Luke, having what I call an elephant's memory, decided he wanted to chase me around the dining room table last night. Around and around we went, taking turns being the chaser and chase-ee. We probably played this game for 15 minutes and except for a few "peek-a-boo" breaks under the table, the movement was non-stop. As I carried Luke up to the bath, my heart beat quickly with both exertion and gratitude.
Cardiovascular endurance is just one of many question marks you live with when you have a child with a congenital heart defect. No one can predict how these single ventricle kids will tolerate exercise. The research is typically vague: "At one end of the spectrum there are children with Fontan circulations who have participated in competitive sports such as swimming and gymnastics .... Other children may have significant limitation in their capacity for exercise. Most children fall somewhere in between the extremes." Our cardiologist has told us that if Luke is limited, it will be when he's a bit older. He should be able to play little league baseball and YMCA basketball, ride a bike and play tag at recess. He may breathe a little harder or tire out a little faster, but we don't have to stop him from running or playing.
Honestly, I would rather do without question marks, but would playing chase with my son be as sweet without them? It may have just been another activity to pass the evening hours. Instead it was a moment where I felt God's Mercy and Goodness poured out on our family. Thank you, Lord, for the question marks in our lives!
Luke and Marcus pondering life's Question Marks in the backseat of my scorchin' hot minivan.