Monday, March 10, 2008

Wait & See

Don’t know where to 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.


Anonymous said...

Thinking of you guys and praying hard that God will show what He has planned. Stay strong! You guys are the best! Love ya....the Arrandale's

Anonymous said...

And so we wait. Oh, please don't let this take 40 years?!
May he restore the years the locusts have eaten.

Anonymous said...

KEEP ON KEEPING ON...All things are possible to those who wait on the Lord. His timing is not ours, but you will produce fruit until that time He moves you forward. Waiting is not easy, but He will reward you in the end. LYA J&B

Anonymous said...

Experience teaches me that when a lot of unknowns are at play, God is working. This has a purpose, I believe.
In Luke 8, we meet Legion. Remember how the demons begged Jesus not to send them into the depths (the word the KJV uses)? Jesus permitted the demons to go into the pigs, but then they all ran off to the depths. I think it's easy to miss God's plan in this story, but to the Jews who were betraying the law by dealing with pigs, the application was perhaps more obvious. Sometimes when God brings about something that is destructive, it's so He can start something new in ways you might not expect. Jesus was driven from that island, so He sent the exorcised man to spread the Gospel there. This isn't an end of the road, or a detour. This is God in action. You'll see. I love you guys.

Brenda said...

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Ps. 139:7-12 Praying for you!

Sallie said...

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land, and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." Isaiah 58:11