Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Life Without Pain (An Old One)

I wrote this one in September 2006, but I thought this is a good reminder of the importance of physical pain in our lives. Maybe you've seen the show as well, so this is nothing new, but here goes...

WARNING: The post includes disturbing descriptions, so if you don't wanna be disturbed, don't read it.

How does it feel to live without pain? I saw Oprah Show today and it was so graphically disturbing. There was this girl who couldn't feel pain ever since she was born. Her nerves for some reason couldn't transmit pain to the brain. What happened? When the girl was teething, she kept on chewing her lips and biting her fingers as though they were doughnuts and she didn't even feel any pain even though her lips were bleeding and her fingers were mangled!!!

The doctor had to pull her teeth out so that she stopped biting her own body parts. Then the doctor had to stitch her eyelids so that the other eye would be unharmed, but she kept on scratching the stitches, so her other eyesight was also imperfect. She also had to put goggles on her eyes to protect them, since she started scratching them so hard that she injured one of her cornea. Yeah, that meant she had to wear a fake eyeball (every day her Mom put the fake eyeball inside her socket). Once she also held a light bulb (the switch was turned on) in her palm until it burned, yet she didn't feel a thing.

When she was a bit older, her parents didn't even realize that her neck was broken until a month after the incident had happened. Because of her 'dysfunctional nerves', she also couldn't feel the weather. She also didn't know how it felt like if her bladder was full. Her parents were still grateful that she was still alive (she's now around 7 years old), but her Mom said, "Well, we all want to get rid of pain, but look what happens when we can't feel any pain at all!"

Yeah, God lets us feel pain for a reason. A good reason. I'd never even fathomed the depth of why God let us feel any physical pain until I saw the show this morning. Sometimes I think we learn more from suffering than from joy. Oh well...at least the show has opened my horizon SO widely. :-))) I'd NEVER look at physical pain the same way again after watching this show!!!


  1. Oprah really has great shows. I haven't watched all of them, but this one is so painful to imagine. It's true right, "berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul". The mom did say something that has really opened our eyes. Thanks for sharing this, Amel. :)

  2. Choc Mint Girl: Yeah, I watched the whole episode and I saw the kid when she was a baby and all that...it was so heart-wrenching. Gladly to say that she survived. :-))))

  3. Hey Amelia,

    Pain is an alarm against danger, the same way fear is! God knows what He does at all times, indeed :D!

    I had already heard about this girl, since my mom had watched this show! Poor little thing *nodding*!


  4. Imagine going through life without feeling pain. Pain makes us strong. It's necessary for us to become more human. My heart was breaking as I watched that episode. Now I feel I can't complain when I have a headache.

  5. I watched that too. I always site it as an example to my kids whenever they complain. I agree with wifespeak, pain makes us strong.


  6. Poor litle girl. You are right, we often complain for all the wrong reasons.

  7. Max: Your Mom watched the show? Yeah...it was really heart-wrenching.

    Wifespeak: You're SO right that pain makes us strong, even though it sucks when we're experiencing it he he he...Hey, I HATE headaches too ha ha ha ha ha...

    Liza: So you saw that too??? COOL!!! ;-D

    Blur Ting: Yeah, it was really heart-wrenching for the little girl since she couldn't play with the other kids in the yard...as she wouldn't know if she had hurt herself or not.

  8. That is so sad I have never heard of something like that. I can't even picture something like that.I dont know what I would do if that ever happened to one of my kids.

  9. MrsArcticRainbow31 January 2008 at 00:47

    Pain reminds us that we are ALIVE!

  10. Mrs Arctic Rainbow: INDEED that's SO true! ;-D