So, today was a good day! I slept until almost 10 in the morning which was nice. Then I headed over to practice around 10:30 because we had to be there at 10:45 a.m. Where we practiced today, I can actually walk to because it is literally right across the street, which is nice. Practice consisted of going over some plays and shooting...nothing to heavy, but tomorrow will be a normal practice I think. I came home from practice and was able to take a nap which was so nice! Then I headed off to get my physical.
Here begins a more detailed account of an "interesting sports physical" haha. So, I pulled up to our gym and I see this truck with what looks like a trailer that you would camp in pulled behind it only it is only about 15 feet long. I see all these little boys outside of the trailer waiting for something...and some going in and out of it from time to time. I don't think anything of it, because I figure "that can't be where I am getting my physical...physicals are supposed to be in hospitals right"? Well, come to find out sure enough it was where my physical was taking place! For my "physical" I had to get hooked up to leads and then get on a bike and pedal. I guess it is supposed to simulate like being on a treadmill to test your heart. So, I started off slowly biking and then I increased speed every so often as the guy told me to. Well soon enough I was biking all out and the trailer was so small that it was shaking the whole trailer haha (and I am thinking who bikes in a trailer anyways?!?). After a couple minutes of that the guy doing the test told me to stop. He calls another guy over and apparently they were having some issues (I don't think my heart rate was getting as high as they were wanting it to). So, they told me to hold my breath for as long as I could and let it out...so I did. They looked at the reading and then they told me to do it again, and again. Well, apparently that still wasn't cutting it, so I then had to hold my breath for as long as I could, then let the air out and instead of getting a break in between I just had to keep doing that continually until finally they were satisfied. Of course my heart rate will beat faster when I am holding my breath...just as long as it doesn't stop right?!? I had a similar thing happen this summer...similar as in my heart rate wasn't getting too high (I didn't have to do the weird breathing). Thankful I have a heart that is "in shape"!!
So anyways, from there I went to the other part of the trailer (like 2 feet away) and I saw the doctor. I handed him my medical history paper I had filled out with the help of my manager. She had translated the Hebrew for me into English so she would ask me questions and then write the answer down on the form. Well, one of the questions is "have you had any surgeries before?" and of course, I have with my ACL surgery, my mensicus surgery, and my elbow surgery. So on the paper my manager had written down the year 2006 (when I tore my ACL) and something Hebrew by it. The doctor glances through the form and then proceeds to ask "What surgery did you have?" I told him, "I had ACL surgery on my knee"....then he says "what was the diagnosis?" and I said "I tore my ACL I had to get surgery". He then says, "You should have told me that the first time"...and I said, "Sir, I did tell you that the first time...I tore my ACL". He then says, "Well you should have written that down on this paper"...and I said, "I am sorry if that wasn't written down, but the form is not in English (it was in Hebrew) so my manager was writing down what I told her and maybe something got lost in translation"...and he then says, "the form is not in Hebrew it is in English"...and at that point I was about to lose it...no not really but I felt like it haha. So I answered calmly..."no the form is not in English (I am pretty sure I know what the language "English" looks like...no jk but it is true)". He then proceeded to gather up all of my papers hastily and stapled them together, signed them, and stamped them like 10 times and then he said "here keep this, this is your letter of clearance". I walked out of the trailer as fast as I could (well I wanted to haha), and I handed my paper to my manager and was ever so glad to be off the bike and out of the trailer :). That is probably one of the most unique experiences I have ever had getting a sports physical. The only positive note is that I didn't have to give blood or pee in a cup which was kind of nice considering I just had done that back in April in Phoenix when I went to training camp out there.
After my physical was complete, I came back to my apartment and chilled for awhile. I then left with Jacqui and Daisy (2 of my teammates) to go to the grocery store. That took a little bit of time because we were all exploring and checking out the different food items. By the time we were done with that I didn't have time to check on my phone, so I hope to do that Friday.
Tomorrow we have practice at 3:00 p.m. Besides that, I am going to sleep in and then go pick up my car in the morning at some point. Our whole team is going to watch the guys bball team play tomorrow night. This is the first year there is a men's team in this city...they are in 2nd Division but still. So our coach wants us to go and support them as a team which I think is a good idea. It will be interesting!
I wanted to leave you with this verse from some of my reading earlier today: "But He knows where I am going. And when He tests me, I will come out as pure gold. For I have stayed on God's paths; I have followed His ways and not turned aside. I have not departed his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food." Job 23:10-12
I think a lot of us may feel "tested" right now, and if you aren't being "tested" right now your time is coming or maybe you have just come out of a season of being "tested"...the reality of it is at some point in our lives we will all feel like we have been "tested"...but I am thankful for the promise that we "will come out as pure gold" when we are striving to follow after the Lord! Something else that also stuck out to me is "have treasured his words more than daily food"!! WOW...that is incredible...may we treasure our relationship with our Lord more than food, water, or air...because in the end our relationship with the Lord is what is going to last when we do breathe our last breath, eat our last morsel of food, and drink our last drop of water!
Are you treasuring God's WORD? Are you spending time with Him daily?
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday! I posted a few pictures from the grocery store :). Enjoy!