June 12, 2009


I have a good team.
a stellar medical team.

Both DR A and DR H are amazing doctors.
i consider myself incredibly blessed to have these 2 docs on my team.

Considering all the controversy surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of LD
, and then add to that the fact that it is an incredibly tricky and downright complicated disease to treat, well, right from the get go, I have KNOWN how very blessed i am to have to have these 2 doctors in my corner, working hard to get me well.

and now given all that is going on, i am becoming even more aware and appreciative of their level of expertise. God has placed me in the hands of 2 very wise men.
Very wise albeit very different. DR A and DR H are pretty much polar opposites when it comes to personality. DR A is quiet, soft spoken, and compassionate. DR H is an interesting balance of jaw dropping 'wise guy' humor and confident renegade. But BOTH have a healthy respect for the profound and mysterious workings of the body and a staggering knowledge of medicine...both are incredibly gifted doctors.

i had appointments with both DR H (by phone) and DR A (in office) this week.

DR H has continued my 'cease - treatment order'. NO IV meds - only some orals to keep the LD and babesiosis in check while they try to discern what exactly is going on with me.
at this point, both doctors are more concerned with my abnormal lab results and what these results may or may not mean. currently, my brain lesions are taking a back burner to my lab results. according to DR H these are a much bigger and immediate concern than my brain. (ha ha)

as goes the recent norm around here, my second round of lab tests have come back with 'abnormal' findings.

there is some urgency with the investigation into what these results may or may not mean.
which means i'll be back at the lab tomorrow morning... my third visit in 10 days
(i am racking up frequent visitor points at the lab - too bad they don't have some sort of reward points program)

it has been upsetting to hear what these type of findings 'normally' mean in 'normal' people
i am not normal
that is well established
so i am just hoping that this will all turn out to be one of those wierd, unexplainable lyme things

in the mean time i am just trying to take one moment at a time
pray my way through the anxiety and tears
i am scared
i know that God is in control
He is the one who led me to these 2 incredible doctors
i am in good hands
divine hands and medical hands
yes, i have a good team!
it's God's good team!

and now on a lighter note,
speaking of teams,
today was sport's day at Avery and Parker's school.
and i was able to be there for part of it.

i am so happy about that.

and i am so happy that it was SUNNY and WARM today!
i think this was the first year in the history of the 8 years of sports days that i have attended which didn't require either an umbrella or down filled parkas.

and i am so happy that neither Avery nor Parker's team won. phew! i question why they put siblings on opposite teams...that has the potential to seriously upset the sibling rivalry balance of power, you know...and it makes for some challenging and creative parental cheering!
phew! who'd have thought sport's day could be so strategic!

i am not so happy that Parker was disgusted with the day. he was on the 'losing' team for the 4th year in a row. losing is very hard when you are 9! however, the Pittsburg Penguins won the Stanley Cup tonight which completely redeemed the day for Parker.

i am not so happy that i didn't have a camera with me...fortunately my friend Tammy graciously managed to snap some shots of my children...in between capturing 6 of her own kids!
hopefully, she'll send me some of the pics soon...(ahem, yes that is a hint!) ...and then i can post them here....
but until those arrive,

here's some shots from last year:

"i'd run, but i'm frozen solid."

"ah, mom, i think my eyelids are frozen shut"

"oh no, i'm not cold at all!"

and while my young ones put their competitive spirits to the test, my eldest spent the morning 'competing' for a position within the Canadian Armed Forces. Yup. Taylor continues to work towards his goal of joining the military and pursuing a career with the Forces.

Earlier this month, we learned that his application had been accepted and he had passed the pre-selection process. Today, he spent 3 hours undergoing rigorous testing. somehow, despite the warm, balmy weather today, every time i said a little prayer for my eldest baby, a little shiver ran up my spine. A little shiver that is a mixture of pride, excitement, and fear. My baby could be a soldier some day soon.

Above all else, i am so thankful that we are all part of God's team...and can TRUST Him with the game plan!


Renee said...

Wrapping your in prayer Shannon for the abnormal test results, blood work, etc. Giving thanks for the great team God has put together for you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Shannon
I am sure this is a very difficult time again in your ongoing fight with this devastating disease. Shannon don't give up- I am praying for you and trusting God to continue the healing process. You are loved and admired by those who hold you dear to there hearts. May God open the windows of Heaven and bless you. Love Betty