It’s October 3rd.
I was 13 years old when "Mean Girls" was released in movie theaters. Since then, every year when October 3rd rolls around I find myself wishing I was in calculus class, with a hunky guy named Aaron sitting in the desk in front of me. In my daydream, Aaron would turn around to face me, asking me what day it was, to which I would eagerly reply, "It's October 3rd".

 This year, however, I have something much, much better to do on October 3rd.

Last Thursday I received an exciting surprise. I had been waiting to hear from a doctor's office in Rhode Island to schedule a consultation. Well, Thursday they called to say that Dr. Chopra could see me either October 3rd or December 10th. There is a big difference between October 3rd and December 10th! So of course I snatched up the October 3rd slot! Only one week to prepare for a trip to Rhode Island? Yikes! This may sound like plenty of time to some, but it has made for one wild week for me, and my body is not happy. To be quite clear, though, I am not complaining! Dr. Chopra specializes in my chronic pain condition, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS). This appointment is truly an immense blessing. Dr. Chopra recently stopped taking patients, and his schedule is crammed full; but he felt my situation was urgent and graciously accepted my case. Since I lost the use of my "good" arm in February, my parents and I have been searching so very diligently to find help as quickly as possible. The sooner this is treated, the more hope I have of regaining function of my only "good" arm. And one arm is infinitely more than zero arms! Sadly, just about all of our efforts in this regard have come up short. I am always careful not to get my hopes up. It's a coping mechanism. If my hopes aren't up, I can't be let down. But still, I can't help but be so very hopeful that Dr. Chopra is just the doctor I need to evaluate my complicated presentation and to help sort through my limited treatment options. Dr. Rob ordered a blood transfusion for me this past Saturday so that I would be safe to travel. But even with that little boost I feel as though I am running on borrowed energy! And honestly, travel has become nearly impossible for me physically. However, God has clearly made a way for this appointment to come to be -- So I know that He will somehow give me the strength to get there and back.

"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:13

Alice Eloise will be waiting for me at home. My parents have had enough work cut out for them just arranging for the three of us to reach Rhode Island on such short notice. I am not sure we could manage getting one more person, be they human or canine, on the airplane so early tomorrow morning! But I happen to know from a friend that Dr. Chopra loves service dogs... So hopefully my Alice Eloise will tag along for my next appointment! I would greatly appreciate prayers for safe travels, strength, and a brilliant appointment! I cannot wait to tell you all about it when I return. 5:00 is going to be here way too early tomorrow morning. So I am off to bed! Nighty-night and sweet sugar plum dreams, my lovely friends!

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14 Responses to It’s October 3rd.

  1. Yvonne says:

    Prayers will surely be with you and your family especially tomorrow as you travel. Prayers for safe travels and for an appointment filled with new ideas and treatment and of course compassion. Love you Sweet Sarah! And hope your sweet doodle does ok without you for a few days!

  2. I am praying for you Sarah Kate, and I hope Dr. Chopra will be able to find the more appropriate treatment that you need, and hope you soon can tell us how well you are doing after visiting him. God bless you sweet friend!

  3. Judy Reese says:

    Prayers to you and your Mom and Dad as you embark on this adventure. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say regarding your condition and any help or insight he may provide. Safe and as little pain as possible travels to you Sarah!!! We will all be waiting to hear about this trip. Love, The Reese’s

  4. Uncle Terry and Aunt Lesia says:

    Best of luck in Rhode Island Sarah! You have our prayers. RI should be beautiful this time of year!

  5. Dawn Merkel says:

    I’m so happy for you!! Safe travels to you all!

  6. Paul Selking says:

    Make sure you ensure your Dad doesn’t snore to loud on the plane, it has a tendency to really annoy the flight attendants…. You will all be in our prayers. God’s hand will be wrapped around all of you! Paul

  7. Sue Giles says:

    Sarah, we will keep you and your parents in our hearts and prayers as you travel to Rhode Island to see Dr. Chopra. And we will pray that Dr. Chopra will be one of those “special doctors” who will embrace you for the beautiful gift that you are and that he will help you with your RSD, pain and paralysis. Healthy and safe travels, dear Sarah Kate. We love you.

    Uncle Wayne and Aunt Sue

  8. I am so excited for you Sarah! Dr Chopra is awesome. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Looking forward to hearing how it goes. <3

  9. Praying for this important doctor visit, Sarah Kate! May the Lord protect and give you strength. And may those all around you, be witnesses of His glory and grace.

  10. Ed Bolton says:

    Safe travels for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all or as they say here..all y’all.

    Ed & Judy Bolton

  11. Jo graeff says:

    Oh Sarah, I am so happy that Dr. Chopra is able to see you! Praying for safe and comfortable travels and a successful doctors visit. I pray that gods plan to bring you two together will have wonderful results! I know you will miss your precious doodle! I sure miss mine! Hoping she doesn’t forget me or be too mad at me! Love to your family!

  12. Sarah,
    I hope you’re having safe travels! I pray pray pray that Dr. Chopra will have some good solutions for you! Summer and I send you lots of love and energy…You’re the greatest, Sarah! I’m going to visit you sooon.
    Love always,

  13. Jeannie Westerfield says:

    Hoping your October 3 appointment has gone well.

  14. Bianca says:

    I hope that you’re doing great and feeling much better Sarah! Sending you lots of love, prayers and good wishes.