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From One Mother To Another: Special Needs Parenting 101
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, January 21, 2008

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A mother tries to encourage another during a time of medical crisis.

Know that you are in my thoughts during this time of uncertainty in your life. I know what you are going through.

I know that may sound funny; yet I've been where you are at, plenty of times. I can't count the times I've spent the night in a hospital waiting room, awaiting word on how my child is doing, not knowing what the next hours may bring. For all I know, it could be more bad news; it was a scary time; still continues to be.

Yet God got my child through the rough patches; by a miracle, she is still here, defying the odds placed upon her by doctors. No it isn't easy, yet I know that with my faith in God, He will get us through the valley; He always has done so before.

I will put Benjamin on the prayer list at church; I will have our church, our pastors lift him up in prayer. Seems that this will be the only thing that will get him through.

When I first heard the news that Benjamin was in the hospital again with bacterial meningitis, my heart sank to my toes. That's awful!

Is there anything I can do to ease the pain at least a little? Do you want me to come to the hospital; or do you think it would be better if I just stay home, take care of my own affairs, stay out of your personal life, knowing you need time to grieve/pray as you go through this crisis? Let me know; I am here for you, no matter what you may decide!

Benjamin is a special little boy who's made an indelible mark on my heart. I knew he was destined for greatness when I first met him five years ago; in fact, I still feel this way. He has a good heart, a gentle spirit, and he doesn't let his problems stand in his way. He is one of the happiest, most positive little boys I have ever met!

Whenever I hear that he is sick, I put my own life aside if only for a moment, spend time in prayer, thinking of him, praying for another chance. It seems God has been listening; Benjamin is still here, beating the odds; what's one more crisis? He'll probably beat that too; he's surprised us before.

Don't give up hope. God isn't through with your son. He has big plans for Benjamin, and I know that He will heal him this time around. You just gotta' have faith, learn to trust in Him, know that He is in control of the situation.

Well, Tamar, I am going to let you go now. I have to get my Melissa ready for bed, give her her breathing treatments/inhaler for the night, and make sure she goes to sleep. She sometimes doesn't want to go to bed; she'd rather play! LOL

God bless you and know that I will be keeping in touch. Try to get some rest yourself and know that there are many people who love you and are praying for you and Benjamin!

~Love, your friend, Elizabeth, Melissa's mommy. :)


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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/22/2008
Even under severe emotional constricting of one's soul, always should be there a shred of humanity left to comfort another one under the same situation.
That's called love for thy neighbor.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/21/2008
Heartbreaking conditions, yet you show how important friendships are when we need to uplift one another and prayer is the main ingredient that ties it all together!Thanks Karen!

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/21/2008
This is an excellent write, keep it up and be blessed, thank you for sharing this write...
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/21/2008
The reach of compassion in uncertain times...beautifully penned, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

No one should have to go through this alone--I know. :(

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