Tag: pain

Good Day Today and a Possible Answer

Today was a good day as I had no pain all day after receiving a new pain medication. Physical therapy evaluated me and I walked down the hall about 25 feet with a walker. PT and occupational therapy will work with me tomorrow. The doctor coordinating my case is giving me a break from tests tomorrow, so PT and OT will take up my day.

I was scheduled today for a CT-guided biopsy of a lymph node in my neck. However, they opted just to do a CT scan of my neck first. It showed no abnormality so the ENT doctor said there is no reason to do a biopsy. That’s good news, but doesn’t help us solve the puzzle of what is wrong.

The neurologist does think I have some type of lymphoma which is a cancer of the blood. Apparently lymphoma can be very painful, and also has some of my other symptoms. This is not definite yet, but looks like the most likely at this point. The challenge is to confirm this and then determine what type of lymphoma it is.

So that’s the latest news from the Warnocks. We’re just trusting God to help the doctors figure this out so we can get on with it. Lymphoma comes in many varieties and the survival rate is high and treatments are available. If it is lymphoma, lots of people have survived it and lived long productive lives.

Just pray for us and the doctors and nurses. I have a great team of medical professionals working on this. But mostly we have great friends who are praying and that’s the most important thing. More tomorrow after we see the doctor in the morning. Thanks for your prayers.

Where Was God in the Earthquake?

Where was God in the earthquake?  Craig David Uffman says it eloquently on his blog, Metanoia.  Here’s an excerpt, but read the entire post here:

There are those who speak at such times of the omnipotence of God. Some will see this and all such natural disasters as evidence against the God in whom we trust.  They will portray the earthquake as ‘Exhibit A’ in their case against our claims of a good and loving God.

Others will feel it necessary to defend the righteousness of God. Well-meaning Christians will rise to declare this disaster to be God’s majestic will, a will wholly impenetrable to us,  and they will cite our story of Job to warn us against efforts to comprehend it.  And, sadly, other Christians also will rise to declare this disaster to be God’s will, but, forgetting Job and distorting our story tragically, they will tell us precisely which group among us brought about the earthquake as punishment for their unforgivable sins.

Each of these do us a service, for they force us to give an account of our faith in God and to remember carefully the truths about God we actually claim.  For the same question that moves these groups haunts us, too, as we see the tears of anguished, hungry, and orphaned girls and boys reaching their hands out to us: where was God in the earthquake?

Theologian David Bentley Hart offers the best answer I know in his book The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? He wrote it upon reflecting on the great tsunami that struck Asia in 2004.  Hart reminds us that “we are to be guided by the full character of what is revealed of God in Christ.  For, after all, if it is from Christ that we are to learn how God relates himself to sin, suffering, evil, and death, it would seem that he provides us little evidence of anything other than a regal, relentless, and miraculous enmity: sin he forgives, suffering he heals, evil he casts out, and death he conquers.  And absolutely nowhere does Christ act as if any of these things are part of the eternal work or purposes of God.”