Today is just one of those days. You know those days if you have a child that is chronically ill or injured and it has been non-stop lately! Just over the past week we’ve had: Emily with a sinus infection and her ankles in tons of pain from being a kid; me with a virus that put me out a couple of days and I’m still not completely over it; my oldest with a mild concussion with bumps and bruises from a football, (oops!) I mean basketball game and a head cold. Then last night, Emily started hurting in the same shoulder she dislocated in volleyball a few months ago. Today she woke up with bruising and severe pain and now there’s a knot with a bruise that looks just like she dislocated it at some point recently. What fun! Oh and did I mention my 16-year-old son who is always up with the sun slept till 12pm! I thought for sure he was sick, but he assured me, he was just exhausted. Praise God for that 🙂
So as you can imagine, we’ve spent some time running to doctor’s offices and on the couch this week. We’ve even spent some time doing school in our pj’s! Shhh! Don’t tell anyone! But what else can you do? Not much, so you just take a deep breath and do the best you can. But today is one of those days and when Emily showed me the bruising that was coming up at her collar-bone and the knot; I just wanted to cry. It breaks my heart that she has to deal with so much pain.
Emily has been diagnosed with Ehler’s -Danlos Syndrome with Hypermobility Syndrome. That’s fun to say isn’t it? She was diagnosed this fall. So I guess this past week is par for the course and maybe she over did it a little. But, she’s a kid and deserves to be a kid. She should be able to go four-wheeling, horseback riding and play volleyball. Today this momma just wants to scream, “This is so unfair!” But, I won’t. I will put ice on her shoulder and make sure she takes her medicine. I will rent a movie of her choosing and hold her hand and listen to her pout. I will hold back my tears and swallow hard. I will pray for healing, for her pain and for patience. Then I will start all over again tomorrow.