When our school year began in the fall, our physical education curriculum called for an initial test to be done to see how fit and flexible my children were. As Liam was attempting to do a simple stretch, he was crying out in pain. Since my curriculum said children don’t begin to lose flexibility until the age of 7 or so, I wondered if something was wrong. At that time, Esther was in physical therapy through First Steps, so I asked her physical therapist about it. After asking me several questions, she told me she was suspicious Liam had a tethered cord and suggested we see a pediatric orthoepedic.
The next few months were filled with doctor’s visits and PT (which didn’t help despite the fact that his physical therapist was amazing). Yesterday, he finally had an MRI, and we got a call last night that he does in fact have a tethered cord and will have to have spinal surgery by a neurologist to correct the problem. The surgery will be very simple, and we are grateful for that.
This morning I got an email from my mom that helped turn my heart to the many ways I can be thankful to God and see His work in taking care of our little man. I asked for permission to share it with you all (sorry, I can’t figure out how to make the font bigger):
I have been thinking today about some of the many ways God has provided care for Liam up through today’s MRI:
- you discovered his tightness while planning his PE course for the year; would a public school teacher have noticed the subtle problems he was having?
- Esther is still getting in-home PT with a trusted and caring therapist who willingly assessed him and gave you an honest opinion that proved to be accurate
- Liam was born in a prosperous country where good health care is readily available
- you live in an area with cutting-edge pediatric care
- Bill has good insurance to help pay for the diagnosis and treatment and a job that offers him the flexibility to work from home when it would be helpful to do so
- Liam is a cooperative, people-oriented child who hasn’t minded, in fact has enjoyed, the process so far
- not only do you have Sojourn members praying for and encouraging you, in God’s perfect timing, you now have an entirely new church family who seem committed to doing the same
I just love the way our Father takes care of us.