The baby is coughing again. Wracking, retching, horrible coughing. I've never heard anything like it nor has her pediatrician. She has developed a hernia from the sheer force of coughing. We have tried everything. No one can figure out WHY it comes on. No on can figure out HOW to prevent it. When it starts it is nearly un-stoppable. Up all night with the nebulizer humming to no avail. I feel helpless and frustrated. It's so hard to see anyone suffer, especially your child. Scanning favorite blogs in the wee hours while rocking and comforting I found a simple entry from the Livesay's blog sight that slapped me back to reality and put my perceptions back into perspective. Please click on and read this: Love Larger
The bottom line is we live in a country where if need be I could call 911 and help would be at my doorstep in 4 to 7 minutes. Irregardless of my social status, income or insurance information no one is turned away in a true emergency. If the baby becomes dehydrated there are always IV fluids. If she stops breathing there are machines readily available to breath for her. I have insurance that pays for her medicine. I could go on and on. I won't
I am thankful for the many blessings we have in this country and personally ashamed for having taken them for granted. Our blessings have made us a complacent nation. We have developed an irrational sense of entitlement. Our season of plenty, however, is over. Everywhere i turn i see people who have lost jobs, lost homes, lost savings and lost their health. It will not improve. Many of us have already realized that in order to survive the future " lone rangers" will be a thing of the past. Community and helping others to the point of self-sacrifice will no longer be a "calling" but a survival necessity.
In the midst of trials two truths keep coming to mind:
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
"For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil,
to give you hope in your final outcome."
Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified Bible)