A few weeks ago I spent the day with my daughter in the emergency room. She is 22 years old and her blood pressure was 190/130. Yes, I wrote that correctly—190/130. Thankfully medication brought it under control, but since then our focus has been trying to discover the source of the problem. How quickly life and perspective can change. We discovered the high blood pressure at a routine visit to the dentist on a Monday. That Monday I was thinking about a college my daughter might attend, and by Wednesday, of medical procedures she might undergo.
Last week, after many doctor’s visits, blood tests and scans, I needed a good cry. It came when I went to bed. As I cried, I thanked God for keeping Madeline safe as she walked around like a vascular time bomb—primed to explode at any time. I thanked him for her sweet and gentle spirit, kind heart, and sense of humor. God knows my previous requests on her behalf to overcome chronic fatigue and anxiety. But that night, I told him it was okay, that I was thankful for things just as they were.
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