Day 45 | I’m A Lucky Girl

April 23, 2017

I slept much better with the new blankets! They weren’t quite warm enough but it was so nice to actually get some sleep.

Because hiking and soaking in the hot spring helped me so much yesterday we decided to do it again this morning. This time we climbed up a rocky bluff. It was a little more strenuous than yesterday’s hike but so worth it. I am still so amazed that I can even hike at all! Sometimes it seems almost bizarre that mold avoidance could help so much! But like a fellow Lyme sufferer likes to say, “If it works, it’s not weird.” 😄

Going back to the Giggling Springs was really relaxing. The girl who works there kept commenting on how sweet our marriage is. I think it’s really interesting that strangers can see that we have a special marriage. I’m not sure what we do that makes them notice but people often comment on our relationship.

I guess it’s powerful for people to see Brett caring for me faithfully and sacrificing so much to love me. Sadly, that kind of love is not something people witness every day. Even though I never would have chosen this illness, I am glad that people get to see a small glimpse of God’s love when they watch Brett giving everything to get me better. I’m a lucky girl!

After we were done enjoying the hot spring, we headed back toward our campsite in El Malpais National Monument. We figured the plume had dissipated by now and we really needed to get back to our stuff. Not to mention, we also desperately need to do some laundry.

Unfortunately, when we finally arrived in El Malpais National Monument I started having exposure symptoms. They were milder versions of what I had on Thursday night– chest tightness, head pressure, and throat irritation. Based on these symptoms, it seems like the plume has dissipated a lot but it’s not below my threshold yet. So we decided to turn around and eventually found a decent place to sleep in the car by a gravel road in San Fidel. I guess things were getting a little too easy… haha.

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  • Janet

    It’s nice to see the smiles on your faces. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed a couple of reasonably good days in a row. What a book you’ll be able to write some day!

    April 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thanks Janet!😊

      April 25, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Natalie Julson

    I am so happy for you guys beyond words that I can express. Soli Deo Gloria

    April 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you Natalie!

      April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Stephanie Renfer

    I have often been struck by Brett’s deep care for you and his sacrificial love to do all in his power to help you. It is the beauty of a selfless love that is on display. How grateful your parents must also be for Brett’s diligent care of their precious and much loved daughter. Keep up the great work Brett! In the midst of these trying times, know that so many are praying for you.

    April 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      He’s a pretty amazing husband. 😍 Thanks for the prayers!

      April 25, 2017 at 10:17 am Reply
  • Bekah

    I am so happy for you guys! Ana, your sweet smile is infectious, and I can’t help but smile when I see the two of you together. Yes, indeed, God gave you a very special husband, because you, are a very special girl. Praying for you guys as always!
    God bless!

    April 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww… This is so sweet Bekah!

      April 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    Three cheers for true love! I can definitely see how Brett really cares for you. You are a blessed girl!

    April 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Alyssa

    That is a wonderful testimony that the employee at Giggling Springs commented on your marriage! God is working through you both in this hard time! He clearly is your source of strength and love!

    April 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Amen! 😊

      April 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Chris Barratt

    Ana, this post really touched my heart. I too, have been amazed at Brett’s care for you during this difficult time. I guess when he was raised to “Do Hard Things”, he probably didn’t have any idea how hard, hard would be. But it was for such a time as this. Bravo to both him and you for your sweet story and a perfect example of Christs sacrificial love for us!!

    April 26, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Aww… I agree! 💚

      April 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Ana Peña

    God bless you dear Ana.
    Praying for us.
    God is good.

    April 26, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply
    • Ana Harris

      Thank you!

      April 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

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