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Our Family's Bitter/Sweet Life

Thursday, July 22, 2010

He is HOME!!!

Mrs. Nurse Boy here.

What an exhausting week it has been!!!  This was one of those weeks that we shall never forget.  And, one I hope to never have again!

Sunday night our family was celebrating the kick start of VBS at my parents' church.  My parents were supposed to be joining us for the family celebration, complete with dinner and games for the kids.  We thought it was odd that they didn't show up.  Pretty soon we noticed a voice mail on our cell.  Mom left a message saying Dad wasn't feeling well and they were going to stay home and rest.  No big deal. 

Or, so we thought.

During the worship portion of the night, Nurse Boy's phone kept ringing.  Somehow, I knew something was up.  I left the service to check to see if there were any more messages on the cell.

Indeed there were.

Mom said she was driving to the hospital and she was certain that Dad was in the beginning stages of a stroke.

My heart sank.  I couldn't breathe.  I felt helpless.  I prayed for HEALING.

I ran into the service and grabbed Nurse Boy, the 3 kids, and my parents' pastor.  I am pretty sure I made quite the scene.  I was most certainly too scared to care.

The rest of the evening was filled with miracles!!  We had 5 churches (that I know of) praying for my dad.  You see, Dad had a stroke 14 years ago.  That first night, 14 years ago, we were told not to expect him to make it through the night.  He was only 46 years old.  We weren't prepared to relive that moment.

When we got to the hospital, Dad was still talking and moving both sides of his body.  He was indeed having a stroke, but he looked much better that first night than he had 14 years ago.  Pastor Dan joined my brother, my mom, Nurse Boy, and myself at the hospital.  We all prayed together and took turns sitting with my kids in the ER waiting room.  Including Pastor Dan!!  He sat with my kids and listened to their knock, knock jokes and whatever else was on their minds.  (Pastor Dan probably knows WAY too much about us now!  My dad always says that Nurse Boy and I have NO secrets, thanks to our 3 kids.  If only that weren't true.)  What a comfort Pastor Dan was to all of us!!

But, our Lord and Savior was the biggest comfort of all!!

Through prayer and medication, my Dad's stroke was reversed within hours of it starting.  By the next morning he was almost back to normal!!  Less than 2 days later, his MRI was CLEAR!!  He had NO permanent damage.  Less than 3 days later, he was discharged and even cleared to drive!!!

We are talking about MIRACLES!!!

Today he is home.  The kids and I took him lunch this afternoon and he had just gotten back from running errands.... he just had a stroke on SUNDAY!!!  You would NEVER know it to look at him!!  We are so thankful for his healing! 

Now, we are all EXHAUSTED and BLESSED. Yes, you CAN be both! My kids spent the week doing a lot of this:

Hospital trips galore.  (No more of those, please.  Got that, Papa?)

Hanging out in the ICU waiting room.  With smiles!

And, there was a little ottoman racing... but, what can I expect?!  The kids were bored and, quite frankly, some of those people in the ICU needed to giggle a little.  Life can be hard.

AND, Nurse Boy couldn't even tone down his own sense of humor and wore this t-shirt to visit Dad:

No, I am not kidding!

What a week!  And, what a reminder that we NEED a Savior!!  He heals and restores our hearts, our bodies, and, in my Dad's case, our brains!!!  Thank you for those of you who prayed for Dad!!  We all felt those prayers.  Now, we are praying for life to become a little more relaxing and restful.  ;0)


Michelle said...

I am so, so, so very glad that he's home and doing well. God is so good!

an encourager said...

Praise You, Lord, for miracles, care, praying hearts, healing!

Kmama said...

God is good!! What a scare, but such a miraculous, wonderful result!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Thank you LORD that your dad is okay!
My parents are also believers, but I dread the day that something happens to them! My dad is turning 80 this August-

Thanking God for this miracle for your father-

Emily said...

What a wonderful answer to prayer!!!

momstheword said...

I am so glad to hear this! However, I really had no idea that you could reverse a stroke, so that was news to me. Good to know!

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

Good news indeed. We serve a great God.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

God answers prayer. He also gave us (man kind) the ability to formulate and use a drug that can break down blood clots within 3 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. We are very blessed.

Mr. NB

Theresa said...

Thank You, Lord!

Pam @ Kassie's Beach said...

God is good. I'm so glad your dad recovered so quickly and with no lasting affects.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

So glad he is home and prayers were answered! Amen!

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Boy Mom said...

Ahh the miracle of healing. Thanks to God for his blessings in your lives. Thanks to you for the opportunity to pray for and witness a miracle.

He & Me + 3 said...

So glad that your dad is home and doing well. What an awesome testimony of God's healing power.

On a different note...have you cut your hair? Mine is driving me crazy but I have not taken the scissors to it yet. Grrr.