Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How is Ryan Doing?

That question comes up very regularly so we thought we would share more here.  {There are some not not so pretty medical symptoms described so be forewarned...}

We were really encouraged for several weeks to see Ryan improving with the new medicine to treat his Crohn's.  It was awesome and was some much needed encouragement!

But one particular problem has relentlessly persisted and attacked pretty fiercely the last few days: the anal fissures.  Basically they are awful cuts or tears in the you-know-where.  Our GI Specialist did an exam 3 weeks ago and literally exclaimed, "That is the BIGGEST fissure I have EVER seen!" He has been in the gastrointestinal field for decades so that is saying something!!

Anyway, because of the fissures Ryan is unable to stand or sit up for more than 5 minutes so he lays down almost all day along.  Pair that with night sweats, daily fevers, and more pain and you can imagine discouragement and confusion comes up.  We are so ready for a solution to all this so we scheduled a Thursday appointment with our surgeon to see what she thinks about our options and a possible surgery.

Just when we think we've reached the end of ourselves we realize we're not there yet and something still remains to learn.  So we are really beginning to understand how to live beyond ourselves and in the power of the Holy Spirit.  For now we are doing our best with the care plan assigned to Ryan as well as praying very specifically about pursuing surgery to possibly solve the problem.  Often with fissures, you try home treatments, various medications, time, and finally surgery.  So it seems appropriate for us to reconsider this option.  But we know we need wisdom.

The biggest question raised for us the last 10+ weeks has been, "What the heck is the purpose of suffering???"  The Lord promptly took me to Job 42:5 (read Job sometime if you are up for an rock-your-faith story).  Job had been suffering for a long time at this point; his kids died, he lost his land, fortune, and livelihood.  He had become so sick beyond recognition, his friends and wife encouraged him to abandon his faith, and he wished he had never been born.  But the point of all this suffering in his life?  Job said...

"I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear; but now my eyes see you."

Don't you love that??  Suffering allowed Job's eyes to finally see God.  I hope and pray that is true for Ryan and myself in this season.  That our eyes would be more opened to Him and we would really, and truly, SEE Him for ourselves...
Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted."

Job 42:1-2

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  1. Praying daily for both of you, Ryan healing and Carly continued strength to take care of Ryan. We are here for you both and Harpo:) I know that your faith is not shaken, as with our own journey with Steven's ALS you never know what God has in store...
    Love you both!

    1. Jennifer I'm so glad you found our blog! My mom said she got to share it with you when you two talked last night :) Grateful for you Bishops and the prayers. Love you guys!

  2. Praying for the two of you and missing you both! I can't imagine the ups and downs you two are experiencing right now! Just so you know Rilyn said Harpo (after I said it) when we were reading your blog together she might need to come play in the hose with him soon!

    1. Oh gosh we would LOVE that! A play date for your human child and my dog haha! I think they would both love the company. When can we do that?! I'll text you. Our days are very very slow and unscheduled so that makes it simple. Ryan and I (and Harpo) would love to see you guys.

      Thanks for praying and supporting us so well Anna. Appreciate and love you!

  3. Carly, I'm still praying for you both and Ryan's healing. I will pray that God will specifically direct you in your decision about surgery. Thank you for sharing that scripture in Job..that's so encouraging for we all have our trials and that is my goal to SEE HIM more clearly :)

  4. Your faith is an encouragement to me Carly! I hope the appointment with the doctor goes well. Remember, by His wounds we are healed- the power He gave us by His salvation also heals us! (Isaiah 53:5) Blessings friend.

    1. We hope so too-we are praying the Doctor has tons of wisdom or that if we need to wait and let him heal "naturally" we will. Love that verse in Isaiah. Thanks Nicole!

  5. Both, you and Ryan will be in our prayer. Jeremiah 33:6

    God heal your body and soul.

    May your pain cease,

    May your strength increase,

    May your fears be released,

    May blessings, love, and joy surround you.




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