David Cheney's Journal
Weary of procedures, is six enough?
Written Dec 11, 2013 9:53pmI wanted to give praise and thanks to God for restoring my eye and not having double vision. Since then I have had a few times where I have had a bit of double vision but it's very close to being totally gone! What a blessing! I still have major eye issues that prevent me from using that restored vision however.The seventh facial nerve (the artery that provides blood to a good artery) was blocked by the glue Dr. Larsen inserted into my abnormal artery. In my case the impact was losing all the motor function on the left side of my face, but no loss of sensation. The biggest loss is tear production and the other is control of my blinking. It's amazing how God created the miracle of vision. The eye blinks, pushing tears all around your eyes so you are able to see. Your prayers for my tears and blinking would be appreciated in addition to the rest of my facial muscles. The Dr. we saw today said the muscles may or may not recover. His assessment is that I have not regained any function since the procedure. My goal is to no longer need tape to hold down my eye and instead be healed completely.Janette and I feel like we need to stop any new embolizations because these deficits seem to be worse than the potential risks of doing nothing. Interestingly Dr. Larsen called for the first time since I was in the hospital and he also recommended waiting. Waiting has its risks which are similar if we have more embolizations or don't. All the neurologists have always believed waiting was unwise and advised us to try to block off the fistula. But after six procedures they still have not blocked it. We meet Dr. Larsen on the 19th so hopefully we will learn more then.This last procedure has been very difficult to process. In some ways this seems to be harder than any of the others. It feels like I'm slowly being whittled away. I treasure my sight and am thankful to have had a peaceful and joyful countenance. Now that I have no motor function on my left side I feel like those things are gone forever. I know it shouldn't matter what I look like but we live in a culture absessed with personal appearance and I suppose I am a product of that culture. God can make all the function return and I pray He will. I have endeavored to be completely honest and transparent on this blog. We've had some tough days this past year and God has been so faithful to provide hope and peace. I know He will do the same as I surrender to Him. I'm reading in Joshua right now and I have always loved the first part of chapter 1 - be strong and courageous.I would appreciate your prayers that I can look at my health issues in light of the cross and totally rest in Him, no matter what the circumstances. The word perspective is one I often think about. Things look so different when our perspective changes. I want to look at life through God's lense rather than my own. The journey on this planet is so short. I don't want to be consumed with the circumstances of this life when it takes my attention away from Truth. I will follow Him no matter the cost.On a lighter note....we received a big box full of presents on our porch last week by an anonymous giver! Several gifts each, beautifully wrapped for all 5 of us! I am so blessed by the generosity and creativity. Between all the financial gifts, the piggy bank, gift cards and now a box filled with presents we are blown away with your generosity. It's also having an effect on the kids as they witness God's provision. It must be pleasing to the Lord to see His children being so generous. You have blessed us in so many ways the most important being prayer. I used to think that was merely words that sound nice but throughout the past year it has been our lifeline. Thank you.The attached picture is me smiling. You obvious see my crooked mouth. In addition to that you see my crooked nose and droopy eye. Those don't come as well on the picture. I've had several big laughs so it's interesting to see what I look like to others. There are so many wonderful things in this world to smile at. I'll give it as much of a smile as I can!God bless you,David Cheney
A miracle of healing for double vision
Written Dec 3, 2013 9:40amThis morning God miraculously healed my double vision!!! For the first time since August I can clearly see things at a distance without correction. I'm using my reading glasses as I type this and can clearly see through both eyes close up. I have been seeing a optometrist several times this week but that was regarding the lack of tears that was caused by my facial paralysis. We weren't even trying to get rid of double vision or focusing issues at this point. I am still in shock of His goodness to me yet it's not surprising because God loves to give good gifts to His children. Please join me in giving all the glory and honor for what he has done.Please also pray my headaches. Both yesterday morning and this morning I have had pretty bad headaches. It's so bad now that going to the hospital has crossed my mind. In a few minutes I'll be going to therapy for my facial paralysis and I pray it will be as effective as the therapy for the stroke on my right side. I still have some weakness on my right side but it continues to improve.To God be the glory for what He has done!!David Cheney719-641-1267
financial gifts and hyperbaric update - from David
Written Nov 27, 2013 7:14pmSeveral folks have asked how to give to meet our medical and personal expenses. We will have another $6,500 insurance deductible due in January plus all the normal expenses like mortgage, utilities, food and gas since my job ended in August. We have been blown away by the generosity of folks. You help is greatly appreciated.
Although there is no way to compare my "light and momentary affliction" with Job I am always struck by the verse "the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of The Lord." I don't have a broad enough perspective to understand more than that. I'm reading chronologically through the bible and am in Numbers. The Isrealites were so quick to whine and complain because they didn't have a broad enough perspective to understand Gods plan for them. I don't want to fall in that trap myself but rather to focus on the things I do know, Gods character, His eternal plan, His faithfulness through any trial and the truth of Gods word. When I begin to focus on my trials I must choose to reflect on truth instead. It's too easy to replace the truth with a lie. When I read His word, no matter what book or verse, I am consuming truth rather than believing the lie that springs up when I feel sorry for myself.Yesterday we received word that the Hyperbaric doctor in the Springs does not believe that the treatment will be effective. He agreed that these first few, right after the procedure, make sense but not to do a full course of treatments. Trying to fix my issues his is not a standard way to to use the treatment anyway and is actually a bit unorthodox. So anyway, today was my last treatment. I must say I won't miss the six hour per day commitment if they don't even know if it help. I couldn't see any progress with these four treatments but trust that it may have helped.The biggest prayer request I have now is for my left eye to improve. That's the side of my face that is paralyzed. No matter how many drops of saline I put it in the eye it feels like being in strong wind with air blowing on it and no way to lubricate it. it's so painful that my only relief is to have both eyes closed. I'm thankful I can sleep comfortably but it's difficult to function during the day. I'm certainly not able to drive but doing anything other than closing both eyes is difficult. I haven't had any improvement in my facial paralysis. It has now been one full week since any of the muscles on the left side of my face have worked. I dribble out of the side of my mouth but am able to eat ok. I start therapy next week and am hoping for some quick results.I read every post you write on Caring Bridge or Facebook and am so thankful you are walking this road with me. I am so immeasurably blessed by you. Thank you for your notes, they are deeply meaningful. Thanksgiving is such a great time of year as we reflect on His goodness. There are literally thousands of thing to give Him thanks for each day. These health issues began exactly one year ago tomorrow on November 28, 2012. It hasn't been a year we expected but God has worked deeply in our lives. He is good, all the time!Thank you and God bless you. I'll try to attach a picture of my new look. I'm a little scary looking but am trusting it will get better!David Cheney
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- Personal gifts can be sent to David and Janette Cheney at 8940 Kingston Heath Road, Peyton, CO 80831