Whaddaya Know? (Day 24)

What She Wore: Blue jeans (what else?); short-sleeve, navy blue tee; my red, pointy-toed keds with the striped bow. I put a picture up before. . . maybe I’ll go find it.

What She Ate: Chicken caesar salad and peanut butter pie from my parent’s favorite cafe–their treat!

I’ve never metioned it here, but I’ve always been attracted to smart people. I’m not just talking about my spouse. In general, I have always surrounded myself with people who are very smart. Let me give you some examples:

Of the girls I hung out with in college, all of them graduated on time.

Almost all of them now have professional degrees.

My bridesmaids include a PhD, a lawyer, the financial director of a major publisher, and a physcial therapist. Oh yeah, and one of them works for NASA.

Three people I e-mail regularly were the Valedictorians of their high school class.

Three of my closest friends were National Merit Finalists.

With a 3.4 gpa I was the slacker of my college friends.

When I moved back to Louisiana, I called a friend of mine who named four different people that I know who are doing their residency at the local Children’s Hospital.

So why am I telling you all of this? I’m saying all of this because sometimes I just can’t believe that it’s my child’s BRAIN that’s the issue. Of all the things I worried about, it was never this.

I’m not looking for condolences; I just mean to say that you really have no idea what life has in store. I think the expression is, “If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans.”

It’s a crazy thing.

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  1. I was just thinking the same thing when I read your last line. There really is no accounting for whatever happens to our children while we carry them or bring them into the world. I swear God, if that is who you believe in, has a far greater plan for them, than we can ever know.

  2. This really is a lose-lose thing.

    I did ask the nurses today, and their reasoning? He is not a child. HE IS 18. He may have the mentality of a person under the age of 1, but he is in a body physically 18.

    What difference does it make? I don’t think that it does. I am very concerned. I am going to wait to hear from the doctor tomorrow. I am needing so many answers before I allow this to go forward anymore. Sure he has been fine so far, but am I willing to risk it any further after hearing this?

    Not without answers and explanations. Dosages, cause/effect/benefit and risk analysis for A.

    If I am looked at as a B**** for the choice, so be it. I have to be the voice for a child who doesn’t have it.

    This part really does suck sometimes.

  3. “If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans.”

    No kidding! That’s almost as bad as thinking that you’ve been handed everything you could ever want and then having it snatched away from you. Sometimes it gets tiring trying to find the beauty in the struggle. It takes so much effort.

  4. “…it’s his struggle–I’m just his cheerleader.”
    You are an awesome mom.

  5. Hey girl… you are so right about the comment you left on my site. Britt just doesn’t get it sometimes and I already told him that if he goes and ANYTHING happens in the slightest bit that I could never forgive him and I don’t think he could forgive himself. Plus, he doesn’t get cell phone reception a lot of times on the lake. If I have to have this baby by myself while he’s gone I will do it just to prove to him that it can be done and I didn’t need him there. Of course that’s me being a little stubborn too, but that’s just how I am. I guess it just frustrates me that he thinks he can just ship me off to Little Rock because he wants to go fishing not because I really need to be there just yet. Like I said before… I don’t mind living with the MIL if they put me on bedrest, but I’m already going to have to be in Little Rock for an extended period of time… I don’t want to extend it any longer than it needs to be.

    I’m so glad your husband went with you that night! I keep praying for little Charlie to get better and stronger everyday!

    Big Hugs – Tiffany

  6. Ya, I hate that saying — probably because it’s so true!

    You are a great mom and I think Charlie is already smart, look how much he’s managed to do despite some people saying he never would!

  7. Thanks for the food for thought. You just really never know what life has in store for you, huh. I must say, there is maybe a year or two between us, and I admire how you are handling what life throws at you. I’m not really sure I could do all you’re doing, and as well as you are doing it!

  8. One of my favorite quotes…one that I need to keep in mind a lot more than I do.