Driving through the beautiful, blossoming streets in Portland today, on our way to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, I kept thinking of a verse I read a few days ago in Matthew:
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?"
The good gift I was asking for today? That the doctor we were meeting with would have wisdom to know where to start in figuring out what to do for Caleb's pain. I completely believe that the Lord answered my first request today!
The doctor met with us for an hour, asking question after question, as if he were a private investigator gathering all the details. I went in prepared to have to fight my way to give him all of our details and information, but instead just answered his questions. He seemed almost delighted to be handed a difficult case! How different from anyone else we have spoken with!
His last words were: "We WILL get to the bottom of this". Ahhh...relief for the ears of this mother.
Through a scheduling miracle, they were able to work Caleb into the schedule for Friday and begin the first round of testing...it's so complicated that I can't even tell you what it is that they'll be doing. But it will last most of the day...they told us to come prepared to spend the day there.
The doctor made space in his schedule to meet with us as soon as all of this first testing is done on Friday. After these results he will determine what the next steps are. The thing that I appreciated is he isn't simply laying out tracks one by one in front of us, if that makes sense. He already has tracks laid out so far ahead, with thirty years of experience behind him and many possibilities in his mind of what this could be. He speculated on a few, but said it's really too early to tell what it truly is. He just wants to take it one step at a time right now.
So I feel like the Lord has given us bread and fish today. And for that, we are praising Him tonight.
Oh and...the children's hospital has a system for identifying different sections of its facility. The symbol for the specialty clinic where Caleb is receiving help?