Monday, July 9, 2012

A New Routine

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
~Isaiah 43:19, NIV~

After being the parent of children with special needs for over a decade now, you would think nothing would surprise me any more, but it did.  I had taken my son for his twice-a-year hematology visit, lasting 5 hours long, on Monday.  My youngest daughter, who has multiple diagnoses, was due to visit the asthma/allergy clinic the following Tuesday.  I had expected it to be a blessedly quick in-and-out after the grueling appointment the day before.  I was wrong.  It ended up being a two hour appointment with disturbing revelations.

Given the fact that we live with certain diagnoses in our home that involve major trauma, I unwittingly judged the children's medical concerns against the more serious crises, blowing off what I perceived to be lesser issues.  I discovered how foolish that was when my daughter's breathing test revealed that her asthma was not adequately under control.  She also confessed in the office that she wasn't reporting her attacks to me or treating them as she should be, a very serious matter indeed.  Furthermore, the frequency with which we were using decongestants revealed that her allergies were also not properly managed.  We ended up leaving the office with three new medicines added to the four she is already taking, and a whole new routine to get a handle on.

I'll admit it -- I was surprised, discouraged and a bit overwhelmed.  With her sensory processing disorder, I was concerned that she would tolerate some of the new treatments.  We were also bound to leave for a bit of a holiday vacation after the appointment, so this would mean managing medications and trying to establish a routine at a time where routines are typically thrown out the window.  I also felt troubled that my judgment had been off regarding the seriousness of this situation.  

Yet, God spoke to me in the stress of trying to follow a fresh regimen.  He lead the way through it.  This was no difficulty, but a different place that He is working in our lives.  What a blessing those medications are!  Our daughter also learned a valuable lesson in reporting her breathing troubles to us on a timely basis because the new treatments made her feel better almost instantly.  And yet again, the Lord gave us another set of life experiences that we can use to build a bridge with other struggling parents.

Eventually, our unfamiliar routine will become a part of our daily rituals.  At that point, we will surely find God doing something different to direct us once again to open our eyes to the various corners of His work.  Until that time, I know He is blazing the trail before us, making things more manageable as we sometimes-wearily follow Him.

PRAY:  Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You, not on the challenge of changes that disturb our routine.  I don't want to miss any new things You are doing.  Bring to my mind the fact that You go before me in everything.

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