Andrew researched how to bandage a wing and we set to it. Once the bird was anesthetized, I could see that the humerus was severely broken and was protruding from the skin. I already had an idea of how this was going to end up, but Andrew wanted to give it our best effort, so we tried to re-position the bones and place a bandage.
So, the treatment options were:
- Continue to place bandages as needed for 4-6 weeks with a 99% chance of failure, bone infection and death, and a 1% chance of recovery and a life of captivity (this bird was very distressed to be captive...it was suffering regardless of it's wing).
- Amputate the broken wing and remove the protruding bone that was now black. Destined to live in captivity forever.
- Euthanize. (this had my vote)
I am thankful that the Bible is not silent on such an important topic. As I read the writings of Peter, James and Paul it is plain that they did not shrink away from suffering (I am thinking of the times after the teachable moment when Peter denied his best friend). They knew the value of suffering, in particular, suffering for Christ. I still have so much to learn and understand. I am a product of my culture and my own humanness...I want to be rescued from all sources of suffering and I want to pursue all things comfortable. The part that boggles my mind is that if I will stop seeking my own comfort and will instead accept the gift of the sufferings that Jesus endured on my behalf, for my sin (like selfish pursuits of comfort), then I am promised a suffering-free, joy-filled, eternal-existence with him.
"Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful, with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness...In other words, if it ever were to be possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo...the result would not make life delectable, but to make it too banal or trivial to be endurable. This of course is what the cross [of Christ] signifies, and it is the cross more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ. (Homemade, July 1990)