It’s the 2nd week of TheraSuit therapy, and Anne is starting to feel the effects. Her muscles are tired, and she is struggling to work through the fatigue so she can get stronger.
Today, Anne was screaming… “I’m ready to go home!!! Take this stupid suit off of me!!!! I don’t like you anymore!!!”
And then in the same screaming voice she would yell, “Ok. I will work some more. I’m ready to work some more!!!!!”
And then she switched to scream, “Leave me alone. I want to go home!!!!”
And so it continued… back and forth, back and forth, until she finally finished her exercises…And then she looked at her therapist and said, “I’m sorry I was mean to you. Can we hug and be friends again?”
Sweet Anne. I pray her hard work will make her stronger in both body and spirit!
Anne has really struggled today.
I am sitting where Anne can’t see me, but I can hear her. I know she doesn’t feel well. She woke several times last night with itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. She’s tired. But she’s persevering. Through tears she is relenting to the therapist’s commands. She’s had grit today. I’m proud of her.
I’ve been reading through Jeremiah as I write my daily bible365blog.com posts. Jeremiah complains a lot, and he has every right to! The people of Judah want to kill him because they hate his message of Judgment…but God is firm with him. In Jeremiah 15, after God rebuked Jeremiah for his complaint, God built him back up with a strong-as-rock promise:
And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
declares the Lord.
I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” (Jeremiah 15:20-21).
God works this way with us. It’s very similar to Anne’s therapy. The therapists ask her to do hard tasks – for her good. She complains, and they are firm – yet encouraging. She perseveres, and consequently – she is made stronger.
May we have the courage to persevere through God’s therapeutic work with us :)
Anne begins her 2nd round of TheraSuit Therapy today. So far, so good :)
Update and Prayer needs:
We finally have her seizures under control. She is on a different medication which seems to have very few side effects. At her current dosage, we rarely see seizures – and even when we do, they are extremely mild.
The only side effects from her seizure medication seem to be occasional intolerance for movement and increased emotional outbursts… NOT a good mix for TheraSuit therapy!
Please pray that somehow, these side effects are minimal and she would be able to grit her teeth through the discomfort and actually enjoy the process. Right now she’s screaming, but she’s working through it. We covet your prayers :)