Nov 15, 2014
The Desire for a Purpose
Don’t we all seek and desire to have a purpose for our lives? Last week we had a 32 y/o patient come in who had a stroke delivering her third child and then subsequently had another stroke 4 months later. Unable to use her left side of the body she was forced to depend on others for everything. She could not even sit up to hold her baby. We were told she was found just soaked in urine laying in bed with an infected pressure sore to the bone on her back side just a month earlier. Thankfully, with medical care, the wound is healing and at the time of the evaluation she was starting to sit on her own and even walk with some support but there was such a sadness in her eyes. God had helped her through many dark and difficult days but in that moment we could sense her struggle and need for a purpose. When we asked what her goal was she said to be able to cook and help care for her family again.
The next week we went to her home for a visit. Walking along the small, narrow, uneven dirt path we realized what a chore it is just to get her out of the house. Her husband would have to carry her on his back down the path because it was not passable by wheelchair. She was excited to show us that in a week she was now able to sit up on her own and even managed to take on/off her jacket. Next we were able to show her an adaptive cutting board we had made using just a few nails and a piece of ply wood. The nails would help hold the fruit or vegetable so she could cut or peel them with one hand. Her face just lit up as she was able to take a monster carrot peel it and chop completely on her own. She said she was ready for a chicken next. Her smile was priceless but also the smiles on her children’s face as they watched their mom help do something she has not been able to do in a long time. Washing clothes and making tortillas are next on the list. It brings such joy to step back and see how God works in this ministry. Sometimes all we do is help people believe in what they did not think was possible. We just need each other to help change our perspective when all we can see is the barriers. There is more then one way to peel a carrot!