Today Elaine kept a medical appointment whereby the doctor could not specifically help her and recommended she be referred to another medical professional. To make the effort to get out of bed, be groomed for the trip and travel across town to hear hopelessness breaks your heart.
In addition to having to endure pain and paralysis, a quadriplegic faces multiple health challenges. A broken body needs constant care as other bodily functions have been severely impaired or fail.
A life of quadriplegia is a complicated one. In the case of Elaine, her broken body needs constant attention. Discouragement takes its toll amidst mental, emotional, spiritual and relational dynamics.
For a moment, close your eyes and remain still from your chest downward for fifteen minutes; move no muscles below your chest. How do you feel after the first 30 seconds? How are you coping after five minutes when you need to scratch your nose? Are you panicking after ten minutes elapse? Imagine a daily routine of constantly sitting or lying down void of full movement.
Only by the grace of God can someone survive such a daily existence. God’s power must be activated to endure the inability to turn over in bed, walk to the kitchen for a glass of water, tolerate throbbing pain and speak encouragement to another when your arms mercilessly ache.
Consider the loss of touch and being touched such as receiving or giving a bear hug. Think on the way life used to be and now is. Remember the good old days when you had freedom to do just what had to be done like clean your house. Next time when you or I are tempted to complain about anything, think of the life complications a quadriplegic endures. In doing so, we turn our minor complaints into full blown prayers of thanksgiving and petition for others.