ONCE AGAIN, my parents took me to doctor after doctor in Arizona with the same results we had gotten in Tennessee. In desperation they sought out a new pediatrician in town, Dr. Howard Robertson. Dr Robertson had retired from teaching at Vanderbilt Medical School an institution that was fewer than 50 miles from our previous home in Tennessee. …
Almost immediately, my parents and I built trust with Dr. Robertson and his wife, who served as the nurse in the practice.
After Dr. Robinson had examined me several times and looked over my past medical records, he decided to send me to a large medical center in Tucson for tests. There were several possibilities for a diagnosis, some of them so dire as to be life-threatening. Dr. Robertson didn’t tell my parents about the worst of these diagnoses until later, nor did he reveal that he would like awake at night, wondering if he could keep me alive long enough to find out what was wrong with me. My most vivid memory from that time was that several of the tests required that I take large doeses … of castor oil in preparation for them. I hated the taste, which reminded me of the smell of motor oil, and I gagged at the consistency, almost unable to drink it and keep it down.
Dr. Robertson received my test results from the hospital in Tucson, and he shared them with my parents and me, letting us know that his worst fears were not realized. I had been born with a blood deficiency that affected my immune system. … My deficiency could be treated by injections of gamma globulin – nine cc’s every six weeks. … Over time, … and with continued treatment, I grew into an active and healthy young person.
– Michael E. Williams
Spoken into Being
From pages 85-86 of Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story by Michael E. Williams. Copyright © 2017 by Michael E. Williams. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Isaiah 6:8, NRSV
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