Our sister, who is our other sister’s caregiver, took her to a doctor who specializes in Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive thinking problems. After a long battery of testing and prodding, he concluded that it was “inconclusive” as to whether or not she had M.S. As a matter of fact, the test results showed her B12 to be so deficient that it could have killed her. Furthermore, in a meeting with neurologists and specialists, it was discussed how a severe B12 deficiency mimics the same results as M.S. It eats away at the myelin sheath covering the nerves. The kicker is this – had we known about the B12 deficiency early enough she could have begun taking B vitamins and perhaps most of her brain could have been preserved. Hmmm…. makes you think, doesn’t it? Could all or most of the pain she has gone through and the pain our family has gone through been avoided by taking a simple B vitamin?
Oh, but what do we do now, since the effects are irreparable? Do we get bitter? Should we have sued the doctors? Do we take on self-pity and wallow in what is in the past? What do you do when your life appears to be brought to ruin, and then realize you could have stopped the devastation?
What if you are the one whose brain has atrophied due to a lack of a simple B vitamin? Your mind is still intact enough to know that it could have all been avoided. Maybe you have another situation that is equally as devastating to you. What do YOU do when you realize you could have had control over your circumstance? Do you allow hatred for what occurred to consume your mind? Do you allow what will never be to make you pessimistic?
Choices. We live by them and we die by them. We must not look back for so long that we move back into our past. We must move forward with Him and one another.
You know what? Sometimes we have happy times and all is well, and we are on cloud nine. Other times we may have deep sorrow and unexplainable pain. Perhaps we lose a loved one to cancer or pre-mature death? Perhaps a child dies, and it is so painful and confusing so we wonder how something of that nature could happen. Perhaps we stopped feeling anything so long ago that we don’t know how to feel at all.
Let me just tell you that if you built up walls of defense, they will keep you from being loved and from being in pain. The twist is that whatever pain you have already experienced will also be trapped within those same walls with no way to get out.
Pray with me – Father, help us all to remain open to You and one another. Help us to not desert one another when the going gets rough. Help us to instead gird ourselves up and walk with each other in the way You call us to walk.
You could be a care giver or a prayer giver – whatever role you play – do it with cheer and trust in the One Who trusts you.
Pray with me – Thank You for not giving up on me and pursuing me into adulthood to be whole. Thank You that it is Your will that we be fearless and that we love one another. Give us wisdom and give us courage to obey You and Your heart and not our religious boundaries that keep us from receiving or giving Your love that makes us whole in areas no one sees. In Jesus name, let it be.
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