Wednesday, March 08, 2006

God's Great Faithfulness

Because of the LORD's great love
we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

Lamentations 3:22

Dear Friends,

Wow. What a week it has been. As always, God has continued to display His incredible faithfulness to us, and has demonstrated that there is absolutely nothing that escapes His attention.

A week ago I had a terrible doctor appointment (as many of you know from prior emails). There was talk of being hospitalized. Over the weekend my symptoms got worse and I experienced some rather frustrating and frightening complications. I alerted my doctor and he started getting the paperwork together to have me admitted to the hospital. For whatever reason, there was no room for me at the hospital, and things kept getting delayed. But all of this was in God’s large and capable hands. We continued to pray that solutions would be found and that I would get the proper medical attention I needed.

As of today (Wednesday) I still had not been admitted to the hospital, but I did manage to get an appointment with my CF specialist. I expressed to him that rather than waiting around for a hospital bed, we might as well get things started for me to be on IV antibiotics at home. He looked at my paperwork, and looked at the records I had been keeping of my symptoms and blood sugar levels, and said that the last piece of information he needed to make a decision was a PFT (lung function test). They brought in the machine, and I was able to do 5 breathing tests. This alone was incredible since last week I could barely get through 3 of them without coughing continuously and being completed wiped out afterward. Last week’s percentage was 66. Tonight I was close to 80!!! In my opinion, that is nothing short of a miracle, and a true testimony to God’s direct involvement in how my body works. Only the One who created all those bronchioles, lobes, and airways could have touched them in order to heal them so much in such a short period of time. I am certain that even my own best efforts with my medications and breathing treatments could not have produced such dramatic results.

My doctor’s advice is to stay the course with a break from work while I finish the oral antibiotics. He has also prescribed insulin which will keep me from experiencing such wild episodes of hyperglycemia. He is of the opinion that I am not going to become insulin dependent, but rather, I just need a little “boost” while my body is confused as it fights off infection. He expects the need for insulin to drop off within the next week.

I have a follow-up appointment in a week. Please continue to pray that God will be ever-present in healing my body and restoring me to the excellent health that I have grown accustomed to. Please join me and my family as we rejoice in God’s provision for us, and for His perfect plan for my life. I honestly don’t know how others who struggle with this brutal disease can do it without God’s help.

Much love to all of you. Thank you again for your prayers and for the encouraging emails and phone calls lately. They mean so much.

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