It has been one of those weeks where I’ve realized how important it is to rely on my faith. My illness has caused added symptoms and made things difficult. My doctor wasn’t in so I saw his partner for a sick visit. He didn’t agree with my own physician’s treatment plan and challenged it and my condition. He didn’t want to give me the IV therapy necessary to hydrate and stabilize me.
As I laid on the examining table–for if I sat up I was dizzy and weak–I had to extrapolate medical information from my brain of what I had; how I knew I had it and why I didn’t have the disease this doctor surmised. It was a surreal experience.
I survived the appointment and the nurse who was attending to me proved my advocate. She knew I needed the IV and debated the doctor. He finally agreed and noticed once it was nearly complete that my coloring improved; my eyes were focused and I had energy. He never admitted the fluids helped (those he called placebo) but it didn’t matter.
I received an antibiotic, fluids and confidence to know I could handle a medical person that was so antagonistic I will never see him again.
After thinking about this I’ve realized something. . . God was with me. I couldn’t have done this without Him. I had friends praying for me and I am sure that helped. Sure, I know my medical condition, but in my weakened state sometimes I cannot think clearly. But I was alert intellectually and convinced the Holy Spirit intervened in that office to help me deal with the doctor; and provided that exact nurse, who has been with me in this medical journey, to assist.
I could not have done it alone. Despite illness we can all handle difficult situations when we have God along for the journey.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for guiding me through my doctor’s appointment and providing the courage and strength to handle the challenges presented. Thank You for helping me realize that I am still capable despite having a chronic illness. Please guide each one of us when we meet challenging people whom we must deal with and help us to seek Your help in these areas. Amen.
Welcome to our new writer!
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three kids. She recently had to retire from her job as an elementary school counselor. She is writing a book about her struggles with dysautonomia _ a neurological condition in which your autonomic nervous system breaks, affected such things as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and temperature regulation.
What challenges have you faced that you have realized you were able to deal with head-on with the power of God’s love and support?