Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Calming Down

Wow! Did you ever totally overreact to something, then feel bad that your first reaction wasn't to fully rely on God and take comfort, knowing He is in control? Well, that's what happened to me Friday. I was so dumbfounded at the possibility that William could be blind and deaf, that I momentarily forgot Who would work all things together for his good.
So, here is an update: first, I had to get through the weekend. This could have been extremely difficult if it weren't for my super fabulous, intelligent, godly, loving husband who, among other things, pointed me to this comforting passage in 1 Peter 5:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (6-11)
We spent the weekend praying for our little boy, researching doctors and hospitals, asking friends for help, and writing letters to doctors. Monday morning Michael faxed letters out and I ended up speaking with several doctor's offices. By late Monday afternoon, things had come together very well. I am especially thankful for our pediatric ophthalmologist's office. Dr. Scott's nurse was very helpful to me. She took the time to explain many things and really made me feel better about how things were playing out. And she got us an appointment with a retinal specialist here in our state! We will see him after the ERG is done, which will be tomorrow (Thursday, May 21). We have to be there at 6am and I believe they will start sedation within the hour. I am unsure how long the procedure will take, but we appreciate your prayers for William. We are very happy with the way the ERG worked out. The facility has been more than accomodating to William's needs and has indeed been very child-friendly and caring.
We are still looking at the possibility of doing some testing at a hospital out of state, depending on the results of the ERG. I am very glad that we were able to get the ERG scheduled so quickly.
Thank you so much to everyone who was looking for doctors. Everyone was so very helpful. A couple of them we are still talking to for possibly using at a later date.
I meant to update yesterday, but my grandmother died Monday night and I spent a large portion of the day with family yesterday. The funeral is this afternoon. I'll try to update after the procedure tomorrow, but if I don't get to it, don't feel bad about calling. Thank you for checking on our precious little boy!
"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7


  1. We all have those monments. And then, when things do come together, it once again reminds us that HE was listening the whole time. It was just us not listening. So very happy for William that things have unfolded in a manor that you feel are acceptable and reassuring. Will wait for your next posting and hope positive information is obtained.
    Jill Andrews

  2. Mrs. Ocker,
    We are praying for William, he looks so much like Abby! I have posted something on our blog that may encourage you, I have copied the link below. But do know that we are praying not just for William but for you and Mr. Ocker as well.
    In His Service,
    Sarah Y. for the Young Family.


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