We rest back in a Lazyboy chair, Jasmine sprawled out over me like a blanket, after her exhausting operation to remove her tonsils and adenoids. The surgery itself only took 20 minutes, but we had plenty of time to think and observe as we waited with no food since 8 am until 3:30pm when they finally wheeled her bed into the OR. Lots of other kids came and went for their own day surgeries throughout the morning and though the site of each one seemed to make Jasmine more apprehensive, they struck in me a chord of gratefulness that our own situation was not so serious, despite it being a bit scary for her. When we were waiting in the OR waiting area, there was a young couple next to us, surrounded by a team of surgeons and nurses and standing by a large gurney full of life support equipment. As they consoled the parents, then unplugged the machines to head towards the OR, I realized there was a tiny baby inside the incubator that was all wired up on that stretcher. I have many blessings to count, even though I have found myself in this unexpected place of life. Who would have known I would be in a hospital room with my child, while my husband is far off back doing the ministry we both love in Haiti? I have to be grateful though for God's timing and provision in it all, that Jasmines's problem could be effectively treated, that we could get an appointment in this month, with enough time before our next baby's birth to allow me to focus on Jasmine's recovery. I'm also so thankful we are in Alberta where this is all covered. I was just talking to someone about travel insurance they'd have to get to go to the states and how appallingly expensive it is that these companies are making money off of our 'what ifs'! What's even more appalling is being caught in the US injured or ill and having to pay out of pocket for one of those what ifs. In July when Asher got stitches in his chin at an Urgent Care in WA, they sent us a $650 bill for those nine little pieces of string! Haiti is another story entirely! There is not a proper healthcare system hardly at all. granted you can get some basic treatments for a reasonable amount, most Haitians could not afford it if they even had the chance to get into the hospital in the first place to be treated. Many die of such simple, treatable ailments, such as an abscessed tooth or infant diarrhea. I can't even imagine the complications and risk that could happen with a tonsillectomy in Haiti, if they even do them. I'm so glad we now have a clinic available to our community to help treat and meet some of these medical needs. I hope that in light of last week's hurricane the medical team is able to respond to the injuries and illnesses that resulted. there is for sure more cholera with all the flooding.
So, although its a bit scary for Jasmine, I count my blessings that the surgery itself is quite simple and common and I thank God for the timing of being here.
She freaked out a little when they finally gave her the sleepy gas mask, but the fight quickly subsided as she fell into a deep sleep. I took the short opportunity to finally get some lunch before they called me back up. I didn't even finish my food, when I entered the hall to the recovery room and could hear her crying and screaming as she awoke. She was in a lot of pain and took some time to console, but after a while she was sitting up, relatively happy that she got to eat as many Popsicles as ah wanted, watch Strawberry Shortcake and hug her dolly.
What do we usually do when we find ourselves in these unexpected places in life? I was surely apprehensive about all of this and questioning why my baby girl had to go through this. But I've found the best response in times in uncertainty is to pray, trust God and ask for His leading and guidance through it all. I can be assured and rest in Him, knowing He will never leave me and will help walk me through, despite the circumstance and how painful or costly it may be.
That's the rest and peace I have now, knowing its all in God's hands and Jasmine is finally at rest too.