A Christmas Surprise


My Christmas went by with joy!

On boxing day my daughter and three grandchildren came over.  We had a great time. The best was when I gave out the gifts.  The children were overly excited by their gift.  It made me overflow with joy on the gift they received.  I gave each one of them a Fire 7 Tablet.  My daughter knew about them because back when I had the idea I asked her if she would approve.  She did because she could set parental controls on everything.  One thing she didn’t want on it was a certain chat app. It does not have that.

During our afternoon and talking about lots of issues my daughter let out that she has Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).

I didn’t have the opportunity  to discuss it on a more deeper conversation, but, when the time is right I would love to talk to her about how it affects her.

So, I will be using Google quite a lot to get a better understanding of OCPD! If you or somebody you know is dealing with this, could you share some thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks!

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  1. Halbarbera

    From the National Center for Biological Information (NIH):

    Acupressure as an adjunct to a pulmonary rehabilitation program.
    Randomized controlled trial
    Maa SH, et al. J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 1997 Jul-Aug.
    Show full citation
    BACKGROUND: Acupressure is a therapy in which gentle pressure is applied with fingers at specific acupoints on the body. It is reported to relieve pain and have other beneficial effects. This study was designed to ascertain the value of self-administered acupressure as an adjunct to a pulmonary rehabilitation program (PRP) for relief of dyspnea and other symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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    1. Linda Vogt Turner

      My late husband was affected with OCPD. He coped or should I say I coped when his compulsive behaviour took me by surprise. If I wanted to read one of his books from his vast library he would loan it to me to read after asking me at least 3 times if I had washed my hands! My response was always yes.

      The day he died I went to the beach. We had been up late the night before and he had consumed a lot of alcohol. … he met me and 2 of our friends on the beach after lunch. His friends suggested we go snorkelling and offered us their gear knowing how Gordon felt about using some unknown person’s gear. I declined the offer because I half jested that I would be afraid of drowning or dying of fright lest a big fish bump into me. Gordon laughed and said he would save me because he had paid his way through university by being a life guard.

      Well Gordon failed to reassure me and so the two men set off. Ten minutes later Tom came running up the beach to get me. Gordon had drowned on the beach in Cuba.

      Later when I returned to our room, I found one of Gordon’s treasured books on my vanity table. This was strange because there were his and her vanity tables in our room. Gordon who was so concerned about who touched his books and their cleanliness had placed his treasured book on my vanity table! The book was Mornings with Henri J.M. Nouwen.

      Gordon had a way of reading that may have been part of his OCPD … I know Henri and he were friends and Henri had helped Gordon cope with his ministry, the death of an infant child and his OCPD. Gordon underlined passages he read and resonated with in red pen.

      When I opened Nouwen’s book, sure enough Gordon had marked the page and underscored these words in red. “When a child is born, friends get married, a parent dies…it’s not enough just to know about these things and to celebrate, grieve, or respond as best we can. We have to keep asking ourselves: ‘What does it all mean? What is God trying to tell us? How are we called to live in the midst of all this?’”

      Gordon and I shared a deep and abiding faith and a brief marriage. One belief we shared was this. We both said there was no such thing as a coincidence or an accident…only God incidents. Needless to say Gordon’s death came as a surprise. He drowned accidentally on the 19th day of 09.

      Later that year on Easter Saturday…looking for a card in Gordon’s file drawer to send his daughter for her upcoming birthday, I found a fourfold card that looked exactly like the spot on the beach where Gordon had drowned in Cuba. The spot was where the catamaran sailboat sailed in and out between the reefs. On the sail on the pre-purchased card were these numbers 19th 09!

      And on that day, Gordon’s son was on a beach in West Vancouver enjoying a day off with his two children who were off school due to a scheduled teacher’s professional day.

      God is with us! This should be no surprise. God’s love is eternal and nothing can separate us from that love. For love is as strong as death! Song of Songs 8:6. We just need to love one another and trust and celebrate God is with us.

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      1. Halbarbera

        A truly sad story but your words of faith and caring are an inspiration and a light for all to see indeed!

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  2. Halbarbera

    Oops! Chineses medicine attacks it naturally using acupressure and such!

    Look it up on YouTube.

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