Have you ever been forced to endure a situation so difficult you
felt as though you could barely breathe? Have you had to witness
a loved one suffer agonizing pain? This week has been extremely
difficult for my family and me. A week ago yesterday, my mother
was diagnosed in our local ER with diverticulitis. She was sent home
with pain meds, antibiotics, and instructions to have clear liquids only
for 36 hours.
That was on Thursday of last week, but on Sunday morning, my father
woke me with an urgent phone call. Her pain was severe, and could I
come? I instructed him not to let her have anything by mouth. Being a RN,
I suspected her bowel had perforated (hole in the intestine), which would
definitely need surgery. At the ER, my fears were confirmed and she had
emergency surgery that evening. We were blessed to have wonderful
surgeons performing the surgery, and though her recovery has been slow
and painful, she is doing remarkably well. She will probably be able to
discharged some time this weekend.
To say that this week has been an emotional roller coaster would be an
understatement. From moment of relief and joy to those of fear and despair,
my heart feels like it's been through an obstacle course. Through all of this,
there is one thing I cling to - God is good. He loves us and works all things
for the good for those who love him (Romans 8:28). I know this experience
is making our family stronger, causing us to rely on each other and God
more than ever before.
Needless to say, I have barely touched my laptop this week. Between long
hours working at the hospital and visiting my mom, I have not been able
to develop my fourth story I started last week. But all in good time. Right
now, I'm focusing on my family, making sure my mom is getting everything
she needs at the hospital and answering my family's medical questions.
My mother is the sweetest, most selfless, caring person I know. I love her
more than words can express. Through all this, one of her biggest concerns
is becoming a burden to her family. I pray that I would continue to lean on
God, casting my cares on Him, because I know He cares for us.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the
proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because
he cares for you. 1 Peter 5: 6-7, ESV