“You are doing well,” my doctor pronounced during my last visit. Resisting the urge to respond, I narrowed my eyes and kept my mouth shut. Will someone please define well for me?
3 John 1:2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” NIV
I USED TO BE WELL
I remember when I checked all the no boxes on the health history form: no medications, no allergies, no health problems. Now I need an additional page to list my medications. I have had to check yes: yes I have diabetes, yes I have Addison’s disease, yes I have hypothyroidism. Oh yeah, and don’t forget myasthenia gravis (MG).
Psalm 38:10, “My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me.” AMP
The Johns Hopkins website states, “People with MG can live a normal or near normal life.” Exactly who thinks this is anywhere near normal? It is recommended people with MG use an electric toothbrush to conserve strength. Personally, muscle fatigue from brushing my teeth is not anywhere near my normal, not even close. I have decided:
WHAT MEASURING STICK DID YOU USE?
Thankfully, I really am doing much better. I can drive now and walk through most of the grocery store and cook a little. If I pace myself I can water my flowers, but I planted succulents in case I have a bad day. I suppose if I had been sedentary before it would not be such a bad disease, maybe. But my normal was so different.
Leviticus 19:35, “You must not be unfair in measurements of length, weight, or volume.” HCSB
THE DOCTOR WASN’T WRONG
At first I was limp as a rag doll. Compared to my limitations when I was first diagnosed with MG, I am doing quite well. Compared to my abilities before I was diagnosed not so much. So how I measure up depends on what I am compared to.
2 Corinthians 10:12, “For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding.” HCSB
COMING UP SHORT
Perhaps we play the same game with our Christian walk or good works. Many people erroneously think good people go to heaven. If salvation could be earned, why would Jesus need to die a cruel death on the cross? We end up comparing ourselves to ourselves then decide we are good enough. But we all fall short when we compare ourselves to the One who came to live a perfect, sinless life. He is the standard and He is the only way to get to the other side.
Isaiah 46:5, “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?” NIV
I AM WELL
I am doing well in my heart and in my head. That’s where it truly counts. It is well with my soul.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul ~Horatio Spafford
Thanks doc, I can roll my own dice at Bunco now if I alternate arms. It’ all relative.
I hope you don’t think I am complaining, but awareness does not come through sugar coating. Love you all for your amazing support! Your prayers have truly strengthened me. Keep spreading awareness about myasthenia gravis.