Sunday, July 02, 2006

Vitamin D

Vitamin D (3), also known as cholecalciferol, is a form of vitamin D that is made by the human body. It is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with UVB ultraviolet light with wavelengths 290 to 315 nm. This can be found in sunlight when the sun is high enough above the horizon for UVB to penetrate the atmosphere and is responsible for the production of cholecalciferol. Up tp 20,000 IU can be made in the skin only after minnimal erythemal doseof exposure, or until the skin begins to turn pink. Vitamin D plays an important role in the maintenance of an intact and strong skeleton. Its primary task is to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood by ensuriing correct intake and secretion.

Nicole got loads of vitamin D yesterday! And it was not through a pill, but through direct exposure to sunlight. Justin and his fiance', Amie, were with us in the afternoon and Justin had the idea that we should have a picnic supper outside our house. While I made a quick meal, things were set up outside and we carried Nicole out and placed her in her wheelchair. Not only was Nicole able to bask in the sun, something she has not done for weeks, but we discovered a much easier way to transport her from the house to her chair or a car. This does open up the possibility of Nicole being able to occasionally get out to places that are wheelchair accessible while she is making her rocovery.

It is amazing how the body has been designed with all of its interdependent systems. Seemingly minor interruptions of regular motion and light can result in negative physical consequences. We have learned so much in the last several weeks about God's crerative mastery. And we have been very thankful that more of Nikki's systems were not damaged in that horrendous moment when she was crushed against that wall.

It has also been very clear that there is a close connection between the outer man (physical body) and the inner man (the spiritual self). Perhaps the deepest form of suffering in times of difficulty is not the physical pain, but the fear, pain, and brokeness of spirit that accompanies physical trauma. And it is amazing how much of helping a person's physical recovery is about seeking to do any appropriate thing you can to build the inner person. Hope, joy, rest, trust, and purpose are the best of medicines when suffering has entered your door.

So, we are thankful for sunlight and for the smile on Nicole's face as she sat there and took it in. And although we don't really fully understand the first paragraph of today's blog, we know the One we are putting our trust in does and we are thankful for his provision and his design. This time of difficulty has deepened and enhanced our gratitude.


Blogger Carolyn said...

Thank you so much for your daily blog - so great to get updates on Nicole's progress and also a benefit to read how you are dealing with this time of suffering... I am learning a lot.

11:21 AM  
Blogger sixbrocks mom said...

Dear Tripps:
I learned of your blog through friends from Hope Church, though I don't know you personally.

Thank you so much for being real with your suffering: real about the difficulties and real about the hope.

We'll be in Philly (from Scranton) this week for some tests at CHOP for our youngest daughter. We'll also be down again the weekend of the 16th.

We'll be staying at the Ronald McDonald House--either in Philly or in Camden--but will have a lot of free time between appointments if you need help with anything. We're also interested in visiting Luella's gallery, if you would be willing to post the name of it.

Finally, isn't God's family just the best? When I read of Agnes's gift, I wasn't at all surprised. What a wonder we are.

11:43 AM  

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