This week and last has been filled with lots of doctor appointments. While I'm thankful to have lots of great doctors and there expertise I long for the days this is not part of our normal routine. Today's appointment was for me. It has taken me a year and a half to get to the point of accepting that my feet and legs need help walking. I finally broke down and got AFO braces. Unfortunately I have been in major pain while wearing them. After two different orthotics places said there was nothing more they could do, that it was most likely my feet, and that I needed to see a foot doctor I made an appointment with one recommended by a friend. Dr. Melissa was super sweet and full of compassion. I think she almost cried when she saw the braces I was wearing and knew exactly what they were doing to my feet. She explained that they were hitting a nerve along the side of my foot. She asked if I was experiencing burning and numbness. YES!! I said. This woman gets it. She was flabbergasted that they never casted me and told me a custom fitted padded AFO would bring me comfort and relief and provide a more stable walk. She brought in a picture and although it was bigger and bulkier I was relieved to hear that it could be solved by a better AFO. I was thinking that surgery and shots were in my future. This news was much better. You bet I will be styling these bad boys and making them look just as cool as my pink wheels. Unfortunately since they are casted and custom made they wont be ready for about three weeks. I will have to rely on my dear friends to push me around in my sweet pink ride. Any takers?
This weekend I got to go to our Church Woman's retreat. It was such a rich time of fellowship and studying in Philippians. I felt as though each speaker was talking directly to me and giving me reminders that I needed to hear. I have really allowed my circumstances to still my joy. I'm so focused on them instead of the gospel. I sometimes forget things like Philippians 4:19 where Paul reminds us that God will supply our every need according to his riches in glory or Philippians 4:13 that says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me . I was thankful to be reminded that our attitudes can be redeemed. We were encouraged to pray for wisdom as we allow the Holy spirit to redeem our perspectives. My biggest take away and reminder was that The GOSPEL is the Anchor that gives JOY and fulfillment in the midst of ANY circumstance even Muscle disease and transplants. The GOSPEL is meant to penetrate EVERY circumstance in our life. God continues to work in our hearts even when we lose our focus and I'm so thankful for that.
Thankful even more for all of you who continue to walk this long road with us. Tomorrow will mark 18 months of Noah being listed. He continues to do well and we are so thankful for the ways God has protected our sweet boy and for the work the Lord is doing through our circumstances. Noah has an appointment tomorrow with his Cardio team. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers.