One of the hardest parts of dealing with my husband's health issues was how much we didn't know. Especially in the beginning, when everything was foreign to us, we felt like we were going at this blind. And though we never really did get EVERY answer (who does, this side of heaven?), when we were feeling the most lost, He put someone into our lives to help make things a bit clearer. Like this day, just a week into the ordeal...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
The Tuesday before, Marc had a headache. Now, six days later, the neurosurgeon informed us he had a brain tumor. What kind? He wasn't sure. Possibly a pituitary tumor. Or it could have been a craniopharyngioma. What did these words mean? Not a clue. What were the ramification? Beat me. Other than brain surgery in two days. Everything else was doctorese.
But the doctor did give us some information on brain surgery and tumors. A LOT of information. Paperwork and informational packets probably two inches high. And it's safe to say I was not in the mood, or mindset, to read, much less understand, all that information.
So, after I left my husband in the hospital to rest, I headed home to process, and fill my family in on the news. I tried to read the information. It put me to sleep. I tried again. It gave me a headache.
So I took a break to fill in my family on the latest on my husband. I called my dad and gave him the details. He knew nothing about either type of tumor. (I could hope, anyway!) And promised to call the rest of my family and give them the update so I didn't have to.
So I gave the avalanche of information another try. Until the phone rang.
It was my uncle, telling me his daughter's fiance' was in medical school, doing his residency under a neuro-opthalmologist (an eye doctor who specializes in brain issues).
I called him - and someone who knew how to speak English helped me understand what was in those papers. He even offered to talk to our doctor and ask questions of his own. I went from confusion to a bit of understanding. And only the Lord could put this person in my path. He is SO good.
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Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength