September 2012 Update:Five and a half months after receiving my close-enough-to-normal blood test, I am still in Pennsylvania. I am much stronger and have more energy, but am still struggling with energy and concentration issues. At least every week or two I have at least one day when I need an extraordinary amount of sleep and I have been feeling overwhelmed with work for the last few weeks. I have also had some concentration issues while driving which make me think twice about planing anything major yet.
In March I took over some of the US administrative duties for HAFF. The retirement of Bonnie Price and Greg and Barb Van Schoyck leaves big holes in the US administration. A former HAFF board member and field volunteer, Teresa Nesman and I will be splitting some of those duties. Teresa and I co-wrote the last issue of the HAFF Haiti Update and will continue to write future issues of that and of HAFF Happenings, the newsletter of HAFF. We will also be doing all the receipting for HAFF donations and answering any communications from donors or people requiring information.
I will continue to be maintaining the HAFF blog, though that is one of the things that has fallen by the wayside, as I have struggled with my recovery. Many days I only have a few useable hours. I am still hoping I can get back to Haiti sometime this Fall, but do not feel like I can make plans yet.
One productive thing I have been able to do which doesn't require a lot of mental engagement is knit! There is a group of 4 women which gathers with me at my house on Wednesdays to knit. We started out as a class learning to knit mittens for a local nursery school for underprivileged children. We have enjoyed our time together so much that we now just bring whatever we are knitting and spur one another on to keep knitting for others – scarves for Native Americans in Arizona, sweater vests for the nursery school, T-sweaters and blankets for the children we serve at HAFF, or whatever. We have been starting each knitting session with scripture and the conversation ranges from trips to Israel and Istanbul to comfort for one of the ladies who was recently widowed to updating the group about a young family who has recently moved to Illinois and to the latest thing we all learned in Bible Study or from the news or from family.
Items for Prayer:
Thanks for continuing improvement in my health and for the continued faithfulness of my supporters.
Prayer for final return of full strength, energy and concentration so I can get back to Haiti.
Prayer for the new Executive Team at HAFF as they lead HAFF for the start of the new school year.