Let me first say that we really appreciate your faithful prayer for us during this very trying time. We also greatly appreciate those who are continuing to help financially support this online apologetics and discernment work in the Lord. We believe that you should know what’s going on with me. As before, I’m going to try and put posts on Apprising Ministries as I feel up to it. are
Unfortunately, right now I’m undergoing yet another trial as the Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease I inherited is currently getting worse. My ankles are growing weaker; and outside our house, I can only walk a very short distance—even with lace up ankle supports—as I have to get off my feet after not too many steps. Almost immediately my calf muscles and ankles grow fatigued; and it’s even getting difficult to walk around our home itself.
The other day I did go to see a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle issues. I’ve gone to him before and he knows CMT pretty well, though I’m one of the few he’s seen who have it. He told me what is likely to happen as the various muscles in my ankles and feet deteriorate. There is no cure, only the faint hope that this deterioration will once again level off as it did at other times in my life.
However, if it doesn’t, I may end up losing the ability to walk. He described an operation that can be done, which would reconstruct my ankles enough that I would be able to use ankle braces to walk. The way it’s done is the doctor would fix one leg at a time. Then after the 10 weeks or so when that leg had recovered he would operate on the other. But we don’t have the funds to even think about having this surgery; however, we also know that with God all things are possible.
We’ve now been dealing with nearly two years of health problems, which is leaving me rather warn down and discouraged. There’s the back issues from the osteomyelitis of the spine that hospitalized me for months, and now an inguinal hernia is beginning to cause me problems as well. You may also remember that I’ve suffered a posterior vitreous detachment in both of my eyes as well.
So, this combined stress is causing my eyes to be even harder to focus, and these issues together makes it very difficult to research and write. As you might imagine, I’m currently having a hard time battling through all of this discouragement. I sincerely wish that I had better news for you concerning my health; but as of this writing anyway, we don’t. Perhaps the Lord in His mercy will answer prayer and intervene.
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