This morning, I tried a fasting method recommended by Dr Shinya, a book that I picked up accidentally in the library last week. It was an easy read but one that packed with lots of information that perhaps many doctors do not know or practice, I think. I had dinner at 7 and had nothing till now. He mentioned the hunger pangs that I am feeling right now is normal and is a good way to detox the body. Or so I thought that my daily bowels is a sign of good health. How wrong I was when Dr Shinya talked about the shape and size, colour and even smell of the faeces - an indication of the food we eat.
Could this be a sign from Lord ? I had struggled with my eczema, foot fungus itch for many years and it hit me on and off. I knew walnuts is a no no for me since I had it in my cereals several times. Dr Shinya said to steer clear of dairy products like cow's milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and even my favourite coffee. Could milk be the proximate cause of my skin allergy?
No harm eliminating this from my diet for a few weeks to assess if the itch comes back. Of course, environmental and stress could trigger as well but let me focus on the controllable part first - diet. I ate mix of white and multigrain rice which my wife bought for the last 2 days and followed his advice of chewing 30x in each mouthful of food. It is tough as I had not acquired this good habit since young.
I also steamed carrot and sweet corn last nite instead of stir fry to reduce oil and losing too much enzymes in the vegetables. I still have not my daily coffee and the slight withdrawal effect is taking place now, feeling a little sleepy and drowsy. I must persist as I know this is the signal my body is giving me to repel the toxins accumulated over the years.
It coincides that this new diet happens near Christmas Day which is also my birthday. So I wish for good health, longevity and peace for myself. God bless me.
The dreaded day came and without warning (or at least not the way I expect and want it)
Sis-in-law was accompanying Dad to the hospital, in a taxi as he has difficulty walking. After waiting more than 24 hours, he is still in the observation ward as I am writing this. He looks fine compared to many elders I saw there, frail and fearful, I guess (who wouldn't be?)
He was due for his check up only on 29 Dec this month but he was anxious and kept thinking about it. I am sad to say he attracts what he wanted, his fear became a reality. While the X-rays and blood tests thus far revealed no major problems, he is still required to stay in hospital for a few days to observe his low sodium level. Dad has hypertension and one thing I know he goes for regular check and visit his GP more often than most people I know.
The checks are fear induced, the constant worrying that something might be wrong with his body though many elders at his age (Dad is >80 years old) are very much weaker than him. Yes, we are indeed blessed not to take care of him as he is very independent and is thus far able to take care of himself.
Lord, help me to steer clear of any negativity at this phase of my life and renew my mind with tons of good news and positivity. Make me addict to it and never forsake your words for whatever reasons. The mind is like a animal that needs to tamed else it runs wild with all sorts of negative things.
Dad, be strong not only for yourself but also your children and grandchildren. You are strong ,Dad, you have been I know since Mum left us years ago. It has been a lonely journey without your partner and I know you didn't want to talk about it and somehow felt bad. Forgive yourself, Dad as God has already forgiven you and all of us! Perhaps, I bear your genes, look tough on the outside but emotional on the inside.
Dad I see you cycling around the neighbourhood as before, happy to see you playing with the grandson and all. You are strong , Dad!
Interestingly, my wife has lots of dreams and it seems to come to her easily and effortlessly. I, on the contrary, have few and thus have begin searching its deeper meaning to the Bible. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 2:17
So, recently, I asked God for help for a sign and this is roughly the dream I had -
I was covered in blood, sitting on a chair and I remembered the towel was soaked with blood lying on the table.
I was moving in and out of doors and rooms, it was dark and I could not see properly. Think I was looking for someone or searching for something and I ain't sure what it is. I was neither fearful nor happy, just neutral , I think and the scene appears mysterious to me........
What am I searching for in this dream? It seems if I dream, the dream would consist of some kind of search going on......
What answers am I after ?
Blood, towel and searching -these are 3 distinctive things that lingers on my mind when I recalled the dream.
Lord, help me to interpret your words wisely and not let me lean on my own understanding what these words mean in my dream. It has its intended purpose - to remind me of something, to reeducate me or spur me to take some action. Give me a clue, a sign of the direction to take.
Praise you Lord