He is 10. The sweetest most un-10 year old boy you've ever met. He is an odd jewel of a person. It is captivating watching him grow, seeing who the Lord has made him to be emerge from childhood and into this boy......dare I say, young man. Perhaps I'm biased....but he impresses me, simply with being who he is. Uncomplicated, totally transparent, honest to a fault, give him a rule and he will live and die by it. He impresses me.
He then tells me that his face hurts, just beneath each eye. This is new. Sinus infection?? He's a kid....I've never had one myself so I can only go from the descriptions of others. We went straight to urgent care. I asked the Lord to please let us not have to wait for hours, let the freezing temps keep people home and let us get in quickly. I stashed bunny crackers and an apple juice box in my purse before I left the house, knowing this is where we would end up. The Lord is faithful and there wasn't even one person ahead of us. We got in less than 20 minutes from walking in the door.
Another negative strep test and a quick look in the nose.....massive sinus infection. She even grunted a half gasp at how bad it was. I could have crawled in a hole....how could I have missed this. We talked. I asked a million questions. The result; he has allergies and the drainage down his throat has been causing the sore irritated throat. Laying down relieves things which is why he feels so much better after laying on the couch for a day. A few days later it's built up again and he doesn't feel well. Mystery solved. Kinda... Now we have a whole new mystery.
I explained how I was reluctant to bring him in because he gets a sore throat every time he gets sick, no fever ever but he doesn't feel well and we get sent home, "drink lots of fluids, rest and wait". So that's what I did this time. She comforted me saying I couldn't have known what was going on, that doctors wouldn't have looked at allergies as the cause due to his age. The Dude's calm, laid back demeanor told her that he is clearly not a complainer and is a tough kid. She pressed on all his sinuses and his reactions were minor but he did say it hurt. I could tell from her comments and reactions she was expecting more drama from him.
"Anyone in your family have allergies?" again, I feel like I should shrink. How could I have missed this? I had allergies as a kid. So badly that instead of seeing a regular pediatrician I saw an allergy specialist for every sniffle and complaint I had. I was constantly sick with something or other and was at the doctor so often we had a close relationship. He took me on as one of his youngest patients, because he'd begun treating my mother while she was pregnant with me. He gave me tongue depressors to take home and I would bring them back to him decorated and drawn on, I would draw him pictures and name my stuffed animals after his nurses. When I was older, he was at a conference so I had to see a colleague of his. When he came in to see me he brought my folder, full and heavy. When he sat it down on the desk, he looked at me and said I must be special.......one by one he pulled out every tongue depressor and picture I'd brought him over the years.
Now I need to pull those memories back out of the archives and find someone to bring the Dude to. Once the sinus infection is cleared up. Time to test and see what he is allergic to.....and I'm curious to see if there is a food connection. Granted I see a food connection to everything......but still, it is the one constant source of input the body has that can trigger adverse affects. It has been true in my life and I know that it can be true for him. Has been since he was an infant.
So today I let him stay home....perhaps out of guilt. Though I know that one more day of letting his body rest and the medication do it's work will only help, not hurt. He looks so much better today than last night.....last night he looked like he'd been in a fight. His eyes were puffy and dark.....the light hurt his eyes and he was uncomfortable....but he didn't complain. He would just answer honestly when I asked.....so I know I need to ask more often and better questions.....because he won't complain, not unless it's bad.
What a kid. He is the epitome of a living breathing answer to prayer.....his name means "God has heard". I asked for him, begged for him....and I do mean himjust one. He did and I am blessed.
I love the Lord because He hears and answers my prayers. Because He bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath! ~Ps. 116:1-2
The Lord is so faithful. He has answered so many prayers. So many custom orders slowly revealed in His perfect timing. He hears. He knows.
Blessings of abundance, peace and the encompassing awareness of His presence and love,