Well yesterday ended up being a very very long day. What we thought would be just a day with 1 doctors appointment to remove scooter duders staples...it's been two weeks since surgery....ended up being a trip to the ER.
Kelley has been taking daily injections of Heparin...1 dose daily for 14 days. Day 13 was no different than any of the other 12. That was until this dose. Within 10 minutes of his injection the room started spinning. Thinking this would subside, he lay there for a few minutes. It didn't get better! In fact the nausea came quickly right along with my call to the doctor. If you ever need a foot and ankle doc in Atlanta let me know! Great Doc and Great bedside manner!
We were advised to keep our 1:45 appointment and go from there...possible trip to ER to check for DVT( Deep vein thrombosis). Our 45 minute car ride was no picnic..extreme nausea. I really wanted to head straight to the ER. Kelley really wanted to make his appointment and get those darn staples out! Being the good wife that I am, we went to his appointment. As expected a trip the ER was advised. No staples removed at this time. Off we went....with a doc's order.
The hospital is just around the corner from the doctor's office. Thinking we would get seen quickly, since we had an order from his doctor. NOT! You would think a 55 year old male, post op, with DVT symptoms ( extreme dizziness and nausea) would be seen quickly. Well....3 hours later he was finally called back...and it was 2pm when we arrived. I would hate to have been there for the evening shift. Let's just say this girl wasn't happy about the wait....and neither was Kelley's doctor! My friend said we should have entered the ER with him holding his belly and saying he was having a baby. We have plenty of experience with that!
Well after blood work, X-rays,CT scans, MRI, EKG, Ultrasounds ( Not looking for a baby)....Everything was clear except a little fluid in his middle ear. You have got to be kidding me! I'm not totally convinced that was it. However, I'm praising God for clean arteries! That fish oil is really working! So at 10:30 pm we were sent home! Along with 3 prescriptions! Antibiodics, Nausea and dizziness meds.
You never really know why things happen. I truly believe God has ordered our steps. If all this was for a chance of meeting a young lady who needed prayer warriors...then this ER visit was worth every ounce of waiting and expense. This young lady was laying just on the other side of the curtain between us. As Kelley was laying there waiting for the next test we heard this girl crying out in pain. She was all alone in her area of the ER floor. By her conversation, she has seen every kind of doc and had every kind of test for her back pain. She hasn't been able to work in over 7 months. Getting dressed was a nightmare. From her explanation no one knew what to do to help her. She felt hopless. Most people think an ER doc should have all the answers...kind of like Dr. House. As this girl cried out in frustration because the ER doc had no answer....my heart just wanted to pull back the curtain and give her a hug and pray for her. Telling her I knew someone who did...Jesus! Even one comment she made shook me to my core..."What am I going to have to do...Kill myself before anyone will listen and see what's wrong with me?!" Knowing that I needed to wait I sat and prayed for her. Asking for an opportunity to speak with her if I needed too. It's hard for this mom's heart to listen to a young person sit alone and cry out in hopelessness. But I sat. Minutes later the patient transport came back to get Kelley for an unexpected MRI. We thought we were done! Even the nurse said this was unusual for this test to be ordered. For this test I had to stay and wait for him. Wouldn't you know the girl next to us was leaving at the same time. As I pulled the curtain back to make room for his bed to be moved I had an opportunity to speak with her. Her name is Candy. I told her I would be praying for her and that I would ask others to pray.
So if you feel in your heart to pray for this girl please do. We will probably never know what happens to her. But I know I have a loving God who cares for Candy enough to petition his children to pray for her. Praying for answers. Praying for Candy to feel God's love towards her.
I know when we humble ourselves and pray....He hears us!