Aug 6, 2006

Home Again...for now...

We just got back from a crazy three days that I don't want to ever relive again. We went to Skip's check up on Thursday in Austin and we were immediately admitted to South Austin Hospital where Skip underwent surgery at 9:00 that night. He had a hematoma in the middle of his incision which got an infection. The doctor said it could be really bad if it reached the new joint. He took cultures at the appointment which were positive for a bacterial infection, but in order to get deep cultures he had to go under the knife. We had the kids with us so we had to get the grandparents to come get them and take them to Victoria. We luckily had brought a change of clothes with us and some toiletries. As they took Skip in at 9:00p.m., I was all alone for about an hour until my sister and her husband got there. I went to a small chapel in the hospital and literally cried out to God like I never had before. My arms were lifted up and I didn't care if I was seen or not. I know what an infection at this stage can do, but I also know that my God is bigger. As I kneeled at the small altar, I saw an open bible there. I wanted to turn quickly to familiar scriptures to bring comfort, but started reading where the bible was bookmarked. I read Psalm 141:1-2. I immediately started crying even more. God gave me a scripture that I knew was just for me at that particular time. It says, "O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering." I couldn't believe the peace I had. I then spent about 45 minutes in prayer and God gave me beautiful words for a new song to top it off . My sister and her husband were there by the time the surgeon came out to speak to me. They reopened the incision which is 8 inches long and cleaned the area and took samples by the joint. He thought the infection had stopped before it reached the joint. "Praise God", I exclaimed. I knew it had not spread before the doc's words were spoken. Skip is on very heavy antibiotics and still is being closely watched for further infection. His blood level is very low but they did not do another transfusion. We will pray for the level to go up on its own. Prayers have been heard, but please continue. Skip is very sick of everything. I am praying for his mental health as well, to handle all that has happened to him. He has often broken down, as anyone could understand. We are trying to count our many blessings through it all. Thanks again to everyone who has prayed, encouraged and helped us thus far. We love you all so much. May God bless you for your kindness.

9 comments:

Annie said...

Love you guys.

momrn2 said...

Wow.. what an ordeal! We just went through emergency surgery with our daughter in May so I can totally relate to the shocking jolt that gives to a person!

Know that I am praying even now for a quick recover, for peace in your husband's spirit, and for support around you as you push through this!!

Thanks for leaving your link and comment at "My Quiet Corner"! So glad you "de-lurked" and let me know you have been around. :-) Please know you are welcome to "My Quiet Corner" anytime!

And welcome to blogging... on your own. Yes, that counts!..:-)

Tiffany said...

Susie, I'm so glad that you guys are back. I totally understand your emoitional rollercoaster. I'm crying out everyday to God and calling on Him to reveal to us as to what to do and where to go. And to hurry. I wish their was a easy button to push and all our answers would be revealed to us. You hang on to God and I will do the same. I know You and I will become stronger women because of it. Remember, I may live out of town. but I can be there in a flash!!! Even if it to vent. Love you tons.

Padre Reeds said...

Susie,

thank you for sharing that beautiful story. Our God is amazing! You guys are in our prayers.
-sunny

DA Wagners said...

God is so powerful, and your testimony is a true showing of His love and compassion! Thank you so much for sharing it. I would love a devotional of it for next's month publication (if you have the time)!

alisa

DA Wagners said...

A testimony to how powerful and compassionate our God is!! Thank you for blessing us with your words.

alisa

Jennifer Keller said...

that is a beautiful story, God is so wonderful to his people. I am so thankful to Him for listening to us when we need him most. God Bless you Susie and Skip, Ashley,Annie, and Seth..

Janice said...

Read your blog tonight. Your family is in our prayers.

Liette Ocker said...

Your story moved me to tears. I love our God and all His glory! You and your family our in our prayers.