In Times of Trouble and In Times of Peace
The good news is that the medication we were so desperately waiting for finally arrived. The even better news is that Ronan fared better than I expected as the long weeks of waiting dragged out. During that time, I dreaded making additional calls to the specialty pharmacist. I hesitated to send more emails to the nurses while waiting for updates on the medication delay. It was important that I reached out, even though the news remained completely gloomy from mid-December to early February.
It was the first time in a very long time that I was not feeling my usual hopefully ever after self.
As the expected date of availability approached, I reread my notes. Since the beginning of the ordeal, Ronan’s script had been changed and sent to multiple pharmacies. We did that thinking that someone, anyone at one point, would have the name brand meds on hand. From our community to each corner of the United States we were told no, the name brand supply was gone. While trying to go the traditional route to fill the prescription, others thought outside the box for me. People offered to go out of country and find the pills elsewhere. Others, while traveling overseas on other continents, thought to do the same. I’ve shared already how floored I was that friends and complete strangers leapt at the chance to help my son.
I’m beyond grateful still that they thought to do that.
Since the medication arrived on February 9th, a few days earlier than originally expected, a friend shared that she’d gone to Lourdes. She specifically prayed for us and for the very special intention we asked others to pray – that Ronan’s medication get to him without any further delays. She included another intention we were praying at the same time – that we find a suitable replacement for our caregiver who’s moving onto a new job. I wasn’t aware that this friend had traveled to Lourdes, a pilgrimage site in France, but the time that she was there coincides when the medication issue was resolved. It also corresponds to when we met and offered the caregiver position to an ideal candidate who came with the highest of recommendations.
Switch my feelings of being floored to experiencing indescribable joy.
Prayers were answered! Ronan’s medication protocol is now back to what it should be. We begin training new, promising staff next week. My faith was definitely tested these last two months, but I’m so glad I didn’t lose it. I praise Him while also breathing a huge sigh of relief. Easily, I could shake my fists at God and fume at the enormous hurdles placed in front of us. But I won’t. It doesn’t do me any good to dwell in the anger that crept into our very scary reality. Righteous anger certainly has a place. So does keeping the faith though. I’d much rather keep that because surely another hurdle will be put on our path at some point. Whenever that happens, I’ll pray that I will have the knowledge and the strength to handle it.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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Posted by: MamaPraise | February 19, 2023 at 03:35 PM
What a beautiful and hopeful story! Beautiful and inspiring comments too. So happy things are working out for Ronan. Praise God. At times our humanity gets the better of us and lay awake at 3 a.m. wondering who will take care of our child(now teenager)after we are gone. We have provisions in place, but still worry at times. Then the spirit comes and reminds me that he and all of us our in his heart and hands! I peacefully go back to sleep. So happy for you all.
Posted by: Gerardo Martinez | February 19, 2023 at 12:17 PM
Cathy-Your friend prayed for your son's medication to arrive on time, and for a new caregiver for Ronan and Blessed Mother Mary answered both your prayers, which is a true miracle. You are very fortunate to have such a wonderful and caring friend who prayed for you at Lourdes. We also use seizure medication and always hope it arrives on time for our son as well. Miracles do happen and it makes our faith in God even stronger.
Posted by: Gayle | February 19, 2023 at 10:01 AM
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Posted by: Emmaphiladelphia | February 19, 2023 at 09:52 AM
Thank you for sharing your good news of the Lord’s provision for Ronan and your family! Loved the song you linked to, also :)
Two verses I cling to in times of trouble are the following:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Posted by: Laura Hayes | February 19, 2023 at 07:47 AM