Monday, June 17, 2013

On the Road to Recovery

Day by day, strength is returning, and I can walk better and better . . . 
how thankful I am to the Lord for that!

Last week was quite the adventure leading up to this point . . . I was bit by a tick a week ago from this past Saturday, and then the next evening, noticed that the lymph nodes near the bite were swollen and tender and the bite itself was red and swollen more than normal. The next morning, I went to the doctor and was put on a strong antibiotic as it looked to be either a tick-borne illness or a secondary infection from the bite.

Tuesday was a busy day with canning strawberry jam, making bread and yogurt, and numerous other things, and by the end of the day, I was really tired. As I got ready for bed, I kept feeling weaker and weaker and my steps were getting slower and slower. Then when I walked to my bed, I was starting to struggle walking and was beginning to lose control of my legs. I thought that maybe I had just overdone it and after a good night's sleep, I would be back to normal. 

The next morning, though, I was worse and had quite an uncoordinated gait, could only take small steps, my feet were turning inward as I walked, my arms were also weaker, and the symptoms were more significantly affecting my left side. Thankfully, I was able to get right in to the doctor and after a quick exam, she wanted to send me to the hospital so I could be admitted.

Dad and Mom were both with me which I was so thankful for! Dad brought us right to the door, and Mom helped me walk into the hospital and get admitted. These few hours were hard as I was a little scared as I didn't know what was going on with my body, I was getting worse and worse, and a hospital stay and all the tests that were to come were all new experiences for me.

With the symptoms I was having, especially the partial and progressing paralysis of my legs, I was referred to both a neurologist and an infectious disease specialist and from the moment I arrived, I was whisked from one thing to the next . . . first an MRI on my brain, then to my room where I was seen by the Infectious Disease Specialist and Neurologist, to radiology where I had a spinal tap done, and then back to my room for a litany of blood tests and for the IV antibiotics to be started

The exams by the doctors were much the same . . . asking questions about my symptoms, time frames, etc. and then checking for reflexes, the extent of the paralysis and numbness, etc. The Neurologist also did strength tests on my legs and arms. By this time, my feet and legs were to the point that when he put his hands on the bottom of my feet and told me to push, and even though I pushed as hard as I could, he could barely feel anything. During the 'pin-prick test', I also could feel nothing. 

Then I tried to walk for him, and he assisted me as I tried. He had me walk flat-footed, on my toes, and on my heels . . . trying to do this brought tears to my eyes as by that point, I could barely stay on my feet as my legs were so uncoordinated . . . in my exhausted and muddled-brain state, I was having difficulty keeping a check on my emotions! And as the hours passed through all of this, I was continuing to worsen.

Finally I was settled in bed, the tests were all done, and the three different antibiotics were started. Mom stayed with me the entire time during my stay which was a great blessing! And Dad and Leah were there for as much of each day as they could be (basically, whenever they weren't doing chores or sleeping!), and Ryan and Ashley were calling to check on me and to let us know that they were praying.


Flowers that were sent to me by dear friends . . . they are looking a little droopier here as the photo was taken today and they were delivered the second day I was at the hospital. It was/is a beautiful bouquet and really brightened up my room!

That first night Mom and I tried to get at least a little sleep, though we weren't very successful . . . hospital beds are not the most comfortable and all Mom had was a recliner that didn't want to stay reclined! Needless to say, we were both glad when morning arrived. :) I was feeling a bit better overall in the morning, but was a little nervous the first time I got up . . . was I going to be worse? Able to walk at all? Well, Mom helped me sit up and got my legs brought around to the side of the bed, helped me to stand, and then we kind of held our breaths as I tried to walk . . . and I could. It was very slow, still pretty uncoordinated, but I could walk. What a wonderful thing that was!! Our hearts rejoiced and thanked the Lord for this answer to prayer!

Shortly after that, the doctors began arriving, doing their exams and sharing the results of the tests which were: that there was no brain tumor, there had been no stroke, I didn't have meningitis, and a number of tick diseases were eliminated as well. As things were getting narrowed down, the doctors stopped two of my antibiotics so all I was getting was one very strong one through my IV every 24 hours. My symptoms all point the most to something like Lyme Disease, although many things don't 'fit' such as how quickly the symptoms developed. I'll have more tests done in a couple of weeks which may give the answer, but as one of the doctor's shared, what I had could be a different tick-borne illness that they haven't even identified yet. Either way, I was/am getting better!


A sweet card from dear friends who visited me at the hospital

The doctors said that with how I was improving, I should be able to go home soon, but would need a PICC line inserted first so that I could receive my daily antibiotic through that instead of the IV. And as Leah mentioned in her post, the first attempt didn't work.

After that attempt, I received the next round of antibiotics through my IV, and it was awful. This antibiotic is very strong and hard on veins, and I was getting a very high dose of it due to how sick I was. The pain was intense, and while I laid there trying to hold back the tears, Mom held my hand and stroked my head, Dad got me a wet rag for my forehead, and we all just endured and prayed through the next 20 minutes until it was finished.

After that experience, we were really hoping and praying that the PICC line would be able to go in the next day! I was brought down the next morning for a second try, and Mom came with. The nurse did an ultrasound on my arms and found one possible vein . . . it wasn't a very good possibility, but at least it was better than nothing! She patiently and persistently worked, and it was a success! The PICC line was in! Mom gave a sigh of relief and said something about it being an answer to prayer, and I told her that I had been praying the entire time, too, and the nurse responded and said that she had been as well. :) We were all so thankful that those prayers were answered with a 'yes!'


Cheery flowers from Ryan and Ashley which they brought over last night

Back in my room, the neurologist had me walk for him, and he gave the go ahead for me to be discharged! He said that since I was able to walk on my own now and was improving, that I shouldn't need physical therapy, but would just need to exercise at home. One by one things were being checked off of the discharge process list, and before long, we were on our way home.

It was a rough, yet good week . . . the Lord proved His faithfulness and care time and time again and was so very near to me; I was incredibly blessed by the outpouring of love and thoughtfulness from friends and family, was thankful for the opportunities that the Lord gave for me to talk with each of the nurses, transport people, doctors, etc., and a few times about the Lord (something I had been praying for!), almost everyone who worked with me was excellent and made the procedures, etc., much easier on me, and now I am home. And I cannot tell you how good it is to be home again! And around 13 hours of sleep that first night made me feel even better. :) 

At home recuperating :)

I have my ups and downs still, yet I am daily getting stronger. The dizzyness and lightheadedness have passed, my legs are getting stronger, and I can walk better. Today showed the most marked improvement since coming home, and this morning I was even able to walk out and visit the goats and pull a few weeds in the garden! Now I just have eight more days of getting IV antibiotics and then have a follow-up appointment with the Infectious Disease Specialist shortly after that. It's unsure whether or not I'll recover completely, but each new gain we are so thankful for!

Going through something like this makes me all the more grateful and thankful for the loving Father and immovable Rock whom I have to trust in and lean on . . . how sweet to rest in His "everlasting arms" knowing I am safe with Him no matter what circumstances we might go through! His peace truly does pass understanding. And I also am so thankful for the family who loves and cares for me so unconditionally. They are really, really amazing. :) 

Everyone's love, care and support were an incredible blessing and strong support to me as we went through this together. From Mom's sweet and encouraging spirit as she stayed with me at the hospital the entire time helping me (and I needed a lot of help!), to Dad and Leah doing all of the chores (including milking three goats for Leah!) and trekking back and forth to the hospital time and time again and helping keep my spirits up, to now that we are home, their loving care of me as I recover (including flowers and skittles that Ryan and Ashley brought me yesterday when they stopped by to visit! :) I am so richly blessed!

Blessed also with friends who care . . . once again, I want to thank you all so much for your kind comments and for your prayers. They meant so much! I have read each of your comments several times and would like to be able to thank each one of you personally for your care and thoughtfulness. Though we have never met, I am so thankful for all of you! You all have been a great blessing to me . . . thank you!

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name." (Psalm 103:1)

(This verse was in one of the Psalms I read while in the hospital . . . the whole Psalm was an encouragement to my heart! Indeed, bless His holy name!)

58 comments:

  1. I am so glad to hear you are doing better! Praise Him! Take care!

    PS. And you probably couldn't sleep with those nurses waking you up every four hours for vital signs/neuro checks (I am one at a children's hospital). ;-) PICC lines are definitely a blessing for pt's receiving strong medications!

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  2. My Dear Sarah,

    This has been a huge trial for you and your sweet spirit shines through. You have taught others through this experience.

    Personally I am amazed at the length of you post and the strength you have shown. Many would be immersed in a sea of pity. Your family is such a blessing to you.

    Keep smiling and you journey to full health.

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  3. It is really good to read this update from you, Sarah. What an ordeal you have been through! The Lord has been so merciful and you have been surrounded with love and care on all sides! Continuing in prayer for your full recovery.

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  4. So glad to know that you are doing better! I was so worried for you!! So many problems with ticks these days :( So thankful for the power of prayer! :) Being in the hospital sure isn't fun so glad your home and regaining your strength! :) so much to be thankful for! :)

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  5. So glad to hear you're doing better, Sarah. It was quite an ordeal, and I know you're glad to be home again.
    LOL ~ and I agree, they probably didn't bite before The Fall!
    Praise Him for His many blessings and care,
    Hugs,
    Miss Anne♥

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  6. Dear Sarah,
    I guess I hadn't checked your blog for a few days, because I had no idea you were going through this, until today! :-( You really have gone through a lot in the past week or so! I'll be praying for your full recovery. It's amazing how fast it all came on, and I know it must have come as a shock to all of you! Yes, praise God for the amazing abilities he's given our bodies to heal, and for His wisdom in using pain and suffering (and healing :-)) to refine us. I'm sorry you've had to experience this, but it's great to see your positive attitude about it all. Trusting the Lord has allowed you to see the good in it all, and look forward to the future. Isn't it amazing how grateful we are for things and abilities(like walking!) after we lose them for a while?! It's wonderful that your family was and is there to support and help you. Thanks for sharing all the details of your hospital stay. It reminded me of the time I spent at a hospital with my brother earlier this year. Oh, and that "recliner that didn't want to stay reclined", it must be the standard hospital recliner! (LOL!) We had one like that at the hospital too! :-)
    I'm glad you're home again, and on the road to recovery!
    You are in my prayers!
    Love,
    Karen

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  7. Dear Sarah,

    I am so sorry that I missed seeing this or knowing about your illness until just now. I have been overseas and not checking in on your blog. What a huge, hard experience for you to have been going through! And so scary at times, too. I'm glad to read that you are so encouraged, and indeed you have such good reason to be.

    Wishing you all the best; I will be thinking of you. and thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about it.

    Lorena

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  8. Thank you for sharing your experience, Sarah, and I will certainly pray for continued recovery. My heart went out to you as I thought of all the physical and emotional strain this situation put on you, but, as you said, how wonderful to know that we have a heavenly Father who cares! And also very loving families! Praise God that you can be home now!

    I have never heard of an illness quite like you had, especially how fast it came on. If you ever find out what it was and would like to share, I would be interested to know. We have ticks here, unlike in Vermont, and have many friends who have Lyme's. (Unfortunately it is usually the smaller, and thus harder to see, ticks that carry it!)

    May God continue to give you peace and trust in Him as you walk through this time!

    Blessings, Anna

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  9. Sarah...quite an adventure indeed! I am so happy that you are back home again, and on the road to recovery. I just can't imagine how helpless it must have felt to not be able to control your legs. An active young lady like yourself is just so used to being strong and robust as she goes about her daily duties. Perhaps one of the silver linings in the clouds was more time to pray, meditate upon The Lord, drink in His word, and even pray for others--all things that sometimes get rushed through in the busyness of our lives. (My Mom was once bedridden for a couple of weeks with illness, and she took that time to put together a beautiful photo album for me!:-)

    Now that we are back living in the country again here in Texas, we will be extra vigilant to check for things like ticks. We sometimes forget about those, as we are more on the lookout for the snakes, brown recluses, scorpions, and the huge tarantula we saw last night! Thanks for the reminder that sometimes, it's those "little" dangers that will do the most damage.

    ~ Betsy

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  10. Dearest Sarah,

    I've been away from the computer & only saw your post today. Dearest girl, I'm praying for a complete and quick recovery.
    Your blog post are, and always have been, such a blessing. You consistently exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit. You have for so long been a joyous role model for my own daughter.
    Again, you and your family are in my prayers.
    Mrs.B

    Psalm 18:2 "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

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  11. Sarah, I am so glad you are feeling better! We will continue to keep you in our prayers. I hope you will have a complete and quick recovery. You're a great example of what a godly woman should do in good times and trials, I am always encouraged here.

    You're in my prayers.
    <3
    Tabitha

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  12. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    Praise God! I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I hope you recover quickly.

    -Britt T.

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  13. Sarah, I just visited your blog for the first time in several days, and saw this post, and the two preceding it. Wow, what an unexpected few days, huh? So glad you are beginning to recover!

    My heart can sympathize with you and your family very much, because I have a sister who is to me what you are to Leah, and she has gone through several surgeries related to her knees and hips, so the whole hospital-stay, wondering if she'll be able to walk normally ever again, ect., is a familiar feeling.

    It is very evident that God has been upholding you, and His Spirit shines through your response to this trial He has seen fit to bring you to. I read a verse in 1 or 2 Thess. the other day, talking about how when Christ returns, He will be "admired in those who have believed in Him." I see Him in you, and am admiring Him!

    Praying that you will continue to improve. Blessings!
    Amber

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  14. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    Sarah, praise the Lord that you are feeling better! Thank you for sharing more of your experience. What an amazing testimony of God's goodness and answers to prayers! I am also blessed by the sweet, content spirit, free from self-pity or bitterness, that you show while sharing this.

    "A recliner that didn't want to stay reclined!" . . . that made me smile. I had that experience recently (though not in a hospital). I, too, was glad when morning arrived! :-)

    I will keep praying for complete recovery if it be the Lord's will!

    ~Katie

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  15. I am so happy you are feeling better! May each day see you stronger!

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  16. Dear Sarah,
    When I read Leah's post I became very worried and immediately starting praying for you and your family. I wished that I lived close by so that I could help (I'm in Texas). I am so glad that you are home and pray that you improve more and more each day.

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  17. So very thankful to hear you are doing better! Praise the Lord for answered prayer! Will keep praying you continue to improve and make a full recovery!

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  18. Lovely to see your beautiful smile and that you have the strength to write out your journey - well done! It's scary how quickly you went downhill and I'm mindful of the many people all over the world who couldn't have survived due to lack of medical care. I'm praying for your continued recovery.

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  19. Dear Sarah,

    I'm glad that you are doing better, and pray that the Lord will continue healing you without further incident. Those tick bites can be a scary thing, but we know our Lord is stronger than anything that can happen to us!

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  20. You are in my prayers.

    Blessings ~

    Terry

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  21. Deb YoungJune 19, 2013

    Sarah,

    I haven't been online much lately so just read about the health challenges you've been dealing with. I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend and feeling better. Take care and know you're in my thoughts.

    Deb

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  22. Thank you, Gabriela! Yes, those four hour checks aren’t the most conducive for a good night’s sleep, are they? :) And I would whole-heartedly agree about the PICC line! What a relief it is to be able to get the medicine without any pain at all!

    How wonderful that you are a nurse in a children’s hospital. I am sure your sweet spirit and cheery smile are a blessing to the little patients that you work with!

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  23. Thank you so much, Suze, for your caring note and the encouraging words that you shared! Yes, indeed, my family is such a blessing . . . I do not know what I would do without them. I am so very blessed!

    The post was rather long, wasn’t it? :) Well, with not much else to do and with being well enough to sit up for long lengths of time, it was a perfect time to write!

    Thank you again!

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  24. He has indeed been merciful, Helena! And answered so many prayers. Yes indeed, I have been so blessed by the love and care of everyone (my family especially!) Thank you for the sweet words that you shared, for caring, and for your continued prayers!

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  25. You are so sweet, Nabila! Ticks are nasty little creatures, aren’t they? We are definitely going to be more careful now to protect ourselves against them! This isn’t anything any of us ever want to go through again. :)

    Yes, there is so much to be thankful for! Thank you for praying!

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  26. Thank you so much, Mrs. Anne! Yes, it was, and you’re right, I am so glad to be home. :)

    Yes, indeed praise Him for His blessings and care!

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  27. Thank you, Karen, for your kind note and for your prayers! Both are very much appreciated! It amazed us, too, and the doctors, how quickly it came on. What a reminder about how fragile this physical body is in this corrupted world! The Scriptures say something about “life is but a vapor” . . . and no one knows how long our life or health will last which makes it all the more important for us to live each day for Christ and seek to share His love and gospel with others!

    Yes, indeed! I am thankful for this season, and am earnestly praying that my heart will be open to the lessons that the Lord wants to teach me through it and the refinement He is wanting to do in my heart. Already, I am seeing areas of weakness in my heart and how this season can be worked for much growth if I but let it!

    I am sure it does bring back memories. :) And what you shared about the recliner made me laugh!

    Thank you again so much!

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  28. Thank you, Rena, for your kind and sympathetic note! It was quite the experience, and I am so thankful to the Lord that we are past it and on the recovery process now. Just judging from the past few days, though, I think it could be a long road, but one that we are looking forward to and are hopeful that the end of it will bring full recovery!

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  29. You’re welcome, Anna! And thank you so much for your sweet note . . . it blessed my heart to read! Yes, indeed, how wonderful to have a heavenly Father who cares as well as loving families! I shudder to think what this past week would have been like without both.

    I would be happy to share if/when we ever find out what it was. I am hoping we do as I am rather curious. With as many ticks you have where you live, I hope that you all stay ‘safe’ from them and never have any problems with them!

    Thank you again, Anna!!

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  30. Thank you, Betsy, for your encouraging and caring note! I know . . . this has been quite the change. It was a blessing having that time to rest, pray, and read His Word, yet unfortunately, much of time I was feeling so poorly I could hardly even think. It wasn’t even until my last day there that I and my head (which was dizzy and lightheaded during my entire stay there) was well enough to read my Bible. I am thankful, though, that my mind was working well enough most of the time to pray, and thankful, too, that the Lord understands our prayers and the intent of our hearts even if the words are brief or all jumbled up!

    Now that I am home, and still a long way from being back to my normal energy and strength, I am having a lot of time to do those things that you mentioned. It has been refreshing and a blessing! Albeit a little hard sometimes to see Dad, Mom, and Leah working so hard doing their tasks and mine while I just sit there. :) Yet I am seeing how the Lord is using this time to teach me many lessons . . . lessons that I may not have learned, or even realized needed to be learned, without this season.

    There are a lot of dangerous animals/insects/etc. to be watchful of, aren’t there? Hope you all stay safe from all of the ones that are at your new home in Texas!

    Thank you again, Betsy!

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  31. Your note blessed me so much, Mrs. B! Thank you for your prayers and your sweet words. It brought tears to my eyes to read what you shared . . . that is my hope and prayer, yet how often I fall short of that! I am so glad, though, that in some way, I and the posts that are shared here have been a blessing and encouragement to your sweet daughter. It blesses my heart so much to hear that!

    Thank you again for your kind words and for sharing the verse from Psalms . . . what a comfort to rest in the Lord and those promises!

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  32. Thank you so much, Tabitha, for your sweet note and for your continued prayers! What a blessing both were/are to me! I greatly appreciated your kind words of encouragement as well . . . I pray that I will truly be able to exemplify that in my day to day life. Thank you again so much!

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  33. Thank you so much, Britt! And yes, indeed, praise Him!

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  34. Yes, it was quite the unexpected few days, Amber! :) It’s amazing how quickly life and plans can change. And it sounds like you can relate! I am sorry that your family and your sister had to go through all of that. That would have been really hard. Is she doing better now? I hope so!

    He has indeed been upholding me and His presence has been so near . . . how thankful I am for Him! And thank you for what you shared . . . how that encouraged, and humbled, my heart. I am so glad, so very glad that in some way you can see Him in me! That is my heart’s desire yet so often I know that my self gets in the way. Yet what you shared has encouraged me and helps me to continue pressing on to have less of me and more of Him! Thank you so much . . . and for your continued prayers as well!

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  35. Thank you so much, Katie, for your kind and encouraging note! What you shared was a blessing to me . . . thank you! The Lord is indeed good and has answered so many prayers this past week. How faithful and loving He is as He helps us through the different circumstances in our lives . . . no matter how ‘hard’ or ‘easy’ they may be!

    So you have had a similar recliner experience? :) My Mom’s experience made for some light-hearted laughter for us the next day! Though, she decided the next night that a sleeping pad on the floor was much more comfortable. :)

    Thank you for your prayers! They are greatly appreciated!

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  36. Thank you so much, Tammy!

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  37. You are so sweet, Lisa! That meant so much that you would like to help if you but lived closer. As the saying goes, “it’s the thought that counts.” :) And your sweet thoughtfulness was a blessing! Thank you! And thank you so much for praying for me and my family as we went through this and for your continued prayers!

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  38. Thank you, Emily, for your caring note! Yes, indeed, praise Him! And thank you so much for your continued prayers. They are greatly appreciated!

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  39. Your comment made me smile, Helen :) . . . thank you!

    That thought came to my mind as well, and how thankful I am that I live in a place where there was the medical care that I needed. It is sobering to think what the outcome could have been if it weren’t for that.

    Thank you again and also for continuing to pray for me! I so appreciate that!

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  40. Thank you so much, Marqueta! I very much appreciate your prayers . . . and your sweet note! Yes, what comfort to know that the Lord is stronger than anything that can happen to us . . . and what peace there is in simply resting in Him and trusting Him!

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  41. Thank you so much, Terry!

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  42. Thank you so much, Deb, for your caring note! It was a blessing to me!

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  43. Dear Sarah, It's been weeks since I visited your blog. And for some reason, I felt a nudge this morning over coffee to come by and visit. I'm glad I did.

    Reading through your posts I'm amazed at your faith through this hardship.

    What an inspiration. Today I am praying for you and your health. A safe recovery and much strength. Don't forget to take plenty of probiotics while on those antibiotics.

    Fondly,

    Amanda
    {homegrown and beeyoutiful}

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  44. Dear Sarah,
    I am so sorry to hear of all that has happened to you lately. :( So glad that you are on the mend. I had not checked in with you in awhile as we were blessed with a sweet baby boy earlier this month and ended up with a hospital stay that we had not planned but know was God's will for us. I too experienced IV medications that burned terribly going in. Praying with you for a full recovery! Take care Dear friend!

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  45. Dear Sarah,
    I hope that you're better now. I'll be praying for you and that you can recover early.
    The Lord blesses you a lot. Receive a big hug from Spain! :)

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  46. Sarah, I'm so thankful that you are reovering, albeit slowly. Maybe thats a good thing as your body needs rest now, I'm sure.

    I continue to pray for your full recovery.

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  47. Hi Sarah! Just checking in on you and wanted to say I hope that you are feeling better. Continued prayers!

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  48. Hope you have continued to gain strength this past week Sarah and you are feeling more like yourself
    So lovely to see your photo looking so happy and joyful despite what you have been through

    Take care- you are in my thoughts and prayers

    love and blessings to you and all the family

    Fiona x

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  49. This is my first time to comment on your blog. I found it in April through Worldview Weekend somehow but don't recall exactly how. I bookmarked it and then kind of forgot about it. Then today I rediscovered the link and paid a visit. I too have in the hospital and am finally home recovering. I just wanted to pop in to say hello to you and extend well wishes.

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  50. AnonymousJune 24, 2013

    Dear Sarah,

    Isn't prayers wonderful and our good Lord too being there with us and seeing us through these times of our lives. And walking the shadow death and then back out and grow stronger and stronger during these trials sent our way.
    And you are so blessed with having such a wonderful family that was there for you in each step and praying and loving you and caring for your needs in whatever way they can. What a huge blessing that your sister and dad tended the home fires and all the work to be done at this time of year, the veggies to do up and canning and the animals and the tons of weeding too and then visiting you when they could get away. Leah making supper and seeing to your dad and his needs too.
    Also your mom staying with you through it all and praying and loving you and never leaving you alone.
    What comes to mind reading all what you went through and the walking problems was baby steps.

    With my trials in my live that came to me over and over and what I would tell everyone I am taking baby steps, baby steps.

    You got to see the right doctors too and all the tests and early too, too many go thorugh the trials and never get answers and others get them too late and end up with too many health issues due not getting the care you did early.

    Praying for you, Sarah, you are a dear young lady and your family is wonderful and care and love you lots and lots. Fill the flow of love all around you from strangers, friends, family and your beloved little neices even though they are too young to know what is happening to their aunt sarah.

    Take it easy and do baby steps in the recovering and all that you know that needs doing, it will get done, God will bless it all and you.

    I am thankful that you have good faith to get through these trials you have gone through and still am while healing.

    Praise the Lord for you and your family, Sarah.

    You are such a blessing to many of us and mean alot to us that come and read your blog and care deeply.

    Sending my prayers and love to you and family as you still go through the healing.

    kathy

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  51. How very nice it was to hear from you, Amanda!! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment! Thank you also for your prayers . . . they are greatly appreciated. And thank you for the suggestion about probiotics! I’ve been eating lots of yogurt. :)

    I have missed your blog and think of you and your family often wondering how you are doing . . . I hope you all are well!

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  52. Thank you so much, Nikki, for your sweet comment! Your care means so much . . . as do your prayers which are greatly appreciated!

    Congratulations to you on the birth of your precious son! What a blessing from the Lord! I am sorry, though, that it was a difficult birth and necessitated a hospital stay as well. I am so glad that you both are doing well now and are home!

    By the way, I didn’t know that you had a blog until reading your comment . . . I enjoyed visiting! You have a beautiful family.

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  53. Oh, Elisabet! How wonderful it was to hear from you again!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for your prayers. They were/are a blessing!

    I was thinking of you just recently and wondering how you were so it was an especial blessing to hear from you. How are you doing? I hope well!

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  54. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for your kind note! Your comments are always cheering. :) And thank you for your continued prayers!

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  55. Aww, thank you, Tammy! That was sweet of you! I am feeling better day by day . . . still have a long way to go, but am thankful for how far I have come. Thank you for your continued prayers!

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  56. Your note really brightened my day, Fiona. Thank you for your kind words and for your continued prayers! They mean so much.

    I have been gaining strength which I am so thankful for!

    Blessings to you as well!

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  57. Welcome to my blog, Connie, and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! It was so nice to ‘meet’ you. :) And your kind words were a blessing to me!

    I am sorry to hear that you have been in the hospital as well! I will be praying for a quick and complete recovery for you.

    Thank you again!

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  58. Your note was so cheering, Kathy, and brought a smile to my face this morning as I read it. Thank you so much!

    Yes, indeed, how wonderful that the Lord is there with us no matter what we go through! He is there in the valley and there on the mountaintop . . . what a comfort His presence is.

    I would agree wholeheartedly :), I am so blessed to have the family that I do! Each day that goes by as I see their willing and cheerful service, their love, their care, their uncomplaining hearts, their joy, and so much more, my heart swells with such love for them! They are amazing servants of the Lord . . . I am so very blessed be their daughter and sister!

    As you shared, I/we are so thankful as well that I was able to get into the hospital and see the right doctors so soon. The outcome could have been quite different if it weren't for that.

    Thank you so much for your prayers, Kathy! And for your sweet and encouraging words . . . they, as well as your great thoughtfulness and care, were/are a blessing to me!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)