Many of you are aware and have been praying for the Huffman’s as it relates to an infection Matt has been working through for a while. For those of you who are not aware, this is the much shortened version.
Since March, Matt has been in to see a couple doctors trying to figure out why he keeps getting an infection in his foot. It seems to go away and comes back almost worse than it was before. Pretty early on they eliminated the possibility of diabetes as well as a slew of other things. First, it was on his ankle, then his toe and apparently now is developing on the side of his foot. Through it all, we have discovered he is allergic to Neosporin and Sulfa Based Antibiotics, as well as most adhesives in medical tape or bandages. Unfortunately we had to learn that one the hard way.
He has been in to the Bone and Joint Clinic to rule out a broken bone, an Orthopedic Surgeon to try and rule out a bone infection and now a Vascular Surgeon to hopefully now get some answers. The week before we left for Michigan for vacation, he was in to have a CT Scan (since insurance wouldn’t cover the MRI) and yesterday he had a series of ultrasounds done from his hips to the tips of toes. We are praying that the results and the consultation he has with the Aspirus Specialist tomorrow (Wednesday June 20, 2012) provides the answers we have long been searching for and there is a treatment that can provide quick relief and help to the ongoing nature of what has been happening.
Matt will tell you that this has been an entirely strange situation to go through primarily because of the disabling nature of all of it. He has had to miss the last several weeks of work due to the inflammation and pain the infection has caused. As a workaholic by nature, getting him to take time off for much of anything is impossible but when you are told you can’t be on your feet and resting, it is even worse. For him knowing that someone else is having to work harder because he isn’t able to do something himself is even worse. He has also been on antibiotics for much of the last two and half months and hoping to not have to be on any soon. Having to eat a lot of yogurt and take a Probiotic twice a day isn’t a thrill either. Regardless we know that God is in control of everything we do, every circumstance we experience and every person we come in contact with and though we may not understand it all the time when it happens, we take comfort in knowing there is a greater good to happen as a result. We may never understand why He chooses to teach us something in the manner by which He chooses to teach us; or allow us to experience a struggle/hardship in such a manner. We will some day be able to look back and see how we grew, how we can encourage someone else or how we can minister to someone else more effectively because we have the history already in place to work off of.