I have prayed many times since becoming a mother that my kids will be healthy, and if anyone had to be sick...let it be me, rather than them. Actually I do believe that God took me up on that deal most of my life! :)
But last night Lee got real sick and had stabbing pains in his stomach. I stayed up the whole night watching and praying that I would know what to do. I had a lot of memories when I had the same thing before I had my gall bladder taken out. We tried every home remedy that we could think of but yesterday when the Dr was checking him out, I had a feeling that there was something more than what we thought. We all were up most of the night and then by dawn, I was on the phone with the Doctor.
Jeff stayed home because he was worn out too, plus he knew that I was too sick to take Lee any where, especially the hospital. Ended up that Jeff took him to get blood work done, then an ultrasound and still they had questions so...he ended up with a CT Scan ( those are nasty tests, I remember mine last year). When I talked to the DR earlier in the day, he thought for sure Lee had appendicitis, which would mean surgery. That was a concern for a number of reasons, but one was that he is so sick from this flu that I was hoping not to have him do surgery while his immune system was so compromised. Finally after a lot of worry and a lot of Prayer ( ok pleading ) we found out that Lee has an infection in his colon, that is why the terrible stabbing pains and upset stomach. They got him on an antibiotic and then we have to really watch his diet. He hadn't really slept in almost 48 hours so ...Rest is a must too!
I prayed today that Lee would have the courage and faith he needed to get through the tests today and the results he would be given. I talked to him on the phone a few times and he was pretty scared. As a mom you always wonder if you have taught your kids everything they will need to know when handling struggles in life? You wonder if they have in them what it will take to handle these things too.
You know this parenthood stuff is just tough, to watch one of your kids suffer is one of the hardest thing. I am grateful that he did well and that tonight he seems to be in less pain. I am hoping that we all get some sleep tonight. I need to try and remember this quote when I go to bed....
"EVERY EVENING I TURN MY WORRIES OVER TO GOD. HE'S GOING TO BE UP ALL NIGHT ANYWAY" ~ Mary C. Crowley
Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers on the behalf of our family, they truly do make a difference. Reminding some one that they are loved and thought about... is also reminding them that they are not ALONE! And that is an important thing to remember, during some of the toughest challenges in your life. I keep thinking that the next day, month or year ...is going to get better. We have had some really tough challenges all in a row it seems. I feel worn out! Good night dear friends!
"A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work." ~John Lubbock
"CHARACTER CANNOT BE DEVELOPED IN EASE AND QUIET. ONLY THROUGH EXPERIENCES OF TRIAL AND SUFFERING CAN THE SOUL BE STRENGTHENED, VISION CLEARED, AMBITION INSPIRED AND SUCCESS ACHIEVED." ~ Helen Keller
P.S. Today was certainly a CHARACTER building days and some times those really HURT!