Just as we thought things could not get much more challenging, we have just heard from Brazil news about our 23 yr old son Ben. He and his wife Dabi have just recently packed up their flat in Joinville and moved up to São Paulo in preparation for traveling to the UK mid next week to be with us for the next few months. Ben has however suffered a relapse of a condition (diagnosed as Myasthenia Gravis) he developed in July and which was responsible for him falling and being rendered unconscious with convulsions for two days, and hospitalised for a further period in July. Yesterday, we received this message from Dabi…
He’s having a Myasthenia crisis which has gotten much stronger since Sunday. It’s something that’s never happened before. It includes nausea, double vision, muscle trembling, voice change, slow speech, mental confusion, weakness and loss of appetite. He’s been to the hospital twice now. The last time was on Thursday when a specialist saw him and increased his medication dosage from 3 to 4 capsules. We’ll see the doctor again on Monday to see if Benjy will have to increase the dosage even more or take an entirely different medication in order to get better before our traveling date. Please pray that he will get better in time for our journey. Thank you!
Since that email, I have spoken to Ben & Dabi twice and there seems to have been some improvement in most of the above. Evidently the medical staff are now considering whether the original Myasthenia Gravis diagnosis was correct.
Plainly, this has been difficult news for us, especially after my melanoma diagnosis and current treatment. At this stage, we are not entirely sure what the best next step is until we are clearer about Ben’s condition over the next few days. We are grateful that at least he and Dabi are currently living with her parents in preparation for their departure and extended stay in the UK. They have therefore got immediate family help and support at hand.
We would be grateful if you could join us in prayer, asking that our Lord Jesus would place his hand on this situation, bringing relief, healing and his wisdom for the doctors, and wisdom for both Ben and Dabi as they consider their movements over the next few days and weeks.
With other things also happening in the family, I kind of feel the Old Testament book of Job has some resonance for us at the moment.