For Angel and me, the call to be in a remote mission setting has been a definitive call. It is not uncommon that we get questions about our saneness. The questions have increased proportionately with the increase in our number of kids. Some of the recent ones have been like – ‘4 kids and living in a place where the nearest pediatrician is 120 kilometers away’, ‘how do you manage without an outing to a mall’, ‘3 days to go home and meet your parents, are you nuts?’
Of course, it’s not uncommon that we look at adverse possibilities.
Exactly a month back, we faced such a situation. Our younger daughter, Hesed, aged 2 years old and the most active of our four children took a jump from the upper deck of our double-deck cot and landed on her right forearm. The hand took quite an impact. She was not allowing us to touch her right elbow.
And we were at Barwadih. The nearest help was about 30 kilometers away and we knew very well that the orthopedician did not deal with such injuries. We had a plan to visit Ranchi the next day. Thankfully, there was no swelling of the elbow although there appeared to be some pain.
Overnight, Hesed did fine. However, the next day as we travelled to Ranchi, we realized that there was a bit of a swelling of the right elbow. It was difficult to find out if there was much of a problem as Hesed was a left hander.
As we travelled, the first thought that came to me was to call up our friend orthopedician, Dr. Kenny David at CMC, Vellore. To our amazement, he was at a place near to Ranchi and was on his way to Ranchi airport to catch a flight.
It was amazing - - - looking from a point of chance. The number of times, we visit Ranchi as a family is only once in 3-4 months. The number of times that Dr. Kenny David will come down to Ranchi is maybe once a year. The chance of one of our children getting an elbow injury is maybe once in a generation. And to have all of them together in such a way that Hesed gets consultation from the pediatric orthopedician of a premier healthcare institute of the country when we are stationed at a remote corner of the country.
Don’t you think this is amazing? We are definite that the Lord was in control and took care of Hesed’s elbow.
Dr. Kenny saw Hesed at Ranchi. We got her X-Ray and then put her on a slab. The X-rays got reviewed by the pediatric orthopedician at Vellore.
Today, it is one month since the incident.
Hesed is doing well. We thank God . . .
We learnt that how much precious we are for the Lord.