Tuesday, November 06, 2007

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It's amazing how some things are burned into your memory. Yesterday, we took Selena to see the plastic surgeon for her hemangioma check. I used to volunteer as a play counselor in a children's hospital, and some of the memories I have of that place came flooding back. Although it wasn't the same hospital, there were the same brightly colored walls with animal murals. There was a beautiful wall waterfall. Selena was mesmerized as countless children have been and will be.

We walked past the critical care unit, oncology, nephrology, and even neurosurgery. I had to catch my breath. I had to remind myself that we were only passing these places. I remember ten years ago, walking the oncology floors, a sweet toddler nestled in my arms. She was a very sick girl. I can't remember her name, but I remember her big brown eyes. I remember the thinness of her arms.

I felt thankful yesterday as Mr.S opened the doors of the plastic surgery department. We don't know what the future holds for any of us, but for now -- I thank God for health.

We were told that our little Lena needs an MRI. Her hemangiomas are already fading on her shoulder, but there may be some under the surface. We are still praying that there will be no need of surgery, and the surgeon confessed that she is loathe to operate. It would leave a nasty scar, and she seems to have full range of motion and no pain etc. But we have to be sure. So pray for our girl as she will have to be sedated for the test. Okay, maybe it is the daddy and mommy that need the most prayer!

I am thankful for our little trip to the children's hospital. It reminded me not to forget those parents and children who are living daily horror. It is so easy in the joys and busyness of life to forget. I don't want to forget.

8 comments:

Sarah said...

Amen, amen, amen! Any time I am bemoaning an illness that has hit our family, I try to remember those facing illnesses that don't often get better, only worse. Tears form just thinking about it. Praising the Lord for your daugther's health. Keep us posted.
Sarah

Neesie said...

Great reminder...it is so sad to think about what some people are going through every day. We will be praying for the little princess....and her mommmy and daddy!

Andrea said...

Beverly,
The children's hospital is a sobering place. Heartbreaking, too.
I want you to know that my baby went through an MRI at 4 months old...it was very scary for us, but he did amazing and it went the best it could go. If you want to ask questions, I am here.
Blessings.

Maxine said...

I know, dear. I remember those days going back and forth to the hospital. I remember hearing about the children. I can understand how you must have felt walking through that place on Monday--with Selena. We'll renew our prayers for those sick little ones and pray that the MRI experience will go smoothly for our little girl.

Beka said...

I can't imagine those feelings of walking through that hospital... with your own little girl. But I am so thankful for the health He has given Lena, and we will most definitely be praying for you all as Lena has the MRI.

Baptist Girl said...

My prayers are with your sweet little Lena and for you both. I know as a parent what you are going through because we had a scare with our youngest 18 years ago. I did not know the Lord then, I am glad I now have His stregth to draw from.

Cristina

Mimi said...

I know how frightening it is when your little one has to have any kind of procedure...

I am praying for little Selena and also for Mommy and Daddy as she goes through the MRI..

and I pray for the doctors as they study the results.. so that they may determine the best line of treatment for little Selena..
please let us know the results of the tests...

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

No, we should never forget. Our 2nd son had to have surgery when he was three month old. I remeber that feeling not being able to do anything for Him and I was so thankful that I knew he was in the hand of our Lord. Your daughter will do just fine, I am sure and so will you but it will sure make you know even more how much you have to be thankful for. I agree those little helpless ones need our daily prayers so much. I knew that some of them would not be fine and in fact some would even lose their fight for life but we have the priviledge to pray and we should. I will be praying for your little one as well as Mom and Dad. connie from Texas