Speed Bumps in an Ordinary Life

March 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Emergency Room Visit, Hospital | 2 Comments

Nothing ordinary about today.

I woke up thinking it would be an ordinary day but we hit a speed bump.  My husband woke up at 8 a.m. with chest pains.  Ron showered, brushed his teeth and got dressed; came into the kitchen to take his medicine and couldn’t.  He walked over to his recliner, moaning in pain.

The world stopped spinning.

We ended up in the local hospital ER and then he was sent via ambulance to the ER in Springfield.  I just left him there, he’s going to be there for a few days.

Diagnosis:  dissected aorta

Ron was diagnosed last year, in May, with this problem.  At the time he and I were told that he wasn’t a candidate for surgery because of his cancer.  The specialist said that he’d have to watch his blood pressure and that HOPEFULLY, the dissection would heal on its own.

Today, March 1, 2013:  speed bump time!  The dissection grew about 2 cm.

The specialist today (a different one, but in the same partnership) told us that it would heal on its own.  My beloved is in severe pain.  The problem that the doctors have with him is that, because Ron has cancer and has been on morphine for pain, he’s built up a resistance and they’re having to experiment with dosage and adding an extra med for pain.

Ron was finally admitted to the hospital tonight around 6:30 p.m., and given one dose of each pain med.  When I left him around 7:15 p.m., he was in pain.

I haven’t prayed this much in 12 hours since I can’t remember when.  My mom picked up our teen son from school; I tried to explain over the phone what happened to his dad.  He (Daniel) wanted to come to Springfield but Ron said “Not today” and so, hopefully, tomorrow.

God is awesome.

Want to know why?

Friday mornings, I always run errands.  Always.  Can I tell you again, always.  Always.  I go to the library, post office, bank, and then to get groceries.  Sometimes I don’t get home until 11:00 a.m.

Today I didn’t go anywhere.  I was here, hanging around at the computer, checking my email when my husband came into the kitchen and when he struggled into the living room.

God is awesome.

Want more proof?

A cousin of mine is in town from Kansas City.  Because I couldn’t leave Ron’s side and come home and then drive back, my cousin was able to bring me some very important items from home; things that Ron needs, one of them being his chemo.  And, his eye drops from his cataract surgery yesterday.

God is awesome.

More proof?

My husband is ALIVE and the doctor is hopeful.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

As for me, I’m exhausted and feeling a bit manic at the same time.  I’ll probably play around on the computer to un-wind and then call my son and tell him goodnight.  Tomorrow, my cousin is in a bowling tournament in Springfield and he offered to come get Daniel and take him out for supper, to break up his afternoon.  He’s a dad and a grandfather.  Jesse understands teenage boys.

God is awesome…..speedbumps or not, God is awesome.



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  1. God is good.

  2. Yes, he is! Thank you for visiting, Nelle.

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