Harder Family

Harder Family

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Never A Dull Moment

 Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Update: Wayne is out of the hospital. He didn’t
have a stroke (praise) and his scan is still clear
(praise), but no one has answers for this sudden
increase in seizures. We are working with our doctor
in Chicago to schedule a 2 day EEG and see a
specialist who works with brain cancer patients

experiencing seizures. 

There is never a dull moment at our house. I know I haven't posted in a long time and it has been on my to-do list for months. Life has been chaotic with all the kids. Joella had her tonsils out in September and Grace tore her ACL and had to leave Life Action Ministries to have surgery. I'll have to post an update later during the holiday season for the summer and fall months. For now, I wanted to give a current update. 

Wayne left with Sophia and Shan on Wednesday to head to Sanford, FL for us to serve for two weeks with Ethnos360. They arrived Thursday afternoon after discovering an hour from their destination that Wayne's back tires were literally falling apart on the inside. God protected them and got them safely to their destination. 

I left Thursday morning after Grace's follow up orthopedic appointment. The girls and I didn't arrive in Sanford until 1:00am. It was then that I realized that my backpack, with all my contacts and glasses, was left at home. God worked so many details out! I was able to see a local eye doctor, who never has openings and just happened to have a cancelation 30 minutes before I called. I was able to get a couple pair of contacts to hold me over until my parents were able to overnight my bag to me, which probably cost me a kidney.

We spent Friday evening at Christmas in the Country with our friends that live in the area. It was wonderful to spend time with the Beck, Hartman, and Edwards families. The weather was perfect and we all had a great time.

Saturday was Shan's 16th birthday and we spent the day visiting manatees at Blue Spring State Park and driving to Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. Wayne has wanted to re-visit this location after seeing tortoises there ten years ago. Shan Chen chose to eat at Culvers for his birthday. That kid can't get enough of that crazy restaurant! We had a great day making memories as a family and ended the day with the Edwards family.

On Sunday morning, Wayne and I woke up and were talking and relaxing before we were to get up for church. Suddenly, Wayne experienced a focal seizure in his right leg. I gave him a lorazepam under his tongue to end the seizure. His seizure ended and we thought we were good. About 7-10 minutes later, he lost complete sensation in his right arm. Then his face went numb and he couldn't speak. I quickly realized this was something we needed to be seen for. It was unlike anything we have seen since his initial diagnosis. So, I packed a backpack and headed to a local ER to be evaluated. They quickly did a CT to make sure he didn't have a stroke. The initial results show no stroke, but they are admitting him to be evaluated over night. He is currently getting an MRI and then will have an EEG in the morning. I have tried asking questions about what could be causing these issues. The last six months we have seen an increase in focal seizures, after months and years of not having seizures. He also has been experiencing an increase in right side weakness and some other symptoms. No one seems to have answers for us. Hopefully, between this team of doctors and our doctor in Chicago, we can come up with a plan and try to figure all of this out. 

I also have the privilege of volunteering this weekend with Inheritance of Hope for their Hope@Home Weekend Retreat. God's timing is perfect! In light of what is going on today, I know that God has this amazing group of people to surround me on this hard day.

We appreciate prayers for wisdom for the doctors and guidance as we move forward. Please pray that our new tires arrive quickly and that God moves mountains and opens all the doors that we need to get back home. We love all of you!

1 comment:

  1. Praying for each of you as you wait for the results to come in. God is walking with you. I love each of you and am praying that you feel God's love and presence each day.