Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Source of Our Problem

The vet we went to for a second opinion got the xrays from the first vet, and says my dogs' hips look fine! The first vet was convinced she had "loose hips" and treated her accordingly. But Honeybun was still having bouts of lameness. The second vet wants us in to get back xrays for Honeybun, as she strongly suspects a neurological reason for the lameness, e.g. slipped disc, pinched nerve, embolism in her back/spine - not bad hips! This fits much better with my observations of the sudden collapse, sudden onset of lameness, and I feel a little disgruntled by all the time, treatment, and expense for hips that were perhaps not the problem. However, I feel encouraged that this new vet seems to be on the right track.

It seems that veterinary science is a bit of a guessing game. An expensive guessing game. Oh well. Easy come, easy go. It's only money....Maybe there is a section in Obamacare that covers people's dogs. No one really knows what is in there, and the health of my dog directly affects my mental health. I think I could make a good a case for the rest of the country going into debt to pay for my dog so that I don't have to.

Anyway about it, the hidden source of her troubles needs to be ascertained. There may be an easy solution, but it is hard to solve a problem when you don't know what the problem is. You can spend a lot of time and money trying to heal the symptoms, but if the root cause remains, true return to health will never come. As we discovered, you may throw away a lot of money towards the wrong solution.

I think we as a country are experiencing a similar issue. We are crippled and we keep pouring money into symptoms, thinking that will heal us. But the root cause of our decay seems to be growing. We are sinking further into debt, violence, disregard for life on either end of the birth to death spectrum, lauding immorality, disrespect and disdain for our own foundations, crumbling families, skyrocketing divorce, impossible costs of college, increasing loss of freedom and self reliance, corruption and fear, increasing division and acrimony between political groups and their followers, irreverence for God's people, a moral compass based on convenience... The list goes on and on and on. So we spend more money, pass more laws limiting more behavior, and founder from one squishy stance to another in the name of tolerance, and still, we hobble on legs that we know cannot remain standing long.

All we are as people depends upon the presence of a Creator who endowed us with unalienable rights and the yearning not only for freedom, but for Him. Those desires at times clash - our free will challenged by the duality of selfish desire, and the desire to please God. When self wins over God, society suffers. I believe that our actions as a country are moving us further and further from the source that made our country great in the first place. We have stopped our ears to the call of God, and He will not pry our hands away against our will.

Monday we go for Honeybun's back xrays. We just can't figure out how to help her by looking at the external symptoms. We have to look deep inside her, instead, because I want her to be healed if at all possible, and the only way to do that is to find the source of her problem.

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (Jeremiah 8:22 NIV)

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. (Hosea 6:1 NIV)

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. (Isaiah 58:8-12 NIV)

-save a dog-

1 comment:

  1. If you have a veterinarian college near by, consider it. Once told we would have to remove a dog's eye (apx $2,500) or put her down, we elected to get a second opinion at a vet school (US Davis, Calif) removed cancer, put in radiation seeds - $400 and 10 YEARS latter she passed in her sleep. You may have to agree to allow students to perform procedures, but under the guidance of one (OR MORE) doctors who have earned the privilege to teach. Good luck and prayers are with you.