28 years, and never a trip to the ER–for me or my family–until Tuesday night. Monday evening I began having stomach pains and vomiting. After a completely sleepless night and no relief, Bill took me to the doctor, I had an ultrasound done to check my gallbladder (everything was fine), and was given a Rx for the nausea. When the meds did nothing, my doctor was concerned and sent me to the ER to rule out other possibilities. The doctors ruled out everything they could without a colonoscopy, and with my Crohn’s history they assumed I had an inflammation in or around my colon that was causing the pain and sickness. After morphine (oh, yeah), some nausea medicine, and some fluids for an extremely dehydrated woman, I started feeling much better. I was sent home late that evening.
Besides being grateful I didn’t have to have any of my insides removed, I have become increasingly grateful for the friends God has blessed me with. One of our good friends, Angela, was preparing for a trip to D.C. the next morning, but she dropped all she was doing and was at our house within 30 minutes to watch our children. Because she did eventually have to leave, some other dear friends, Drew and Lindsey, gave up some of their time together (which they don’t get enough of) to relieve Angela and take over the kid watch. Lindsey also brought us dinner tonight.
On top of that, Bill took off two days and has completely taken over household duties like a pro. He has had kid responsibilities, meal prep, house maintenance, and sick wife care. The greatest part is that he has had the largest smile on his face the entire time he has been tending to my work. I’m not kidding. I haven’t seen him without a smile (except when there was a little scare I might have major surgery) since the whole ordeal began. It has been beautiful to watch him serve me and the kids with such amazing joy. It is making me feel like I’m falling in love with him all over again. It is also reminding me what a great job I have–being a wife and mother. Who could ask for anything better than that? Basically I’m just bursting with love for my family, friends, and the God who gave them all to me, and I wanted to share His glory with you all.