Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Very LONG Week!

As is common with alot of adults, Cliff was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago with type 2 diabetes. The doctor was great and gave us a bunch of helpful information. We went to CVS, fully loaded with coupons and got all his necessary blood testing supplies and thus began his life with diabetes.
The doctor started him on Metformin (a very common drug for the treatment of type2 diabetes) at one pill once a day the first week and increase to two pills a day the 2nd week. The second day he started the two pill week, he noticed some blurring in his vision. Cliff has worn reading glasses for years but has never had a problem seeing distance. By Wednesday of that week, his vision had blurred to the point he didn't feel safe in driving his tractor-trailor. We decided not to wait for his follow-up doctor visit but go right away. A change in vision is also fairly common when a person's blood sugar has been very high and often can get bad during initial treatement. Unfortunately, there are no timelines as to how long his vision would be messed up.
It's been frustrating for him. I know how frustrated I have been over not being able to hear well over these past several months. I think I'd rather not hear well than not see well. On top of that, he can't go to work which creates a whole other source of frustration.
This past Friday, I mentioned to Cliff that perhaps he could try different strengths of reading glasses to see if that would help. They did to an extent so we decided to run by our Opthamologists office and see if, by chance, they could fit him in for an appointment. At first, the receptionist told him they want you to wait until your blood sugar has been regulated for 3 months!!!! Now I don't know about you but we can't go 3 months without an income!! Once he explained that he cant work because of his eye situation, they talked to the dr. who agreed to see him on Saturday. Now, this eye office just started taking appointments on Saturdays!!
According to the Opthamologist, his eyes may never clear up to what they were and even if they did, it may only be slight. He was able to prescribe a pair of bi-foculs and with those, Cliff and see perfectly!! Hopefully they will be back in by next weekend so he can return to work quickly.
We were so amazed how God orchestrated this entire thing. From prompting us to run by the eye dr., to them agreeing to see him, to them being open on Saturday, to bifoculs clearing his vision. Who knows how long we would have been waiting for eyes to clear up that may never clear up!!
It was a great reminder to me, once again, that no matter how large I think my problems or obstacles are, God is bigger and greater. Why is it that I continually want to limit God? It's like I want to run and have safety nets spread out just in case God doesn't come through. Little by little I'm learning to trust Him.

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