Crisis Turned Blessing




I wasn’t worried when I rode in the ambulance because I knew you were praying for me.”  These are the words my husband whispered to me after facing a medical crises a few weeks ago.

Complications set in a few days after Tom’s surgeon performed a procedure at the hospital.   He returned home, but lost so much blood due to an artery punctured during surgery.  His blood pressure dropped to 79/49 and we headed to the ER at the VA in Prescott where they then transferred him by ambulance to the civilian hospital and surgeon who performed the surgery.   It turned out to be an easy fix, but if he had waited a few more hours he would not have survived.

Terrific blessings came our way.  I can’t wait to list them all because every time I think of that week in October, I want to cry.  My heart is full of thanksgiving.

*Tom received immediate care in both emergency rooms without a wait!  He was given the best treatment and a comfortable room with a view!

*Because of the complications, he received every test imaginable and from them learned he is healthy in other areas.  That’s a gift in itself.

*Our kids were able to express their love to their dad and it was a beautiful thing to see.  It’s easy to take people for granted when every day is the same.

*Amy, with her medical expertise, provided the best care for her dad by his side in the hospital and at home as well.  We must have thanked her a thousand times.

*We were grateful for the support and love from friends and family.  I smiled at every text, phone call, email, gift, card, and comment left for us encouraging us through prayer.  Within minutes of the kids’ posts on social media, our friends and our churches rallied around us offering to help and pray.  With a prayer army the size of ours, I relaxed.

*Our bonus daughter, Angie, came with our bonus grandson, off for fall break, and stayed the week with me.  We are thankful for the sacrifice she made after just getting out of the hospital herself.  She’s upbeat and loving and our time of sharing and praying was outstanding.  Her chili, cornbread and chicken soup recipes filled my house with delicious aroma as we welcomed Tom home.  It was enjoyable to once again have the rooms in my home active with family, cooking, baking and video game races blasting from the T.V.  


Life Is Good Again
It could have been a disaster, but it turned around to be the biggest blessing!  We thank God for all of it as we enter into the Thanksgiving Season.


We’ve been staying close to home as Tom still tires easily.   I got a little cabin fever a few days ago and took a walk around our neighborhood, visiting with neighbors and absorbing the beauty of simple country.  I’ll close with a few photos I particularly love about where I live.  























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  1. Oh, what can I say? I was si frightened when I read Angie's post on Facebook. (I think it was Angie!) Now I've tears all over again, hearing 'the rest of the story.' What blessings! Hugs to you both!

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    1. It's a jump start into the thankfulness of this season for us! Hugs back to you!

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  2. God bless you both, and sending you warm hugs.

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  3. Such beautiful pictures you shared here and love your new header picture!! So thankful of God's provision over your husband, you and your family during this "hiccup" in your hubby's health. Glad it seems like he is on his way to a full recovery; hoping it is a speedy one!

    betty

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    1. This is my favorite fall wreath; photo doesn't do it justice! Thanks for all your good wishes, Betty!

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  4. Hi Mary! I'm so glad that it all worked out so well with Tom. What a fright! And having someone in the family who's medical helps so much. It's so good that your daughter could help you, but just to translate all the medical jargon is priceless.

    You live in such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing your neighborhood with us. I'm glad you can get out for some walks, especially in this time of year. God bless all the people who lifted your heart with their time, talent and texts. You are greatly loved!
    Blessings and good wishes for a full recovery,
    Ceil

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    1. God does bless my family and friends for sure. You know the kingdom principle...as you bless others, blessings return back in greater measure. And thanks for your love and prayers & email during that time!

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  5. Oh, dear friend! Your words touched me and brought tears to my eyes. I am SO grateful God healed your dear Tom and allowed him to make it to the hospital in time. He is SO faithful to His trusting children, and always keeps His ears open for our prayers. I trust Tom will heal completely and God will grant you many, many more happy years together. I know this must have been such a scary experience, but I'm so grateful it all turned out good. God bless you and your precious family! Thank you for sharing your praises with us here, so we can rejoice and praise Him, too!!!

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    1. Bless your beautiful words and precious heart, Cheryl! I'm very touched.

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    2. What a scare - but prayer changes things. God was good to give you immediate access into the ER and finding a fix for Tom.
      Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  6. So happy for you and your family! It is wonderful to read that God uses crisis sometimes to draw and knit us even closer than before.

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    1. I agree, Mary, and I think it is important to tell others what God did through His people! I get built up during November, the month of thanksgiving!

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  7. You are surrounded by blessings!! So happy all is improving. Your family sounds wonderful to be there for you!!!

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    1. Feeling blessed, Terri! Thanks for dropping by.

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  8. Thank you for sharing! What a challenge you and your husband and others had. Oh, so much laid on your for doing everything you could. I loved seeing the photos and the original one with the Word on it. With everything, you filled it with truthfulness to all of us. Bless you and thank you, Dear.

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    1. You must be a country girl too if you like the photos! Blessings right back at ya!

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  9. Hi Mary, I am so grateful for Tom and the rest of your family and of course for YOU! I love what Tom said...it shows You are a praying wife. Thank God you are all OK now.
    PS Your neighborhood is simply breathe-taking!
    Keep well friend.
    Blessings to you

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    1. True, my wise young friend, prayer is the greatest gift for our spouse. And I learned that I reaped the benefit of others' prayers for him. Felt such peace and clarity.

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  10. I envision you both safely making it to shores after going through a tough storm. All because you focused on the Beacon that guided you all all the way! Praise and thanks be to our good God. Ahhh....the bond of unity evident by everyone's actions coated with His love....Soooo beautiful....And so are the beauties that surround you...God bless you both and strengthen you all the more! Love and prayers...

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    1. You say it well, Rosel. There is nothing like the beauty of God's people around you at a time like this. Ro 10:15 " "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" No one can comfort like our Lord using His people. Thx for prayers; you have mine as well.

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  11. Oh my goodness! So glad that things turned out like they did for Tom. Praising the Lord for His mercy and grace. His timing was perfect. I love the pictures. They show such serenity to me. The Lord is good....and He is good all the time. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Agree, God is good ALL the time. Times like these shout that truth to me. I'm thankful to be able to write about His grace & mercy. Hugs back to you, special lady.

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  12. Oh Mary, what a scare!! But, what a tremendous outpouring of love and prayer for both of you. And what a wonderful Lord for getting Tom right where he needed to be, right when he needed to be there! Sometimes the greatest good things come out of the worst possible circumstances. And I am so encouraged to hear this tremendous testimony to God's faithful care.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. I'm happy your encouraged today by our story. I love testimonies too!

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  13. To see God working is such a blessing. And the photos you have posted are beautiful. Thank you for sharing a piece of your world.

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    1. My pleasure, Lynn. Awesome when you stop by and visit. So glad you're blessed.

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  14. Whoa! I had no idea! So glad to hear the hand of God was with you and that you've gained something from a life altering incident. I'm praying for your husband and the entire family. So appreciate your attitude and perspective. It's a lesson and testimony to all who know you and see the way you live this gift called life.

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    1. Your kindness blesses me. We receive your prayers and trust Him that He is doing more here in all this than we can imagine. You are in my prayers as well.

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  15. Wow--I'm so glad you were able to get to a hospital in time! This story could have had a radically different ending otherwise. :( Praising God for his grace in your lives and family.

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    1. Looking back it is crystal clear that Tom was in God's hands. He waited way too long to agree to go to the ER. So thankful for grace!

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  16. Prayers are so powerful.
    So many things to be thankful for. You are so blessed. :)

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  17. A friend, Dianna recommended your blog to me and I've enjoyed my visit here. I am so glad to hear of all your blessings, especially that of your husband Tom and his recovery. What a scary time for you both! God is such a good God! God bless

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    1. I could just hug Dianna for the connection, Melanie. Thank you for visiting me and splashing in my blessings with me today!

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  18. Oh my friend, I am so glad to hear the wonderful outcome of what could have been a total disaster! I am so grateful that Tom is doing well now. And those words of his to you about his ride in the ambulance...oh my...brought tears streaming down my face. Love you. xo

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    1. I know, my wonderful friend. I liked hearing those words too! I miss you and loved it that you stopped by!
      Hugs!

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