Long Strange Illness

As many of you know, we have had a pretty rough last few weeks. Here’s the scoop…

M had been very sick, and the doctor could not figure out what was wrong with him. She had actually used the word ‘mystery’ at least once while talking about his condition. He had been in bed for over a week with a fluctuating temperature, chills and cold sweats, achy joints and muscles, and a horrible headache among other things. He was tested for many different things like lyme disease, lupus, and hepatitis.

He had an MRI of his head last week to see if there was an aneurysm in his brain. As many of you also know, his father died 14 years ago from a brain aneurysm, and it can be hereditary. M’s headaches and high blood pressure are a few symptoms that had been concerning the doctor and us, hence the MRI. The MRI showed no aneurysm, so we are VERY thankful for that.

Other than the pain killers he had been taking, he is now taking beta-blockers for his high blood pressure, and I think that has helped and has also helped with the headaches. All of us here have been waiting on him hand and foot as to not stress his pretty little head about anything. (o: Kidding. We would never do that! (o: Kidding again.

He had some more blood tests done this past Friday, and his liver enzymes were closer to normal but not completely where they should be. Anyway, we are happy that he doesn’t have to go to a specialist, and that he has been gradually feeling better. He is supposed to go back again in about a month to see if everything is totally normal again.

Last night, I was looking through a book that Abby’s mom recommended to me years ago, and M’s symptoms were strangely similar to Malaria. I don’t think they tested for that, though they did ask him a few times if he had recently been out of the country. He said he had just been to Alabama. (o:

We are hoping that the neurologist will give us a copy of the MRI so that we can get it framed and hang it on the wall. Not many people have a picture of their brain to hang on the wall. It should be a real conversation starter.

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us. Life can seem so dark when things like this creep in, but they are always for a good purpose to those who love Him, and I am thankful for God always working on us.

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4 thoughts on “Long Strange Illness

  1. I am so glad you posted this as I was was going to contact you for an update. We are so thankful he is starting to do better! We were quite concerned when we heard word through church. We will be praying for a complete recovery. What a blessing it is to rest in God’s Sovereignty and Providence. Keep trusting in Him as I know you do!

  2. Sounds Familiar to what I and my father get. Apparently he picked up something in the navy in the 50’s oversee’s and gave whatever to me. Doctors have no idea what it is.
    Chilled and very cold feet, then suddenly feeling hot and sweating. Dehydrated thirsty like crazy.
    Headaches to the point of nausea. My temperature during the illness usually is subnormal. The biggest symptom is tired, tired, tired. Sleep 15 hours, wake up for 2 hours then sleep for 15 hours again. Lasts about 3 weeks. Then it goes away. I hope someone figures it out someday.

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