Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flying High...

I've been waiting a LONG time for this post.  Sometimes it seems like I've been waiting forever.  In fact, the Euler household has become the patience capitol of the world.  Ok maybe not the world....but we've definitely been learning some patience over the past couple of years.

I could write a novel about what the past year has been like for us.  At times it has been good and other times frustrating.  But ultimately we want the focus to be on the outcome and how God was faithful through it all.....not on the scary, "what's going to happen to us" parts.

Timeline of Crohn's Events

September 2008-Peter returns home from deployment
December 2008-Laura starts to worry about Peter b/c he has lost a lot of weight
March 2009-Peter finishes IP school and goes on an overseas trip
May 2009-Peter is diagnosed with Crohn's disease

Crohn's Disease = No flying and potentially being "kicked out" of the Air Force

July 2009-Peter submits original waiver (we are told it will take 6-8 weeks)
November 2009-Peter finally receives original waiver, recommending a medical retirement from the AF
January 2010-Peter's petition to stay active in AF is approved
February 2010-Peter is given the order to stop taking his medicine in order to fly again-he must be steroid-free for 5 months before they will consider a flying waiver
February 2010-Peter starts the Maker's Diet
July 2010-Peter submits medical waiver
August 2010-Peter is finally cleared to fly

When I type it out like that it doesn't seem like that big of a deal.  And honestly as a family we can say we have truly been blessed by this disease.  I know that sounds a little crazy but you know us-we're a little crazy!  God has shown us so many things through this rough time!  And he has given us so many blessings!!

Some of the things we are thankful for because of Crohns:
  • awesome European vacation last year
  • getting pregnant
  • Peter being home and able to see his Grandma before she passed away
  • spending holidays with our family
  • spending time with one another
  • getting to have Baby E while we still live in Charleston
  • learning to trust God with everything
It's been a wild ride!  And of course the irony is that now he is able to fly it means he will start to go away again and will definitely miss out on some of the new changes that are soon to come.  But we are so thankful for this opportunity.  We want to be living in God's will and for now that means flying for Peter!!  We are incredibly thankful for our family and friends who have walked and prayed this journey with us.  We have an amazing support system and are so grateful for that.

I guess now that I've talked about how patient I am I can't say anything about how I can not WAIT until Baby E arrives.....but it's true!!!  We are looking forward to the next piece of exciting news we have to share!  Until then we are thanking the Lord for His leading in our lives!


Amber said...

Yay! Yay! Yay!! That is all I know to say

Marcie said...

Hi Laura! I just found your blog after visiting your fb page. Congrats on the new little one, by the way. How is the maker's diet going? How does that work with Peter's flying schedule? You know, my little Maggie has always had pretty nasty intestinal trouble but has been symptom-free since starting the specific carbohydrate diet-it's probably based on the same premise. Interesting how the food we eat affects us so much.

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