Good As New?

I recently went to the doctor. I have struggled with a pain in my right hip for a long time.   A couple weeks ago pain started radiating down my leg as well so I went to see an orthopedic doctor. They x-rayed my hip and it looked okay. The prognosis is inflammation around the tendon that connects to my hip. When I described the pain to a friend of mine, who is a physical therapist, she said it sounded more like a problem in my back. So I went to another doctor who x-rayed my back. It turns out that, by favoring my hip for so long, I have put pressure on a joint in my back causing it to become inflamed as well. Thankfully the same medication should fix both.

Some friends at church asked how I was. I explained to them that the x-rays did not reveal any major issues and that hopefully the medication would solve the problem. One of them commented that hopefully I would be as good as new. “Good as New” Doctors used to use terminology like that with me. However, this time, after seeing two doctors and a chiropractor, nobody said anything like “good as new”. Instead they use phrases like, “for your age group”, or “considering your age”. The x-ray reveals a little arthritis around my joints and they say it is, “to be expected”. How did I get from “as good as new” to “for your age” so quickly?

It could be worse. I once had a friend that cut off his finger with a saw. I later asked him if he was experiencing much pain. He said, “No”, and that the part that hurt the most was when the doctor told him that if he was younger they would have sewed it back on but “considering his age” they pulled the skin over it. I may not be there yet, but as quickly it seems I have gone from “good as new” to a little arthritis is “to be expected”, I know I will be there soon.

This year I will turn fifty-two. It seems like I was just recently turning thirty but now some of my children are at that mark. Life goes by so fast. The Bible asks the question, “What is your life?” and then answers, “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Life is so short. And it seems that the closer you get to the end the faster it goes by. This is why Psalmist writes, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In other words, you don’t have much time. Use it wisely.

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