Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Unwrapping the Gift of Health

I have been struggling to find a moment to sit down and write. The last week and a half has been filled with ups and downs and I have not had a lot of room to breathe.

A week ago, at about this time, I was sitting in a room at the medical clinic. My oldest daughter had a fever that just wouldn't go away and she was on antibiotics. We decided that we needed to try to figure out what was causing the fever. After many tests and X-rays, the doctor told us that we wouldn't be going home that day. They were admitting her to the hospital because she had pneumonia.

We spent two nights in the hospital. We ended up celebrating our little one's birthday in the hospital. It was a crazy week. She is feeling so much better and her energy is finally returning. We are so thankful that we got it taken care of and she is well for Christmas.

After they had wheeled her down to her hospital room from the clinic and she was waiting for the nurses to come and get her settled she said, "You have to go home and get me a notebook and pen, I have to write all of this down." She thought of it as a little adventure.

The only part that was really hard for her was when they inserted her IV. She was so tough, but her tears just streamed down her face as they struggled to find a vein.

It was a very tiny glimpse for me into the lives of parent's with sick children. It opened my eyes to the struggle they must go through every time their child goes back to the hospital. I cannot imagine what they go through.

I am so very thankful that our stay was only for a couple of days and her illness was not serious.

I praise God for the friends and family that prayed for her speedy recovery. God is so Good!

We will celebrate our Christmas with the five of us tonight. We will take time to light our final advent candle and have a birthday party for Jesus. As we open our gifts I pray that we will remember that He is the most important gift we will ever receive.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!


tracie said...

i love, love, love this! thank you for sharing and reminding us how blessed we are!

i pray for a continued recovery for your little one and for a very blessed Christmas to you all ...

Baby Mama said...

How scary to have your girl in the hospital!! I am so glad she is better! Have a blessed Christmas, friend : )

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I hate that finding a vein part. Brave little soul. Happy belated b-day to her. I love that she found it an adventure...ah, the eyes of a child.

Merry Christmas,
~ Wendy