The dictionary describes “longsuffering” as showing self-restraint in the face of provocation, the opposite of anger and is associated with mercy. It was God’s mercy that kept our faith strong when the anti-seizure drug Sabril (vigabatrin) was not released by the FDA as had been expected for Anissa, previously in 1997.
In the meantime, another new drug, Gabitril (tiagabine), was prescribed. It helped diminish severe tremors/shakes and curb digestive reflux, creating a better appetite, which enabled Anissa to function better physically. But mental confusion took away her ability to feed herself or work her puzzles without help. Once again, when a higher dose of the drug was prescribed in an effort to raise the level to hopefully control the seizures, it caused her to relapse. Her body was unable to tolerate the Gabitril dosage and health-wise, she went rapidly downhill.
At that low point of Anissa’s life, alternative therapy was prescribed by her neurologist. It was a type of antioxidant therapy which combined the amino acid N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) along with therapeutic supplements of B-6, B-2 and magnesium. Studies using NAC therapy revealed a slowing in deterioration of the neurodegenerative process. Research also confirmed that cysteine can help to build and maintain an effective immune system. There was a significant improvement of Anissa’s overall health, until the dosages were raised, then the seizures worsened. A small maintenance dose worked best and Anissa’s health was restored!
At that time, NAC was being used for treatment of cystic fibrosis and is presently used to restore health to the liver, especially as a result in over dosage of Tylenol (acetaminophen). We had to order, by prescription, a special liquid formula of NAC from the pharmacy at the University of Florida Hospital where the Veterans Medical Services were researching and implementing NAC therapy. It was explained to me that the composition of their formula was able to get past the blood barrier of the brain; whereas, many NAC supplements do not. Currently, reports indicate that NAC is one of the most effective agents available for scavenging free radicals and is considered a type of universal antidote.
Alternative ways of healing are often suggested or offered to families such as ours. Tempting opportunities cross our paths and in desperate situations, many persons have been deceived by false hope and sometimes false claims. What can control seizures for one person might work the opposite and be poison to another. The Word of God says to pray about all things and to try the spirits.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3
Our first experience along those lines happened when Anissa was having 30 to 40 tonic-clonic seizures daily until she could barely breathe during the summer of 1975. An opportunity with all expenses paid was offered for us to take her to a clinic in Arizona. The intention of the heart of the person was loving and pure in wanting to help Anissa, but the avenue was based on the theory of a psychic medium who believed Jesus Christ was reincarnated rather than the only begotten Son of God.
That was our first experience in recognizing how “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). God’s pathway, instead, was to supernaturally deliver Anissa at that time, enabling her to be free of seizures for an entire year. To put faith in anything or anyone but the Living God can impair one’s judgment. A person may be easily deceived if blinded or ignorant of the Holy Bible which is God’s Word to us. Safe guards to consider when such temptations surface include prayer, seeking Godly wisdom, careful research, wise counsel, financial cost, interaction with other mediations or supplements being used, allergies and other sensitivities, and, of course, being in agreement with a spouse or co-guardians.
Achieving ultimate victory God’s way rests with His Excellent Grace!
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