Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Waiting Well

I went to the doctor yesterday for the results of my thyroid biopsy. It had been fourteen days since the procedure – fourteen days of waiting and wondering.

The results – inconclusive. The sample retrieved by the fine needle aspiration was not sufficient for proper testing.

I have been told many times the waiting is the most difficult part of the process. The wondering has proven just as difficult. What constitutes ‘bad news’? What constitutes ‘good news’? How might life change if there is ‘bad news’? What is the conclusion is 'just live with it'?

I was not thinking of “inconclusive” - sounds like a loose end that needs tying up.

The result of this is a return to the waiting process, though I am thankful for Dr. Wigmore’s move toward the next step. That next step is a surgical biopsy. Sounds more interesting and more ominous.

All this is a reminder of the need to ‘wait’ well. Psalm 27:14 has become a point of encouragement in the aftermath of all this: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

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