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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Enemy Goes For The Gut

Hi friends! So I'm bloggin' live from Piedmont Hospital tonight. No, the girls are not sick, the boys are not injured... tonight Momma's the one down for the count.

I spent the weekend at the fabulous Created for Care conference and arrived home Sunday around noon. About the time I made it home, I started running a fever and experiencing some crazy abdominal pain. I woke up this morning feeling about the same and Dan finally convinced me to see the doctor around 1:30 today. And the doctor, suspecting an appendicitis, immediately sent me to the ER. And as I'm sure you can imagine, all of this was SO on my schedule for today. Sweet.

I waited over 5 hours before seeing a doctor (sorry to diss Piedmont hospital on my blog, but seriously guys...) and now I'm stuck in a room, sporting a fabulous hospital gown, downing some nasty "flavored beverage for iodinated contrast" and waiting to be wheeled back for my CT scan to confirm that this is indeed an appendicitis.

There have been several moments over the last 6.5 hours that I've been tempted to stand up (if in fact my shooting abominal pain would allow it) and scream... HELLO!!!! Do you people have any idea how busy I am? I have FIVE children folks! I have homework to check and clothes to wash and things to do. For cryin' out loud, Hannah and Joseph have their very first swim lesson tomorrow morning and if y'all think I'm missing that, you are crazy. KEY-RAY-ZEE.

And yet, God is bigger than all of this. This stuff may have not been my plan for today but it was His. He is so not surprised. And it's really not ok to jump up and down and scream and yell when things don't go my way -- because that implies that I think the busyness (the importance?) of my life gives me free reign to sin in certain situations.

I think having a plan for each day is great. Plans are a good thing. But when the plans have us, that's not so good. Plan for the worst, hope for the best and always leave room for God to do His thing. I think that'll be my new policy.

Looking forward to what He'll teach me through this one. Prayers for tonight are appreciated. Dan is here with me and thanks to our friends and church stepping up, the babes are snug in their beds at home.


and 2 became 5 said...

i am loving your sense of humor in the middle of the situation...and your clear & good perspective as well. Praying for you sister & happy to bring a little girl home with me tomorrow at afternoon p/u if you need me to. I"m so close to the school & I really don't mind.

Wild Olive said...

OOOOHHHHHH! So sorry, T!! What I'm most blown away by is the fact that you still have your appendix and you're MY age (almost)! :) UGH. Praying surgery goes well tomorrow and thankful your family is all taken care of. Wish I could help. The silver lining is...you get to take painkillers for a few days. That's always fun. Can I say that on your blog? :) Bwahahahahaha.
Loving you!

Anonymous said...

Oh my heavens Shelly am so so sorry :(... hoping you have an answer soon- it is easy laparoscopic but NOT the way you wanted to spend your day! I got your email but was at our womens retreat this wkend- will connect soon. prayers for you, sanity and patience, and for all the little ones. xoxo anna

Julie said...


Chasity said...

Praying for you all Shelly. Keep trusting His plan lady. (((Hugs)))

Mandi said...

praying for you....I will remember your great attitude & perspective and it will challenge me to do the same. Growing a little in this area all the time ;) I get DAILY opportunities to fail :) Praying for pain relief, speedy recovery and home to love all those babies.

Alison said...

Oh no, Shelly! I had that exact same thing happen several years ago...a CAT scan and everything, and it ended up being a kidney stone! Not fun! I have actually been sick since I got home too, with a stomach virus! So not fun! Hope you are better soon! And I loved getting to meet you this weekend in person!! And loved hearing more about 60 Feet!

Anne Genevieve said...

praying for you - strange as it may seem, this may allow some quiet and (hopefully) somewhat peaceful time, even if it is medically induced. swim lessons can be rescheduled and laundry can wait - take a deep breath and know He's got it all under control, which is exactly why you don't have to. ahhh... the freedom of sweet surrender. God Bless and much love

Christy said...

Oh no! I've heard about others getting sick when they got home too. The enemy sure is trying to defeat all that was done this weekend in you all's hearts, ,for sure! Praying you feel better soon and get some downtime to process all you experienced.

Sarah said...

You have an amazing approach to all of this. I'm praying for you right now!