In the past 18 days, I have visited the ER three different times and had a weekend hospital stay. Once with Ryan because his right ear kept bleeding. Last Friday, I took Ryan because he was turning grey due to low oxygen levels that did not seem to be seizure related. And, yesterday, I took Jessica because she had basically been asleep since Sunday evening and wouldn't really wake up except to tell me that her head hurt or that she wanted to gouge her eyes out.
It was different this time with Jessica because I was on the adult side of the ER, but as usual I was very impressed with the entire staff, especially Doctor Ramirez and Hank, her nurse. She had a lot of tests done and thankfully they just found it to be a severe case of sinusitis and strep.
But you might have noticed the title of this post is "My To Do List." So, what does all that have to do with my to do list? Well, as you might imagine 3 ER visits in 18 days took up a lot of time which meant things at home did not get done, which meant my list of things to do didn't get done. On a daily basis it seems I add more to my to do list than I ever get done from my to do list. It's a constant battle.
But, I stand in awe at how God works. During the ER visits and Ryan's hospital stay, inspired friends received promptings that took care of things on my to do list. I wouldn't have even thought to call and ask for help with those items. I tend to be a very independent person. It's not that I'm too stubborn or afraid to ask for help. It's just that I know I'll eventually get to it.
Visiting teachers who texted at just the right moment which reminded me that I should let them know that we were in the ER. A friend who offered to bring me Quinoa salad: one of my very favorite foods. Another mom who knows the joys and pains of special needs who just called because she was thinking about me. Dinners provided for the family. Rides for the other children. A friend thinking of next year's seminary ride arrangements. A blessing for Jessica. A nurse willing to stay a little longer.
Three trips to the ER and a weekend hospital stay might be overwhelming, but because of friends who respond when inspired by God, my family's burdens are made lighter. I am not surprised, but once again I stand in awe and gratitude for the blessings.
Thank you, my friends!