I could get used to these “improvement” results!

Yet another good report in an area of my health I didn’t expect…

I went back for a follow up on my eyes and due to my back getting worse by the minute, Skyler drove me…   While I “rested” in the back! After the scan of my eyes, I waited patiently to see the doctor. I ran the next week’s schedule through my head wondering what day would work best for the surgery as the last eye exam I had a few months back had indicated that is what this follow up was in regard to. But, the doctor came in, looked at my eyes, reviewed the scans…and said no surgery, see you in five months!! I had been so set and dreading this surgery that I questioned him if he was sure haha! 

He went on to say that there was actually improvement with minimal hemorrhaging this time and while he didn’t feel comfortable letting me go a whole year until my next eye exam, he said within five months he would like to see me again. He explained that I’ve had plenty of laser (five surgeries but who’s counting๐Ÿ˜œ) and the condition I have can be of a “delay” so to speak…he basically said he would not be surprised if there was more hemorrhaging at my follow up in December. But for now, I am good!!

Either way, I was ecstatic! No eye surgery this time! And since my back pain has limited me to driving straight to doctor appointments and straight back home, sadly Culvers was too far out of the way but hey Jimmy Johns was not a bad substitute to celebrate my good news! Oh, and we had a “picnic” on the floor due to the fact that I have yet to be able to sit at a table…but hey, a girl’s gotta eat!๐Ÿ˜œ  The last couple of appointments have been so filled with unexpected great news between my eyes improving and my mass shrinking! So now it’s time to get my back fixed!! 

I have felt the pain and numbness getting worse by the day and I find it extremely challenging to do anything, let alone walk. Needless to say I was extremely thankful that my parents braced themselves…and came to take our two little ones for a few days to give me a break!!๐Ÿ˜œ Asher and Leah sure were excited to go stay with grandpa Steve and grandma Vicky!  While I missed them the minute they walked out the door, I know the kids will have a great time and I can get some much needed rest! Good luck mom and dad!!๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

My back has definitely been a barrier of living and functioning as a mother and a wife. And that alone can be discouraging. But God knows what I need and He has been using other people and music and scripture and books to assure me how faithful He is!  I have so many great family and friends sending me cards in the mail to let me know they are praying for me, so many of you checking up on me throughout the day and making sure there isn’t anything I need. I appreciate each and every one of you for reaching out to me and offering your assistance with anything, for making me laugh, crying with me, encouraging me!! 

But now I have to single out a couple of my sisters in Christ…Angie and Alyssa. These two women have truly been an amazing blessing to me more than they will ever know. God brought these girls in to my life at different times throughout my ongoing storm and what an encouragement they have been. Not just because they have brought over meals or offered to do anything and everything to help ease my burdens but they have directed me to verses in the bible filled with hope!

They consistently ask how they can pray for me, what they can pray for…whether it’s for my brother in law, my sister in law, my family or my health…they cover all of the bases in prayer!! But, they also let me pray for them and share their lives with me as well!!

I have truly been inspired by each of them and they are a true example of what a woman in Christ is to be. Both Angie and Alyssa have cried with me and laughed with me, they’ve understood my frustration as a sick mother…and as a sick wife. And every time, their response…is praying! And I am confident that God hears our prayers when we are together and that gives me so much comfort! I am beyond blessed for these special ladies and for all of you who have reached out to us during this extremely long and challenging season…I go in bright and early tomorrow morning for my MRI and I appreciate prayers that the results will give us an idea on how to relieve my symptoms without having to do surgery. But, no matter the outcome, I know God has His Hands in all of this and I am already okay!   Now, while my mom is probably fighting my kids to try and get them calmed down and ready for bed…I’m going to go force Tim to pop me some popcorn and watch a really good sobbing chick flick with me…and no honey…Tombstone is not a chick flick!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ

Grateful for all of you being in our lives!


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