Today held one of those moments in life which freeze a forever picture onto your mind’s eye. Matthew had a follow-up doctor’s appointment with a couple of his ENT specialists down at Jefferson. All the kids came along, and we maneuvered the parking garage, elevators, city blocks and waiting room chairs. The first doctor took a look down his throat, through his nose. I have been to every appointment where he has been scoped, and have seen enough inflammation to know the moment the picture came on the screen, that this was “normal”. I videoed the procedure and now have something with which to compare it. These are screen shots of a cell phone video… but if you have any sort of medical background you’ll probably be able to see the difference between the two:
His first doctor said, “What are you doing?” Matthew told him he’s been keeping a pretty strict diet, exercising, plus added some supplements which have been really helping. “Well, whatever you’re doing, keep doing!” were his instructions. He said he had never seen his throat and nose look that good. In his words: “I see no evidence of disease at all. There is no inflammation.” He was so pleased. The second doctor was even more flabbergasted. Especially when he learned Matthew is no longer on any prescription meds. “There is no crusting in your sinuses whatsoever. Not even a bit. It looks completely clean as a whistle. What are you doing differently?” he asked. So Matthew told him about Plexus and how we’ve been taking supplements which target gut health, inflammation and balancing blood sugar. He was super interested and wanted to know a bit more about it. Then he said, “Keep doing what you’re doing!” and asked for more information. This journey of a decade has seen us sitting in MANY waiting room chairs. More doctor dates than I can count. I am so thankful for the many people who have prayed and supported us through this journey. It feels like the end of a really difficult race, yet I know it’s actually the beginning of a new lap in life. One of the hardest turns was two years ago. These verses spoke into the darkness which threatened to swallow us in that hospital room:
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1)
Today I feel like the last part of those verses has come to a sort of fruition. We know there has been much glory and praise given to our GREAT God and deliverer today. Because of what He has done through our circumstances, we are unable to keep our mouths shut.
I want to take it a step further here. We feel like nothing which has happened to us has been for nothing. If our story helps one person, it has been worth it. Yet, we don’t want to just be an encouraging story you read. We want our story to stir you into action. Yeah, it’s not easy to change your lifestyle, eat a whole new way and exercise when it’s almost never convenient. And if I used strong language I would insert it here. It also SURE ISN’T EASY to sit in a hospital and wonder if your life will be taken away or spared. That changes you. It changed us to action, research, questioning everything, and trying new things. Our story is not over, but it’s been an incredible page-turner so far. Everyone’s health journey is SO personal and intimate to them. But if I could look you straight in the eye and beg you not to wait until it’s too late to get a hold of your health, I would.
We’ve been trudging through a pile of puzzle pieces for so long, and both feel that Plexus has been that last missing piece, bringing everything together. Because his gut is healing, other things are happening. In four months, Matthew feels better than he ever has on any prescription meds. The amount of reading and research I’ve done has solidified my belief. Now to have two elite specialists giving us their thumbs up: incredible.
I love this picture of Betty and him counting to 100 while they waited for the doctor to come. I get choked up in humble thanksgiving that our children are blessed with such an amazing dad. His faith, endurance, and gentleness stand out to me the most.
Thank you for praising with us together tonight!