“Into each life some rain must fall.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Today was one of those days. It started with only about three hours of sleep last night. Sick kids; my dread of trying to juggle the kids’ school along with all of the appointments waiting for us this week and next week; and a sudden return of what our neurologist thinks are seizures for Nathan — all combined to keep my mind too abuzz for sleep.
I called the neurologist’s office when I got up and scheduled an appointment on January 26 for Nathan to see him again and discuss further testing. Then I hurried through school this morning with a dopey, achy head before heading out into the dreary, rainy weather for a blood draw for Kathryn and on downtown for urology testing on Roslyn and Kathryn, followed by an appointment with their urologist.
The girls’ test results weren’t good. The bladder surgery done in September on Roslyn seems to be failing. We are probably looking at another huge bladder surgery for her, but our doctor is going to try one other thing first. We should know within the next six weeks if this will work or not.
And Kathryn’s bladder seems to possibly be getting tired of fighting the incredibly strong muscle tightness in her pelvic floor, caused by her cerebral palsy. Indications are that it just might be, in our doctor’s words, giving out on her. Her recent bouts with infection and severe urinary retention support this possibility. He will first try increasing her medication, but there’s a pretty good chance that, at some point sooner or later, she will also be forced to undergo a major bladder surgery that will then make it necessary to add her to the list of our six kids already catheterizing every three hours.
All of this, combined with the wretched drive back home in pouring rain and ridiculously heavy traffic, just seemed to be more than I could deal with in a mature way after so little sleep last night.
Haven’t my babies been through enough?! All of them! Their lives have already been so very hard! Don’t they deserve a break?!
And where do Scott and I find the strength to add more really major and unexpected surgeries into our lives!?
I stood out in the drizzle on our deck tonight and looked up into the dark sky. Searching for peace.
“God, are you there? It’s me again. I’m kinda mad at you right now.”
My neighbor was suddenly able to go and pick up my Click List order for me this morning when she didn’t think she would be able to. This greatly lessened the stress in our day.
- My awesome kids worked as a team to put a pot of spaghetti and a salad together for dinner. The table was set and dinner was ready when we finally got home.
- And the seven kids who have been sick with colds this week already seem to be improving a bit.
It would be wrong of me to ignore these blessings.
But I’m tired. So very tired. Sometimes there are days and pieces of news that are just predominantly bad. That’s life here in this world. And I think it’s okay to acknowledge that.
Sometimes it’s okay to cry a little bit, maybe even throw a little temper tantrum, then go to bed early and pray for strength to carry on tomorrow.
The final stanza of this poem written by Longfellow (a man well-acquainted with grief and pain and bitter disappointment in this life), somehow seems to coat my weary sadness with something that’s kind of soothing.
I know that behind the clouds darkening my world tonight, our true Sun is shining brightly and still holding me close to His heart.
Tomorrow is a whole new day. A day that I’m not required to carry right now. So I choose not to.
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
So honest and true!
Praying for strength, REST, and sunshine.
Yes, some rain must fall for us all. I am so sorry about the surgeries. Your schedule is more than I can try to imagine. Blessings. And grace for each moment. We are told it is sufficient. May we learn how to hold out our hands to receive.
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