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View from the Back of an Ambulance

Is there anything more sobering than an hour ride in an ambulance with flashing lights and screaming sirens?

Yes, there is. When the paramedic in the back of the ambulance takes your BP and says to the ambulance driver, “You better speed it up” SPEED IT UP? Yep, that is even more sobering.

Rejoice: This Week Has Been a Trial

Paul said “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us – they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us ….” Romans 5:3-5

I began this week hemorrhaging and went to the Shelbyville Emergency Room where they immediately sent me to Vanderbilt Hospital in an ambulance.

Received Six Units of Blood

Praise God, for the first time in years my blood levels are all in the normal range! Even with aches of an infection spreading through my body, I still feel good because I received 6 (SIX!) units of iron-rich blood via transfusions. Now I have color. I walked by a mirror and thought I had a sunburn; then realized I actually have a flesh tone, I’m not pasty pale white anymore.

Rejoice: This Week Has Been a Test

We give our children tests to find out what they have learned. God designs spiritual tests to help us find out about ourselves, to become closer to Him and develop spiritually.

Kathleen told you, “Robin has lost the will to live.” Well, I did. When you give an anemic, weak woman a whole bunch of hormone pills she will transform before your eyes from Jekyll to Hyde.

The third day in the hospital my blood levels bottomed out and the doctors gave me a ton of Progesterone. My thoughts were like spaghetti. I was in a deep, dark, nasty pit–sobbing for several hours. Once the meds were stopped I was fine. Hormones are powerful chemicals. This was a spiritual battle and all your prayers kept me in God’s protective arms.

Our bodies are amazing–temples entrusted to us by God; so complex, how can anyone doubt Our Creator?

We are all in the process of growing spiritually and sometimes it is a painful process. Once a seed is planted in fertile ground, it takes root and grows into a fruit-bearing plant. The plants that receive proper pruning will bear the most fruit.

There is always a lesson in tribulations. We just have to ask God to complete a good work in us through it.

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (Cor 12:10)

Rejoice: This Week Has Been a Reminder

This week has been a reminder we are in these temporary bodies for such a short time. Our days here on earth are a mist, a breath, a wisp of smoke (Ecc 4:7). God alone is “from everlasting to everlasting” Our life in these bodies is but a drop in the ocean.

Once we adjust our focus from the cares of this world to eternity with a loving God we become true positive thinkers. Not the pop-culture/talk show/Oprah’s bestselling self-help book positive thinkers, but people positive that God loves us and that He has a specific plan for each of us.

Beloved, the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. God has provided for our sinful ways and rescued us from a horrible sin-death. Rejoice!

I appreciate the short time I have here and the many blessings God has given me. But this week has been a reminder that I am accountable for this time I have in this body. We all need to consistently examine our time and be sure it being spent in God’s will.

LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. (Psalms 39:4)

Rejoice: This Week Has Been A Physical and Spiritual Healing

You prayed for my family and God answered in many ways. A long overdue restoration and healing is in the works and I look forward to watching how God makes the transformation.

It is late and I need to rest. I can’t thank you enough for your prayers. What a wonderful age of communication we live in. We can share one another’s burdens and encourage one another thousands of miles apart.

Please keep praying as my family continues to fight spiritual and physical battles. Thank you!

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If you are new to this blog this time line explains this is ongoing frustrating battle but the Lord is working in every step.

Health Timeline

  • July 6, 2007 Open Heart Surgery: CABG coronary artery bypass graft. Major blockage in left main artery.
  • July 21, 2007 Back in the Hospital: Complications fluid in  lungs, fluid in heart lining and erratic heart problems.
  • March 2008 Second heart surgery. Artery collapsed.
  • May – June 2008 – Weekly iron infusions.
  • July 20008 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay
  • August- November 2008 –  Weekly iron infusions.
  • December 2008 – Another blood transfusion.
  • January 2009 – Hemorrhage and hospital stay
  • March 2009 – Hemorrhage and another blood transfusion.
  • April – May 2009– Weekly iron infusions. Bone marrow shots.
  • July 2009– Still trying to find bleeding problem. Now complicated with unexplained pains possible  from blood transfusions.


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36 comments

  1. Oh thank you Lord!
    I, like so many others, are greatly rejoicing at hearing that you are home. Robin, not only do you thoroughly amaze me but I admire you and respect you.
    You have been on my heart and in my prayers constantly.
    I rejoice with you, amidst the lessons that Father God is teaching you.

    Oh dear friend, it is good to *hear* from you.

    Blessings,

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  2. My heart is warmed to hear you are starting to feel better. I will continue to keep you and your doctors and family in my prayers and have confidence in our Saviour and His strong arms to hold you up.

    In His love
    Sarah

  3. Praise God you are back and feeling better!!!! When things were at their worst, I felt so awful! How wonderful you are home with your dear family and feeling well enough to write!

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  4. I am rejoicing with you, Robin. It is good to hear you are feeling more energy. I look forward to hearing more good news as you continue to recover.

    Lori

  5. Wow Robin! Praise the mighty name of Jesus!
    As I sat here reading your update, tears fell.
    Tears of JOY for Abba’s hand of protection
    upon you.
    Tears of EMPATHY…Yes, Lord, you’ve brought me
    through the flames as well and some more ruff
    edges have been chiseled away to bring forth
    more brilliance to shine for YOU.
    Tears of GRATITUDE, Thank you Lord for YOUR hand
    that leads us all the days of our lives.
    Praise Your Mighty Name! For You Are Worthy
    Of All Our Praise And Adoration! \o/
    In Christ, Donna

  6. Dear Robin,
    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, first of all. Well I know the Lord allows things sometimes to happen to bring healing and restoration….Ive learned that the past year with my family. He’s still working in those areas. I praise God that he lays those (friends) like you on our hearts to pray, that’s what the body of Christ is supposed to do…
    I will continue praying for you and your family on the lighter note, I can’t go into it all here but you know what Im talking about- we went to the dr with Ashleigh Wednesday to get her results and they said her counts at 0- yes, 0 that means the virus is 0, and I began to praise God right there. God is good!!! Get some rest and enjoy your family and we will cover you in prayer…Love you!!!

  7. Praise God!

    May you have a blessed Mother’s Day!

    Take care,
    Amy

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  8. What a joy it was to wake up to this report…and on Sabbath to boot.:o)

    Though I’ve only been following your blog for a short while, I’m not surprised at the incredible insight you’ve gleaned from this trying time.
    You are one amazing woman, Robin…and I KNOW as I type that, that it’s really HIS strength flowing thru you, which in turn, strengthens all of us who have the privilege of reading your thoughts. Thank you for your transparency, and for allowing us to share in your burdens and blessings.

    Continued prayers for you and your family…

    Pam (aka~P*)

  9. So glad to have you home!! I will most certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You are such an amazing woman of God. Thank you for sharing your trials and lessons learned, your strengths as well as your weaknesses. We all grow from sharing and be transparent, in letting others know that in this life we will have trouble, but it is by the grace of God that we can get through it all! Thank you for blessing me

    Love
    Rachel

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  10. Happy Mother’s Day Robin!

    I am so glad that you are home and feeling better. I can’t imagine what this week has been like for you but I pray you don’t have to experience anything like it again. We will continue to pray for you and PLEASE let us know if you need anything. You are such and inspiration and we love you dearly.

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  11. Thank you for sharing your testimony!! I will continue praying for you and your family! Sooo glad you are home, Robin!

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  12. What an amazing turnaround. Praise God! It is beautitul and encouraging to see your heart focussed on our Lord even when weak and maybe confused about what’s going on. So true, we are in His hand.

    Still praying for continued recovery and wisdom for the doctors regarding the tests.

    You are a pretty neat lady, Robin!

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  13. ~Cheryl~ from HS Lounge

    Robin, I have tears flowing down my cheeks from reading your post. I haven’t known about you for very long (since THL opened), but in such a short time you have impacted my life in such an amazing way. Praise God! You are amazing and you definitely DO use your time here in such a powerful way honoring God, teaching as you learn. I’m so happy that you’re home! I’ll continue to pray for you and your family.
    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  14. So glad to hear this! I was worried about you. Will continue praying.

  15. I was elated to see your name in my email box. Praise be to the Great Physician and lover of our souls. I’m so happy you are home.

    May God continue to bless and heal you, Robin. You are a treasure to us.

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  16. Sharon Nelson

    PTL for your healing and recovery!

    I haven’t personally met you and actually, I’ve only heard of you a short time ago, but I’ve been reading HOWTA and the method of teaching the Lord has put in your heart to share with the rest of the world.

    When I heart of your news, I really felt an urgency to pray for the Lord to heal and restore you. The Lord has and is using you in a mighty way. In more ways that you can imagine. You have blessed so many of us with your Godly wisdom.

    I’ve had such a paridigm shift in my thinking and I thank the Lord for bringing you into my life. In a way, you are a Titus2 woman to many of us and for that, I thank you Robin. I thank you for having the boldness and courage to stand for truth and the Word of God and not being tossed to and fro with every doctrine in the world of homeschooling!

    May the Lord continue to heal and richly bless you and your family.

    Love,

    Sharon Nelson

  17. Sharon Nelson

    Happy Mother’s Day Robin!

  18. Praise the Lord!!! Happy, happy, happy!!!

    Love,
    Penney 😀

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  19. What a beautiful post! Praise the Lord! Your work here is not over, you are a true blessing, the Kingdom needs you.
    Have a beautiful blessed Mother’s day with your family.
    “Thank you Lord, for Robin!
    In Him,
    Katia

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  20. When you get a bit of rest, look into that vitex to help balance that progesterone.

  21. Tamara Scire

    Dear Robin,
    Happy Mother’s Day! What a weekend to rejoice! I am so thankful to the Lord for His hand of healing on you! I hope you know how incredibly precious you are to Him! You have ministered to me and it was a pleasure and a privilege to lift you and your family up to God during this time! May you continue to be strengthened both in spirit and in body!
    Love,
    Tamara Scire

  22. Deanne

    So glad to hear you’re home. God is awesome! I will be in continuous prayer for you and your family. Robin you are such and inspiration to me! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
    Love,
    Deanne M.

  23. How great it is to hear that you are home. And how wonderful it is that God saw fit to let you be home with your family on Mother’s Day. I’m so glad to hear that you are feeling better. You have been on my mind & in my prayers. I pray that your body continues to heal.

  24. Michele

    Dear Robin,
    You are such a blessing to us! We thank God upon every remembrance of you! Happy Mother’s Day :)Michele

  25. Colleen

    Hello dear sister,
    You have encouraged me via your blog on many, many, days, and you have never met me. I prayed for you and am delighted you have come through. Thank you for your ministry, and may God continue to bless you and your family. Welcome home !

  26. So glad to hear that you are giving God the glory, yet again!

    The Lord is continuing to work everything out for you!

    Romans 8:28-30

    And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according go his purpose. 29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren; 30 and whom he predestined, these he also called; and whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified.

    Romans 8:35-36

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For thy sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

  27. God is good. I have no idea who you are, Robin, but when I read that you had lost your will to live and was on weirdo medications, my heart went out to you. Keep the faith!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is good to see the saints supporting one another. God bless.

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  28. Terri Layne

    Robin,
    It gives me chills to think how closely we came to losing you! I have missed your wisdom and insight, and transparency in your struggles with your health and family issues. What a mighty God we serve! Praise God that He has allowed us to enjoy the blessings of your ministry again!
    Terri Layne

  29. Dear, dear Robin,

    Thank you for the wonderful news! How wonderfully AWESOME is our God!!!!!

    Tehillim (Psalms) – Chapter 36

    6. O Lord, Your kindness is in the heavens; Your faith is until the sky.
    7. Your charity is like the mighty mountains; Your judgments are [like] the vast deep. You save both man and beast, O Lord.
    8. How precious is Your kindness, O God, and the sons of man will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
    9. They will be sated from the fat of Your house, and with the stream of Your delights You give them to drink.
    10. For with You is the source of life; in Your light we will see light.

    I hope you have a fantastic rest of your Mother’s Day! (My apologies for not being able to see this and send the message until so late — I’ve been having some internet trouble.)

    You remain in our prayers and love,
    Marty

  30. Hallelujah!!! I thank the Lord that you’re home again and that He has increased all of our faith through prayer. So good to hear you back to your self again, too. You bring me such encouragement and mentoring in your writing. Praise God for our time on earth together. We are so frail, so finite, so short-lived. But, our God is so amazing, so big, so strong and so mighty!!! Continue to fight the good fight of faith, dear sister in Christ. Lord bless you and Happy Mother’s Day. Leinani

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  31. I am so sorry to read what you have had to go through, and so happy to read you are feeling so much better! I know we place all things into God’s hands, because, really, we can do nothing without Him and have no control over things anyway, but I am glad I will now read your name on blogs and not feel like I have to worry! 🙂 I know whose hands you are in, and I know God will keep you in His plan… and I am glad you are on your way to being well!
    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!
    Love and blessings!
    ~J

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  32. Welcome Back 😆 I am glad to hear that you are feeling much better. I can only imagine how drained you felt. My mother had such a low blood count when she was finally treated they didn’t know how she was even walking each day. She survived out of pure stubborness which unfortunately keeps her from the Lord to this day. Thank You for sharing and being real. I will keep praying. Randi

  33. Praise God for his awesome healing and love. I am so pleased and overjoyed to read this post. May your strength be steadfast in Him.

    Love
    MJ

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