The E.R. Trip

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The place where I used to work was the place I also dread…of going into with other purposes aside from just working…

After my husband got over his man-cold, my son became ill right after. We recognized the symptoms. We knew it wasn’t the flu. There was one moment couple of years ago where we had gone to ER for a couple of trips as he started having headaches. Despite the nausea and vomiting plus the headaches, every test ordered for him came back normal. As the three of us were gathered in that tiny, very busy guerney, reserved for non-trauma cases in our town’s busy ER. 

I just got done with my errands last Friday and after the chilly temperatures, my son, being sick already for a week, managed to get back to school for 2 days and on that Friday, as the sun’s hottest rays hit him, he started not feeling well again. I got a call the moment I was parking my car in the garage. It was him, wanting to go home and the nurse needed my “okay.” I wanted to make sure he was okay to drive and he said he could. The minutes of waiting for him while I was in the garage felt like in a slow motion. I was never bothered anymore with anything, not even the heat. The lunch I bought, warm and with crispy fries, grew cold. Untouched.

He rested and I gave him fluids. He slept well but when he woke up late in the afternoon, he complained already of a mild headache. He knew it now as if he was rehearsed from those previous trips we had done to ER. He was calmer. I wasn’t sure if it was because of his more maturity or just being used to this illness from his seasonal allergy, he was gentle in uttering his symptoms, laughing at times even. Maybe he didn’t want me to worry. Or…He didn’t want the trips to ER knowing I would bring him if his symptoms got worse as I told him I was concerned he had been ill for a week. As a mother, I knew he might be just getting dehydrated for not eating enough (though he was drinking adequate fluids). I was not as afraid also. Same with my husband.

He vomited more. He felt weak. He knew. It was time. I had all the things we needed ready well ahead of time. I got the car keys and drove as my son sat next to me, my husband toting the other stuff at the back of the car. The air was a stark contrast to the day’s heat. The ER was full. That sight discouraged my son. Knowing the wait would be forever. But I asked for him to be PATIENT. There was no choice. He knew. He needed something for his headache and vomiting.

They called him within an hour. As my husband and I silently prayed. 

How true that God indeed helps us learn from tough times. 

We learned so much from those previous ER trips. That now, the three of us knew deep inside. It would be okay. No matter what outcome…

For whether the outcome would be good or not, we all knew the truth by then:

That… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39;NIV).”

I dreaded that place. The smell of antibacterial cleaners. The throng of people seeking treatments. The sounds of vital signs monitor. The conversation between doctors and patients. The procedures done. The medications given. People weary from all the waiting and the symptoms they were experiencing.And the only thing that came to mind and made me so grateful was this:

Through troubled and calm journeys, none would change the fact that God’s love would never be abated in those circumstances. All those unpleasant things signified nothing. But even if death came, it would only bring a believer closer to God. One thing remains...Only one thing: God's love never fails!!! Glory to You Oh Lord!

Thanks be to God, my husband and son are both doing well. My son started eating more yesterday and already looks so energized this morning as I checked on him. I also thank the Lord for giving me the strength to be able to help them and Him, keeping me from getting sick.

Lord, I lift up all of Your children who are going through tough times right now. You know each of their needs. Please help them with their faith that they may seek You more and be drawn nearer to You. For those who don’t know You, may they be able to open up their hearts and minds to know and accept Your unconditional love. Thank You Lord for Who You are. For everything that You have done for us. Thank You for Your love and mercy. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: NLT Bible ]:

We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].