Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Let's Put A Bandaid On It!

When the children had on scrape or cut on their knee, they always seemed to feel better when we put a bandaid on it!  I think I'm going to need a really big bandaid.

Not for my husband.  He's actually doing well.  He is in good spirits and we are formulating a plan (moving etc)

Me, not so much...  Did I mention that Sunday morning, my husband insisted we go to Urgent Care because my cough was just so much worse. Off we went to the next county to the Urgent Care.  The doctor said that it was a bad case of bronchitis and prescribed antibiotics.

Early Monday morning, my husband flew to Puerto Rico for a 3 day meeting.  He had to drive to the big airport (about 2 hours away) to catch that flight.  As Monday morning progressed for me, my health deteriorated more.  I became very dizzy, shaky, and I was having a hard time catching my breath (asthma).  I spoke to my daughter and to my dearest friend and they both told me to go to the ER.  I was afraid to drive myself because I was so dizzy.  I called my neighbors who were both out of town.  I then called my closest friend and she said she'd be right over.  Right over takes about 25 minutes in my area (even tho the speed limit is 55 most of the way).  No traffic.  Just so far.

I am so blessed to have sweet friends here.  She picked me up, drove to the ER (another 30 minutes away), and stayed with me the entire 6 hours there. Then we went to the pharmacy and then home.

I initially wasn't going to tell my husband until I knew what was going on but my daughter insisted I do.  So I texted him (he was still in the air).  He called me when he landed in Puerto Rico.  He spoke to his boss and then took the next flight home. Luckily there was a nonstop one just about to take off. He took the long flight back to NC and then drove the 2 hours home.  What a day!

Meanwhile... my friend and I were in the ER.  The nurses got me settled. I was so glad to just lay down.  Things were getting hazy to me.  In walks the doctor.  Very pleasant but I thought for sure I was not seeing thing well. Who I saw was this really really young looking male doctor with the longest beautiful curls that I had ever seen.  He looked like he should have been in high school at best. After he left the room, I turned to my friend and whispered - Did that doctor look really young and have gorgeous springy curls?  She laughed and nodded.  When the nurses aide came in, we asked her how old the doctor was.  She smiled and said that he was about 28 years old.

I had the whole works: blood work, IV fluids, breathing treatment, steroids, and chest X-ray.  (As I was being wheeled to radiology I saw the doctor sitting at a computer and thought for sure he'd be playing video games...) Anyway, the conclusion to everything was my bronchitis had done a real number on my lungs and hopefully the steroids and additional prescription steroids would set things straight.  I think IV fluid also helped a lot.  I was severely dehydrated though I tried to drink as much as I could.  The doctor said it might not have been the right amount of electrolytes etc.

I was finally released, we went to the pharmacy, and then home.  God bless my friend.  She is an angel!

And it was my birthday.

My husband did arrive safe and sound later that evening and was able to call in to the meeting from home today.

I went to bed as soon as he got home and actually slept a little better and coughed less.  Today, I am the tiniest bit better.  I've been trying to eat more and drink gatorade besides water.

The verse that has been on my heart all today is:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

When I start to become anxious (especially about a new home for Lilah Rose), I can almost hear God's still small voice saying "all your heart".  Lilah Rose certainly is in my heart.  And I am doing my best to lift her (and my worries) up.

That's what's happening here.  I hope to visit and comment soon.  Maybe tomorrow I can. Thank you for your prayers. xo


  1. Oh dear. I am so glad for your friend and your hubby getting home. I am praying that you find a home for Lilah Rose. I am sure that will alleviate some worries.

  2. So glad you went to the ER Gina and so glad you got some new meds to help. Prayers for a good recovery.

  3. Hi Gina~

    Oh my goodness! I have just gone back to read your last few posts...I'm so behind. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I know that can be a daunting and scary thing to hear, but it sounds like you have been there before, and you can know what needs to be done. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been sick!! I will pray for a quick recovery for you and peace and wellness for your sweetheart.

    Moving can be such a challenge, but it sounds like you also have a plan for that. I'm certain that no matter where you end up, it will be because of direction from the Lord.

    Lilah Rose is such a sweet little dog, I'm sure that you will find a really good home for her. I understand how hard that must be for you, I know how much you love her. You guys sure have a lot on your plate right now, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you all! OXOXO.

    Hugs and Love,

  4. Oh Gina, I'm so glad your friend could get you to the ER. What a day you had! Glad your husband could return from his trip so quickly, and I hope you feel much much better very soon.

  5. Oh my...NOT on your birthday! Happy Birthday sweet friend. You are loved and I hope and pray you feel better soon. Take care of yourself! Special hugs to that sweet husband of yours!

  6. oh dear! I am so very sorry!!! I am going to say some prayers for you this morning!!! That is so very difficult! Funny about the doctor! I hope you recover well... God will take care of your daring L. R... I am sure of it. sending a big HUG!!!

  7. Goodness, sounds like you had quite an eventful birthday! Sorry about the E.R. visit, and all the health issues you've had. Sending a hug and a belated Happy birthday wish for you.
    What a blessing to have a sweet friend that came to your rescue.

    Prayers continuing for your family and all of the challenges that you are facing at this time.
    Yes. Trust in the Lord.
    I like this saying so much, and find myself saying often: " If you are going to pray, don't worry, and if you are going to worry, don't pray".

    Warm wishes.

  8. How wonderful of your friend, who was an angel, to drive you to the Urgent Care and stay with you. Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you, and I hope that you'll be feeling better soon. Hopefully you will find the perfect house for you and your hubby. I know you love your woods, but being close to medical facilities is so important. Prayers will be said for both of you. Hugs are sent across the miles.

  9. I am thankful for your friends too and that your husband was able to come right back home. I hope the extra medication helps soon, and you will be able to breathe much better :)

  10. What a scary event to be so sick and alone, but how wonderful that your sweet friend was able to come and be with you through the events of the day, and that your husband was able to make it back home to be with you! You will be on heart as I walk and pray, and your situation will be lifted up to the Lord, praying and believing that He will make all things possible and orchestrate this situation in such a way as to bring peace and comfort to your heart, as only He can. With love, hugs and blessings :)

  11. Thank you ladies for your kind words and prayers.


But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859