Having an undiagnosed health issue can be scary. But God met Gail in a powerful–and healing–way. Read on…
An Answer to Prayers Not Spoken
by Gail Pallotta
Puzzled, I peered at a big red spot on my leg then mentioned it to my husband.
“It will go away,” he said.
That was ten years ago. We were in Williamsburg, Virginia, on the trip we’d looked forward to for a year. I had a virus, but went anyway. In spite of the July heat we’d walked through the village. When I stayed awake that night shivering, overcome with weakness and nausea, I attributed it to the hot sun and the virus.
One month later, a flight to Los Angeles, California, proved me wrong. Too tired to stand when we got off the plane, while we waited for the car we’d rented, I sat on top of my suitcase. After we secured our vehicle and arrived at the hotel, I forced my feet to walk until I fell on the bed. But soon we left to eat.
At the restaurant I barely forced down a bite. After we finished, rather than go out and look around as we’d planned, we returned to the room so I could lie down. A few hours later, I developed severe indigestion. I prepared a cup of peppermint tea, took a sip, and started shaking uncontrollably. This went on all night.
The next morning we flew home, and I started an agonizing new journey. After having tests for a month, I had no diagnosis and was told nothing could be done. I left the doctor’s office and went home wondering whether or not I’d live. Stunned and exhausted, I couldn’t think, let alone pray, but God answered my unspoken prayers.
The last name of an alternative doctor I’d never met, but had heard of ten years earlier, popped in my head over and over, even when I tried to dismiss it. Finally, I contacted a friend for the doctor’s first name and phone number.
He turned out to be David Lee, D.C, Ph.D, C.Ad. He ran a scan, which showed my organs functioning at eight to fourteen percent and treated me immediately to start removing a toxic substance. Within a month or so, another scan revealed the bacteria for Chronic Lyme disease.
With the care of Dr. Lee and Raphael d’Angelo, M.D., a cohort recommended by Dr. Lee, I’ve overcome most of the problems created by this nasty malady. In my new book about the disease, Barely Above Water, the symptoms and therapies are real. The situation where the main character, Suzie, keeps hearing the doctor’s last name is based on my experience. However, the story and characters are fictitious.
An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?
Find out more about Barely above Water at http://www.gailpallotta.com.
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Award-winning author Gail Pallotta is a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s published four books, including Barely Above Water, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Visit Gail’s web site at http://www.gailpallotta.com and look for Barely above Water at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DN2UTTS.
Let’s talk about this: Many people suffer from a chronic and/or undiagnosed illness. Have you had that experience? What has helped you to live with it? How has the Lord taught you during your experience? If you haven’t personally experienced an illness like this, do you know someone who has? How do you see them respond? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We can all learn from one another.