Sunday, September 12, 2010

And the culprit is...

Pancreatitis in children is normally caused by a virus. But, with children like Joshua there can be many other reasons. It's very likely that one of the newest medicines he was receiving was the cause of this extrememly painful condition. So much for that one. It wasn't the cure-all anyway. But you think you're doing something that's going to make a huge difference. That the next med is going to do the trick, the one you've been waiting for. The key to unlock this mixed up puzzle. Only to find out, it's not the one and in fact has only created more problems. Ugh!

So, back to the drawing board.

The one cure that never backfires is our prayer that the Lord will heal Joshua's body with no medical explination. I know it's possible and it's been my own prayer since day one. Please join me in this plea.

I long for the day when I can look back and all the tubes, lines, nightly TPN mixing and infusions, feeding pumps, backpacks, dressing changes, ER visits, hospital stays, supply deliveries, midnight trips to the bathroom, midnight bedding changes and the sinking feeling in the stomach with every thermometer reading over 99 are all a memory - a thing of the past. I read postings from moms who live this reality. Their children are functioning somewhat "normally" now. It's all a memory to them. That will be a great day.

But today our reality is different. And that's okay. One day at a time. One challenge at a time. As my dad always says, "Inch by inch is a cinch, yard by yard is hard." So, today's inch is a hospital stay and working through these tummy pains. Tomorrow's is yet to come.

"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1


  1. Oh, Dana, you guys have always been in our prayers, even when we didn't know you that well...even when we didn't know Joshua. From the moment at church, when Preacher announced there was a new member, but that it would be a while before we seen him at church, my family and I prayed and prayed. Even when we weren't in church. My prayers for you and Joshua are that one day, he will not have all the stuff to worry about. One day, as you said, it would all just be a memory! We love you guys, and hope you are home again soon, and feeling better!

  2. Dana,
    I've known you since before Joshua was born. I can tell you that the observation I have is that this little blessing from above has strengthened your family so much. I know there are hard times, don't get me wrong. But to see that you have learned to lean on God through it all, just makes me want to cry. All the suffering that you go through now will just be an ensample as Preacher said this morning. A walking, talking...example of how to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and mind. Thank you for making it look so easy, I know it's not, and you don't always feel like serving the Lord. But I thank God for the blessings he has given you and beg for his grace and mercy upon you and your family. Waiting for the day you will look back and see how his hand was guiding you the whole way!