Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gratitude for Prayers

Dear Friends,

I am up a little bit today and so I thought I'd try to sit at my computer and compose a note here to thank everyone who has left kind notes and who have offered prayers for me - both are greatly appreciated. It means a lot!

Sunday night, I developed a bad back ache which I thought was caused by my not stretching enough after doing a walk on Saturday. I went to bed on a heating pad. Around 2 a.m. I woke up in severe pain and when I tried to move it set off a series of incredibly painful muscle spasms. It was awful. I couldn't get up at all. I had to lay flat and not move a muscle. My poor husband was up with my all night, because if I flinched or he moved in bed I was in agony. By morning it looked like I would need an ambulance.

As many of you know we have not been employed for long and we have no insurance, so we were/are desperate not to rack up more doctor bills. Consequently, we called around to all the doctors we know at church to see if one of them would prescribe a muscle relaxant. We left messages for them to call us back. Then, a miracle happened...Dr. Vernon P, a general practitioner that we know, heard our message and - get this! - showed up at our house on his lunch hour to personally attend to me. Is that incredible or what? While he was working with me, he said that he remembered that I have kidney problems and sometimes kidney probs can cause severe cramping. It is rare, but it does happen, so we gave him a specimen culture, as soon as we could (I couldn't move off the bed, so you can see the dilemna). Again, the doc shows up at my house and tell my husband that I have a really bad infection and that my nitrate levels were really high. When a kidney can't screen out the pollutants that are in the blood, then toxins (like nitrates) build up in the body and can affect the muscles. I was really close to having to go to the hospital.

So, bless the doctor's heart, he gave us antibiotics as well as muscle relaxers and I am starting to do better.

Yesterday, when Mark was at work, the HR person told him that something very similar happened to her sister, but she didn't go see a doctor right away and so she ended up in the hospital and had to have a blood transfusion. I am so grateful that Doctor P came over and remembered about my kidneys or I would have reall been up a creek.

Kind ladies from our church have brought us meals and my dear daughter, Sarah, has taken very good care of me. More miracles.

Another bit of news...Mark's new job is over. The company that hired him and several ofher people (plus, just bought all new computer equipment) is having to shut down. That's the bad news...The good news is that Mark had a chance encounter with a music promoter. They hit it off big time and really liked each other, Mark is very knowledgeable about that industry. So, today, they are having a power lunch to discuss how Mark's expertise might benefit this music promoter's business. I am praying that, if it is the Lord's will, this will work out for us, because Mark will work himself to death at a job he hates in order to take care of his family, but oh how he would love a job like being a music talent promoter.

I will let you know how our little family saga turns out.

Again, I am deeply grateful for your prayers and kindness. God bless you this day, as always.


beth at aunties said...

I am so glad you are doing better. I am amazed at the tender mercies of our Father in Heaven and how he orchestrates people who are in tune, to be His hands in blessing our lives.
I hope you continue to bounce back.

Hugs best wishes for a continued FAST recover:)

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Elizabeth! I'm so very glad to hear that you are getting a bit better and what an incredible man and doctor to visit you!!! He will surely be blessed for his kind heart. I have no doubt that your sweet Sarah is taking wonderful care of you and the house ~ she is precious!! I will pray for God's will in your husband's work, all things work together for good!!! hugs to you, xxoo, Dawn

Alexandra said...

Good news! How fortunate to have a doctor come visit! You are in my prayers.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

You are being well taken care of. Praise God for his mercies.