so we near the end of our consult with jon’s neurologist at mayo clinic on friday. we had gone over test results and through physical and mental assessments. we had heard some things that we as parents needed more time to process. there were some irregular spikes in brain waves in response to specific stimuli, and as such a diagnosis of a seizure disorder, nos. medication was prescribed. lifestyle changes and healthy habits encouraged. and then our neurologist asked jon if he had any questions. and we knew exactly what was going to come out of jon’s mouth: “can i play sports? can i play football?” and by the look on the neurologist’s face, he knew what question was coming his way as well. and his answer was, “well,..yes. i don’t want to make an invalid out of someone who doesn’t need to be one.” and jon pressed for more specifics. “no, i mean tonight. can i play in the game tonight?” “yes you can…and good luck!”
so we drove home, very quickly i might add, because our son was so excited to get his pads and uniform on and get out on the field with his team mates. and he did. and his team won. and near the end of the fourth quarter he intercepted a pass and ran it forty yards in for a touchdown. i was on the sidelines with my camera and a friend. i dropped my camera to my lap and just watched through saline flooded eyes. it was like the last loop of a week-long emotional roller coaster.
we certainly appreciate all the concern you’ve shown, all the prayers you’ve prayed, and how we have felt rallied around as we’ve gone through this thing so far. we are grateful for that. for you. and we are grateful to our Creator God, who sustains and breathes hope into us, even when the fragile nature of this life causes us to fear, and even to question his goodness toward us.
jon got a text from a friend just as we were getting ready to leave mayo for home. a friend who is a tremendous athlete. who has dealt with his own set of physical limitations and yet found ways to overcome. found ways to live life as fully as possible. and he encouraged jon to do this, ” go out there and honor your Creator in how you play.” and i pass those words on to you today… go out there and honor your Creator in how you do your life today.