Catching Up

I can’t believe that I haven’t blogged in a month but on the other hand I can believe it. Its been one crazy month. With 2 ER visits, surgery and then a huge road trip to Alabama. I’ve been so exhausted since we got back from the trip I’m just now starting to catch my breath again.

So a few months ago I started having pain in my lower back. I knew right away it was a kidney stone because I’ve had them before. I tried all my natural remedies to pass this thing but it just wouldn’t go away. I ended up in the ER twice because the pain was just awful and it sent me into a tail spin of throwing up which is never ever fun! So I finally saw a urologist and had surgery to remove the stone. I won’t post this pic because I can’t stand looking at it but its on my twitter feed somewhere if your really curious. It was so jagged and so huge I know now that I did the right thing by having surgery. Now have I ever mentioned that I’m terrified of being put under! I mean it the thought of being asleep and people doing things to your body just freaks me out. So I really had to build up my faith leading up to the day of the surgery. When I got to the hospital at 7:30 am (hey early I know but at least I knew the doctors were fresh and ready for the day) I decided that I know God has a plan for my life and there wasn’t any need to be afraid and that was what I was going to stick with for the day. HUGE step for me! This is coming from the person who has had many panic attacks over medical procedure not requiring me to be put under. So they are preparing me for the surgery and I meet the anesthesiologist. We get to talking because he was asking me all kinds of questions about myself to ease things and found out I’m a christian. Turns out he is too! So before he put me under he came over with his iphone 4 with the same bible app on it that I have (too cool) and read some scriptures from the Psalms over me. He then laid his hand on my shoulder and prayed for me. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me! It was totally God having my back and telling me that He did! So then I meet my doctor (because I was referred from the ER we had never met) and turns out he overheard the prayer and wanted me to know he was a christian too. So he sat with me for a while and we talked about our faith and what God! This was just another amazing reassurance that God was with me. Now this next part of the story might be a little too much for you guys but I’ve decided I’m going to share it anyway because it was a huge moment for me and the journey I’ve been on over the years.  Some of you know that I have quite a testimony of what I went through in my childhood. As many children do I have  blocked out a lot of the painful memories. Well while I was under I saw an angel and he placed his hand on my shoulder and when he did I remembered but it wasn’t painful because while I was remembering everything that was done to me and what happened as a child the angel was removing the pain! When I woke up the nurses were concerned because I woke up with tears streaming down my cheeks. I cried for quite some time in that room while letting the drugs wear off. I don’t remember what it was that I remembered just that the angel was with me and what he did. I have had some behaviors/mannerisms that have been issues that I have dealt with for a long time that linger from some of the abuse that really bothered  me for many years and I’ve realized in the weeks since that those behaviors aren’t my normal reactions anymore. God literally wiped me clean, freed me from them! It’s amazing how he took something that I lived in fear over and used it to walk me to victory in such a huge area of my life.

So that’s the story of the surgery that I promised forever ago! Just days after the surgery I packed up for a 15 hour road trip (one way) to Alabama in the Camry with David and David’s parents! What a car ride! We had such an amazing trip and again this was a huge milestone for me this was the first time (I’ve been married 6 years now) that my in laws (I hate calling them that because they are a mother and father to me) and my parents met! What an epic moment. Not only did David’s parents get to meet my parents but they got to meet my entire family over Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful trip. We split the drive up and went to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN for a day. That was so much fun. We went to this amazing Christmas store and then the next day we did the Ripley’s Aquarium. I loved the Aquarium now I want to visit a few that are around us!

Here we are outside the Christmas store

And here are some of my favorites from the aquarium

After leaving the TN area we headed to Alabama. We had such a wonderful time with the family. I even got to sneak in a visit with my best friend Amber and her family. Aren’t her girls adorable!

The Brooks Family

And of course we had to take a ton of family pics!

Here are me and David and both sets of parents
Us with the Parents

All of us kids with my parents
The Kids

And then all the kids with their spouses and children with my parents
All the Kids

And then here we are all together!

When we got back I got a nasty bacterial infection. Turns out I traveled too soon after surgery but I’m so glad I got to see my family. I’m on a really strong med right now that I actually had to set my iphone alarm for 3 times a day! Praying I recover soon in time for the holidays!

Hopefully I’ll blog again before Christmas but if not Merry Christmas!!!!!

2 thoughts on “Catching Up”

  1. Hi Amanda,
    Your story of your surgery experience was just incredible! It is sooo God that your medical team were christians! Don’t you think? I was blessed to know this and I cried when you told of how you were set free from those horrible childhood memories. No need to tell, I have a sense of the pain you were going through. (A gift I don’t always like.) Thanks for that! So, now that I have had a good cry for today, tears of joy, thank you, I can get on with daily business! LOL
    Take care of yourself now! D

    1. Yes it was amazing that my surgery team were Christians. I was amazed at what God did! Sorry I made you cry! Thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

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