Don’t know where to start...so let’s just do this chronologically.
Friday we met with a specialist in Movement Disorders at Iowa City Hospitals, Dr. Gonzales-Alegre. He’s really great guy (especially for a neurologist), was very informative and helpful in our meeting, and wasn’t afraid to say “I don’t know” - not something easily found in “specialists”. But that’s not what you have ‘tuned in’ to hear so: the diagnosis…
The good news is, Pat doesn't have Dystonia. And that is a good thing. A really good thing. What she does have is a movement disorder. The cause? Probably the chemical depression she has lived with most of her life. It seems that some times, some people with chemical depression can develop movement disorders and they don’t know what causes it, or how long it will last. He has seen it before, but there isn’t any real answer to why or how long or how to treat it. In the past he has fiddled with a patients meds. but not to good effect, so he doesn't do it anymore. We can't believe that we are saying this...but his professional advise to us was, “Wait and see.” Sometimes it will just go away as mysteriously as it came, sometimes, not. Sometimes, quickly, sometimes not.
So, faced with a lot of “sometimes” “probably” “we just don’t know” and (our favorite) “wait and see” we are in a bit of a quandary. If Pat’s health has so many unknowns right now and for an unknown period of time, what does that mean for Kevin and Pat and the ministry they have been pursuing? Well, we don’t know. Pat has been ‘angst-ing’ over this blog since we were in the Dr.’s office, partly because she has been thinking this thought over and over in her head, “How do I explain this to the hundreds of people praying for me today, when I don’t even know what ‘this’ is?”
We are taking a lot of time to pray Of all the unknowns here, there are more known’s. God knew this all along. God has made Pat this way. God can be glorified in all things if we give it to Him. And that is enough right now. We are “hibernating” a bit as we get God’s counsel and guidance, so if we are incommunicado for a while, don’t worry. We are grateful for all the prayer and kindness and love and support. Pray for wisdom and insight and Godly counsel.