” …. is a mountain whose heights cannot be scaled, an ocean whose depths cannot be reached.” (Unknown)
Medical/hospital television dramas I generally avoid watching. Apart from getting queasy at seeing ‘blood’ (no matter how fake) being spilled and ‘patients’ being operated on, I just don’t find having to observe engagements with very (or maybe not so) sick people, as well as talk of illness and disease – together with the associated trauma – very ‘entertaining’.
The other day (though), I came across a National Geographic documentary on London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals) and subsequently (quite out of character) spent the better part of an hour watching the heart-wrenching stories of three awfully sick children …. saddened by what they were having to endure but simultaneously captivated by the love and unstinting dedication displayed by their mothers who remained constantly at their sides – for as long and as often as they were able to – whispering to them, stroking them, praying over them and playing with them. What struck me significantly was their unwavering belief that “while there was life, there was the hope” – even though the situation was extremely serious. One mother, in spite of receiving the worst prognosis no parent wants to be given – and even with the medical team (faced with a very real dilemma as to whether they continue to devote a substantial amount of time, nursing expertise and funding to keep ONE sick CHILD alive, as opposed to giving the same opportunity to other equally sick CHILDREN) asking that she consider allowing her little one to ‘die with dignity’ as she was (in essence) being kept alive mechanically – was so convinced that this only child of theirs would live, that she chose to nurse her child at home … even if it meant having to provide round-the-clock care, effectively turning her home into a mini hospital ward.
“A mother will give up any pleasure, she will accept any pain for the sake of her sick child.” (Victor Mapes)
Well – the short end to a moving story was that two of the three children featured in the documentary beat the most incredible odds to survive their challenges and return home with their parents.
Surprising? ….with my logical, detached mind I’d say “yes”. However, with my mother’s heart and my belief in the miracle-working power of God, I’d say …. “absolutely not”!!!
Here’s an exerpt from an interesting article (for the full version click on the link below it):-
“In a testament to the true power of a mother’s love, researchers have found that when a mother soothes her child after a traumatic incident, her calming presence can actually reduce the release of stress hormones that are known to contribute to inflammation. Inflammation, in turn, can have long-term adverse consequences on a person’s health ……”
“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved”. (Erich Fromm)