A Care-Taker's Dilemna

August 26, 2011 by Rieshy

Yesterday, as the doctor told me that my 3 year old may be experiencing growth plate issues or necrosis of the blood supply to his hip that would require surgery, he added, "But I don't want you to worry."

I almost laughed.  What's one more really expensive, possibly necessary or possibly unnecessary test that gobbles up another day and another dollar?  What's a few more care-taker decisions in a long succession of decisions?  Decisions that I constantly second-guess.

The thing is, I was relatively sure that his pain and limp were related to his metabolic disorder.  But we weren't sure.  Turns out (after x-rays) I was probably right. 

Today at my 17 year old's piano lesson I heard her teacher telling her that since she has small hands she must learn to think through and re-arrange her fingering so that she can play a piece with the same ease and power of a pianist with a larger hand.  Perseverance despite a shortcoming.

In a life of faith, is it possible that the propensity to worry is the equivalent of small hands?  If so, it's something I need to take into consideration.  If so, I can clearly relate it to the passage in James 1:1-3

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Unknown said...

this is good truth, but right now I'm not in the mood. After a carefree summer its ENT specialists, Speech and hearing specialists and my personal favorite, the cranky neurosurgeon again.
I really really thought we were past all this. I'm thankful for a happy, healthy smart 2 year old with a giant head and a tired body. I'm only doing this because I'm trying to "do the right thing"...but I sure don't feel like it. I sure am not facing this with joy.
I guess you challenged me today.

Melanie said...

Thanks for another good reminder. Everybody has trials and small hands don't help! I'll try not to use my "small hands" as a reason to give up. Praying for all of you especially S.

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CristyLynn said...

Ok, confession...at first glance, I read the title of this post as "A CAKE-Taker's Dilemma".
As I sympathized with your feelings as you interacted with the doctor, I was still waiting for the cake to come in. I thought perhaps it had something to do with FOD, which I guess essentially it did, just not in the way I was expecting.
I think I need some more sleep. :)
Praying for you!

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