This morning my back was hurting A LOT so I called my doctor to schedule a mid day appointment. Alhamdulillah, he was available to see me at 11:45 so I dipped out of work at 11:30 to get over to his office…..
Masha’Allah, my doctors a really cool guy. His name is Dr. Shaykh and he’s old school like a mug (uses a typewriter, etc.) but alhamdulillah he knows his stuff (at least from what I can tell) and I trust him.
So I go in and show him my back, and he’s like ‘Oh my God’…apparently there was a huge cyst on my back- he said it had ballooned to the size of a golf ball- and it had become infected and filled up with puss. Completely gross, I know. He took out a jar of gauze and started squeezing away at my back with both his hands to get the puss out while wiping away the puss/blood with gauzes. It hurt like a mug, but alhamdulillah he got most of it out to the point where my back had flattened out. To wrap up he just put a bandage over my back, gave me a few referrals for medication and a surgeon so that I can eventually get the cyst removed, and then let me get back on my way to work.
So yeah….pretty crazy day.
On a side note:
I read an amazing quote by Shaykh al-Islam (rahimahullah) about the need to always think positively of Allah and thank Allah for His Rahmah upon us, even in (seemingly) tough times.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said concerning the one who doesnt think positively of Allah: … that sort of attitude is the result of letting these thoughts control one’s mind, so you will find such a person still having a kind of discontent with the divine decree and objecting to it with regard to His creation and His commands. Whispers (waswaas) will haunt such a person with regard to Allaah’s wisdom and mercy. Such a person needs to eliminate two things: corrupt ideas and corrupt whims and desires, and he should realize that wisdom and justice are found in that which Allaah decrees by His knowledge and wisdom, not what a person thinks on the basis of his (imperfect) knowledge and wisdom, so that his inclination will become in accordance with what Allaah decrees and commands, and he will have no inclination that opposes the decree and wisdom of Allaah.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (10/288).