“The Pain Goes Away.” Apparently I needed the words from the song I shared on Wednesday for more than one reason.
Mid Wednesday I woke my husband up from his nap to tell him that I needed him to take me to the hospital. I’d talked to my doctor earlier on the phone who told me that I had an infected cyst. She sent a prescription to my pharmacist for an antibiotic and told me that if it got worse I would need to go to the hospital to have it drained.
I didn’t want to go to the hospital, but I didn’t want to wait for it to get worse. The pain was already bad enough and painkillers weren’t working. if it progressed I wouldn’t be able to move. I was barely moving as it was. It all happened so fast.
My fear of the pain progressing won over my fear of going to the hospital. And of course, you know me, I have to learn something valuable from everything so I concluded that pain has its upsides. It alerts you that something is very wrong and it motivates you to get moving.
There was one small problem. Andrew woke up having one of his bad pain days. There was no way he could drive and I don’t have a driver’s license, so we had to phone his parents. His mom is always eager to help so she didn’t hesitate.
This was quite the unexpected adventure. It had its low points, its high points and everything in between. We both had no clue that Andrew wouldn’t be able to come into the hospital with me. No visitors. Right. Everything is different now. Nevertheless, I learned some things in all of the pain and stress.
I’ll share more later in the day, but the shortest version is that I was willingly admitted to the hospital overnight on Wednesday. I had done what needed to be done, though the wait felt incredibly long. However, I left the hospital smiling, and I’m on the mend.
That’s life here on planet earth. Trouble comes to all of us, including pain, but at the end of it all–like the other line of that song God gave me–we’re going home. Jesus promises those who follow Him that the pain goes away.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”Revelation 21:4
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world…”C.S. Lewis