Thursday, May 5, 2011

Trigeminal neuralgia and the National Day of Prayer

When I was suffering with the "lightening strikes" of trigeminal neuralgia, I did a lot of praying as well as some bargaining with God. One of the things I promised Him was that I would be grateful forever if He would take the pain.

In my opinion, bargaining with God is ineffective. But when one is desperate, a variety of tactics are employed. I'm glad the Lord saw my faith and desperation and looked beyond my attempt to make a deal with Him.

Almost every day, I go to a private prayer list and pray for individuals who have facial pain and other types of nerve pain. I call each name aloud. With today being the National Day of Prayer, I wanted to focus the day praying for everyone who has face pain, including people whose names I don't know, whose voices I've never heard, and whose emails I have not read.

My day began with prayer, and I felt uplifted and grateful. Then as the day continued, other things commanded my attention. I've had a week full of medical appointments and trips to the pharmacy. A drugstore in my community closed, and the one I use is bursting with business. The good news, however, is that I have a "no co-pay" card for a prescription.

When the cashier told me that "no co-pay" means that I'm responsible for more than $250.00, I became anxious. She continued to check my options, and I began to pray. But this time I prayed for me. I asked the Lord to remind me how small the current issue really is compared to trigeminal or glossopharyngeal neuralgia. With my car in park and a foot on the brake, I closed my eyes and recalled the pain. I remembered that I am blessed. And if you are someone who is suffering, I remembered you.

Hope is the first step to recovery. If your hope is gone and you would like me to call your name when I pray, please contact me via email.

I am thankful to live in a country that allows us to pray. 

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  1. Oh, Kathy, your perspective is so wise--thank you for crying out to the Lord on behalf of everyone suffering from TN, as well as those of us who have other types of pain, including emotional.

    I have a diagnostic test tomorrow for a suspicious spot found; will you please agree in prayer with me for good results?

    Thank you, dear sis!

  2. Jen,

    Thank you for letting me know. It's an honor to pray for you. I'll be waiting to hear something. Blessings to you, dear one.