“Hi Mrs. Daruk, this is Dr. Anderson from the gastroenterology clinic. Elijah’s biopsy results are back.”

Usually her assistants call me. Something must have shown up.

“I believe we’ve found the source of Elijah’s pain. It turns out he has a rare immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” she continued.

EOE for short.

“He had a lot of eosinophils present in his esophagus and there should be none.”

“What does that mean exactly? Where do we go from here?” I asked.

“He needs to be seen right away with an EOE specialist. I’ll work on getting the appointment set up and we’ll call you shortly. In addition, I’m prescribing a medication that may provide some relief until he can be seen.”

Rare immune disorder. Oh God, not again.

I suppressed the pain my heart tried to resurface and opened my computer. For hours I read articles and watched videos.

Relief that something showed up was quickly squelched by the fear of what the future might hold for yet another one of my children.

Elijah felt some relief in having a diagnosis, yet his pain was still there.

With a head full of facts and a heavy heart, I shared the information with my son. I reminded him that although it took much longer than expected, God answered our prayers for wisdom and understanding.

He is no stranger to hurting kids. He watched his own brothers suffer. We frequent children’s hospitals because of that and he sees them.

My son courageously wields his sword as a battle rages all around him.

Our enemy is no respecter of age.

Shielding him from the horrors of this world is something I cannot do no matter how bad I want to. Instead, I must prepare him. Remind him that we must wake each day clad in God’s armor.

We must always be prepared for battle.

So, true to his character and with a heart bigger than his tummy ache he asked about other children who might have this disorder. Here’s that conversation.

Thursday June 1st is his appointment with the EOE specialist.

I appreciate your mention of Elijah as you approach our father’s throne. I am humbled that we have a loving, caring father upon which we can pour out our fears.

What face does your fear wear today? Whatever it looks like, may my son’s courage remind you that God loves you and he has a plan for you, even when you can’t see it.

8 Replies to “A DIAGNOSIS”

  1. My dear Callie!
    You have a brave son. I’ve written his name on my Bible bookmark and all through the day whenever I see it, I pray for him.

    Thank You that You see Elijah and You care. I pray for the grace and strength he needs to endure as You do Your perfect work in him and I pray for healing and comfort for Elijah in Your perfect timing. You know what he needs and You are able and good all the time. Give his family peace and strength and his doctors wisdom and insight. Glorify Yourself through Elijah! Amen!

  2. Oh, Callie. Once again, you’ve bravely and generously offered courage in the midst of your own tribulations. So grateful. Prayed, praying, and will continue to pray! (((HUGS))) from the PNW. Squelching anxieties about the future, here. Elijah, thank you, for reminding me to take up the Sword of the Spirit. “Perfect Love (God) drives out fear.” 1 John 4:18

  3. Callie, I don’t even know what to say! Your son is such a trooper! He’s so cute and he is bearing such a heavy load in such a positive way. I will be praying for Elijah and for those that will be treating him. I also will pray for you and your hubby and your other children. This is has been so hard on all of you and it sounds like this has not been the first time! Sometimes I just want to ask God, “Are you sure about this?” But we know that He is sure and the only true certainty is found in Him. Stand firm, sweet lady! You will get through this and Christ will be declared victor! – Amy

  4. Oh, Callie. Praying for your precious baby, Elijah, as I know you have prayed for mine. Know that you and your family are in my heart and I will continue to lift up your courageous young man before our Father. I love you, my new-found friend.

  5. Our love and prayers are with you all. Our God is always faithful!

    Love you……Janice