Saturday, July 10, 2010

His Way Is Perfect...even when it involves sickness

I'm not going to complain about the hospital because:

A. Complaining is sin. And because B.They kept me from going into cardiac arrest.

But still, they didn't explain a lot of what hyperthyroidism is or what treatment really means.  That was probably for the best because I'm guessing that I would have gotten overwhelmed, laying on a hospital bed with wires strapped all over, being told that it could take MONTHS before I feel better. Yep. MONTHS.

The thyroid is sort of a hormone regulator and helps control things like weight, metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, etc. A normal range of the thyroid hormone TSH should be from 1-2.  3-4 means that you have hypothyroidism (your body isn't producing enough of the hormone.) Anything under .7 means that you're hyperthyroid.  Ladies and gentlemen, I was at .02 TSH when I got the emergency room. My thyroid has been producing WAY too many hormones for WAY too long.  Since my level is so low, it will take quite a while for it to stabilize again.  If it was just a little while, it could potentially get better in a couple of weeks. But since it is dangerously low, it's going to take months.

Just in case you're wondering, I am really tempted to be discouraged about this time frame. I have already felt bad for about 5 months and now I have more months ahead of me before I feel better.  I have three little kids and a husband to care for and no energy to do it.  Still, God has a good plan for us, even if I don't understand it.

I've been trying to hold fast to this promise in God's Word:

"This God—His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him." Psalm 18:30

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8 Responses to “His Way Is Perfect...even when it involves sickness”

  1. Thanks for the update - I am so glad you are apart of a loving, helpful church and have a very servant-hearted mama to help you! Servanthood is a funny thing...we often think it's the serving part that's the most important, but oh how God is equally glorified in the servant being served!
    I'll pray for you!

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  2. So sorry to hear how you are suffering! I am glad that you are getting treated and will get better. God is very kind to give us modern medicine - since I'm in the hospital with Titus - I'm finding this especially true as well.

    Love you friend, will be praying for you.

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  3. I am praying for you too dear cousin. I think this is exactly what my father has. Maybe it runs in the family?

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  4. love you Katie. My comment got too long so I'm sending you an email! :)
    Praying for you.

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  5. katie,
    i am so glad they were able to figure out what's going on with your health. i agree w/jesse's comment that God is equally glorified in the servant being served. let others serve you and walk through this time with you.
    i love the positive attitude you had in this post; though this is hard for you, it is obvious that God is already at work in you. as i type this, i am reminded of Romans 8:28....that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called....you are one of his chosen ones, katie, and he will walk you through this. we will continue to pray for you....

    love,
    ~patty r.

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  6. Oh, Katie. I'm sorry you're facing a long recovery time. Hardship is, well, hard. But God is good and does good. He hears when you cry out to him amidst the difficulty. And though I don't know the particulars of how it will play out, I know the Savior (who knows every suffering) will sustain you.

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  7. Just reading this... I am praying for you!!

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  8. There are seasons we have no choice but to lean on the help and love of others. I pray others are there for you! And I pray for recovery and no reoccurance.
    Blessings on you.

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