Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Do You Want The Good News Or The Bad News First?

We took Dario to that second opinion visit to the specialist in Naples. The location was simply breathtaking. You know those picures taken high up on some remote site that make you feel that you are looking down, down, down towards a town in the distance and a full view of the beach with waves, ships and stretching sky taken panoramically? That is what we saw. Gorgeous. I did not realize I would need my camera, so it sad idly at home, when it should have been at work clicking away so I could show you. We will be able to get those shots sometime in September as we have to take Dario back for a recheck.

Anyhow, about this visit. It was short. We had a 10 o'clock appointment and we left shortly after 10:30 am. Well, in a nutshell, we have to get Dario 3 months worth of physical therapy before our next visit. The physical therapy will be mostly muscle stretching exercises which the doctor briefly showed me but recommended I let a professional do, especially at first. Poor baby screamed the entire visit because she was stretching him as she talked. Eek!

Well, basically, because this now takes precedence over our lives, we will NOT be able to go to the States in July. :-( We have two weddings in August, and, so, we do not know when we will make it there. We are saddened by the thought of not seeing you all, but... We also know that God is in control. He closed the door for a reason, three times in total, actually. I was a mix of smiles because of God's faithfulness in directing and guiding us and providing for all of our needs, while also shedding, at the same time, some tears because of the news that Dario would not be fine without help (We hoped we would hear something different...) and also because of our delay in going back to PA.

We do have good news on the "physical therapy" stuff. Apparently, because of Dario's age, we can apply to have a therapist come to our house to do the job instead of going to an office every day. He requires 5 out of 7 days worth of therapy over 3 months. Well, actually, Anthony went this morning to apply and was granted this. And, so, Praise The Lord!!! Since I cannot legally drive here yet, that is a load off. And, God is opening doors and directing us in all of this, so we have peace while also daily learning what it means to "trust and surrender". Pray with us that all will go well with the physical therapy that Dario will never again have to worry about the toricollis or side affects from it. Pray that God will grant us His joy, hope, peace and wisdom in every day as we enter this new and daily challenge. Pray for direction and wisdom for the therapist as he or she works with Dario and that our family can be a witness and testimony of Jesus. And, pray that we can all feel better about not being able to visit with our family and friends this summer... That God will provide the perfect time for us to spend time together soon. It has been 2 years, and we have felt that is was time. Guess Not! :-)

With tears AND smiles of blessing, I sign out for now...


  1. I am glad that you are finding out how to treat this condition and I know that God will touch him! I was very sad to read that you were not coming to the States in July (you'll have to disregard my excitement in my other comment!) but I understand that his health is much more important. I will pray that God touches him completely and continues to lead you and Anthony in the right path:) All our love, Claudia

  2. thanks, Claudia. and i WILL NOT disregard the other message. I am eventually getting back, and it is a pleasure to know that someone is waiting excitedly on the other end. I look forward to getting to hug you one of these days. :-)

  3. Wow. Is there a previous post that talks more about the toricollis? I've never heard if it before.

  4. Hi, My Ice Cream Diary, you can check my May 13, 2008 entry for a little bit more information on the torticollis. If you Google Congenital Muscular Torticollis you will find a lot of info on it. I added a reference website on that entry, too. I had not heard of it either, until my son's experience. well, have a great day, and thanks for your comments.