What Will Go Wrong Next?

by Aug 22, 2022Encouragement, Grief, Special Needs Parenting0 comments

Jolene shares her summer fears about what will go wrong next and draws a parallel to the worst summer of her life.

What will go wrong next?

When our family gathers around the dinner table each evening this summer, that question pops up at some point in every conversation. Here’s why we keep asking it:

  • In June I went to the doctor with throbbing varicose veins. Tests showed that surgery to close the veins a dozen or more years ago have opened again. This happens only 10% of the time.
  • Our pickup truck started acting up in early July, a week before we were go on a long anticipated family vacation. In short order, the vacation morphed into a staycation.
  • In the middle of the staycation, my husband took our son-in-law to the ER with heart attack-like symptoms. It wasn’t a heart attack, but he was in the hospital for 3 days before a diagnosis was made.
  • My husband’s rib went out of place a week later. He says he’s never been in such pain.
  • Our air conditioning system, installed last fall, has never operated correctly. We’re on a first name basis with the repair technician. He’s here again today. He’ll probably be here tomorrow.
  • My husband and I have a late August trip planned in the camper we purchased in May. The license plates still haven’t come.
  • Last night, my husband took our son-in-law to the ER with chest pains again. Not as severe as before. The cause was quickly diagnosed.

This list shows why the summer of 2022 has risen to second place in my personal hit parade of bad summers. But no matter how bad this summer gets, it won’t overtake 1982.

To read the rest of What Will Go Wrong Next? visit the special needs parenting blog at the Key Ministry website.

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By Jolene

Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream website. Sharing Love Abundantly with Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon. The first book in her cozy mystery series, See Jane Run!, features people with disabilities.


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