Thursday, September 22, 2011

Unexpected detours...

Detours, do you embrace them or stress over them ???  Just wondering.

Last night, I learned a lesson about detours.  They come with "uncertainty", and that, by it's very nature can bring with it 'fear'.  The fear of not knowing.  "Where am I going?"  "What's going to happen?" "Will everything be alright when we get there?"  Realistic worries.  Realistic questions. 
Why bring this up?
Well, for the past 3 or 4 days, Mia has been complaining that her back was hurting.  We had been kept up all night for 3 nights straight.  I had mentioned this to her surgeon, and he said, "let's watch it, and if it gets worse, call me."  Yesterday morning, I called.  Her pain had reached a point where every time you put her down, she screamed.  I told him that I got one finger far enough up the back of her cast to touch her lower back, and that when I did, she screamed bloody murder, and it was awful !!!  We all worried that it was a cast problem. He said we need to cut a portion of the back out, so as to relieve her pain and to make sure that the cast wasn't causing an ulcer in her back.  So, once again, we load up our precious girl, and head to the emergency room.  Driving there, I kept noticing all of the road signs.  I realized how grateful I was that God gives us such 'direction' to navigate our way through areas we've not been before. 
The amazing, Dr. Heflin, met us at the ER, and immediately began to cut away at a portion of her cast, all the while talking to Mia, and helping to calm her.  Giving direction and steering us through 'troubled territory'....every journey needs a navigator, making detours a lot less frightening !!
Once the cast was opened, we could see, quite clearly, that she did in fact have a nasty ulcer going on, but that praise God, because the warning signs were noticed, it had not yet broken through the skin !!!  This could have been a very ugly situation, and we are so very grateful it was caught in time !!! 
She is still in a lot of pain, and will be for a while until it heals.  Again, but for the 'signs' that God gave us to let us know of "danger ahead"....this post would be very different !!! ;)

So, having gone through this, it occurred to me, that 'detours' may seem scary, and uncertain and frustrating, but they are usually BLESSINGS in disguise.  Taking a different route sometimes is just what is needed to see things differently, and explore the unknown.  They can save you from lots and lots of trouble !!! ;)  Dr. Heflin felt bad about "making us drive all the way up there." but, it was worth it !! So very, very worth it !!! And, Daddy and I would drive to the ends of the earth for our girl.  That was never an issue.

As I 'travel' through life, I will do so knowing a couple of things....for each journey I undergo, I will always let God stay in the Captain's chair !!! I want Him calling all the shots for me and my family !!!  I will be grateful for the rest of the 'crew' that He sends (which He ALWAYS supplies) i.e., our Navigator, Dr. John 'first-mate' (I know this is a 'boating' term, but we travel is many different ways !!! LOL) , My Michael....and the rest of our crew, our family and friends, who are always there to help us, support us, love us and pray for our safe journey !!!!  We love you all so very much !!!!

Next time you find yourself on a new "adventure"....relax a little !!! God is in control, He's going to take care of everything you need.  He'll supply it all...the people, the places, the things....He's got it all !!!!
He has us in His hand, and He's going to take very good care of every one of us, until we all safely reach our destination !!
Know that you are all loved and prayed for !!!! And, thank you for being a miracle for our Mia !! <3
With a Mommy's "much more relaxed" heart,


  1. This is an awesome post! Detours are sometimes necessary in life and they sometimes bring the best rewards. I'm happy that you caught this early enough to save Mia and yourselves more pain. Keeping you all in my thought and thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you, so much Maureen !!! I love and appreciate your very kind words, and your loving thoughts for our girl !!! Be blessed !!! xoxo <3 <3 <3

  3. Thank GOD for Mia's guardian Angel...Dr. Heflin...and thank GOD for her Mamma and Babbo...who love her enough to KNOW when she needs help. Now...let's hope her other ANGELS let her and you all get some much needed rest...<3

  4. I think it's through the detours that we learn the most.

  5. Very well said, and so very true! I'm glad Mia is getting the care that she needs and continues to heal.

  6. What a wonderful post. We are all on a journey, and so different from each other. What a blessing that God can use you and your journey and can impact mine. I think it was time for a much needed detour on my own road, and yours was the sign I saw.

  7. Wendola: <3 <3 we love you !!!!

    Heather: agreed !!! xo ;)

    Red_Hot: thank you, D !!! xoxo <3

    Hutchinsons: awww...thank you !!! Another thing I learned: "It's ALWAYS ok to stop and ask someone for directions !!" :) xoxo Best to you on your journey !! We are always here for you !!! <3 <3 <3


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