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!

Image Credit: The card on the top of this post and more Christian cards are greeting cards you can print from your desktop color printer from http://www.abigraphics.com

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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