancer diagnosis.*

I am learning about preparation.  I received info by mail and by phone consultation to help prepare me for my upcoming procedure.  I have to use special soap to bath with, sleep on clean sheets, discontinue some medications, not use deodorant, gels, or sprays the day of the procedure.  I can’t eat, drink, and should wear loose fitting clothes.  I have to have someone bring me and take me home.  I have to remove all jewelry, don’t wear contacts, clip my finger and toe nails.  Yes, I have to “perform” an enema 2 hours prior to my procedure.  And yes, I will try to break my record of holding it in. 

I’m not sure if all this is just to make sure everything is clean and clear before the procedure.  I suspect some of this is also designed to focus my mind on something besides the procedure.  I was fine with everything until I had to watch an online informational presentation about what would happen that day.  Everything was good until the last 2 minutes where they listed everything that could go wrong.  I know they have to include that info, but there has to be a better way than ending the presentation with 11 ways I could be maimed, blinded or die.  You know? 

I am also reading in the books of Moses about the preparation the Israelites took in making the tabernacle, various utensils and clothing to be used in the tabernacle.  Also the preparation Aaron and his sons needed to go through preparing to minister in the tabernacle.  They also had to cleanse the body, use special clothes and focus the mind.  And there were consequences listed to things that could happen if they didn’t follow the proper procedures, including death.  I think I have a pretty good imagination and I can really internalize what I am reading with what I am going through.  I think I know a little about how they felt getting ready.  I don’t think I’m about to meet God, but I hope you know what I mean.

It also makes me think about my current attitude and preparation before coming before God.  In prayer and in attending worship services.  I’ve become very lax.  I have to admit I don’t hold God in holy regard like I should.  More like meeting with a friend or relative to drop off a few “items” I would like taken care of or to have a good time with.  I’ve misplaced the idea that God is supremely Holy, and wants us to be holy too.  I’m not talking about wearing a suit and tie to church.  I’m talking about an attitude of the heart.  Actions can be mimicked and habits can be formed.  But the heart reveals what is real to each of us. 

I want to learn thru this latest adventure in my life, and I want to pass what I learn on to others.  That is why I am writing this letter.  It helps me meditate on and remember where I am being led and what I am learning.  I hope it also help others.  I want to be a good patient, and I want to be a good disciple.  Sometimes I need a little consultation to keep me focused.  I got that this week.


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