When you walk down the wedding aisle to join hands with your twenty-something groom, few brides probably consider that one day this strong young buck may be crippled. When we commit to faithfulness in sickness and in health, fleeting thoughts of colds and flu might come to mind. But a hospital bed set up in your living room to care for an invalid lover probably never enters the bride’s thoughts, and yet, many find themselves there in their “golden” season of marriage.
God’s plans are perfect and I’m so thankful for the man He chose for me. When I walked down that aisle to marry him, I could never have imagined what we’re experiencing in this season, but it brings me such comfort knowing that the Father knew, and all along He has been preparing us for this new adventure with Him.
There are so many things to be thankful for through our current adversity. I’m thankful for our wise and good Father who appoints the storms He knows are necessary. I’m thankful for our kind and knowledgeable family physician who put LeRoy through for all kinds of tests, searching diligently for a diagnosis and first directed us to UT Southwestern’s Neurology team for help.
I’m thankful that we weren’t at home when LeRoy lost his ability to walk or we would’ve gone to an emergency room and hospital that wasn’t equipped to provide the care needed (Plasma Exchange treatments). I’m thankful for the team here that has been attentive and aggressive in getting to the source of the problem. I’m thankful that LeRoy is responding well to treatment.
I’m extremely grateful to be buying LeRoy a cane!
The autoimmune disease could’ve attacked his heart, lungs, or taken his ability to breathe, but it didn’t. We could be planning his funeral right now rather than planning an exit strategy from the hospital. This disease could’ve taken his eyesight or his cognitive abilities, but it hasn’t. He could’ve reacted in self-pity, anger, or resentment over his new physical condition, but he hasn’t.
There are more things to be thankful for than I can cram into this blog post. So, yes, I bought him a cane today . . . and I’m so thankful, because that means that when we leave this hospital, he’ll be walking out of here, rather than being rolled out in a wheelchair (which is how we entered).
And knowing my man, he will accomplish more with a cane in hand than most athletes in a day.
- PLEX treatments are almost over! Seven completed and hopefully he’ll not need any more.
- He is back to himself!! They took him off the medication that had him completely knocked out for more than forty-eight hours and are working with medications that will calm the nerve pain without putting him in a coma state.
- God’s faithful presence is a continual encouragement to us, He is keeping us in perfect peace as we travel this new road.
- We’re being carried to the throne of grace by believers from across the globe. We are deeply moved by the number of you who’ve left comments on the blog or supported us in prayer, and in so many practical ways . . . we are blown away by your love!
- Continue asking God for a definitive diagnosis and for wisdom with how we should move forward with the medical team’s recommendations. They are treating him for Devic’s disease or “NMO” even though not all test results have returned from Mayo yet.
- We would be grateful for God’s merciful work of healing, but ask for grace to receive whatever He has appointed for us.
- Please continue to pray for our daughter and the birth of her little one. She made a fast trip to the hospital this week, but it’s not quite time for this little one to arrive! More than a thousand miles away, mom and baby (still in the womb) are doing fine, just waiting for delivery any day now.
- Pray for our adjustment to this new life as we return home. May we walk in the Spirit, abiding in Christ moment by moment, and in all things glorify the Father!