It was a hot, sunny summer day and family was in town, so we decided to spend the day at the beach. It sounds so simple, but a day at the beach actually includes lugging lawn chairs, umbrellas, towels, blankets, sand toys, sunscreen, snacks and drinks from the parking lot across 400 ft of blistering sand to the water. There is a lot of stuff to carry!
We set up, enjoyed the water and sunshine and wore everyone out as we dug in the sand and played in the surf. When it was time to head back, we “broke camp” and gathered up all of our belongings, with my husband taking the lion’s share of equipment across the long, scorching beach.
Something happened to my husband on the trek back to the car. He became so dizzy and lightheaded that he handed the keys to our son and asked him to drive us home. On the short drive home he became drenched in a chilly sweat, despite the hot day, and began vomiting. When his left arm began to hurt, he decided he needed to go directly to the hospital.
When you walk into an emergency room and say the words, “Heart Attack,” people respond immediately. He was rushed back to a bay and hooked up to electrodes, amid other blood draws and tests. Eventually it was decided that he would spend the night for observation and have more tests in the morning.
If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and walks like a duck, you would suspect it is a duck, but all tests showed no sign of a heart attack. They released him in the afternoon with the diagnosis of “most likely acid re flux” and advised him to follow up with his primary physician.
The primary physician disagreed with the ER diagnosis and ordered MORE tests. These failed to show anything that could have caused the “episode” but did reveal a rather significant partial blockage of the small intestine. He was referred to a GI specialist.
This is scary stuff. Most Googled remedies toss around the word “FATAL” way too much for our comfort. The GI Dr. ordered even more tests and scheduled a colonoscopy a couple weeks out.
It is hard not to “future trip” when frightening medical reports surface. It is a real battle to keep your focus on Jesus and daily renew your mind, making the choice to trust Him, no matter what the results. (In reality, what other options are there?)
We received the results of the very detailed testing just before my husband was wheeled back for the colonoscopy and the findings were good. After the colonoscopy, the GI Dr. spoke with us and said, ” I have no idea what showed up as a partial intestinal blockage, because everything looks fine.”
How often do we carry stuff we don’t need to carry when we hear bad news? Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30 We can trust him in the middle of bad news. 1 Peter 5:7 instructs us to cast all our anxiety on him (Jesus) because he cares for us. Despite the struggle to keep my focus on Jesus, I was incredibly relieved to hear the Dr. say that the blockage was gone and everything looks fine!
Someone asked me, “So, was it a miracle or a smudge on the film?” I don’t know. I DO know that I serve a great big God who is fully capable of performing miracles. I have seen God’s hand work in miraculous ways many times in my life and in the lives of others. And I know that with Jesus there is peace in the midst of frightening medical reports and an uncertain future.
This incident just provided another opportunity to practice my “Trust Walk;” just another opportunity to trust Jesus.