Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday's Musings...

Our day was quite long today,
but the Lord was guiding each step of the way.
I'm too tired to share all of the details
but I was blessed how the Lord answered
our "little requests" today.
Do you ever ask the Lord for something 'half-heartedly'
and He answers right away?
We had a 'detour' this morning to pick up medical records
before making our three hour journey to our appointment.
I admit that I was a little 'anxious' about being late
but the Lord blessed and reassured after I spoke
one of those 'half-hearted' prayers.
After stopping at the Naval Hospital
to pick up Ally's records,
we headed to the other neurologist's office
to pick up her MRIs and x-ray.
After being providentially 'stuck' at a traffic light,
I said my half-hearted prayer
asking the Lord to help us get there on time.
I called the office at that red light (about a block away)
to let them know what I needed,
that I'd be right there, and I was in a bit of a hurry.
When I pulled in the parking lot a couple of minutes later,
the receptionist met me in the parking lot
to give me the films.
I thanked her, got in my van, thanked the Lord
and 'hit the road' as quickly as I could...
still in a hurry.

Once I got to the main road, I picked up some speed.
I must confess here that I do not
always obey the speed limit completely.
I have been known to go a 'little' over the speed limit.
At this particular moment, I was doing just that.
My exit to the next road was coming very quickly,
so I got behind a vehicle in that lane.
From my perspective, this was a slow vehicle.
When I looked at my speedometer...
it was a law-abiding vehicle... obeying the limit.
I admit that I anxiously resolved to just stay
behind the vehicle until my exit...
And right after this 'resolution',
I passed a parked police car that was monitoring traffic!

I, convicted of my self-dependence
and lack of trust in God helping us to get there,
prayed for the Lord's forgiveness,
thanked Him for saving me from getting pulled over
(because I would have been speeding
if it weren't for that "slow" car
and would have been very late),
thanked Him for another reminder
that He would, indeed, get us to this appointment
and that I didn't need to
'take things into my own hands'
in order to get there.

So I decided to trust the Lord
and 'test' myself.
I trusted that the Lord would
continuing guiding us to this appointment,
just as He already had been doing
and was determined that I would not
continue to rely on myself
(and my lead foot)
to get us there.
So I resolved to obey the speed limit,
the entire way there
and knew the Lord would work out the rest.
And He did.
We arrived safely at the hospital (3 hours away)
about 5 minutes before our appointment.
It was an interesting lesson for me
and a real blessing how the Lord spoke to me
about different issues in my character.

The appointment itself went okay.
First the intern came in to evaluate Ally
and later the doctor came in.
It seems she baffles all so far.
He ordered some more blood work,
mostly checking some of the same
stuff as before
and also for celiac disease.
But as far as her weakness/tingling, etc...
he is sending her to physical therapy for now,
waiting for the blood results,
and will speak with us in two weeks.

We sure covet your continued prayers.
Yes, it has been a bit frustrating
not knowing what is going on.
But we know that the Lord knows.
Putting a medical diagnosis name
to Ally's symptoms would not heal them...
only the Great Physician can...
whether the symptoms have a name or not.
We will continue in fervent prayer
and will continue to
trust in the Lord with all our hearts,
and lean not unto our own understanding.
(Proverbs 3:5)

An additional blessing on our journey...
both lil' girls fell asleep in the van
for 2+ hours on the way home
and NEITHER of them had an 'accident'.
Woohoo!! Now THAT's a big deal, too!
No washing car seats for me. *Ü*

The driving part of the trip went quite well.
The younger ones read books, colored, and played.
We all sang songs together
and looked at and admired God's creation
as we passed it by.
On the way home,
we enjoyed listening to classical music
and learning about different composers...
also, Ally was able to share a few corny jokes!
For instance...
"What do you call cheese that isn't yours??"
............. nacho cheese!............. (not yo cheese)
I have NO idea why I found that so funny,
but I did!

It was a very enjoyable trip.
The Lord sure is Good!


Happymama said...

Glad you had safe travels and that you didn't come back with a ticket. :)

And I must agree...the Lord sure is Good!


Anonymous said...

Hi!!!! I hope your all doing well, I was just wondering, did they by any chance test Ally for a condition called Myasthenia Gravis? I also, in my search to find out things about my own health came across some other information on other disorders, but I will have to find them again. I hope you get some answers soon.
Mrs. Bowman
PS, sometimes its hard to let go and let GOD!! Believe me :)!!! Its a good thing He loves us as much as He does :)!!

Anonymous said...

Hi again, heres some reading for you :)!!
I will post the disease and the link that you can go to get a definition of it as well as a list of symptoms, hope this helps :)!!!

Addison's Disease's_disease

Systemic lupus erythematosus

I guess thats it!!!
Happy Hunting and I hope some of it helps you. Try to remeber that Doctors dont know EVERYTHING, keep looking, and keep pushing!!! I know your doing all that, that was meant to be an encouragement :)!!!!
have a great day!!!
Mrs. Bowman

Urailak said...

Your new blog look is beautiful! You did an excellent job. I don't really know how to redesign my template. I was just playing around with colors :).

We'll definitely continue to pray for Ally. I agree with you that no matter what the illness may be, the Lord can heal her.

My daughter was so happy to hear that Ally received her letter. She's looking forward to receiving Ally's letter.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It's a wonderful reminder for us to simply "trust and obey!"

Karen said...

I have had the exact same thing happen to me when I become "lead-footed". I tend to get impatient when I'm running late, but God has been faithful with my half-hearted prayers, too. Your stomach does a little flip when you pass by that radar car, doesn't it?
I am continuing to pray for Ally. I know how difficult it can be trying to find an answer.
Just curious....did ya'll go to Brenners? That's about 15 minutes from us, and I would have been happy to help in any way.
Blessings, and I pray for a slower paced day for you.

Mrs. C said...

I was praying for you all throughout the day. I'm glad that you had a safe trip. :)

The Lord is certainly cultivating your dependence on Him, isn't He?

We'll continue to pray for Ally and that the Lord will give you and the doctors wisdom.


I really like your blog. I hate that it took me so long to find it. It has blessed me. I liked your cheese joke also. connie from Texas

HsKubes said...

Kristi ~ I sure am glad I didn't come home with a ticket, too. *Ü*

Mrs. Bowman ~ I do not believe they tested her for Myasthenia Gravis (though we did see info for it on the bulletin board in the office). Thank you for the links and the encouragement. I hope to do a little research later today. The doctor did call me today and I hope to post an update soon.

Urailak ~ Thank you. Ally sent out her letter to your daughter today.

Karen ~ Yes, my stomach did just that. We didn't go near Brenners (that I know of). We went near Raleigh. If you're near there, let me know. We hope to have a laid-back day of housework today. (hee hee) Thank you for praying.

Mrs. C ~ Thank you for your constant prayer. He truly answers and y'all's prayers are such an encouragement.

Connie ~ Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I'll be visiting you soon, too. And the cheese joke really did crack me up.

Hope y'all enjoy your day!

~ Christina

Karen said...

We are near Winston-Salem. Brenners is a children's hospital there. Have fun with your housework! ;-D


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