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October 1, 2012

RHONDA SCHROCK: Man with healing hands part of broader plan

It had come several weeks ago, slipped into the box with the rest of the day’s mail. I’d given it a cursory glance before setting it aside. I found it again on Saturday last.

The square, cream-colored envelope was addressed to Little Schrock. Running a finger beneath the flap, I drew out the card that rested within. “Memorial Children’s Hospital,” it said on the front.

Across the bottom, a row of hand-drawn babies formed a charming border. It was the row of faces at the top of the card, though, that caught my eye. In particular, the one in the middle…

Looking at those kind eyes twinkling, white teeth gleaming in a face the color of midnight, it came. Feet rooted before the kitchen counter, throat closing tight, tears pricking, I remembered this man with the healing hands. And just like that, I was there again.

It was a Sunday night in June. Given my history, I’d known it was likely, but if we could just hold on a little bit longer, it would be so much better. That’s what I was hoping and praying, but it was not to be.

Seeing the clear signs of labor, I’d called ahead. “You’re 35 weeks?” she said. “I’m going to have a physician here just in case.” Then, in the wee hours of the morning as his brothers slept in a waiting room nearby, our “gift unexpected” was born.

What a journey it had been. Looking at his face; admiring his cap of dark hair; smiling, tearful, over that trademark double crown, there were no words. None to express, to frame in syllables and phrases what we felt. What we knew.

How this one, not planned by us, had been planned by God from the foundations of the earth. How this, our holy interruption, had been made for a purpose. That God had picked the who and when, and that whatever He did, it was good.

All of this we felt, but could not say that night in June as they whisked him away. And then the doctor returned, face grave, and said terror words that fell, hammer like, on ears exhausted and troubled hearts, “He’s struggling to breathe. There’s not much we can do. We’re calling them in.”

To this day, I hate the sound of the “singing.” That’s what they called it, those medical folks, as Baby Boy struggled to breathe. I can almost hear it, him laboring hard in the oxygen hood. Can see chest caving in, lungs overworked. Can see his brothers, all sleepy, gathered round, touching limbs of this babe in distress.

Standing in the kitchen, my body is there. But my heart, it’s in a wheelchair again in a nursery that night, watching over the infant in the isolette. It’s beating, throbbing tears on the side of a bed as they wheel him in for one last look.

My mind’s awhirl, remembering. How the sleep, it was fitful. How the fear, it pressed hard. How the phone, it rang loud by the side of the bed, and the man with the healing hands, he was speaking to me.

It was Dr. Okanlami, neonatologist, calling with an update. There was kindness in his voice and compassion for a weepy, fearful mother whose heart he now held in his capable hands, all tethered to wires and tubes.

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