today we crossed THAT bridge...we had parker tested for lyme
his blood was drawn here and was sent to the lab in the USA that specializes in testing for lyme and other associated tick borne diseases. i think it will take about 2 weeks to get the results
it took a lot of courage to cross this bridge today...and not just for parker who had to endure this - his 3rd needle stick in 2 weeks. it's taking courage for all of us. i've spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks asking and seeking to hear God's voice in this. petitioning Him to give me (us) something to hold on to for my (our) kids... just before we headed out this morning, i read the following in my devotions...
"what a joy to know that You are the same today as You were centuries ago in isaiah's day, when You promised to rescue Your people in a hopeless looking situation, when the enemy seemed to have prevailed. how i love the words You spoke to them:'those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame...even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, and the prey of the tyrant will be rescued...
"for i will contend with the one who contends with you, and i will save your sons."
god has given us the courage to cross the bridge today. we don't know what is on the other side but we know that He moves ahead of us. we don't know what to expect - i think, as weird as it sounds, that we will be totally shocked by a positive OR negative result. until we know... we take comfort and find peace from knowing that nothing surprises God. absolutely nothing. and no matter what the outcome, we can look back on this day and these pictures and say, "remember how, in spite of how hard and painful that day was, we felt God's presence there with us?"
over the course of the last couple of weeks, we knew that it was important (and necessary) to rule out the various suspected diagnosis that parker has been so symptomatic for... however we were painfully aware that time is of the essence if what we were dealing with is indeed lyme. i want to give a shout out and thank you to a special lady who assisted us in moving on the testing in a timely fashion.
we had ordered the testing kit from the US lab 3 weeks ago...and are still waiting for it to arrive (most likely because it has been tied up in customs). yikes! last week i put out a request for a kit on a lyme forum. hoping that someone in our area might have an extra testing kit on hand. a lovely lady responded to my request and then went out of her way to send us a kit. of course, personal info had to be swapped to make the drop and that is when i learned that she reads my blog...and we just happen to share a special affinity for crows.
and thank you to those of you who are spending time on your knees on behalf of our family. your prayers are felt. i have been overwhelmingly moved to tears by the messages...some that included phrases like "storming the throne for you", "on a daily basis we are battling in prayer for you", "our Father hates to see suffering".
thank you to those of you who are petitioning our Father with such heartfelt cries. we are blessed.