Wow. Can I just say "wow"? We have been overwhelmed with the outpourings of concern and offers of help since sharing our prayer request for Becky's ailment. We are so blessed to have such an awesome church family.
Don't let anyone ever say Bellevue Community Church does not know how to care.
I have felt a little off balance in handling our response to the offers of help, mainly because I have felt guilty about whether our level of need merited the level of response, but also because I'm a prideful son of a gun who likes to think I can handle everything by myself. I'm stupid like that sometimes. ;-)
Also, we've just been very busy the last couple of days, so it's even been difficult just finding a time to take a breath and try to say "thanks" to some folks, much less make arrangements to accept their help. It took me three days to get my yard mowed, because my weedeater stopped working and I couldn't find time, between trying to sort out our car situation and shuttling Beck to and from doctors, to go borrow one from a friend who only lives a minute or two away.
So if you've offered to help and I've not responded, please don't take it personally. It's not because we don't appreciate it. I have returned a call this morning to make arrangements for some "assistance," so at least know we're not trying to survive all by our lonesome.
Our biggest need right now, actually, is just rest.
Becky saw a new doctor yesterday morning, and it seems like, for the first time in about 12 years, we may actually know what has been causing this stuff. It is just a "theory" at this point, but it's a new one, and more importantly, it makes a lot of sense and answers a lot of questions about the affliction that have gone unanswered for years.
If this theoretical diagnosis is true, the bad news, if you can call it that, is that there is no "cure" for it, other than radical surgery that neither Becky nor I want and that the doctor advises against anyway. So it seems as if the problem will recur as it has before, usually once or twice a year.
If this theoretical diagnosis is true, the good news is that at least we know what the problem is, and we know it is not life-threatening or degenerative. It will be a pain -- literally -- to have to keep enduring the thing off and on, but there's an odd comfort in at least knowing what's causing it. And there are some treatments that can be prescribed to lessen the effects and duration, if Becky decides she wants to do them.
The more important good news for us, at this time, is that if this new theory is true, Becky should be feeling much better very, very soon. Soon, as in a few days.
I'm sorry to be so vague about what all this stuff entails, but maybe I should just say it involves the inner anatomy of the female-type person ;-), and that might explain our desire for privacy and discretion.
We are very hopeful that this new doctor has finally figured out what the problem is, and based on that, very hopeful Becky will be feeling much better very soon.
We are so thankful for all our friends and family who have gone above and beyond in offering prayers and support. Please know you are greatly loved and much appreciated, and even if we are not able to accept your offers of help at this time, we praise God for your kind hearts and willing hands.
Our church is so awesome.