Sunday, July 3, 2011

Casting Down Imaginations

By the end of our hyperbaric treatments, we may be calling Ryan “Stretch.” The pictures just don’t do his length justice. This was the stretching time just after Tuesday's morning dive, dive 22. I can’t believe how tall he is. Even just sitting in his wheelchair he seems so much taller and stronger. Ryan isn’t the only one being stretched in this process.

The time in the chamber is stretching me as well. I’m feeling more and more accomplished at 2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5 with every passing treatment in the small chamber.

2 Corinthians 10: 4 - 5
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

We “chamber parents” have talked about how we could let our minds take us to a state of panic if we didn’t stop them, if we don’t quickly take those anxious thoughts into captivity. While in the confined little chamber it is easy to start thinking about all of the what-ifs. What if the power goes out? What if the technicians left or something happened to them? ......WE'RE TRAPPED!!!!!!

When I briefly entertained those thoughts, I could almost feel my heart rate increase and my chest tighten, leading to a sudden difficulty in breathing. Now that is some imagination, creating difficulty in breathing while in a chamber packed with 100% oxygen.

To ward off those thoughts, I quickly became a fan of Nick Jr., the channel Ryan seems to like best while in the chamber. Miss Spider in Sunny Patch is my favorite. Does anyone else think that maybe the character of Miss Spider’s son, Bounce, might be based on Ryan?

Ok, praying that HBOT will assist with my self-diagnosed ADD.  Back to my "casting down imaginations" point, I pray that I will be able to keep those casting down muscles stretched out and remember what I have learned in the chamber:

1) When my heart begins to race from the what-ifs of life, I need to redirect my attention, not to Sunny Patch, but to God’s word. The most powerful word seems to be whatever He has spoken to me recently. He speaks and what He speaks is relevant to where I am today or where I’m headed so I need to write it down and reflect on it.

2) I’ve realized that when it gets hot in the chamber and Ryan is sprawled across me it triggers anxiety. That has me thinking about the anxiety triggers in life that I need to avoid – fatigue and failing to have quiet time with God are at the top of the list.

.....speaking of fatigue, I better do some avoiding of that anxiety trigger - Good night!  ; )


  1. I am so sorry for all you are going through with your son and pray this is a successful treatment.
    I understand having to 'cast down imaginations' and experiencing the fear when we do not. My children are not ill but my two 20 year old sons have turned away from God for now and I experience these same emotions.
    We cannot let ourselves go there and have to choose faith!
    May God bless you during this time.

  2. Thank you for sharing your heart. I do not face what you are facing, but I can identify with those anxious feelings. You are so right, that if I focus on what God has been speaking I feel his calming presence and know the reality of his love for me. His word that I've hid in my heart does have power!
    My latest struggle has been to trust that I am being a good mom and when I mess up with my adult kids that they will forgive me and not close themselves off from me. Rather than scrutinize their reactions or lack of response, I will be satisfied in the affection of my heavenly Father, first of all and receive family, or friends', kindnesses as gifts from him.
    Thank you for the encouragement, today.

  3. I'm sorry Ryan, you and the rest of the family are having to deal with this. We certainly don't always understand why some things happen and it is easy to feel anxiety. I have to remind myself many times when anxiety attacks that I need to remember that God is in control and I need to keep reminding myself of that and ask God to help me trust Him more.
    Blessings and prayers for you,