One of my daughters is doctoring these days. She has a befuddling quirk in her body that sometimes kicks into pain. She is in one such time.
In the God is good category, she is working with the best doctor in the region. He has carved out a specialty around her rare issue. Today, he shoehorned her into his schedule.
The appointment was for eight AM. The last time she encountered this issue, her sister was in lands far distant. This time, she lives in town. So, given the kind of calvary we are, three of us schlepped down to the Main U to get some answers and to hear about what is next.
Here is who we were: we were mother and two daughters huddled around the stunning gift that is shared love. The doctor was gracious about the small mob in the examining room. Tests were ordered and explanations offered. Time will tell us things, as will the magnificent gift that is my daughter’s body.
How to breathe thanks for love and support and presence? How to name the priceless gift that is care offered and received?
We cannot take away her pain. Would that we could.
But we can love.
And she lets us.