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How would you react if…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 27, 2018

So… you had a particularly painful bout with food poisoning.

Your best friend had the nerve to call you in the middle of it (love ya, Carol!)

She begs you to just “bight the bullet” and go to the emergency room because, “They have to treat you!”

You agree, but won’t go until the following day…

On that day, you’re ready to walk out the door when the Lord God whispers to your heart, “Pray.”

But, shouldn’t I head to the ER to fulfill my promise to my friend?

Again He whispers, but a with a bit more insistence, “Pray!”

Yeah, but I need to take care of these hemorrhoids. I mean, they’re really becoming a problem.

Now with all power and might He booms, “PRAY!”

Yes, I am thick headed sometimes, and quite stubborn most of the time, but I’m not stupid. So naturally I changed my plans and went to my room to do what He asked of me, pray.

Before I even began a Divine Mercy Chaplet, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye that by delaying until the next day – Thursday, that everyone I would need would be in the ER to assist me.

THE NEXT DAY IN THE ER

The doctor serving his time is a radiologist. He asks my complaint, I tell him and ask if there is a way to get rid of these hemorrhoids cause they’re really causing a lot of problems. He finally does a rectal exam and says,

“I don’t like the feel of that.”

Next thing I know, I’m being fitted up with an IV starter – the nurse was really good! I hardly felt anything beyond a slight pinch.

A wheel chair appears at my door and she, the CAT scan specialist, wraps me up in wonderfully warm blankets and wheels me a short distance to their room with the scanner. They’ve come a long way since the original scan equipment. Now everything is open with just a section of scanner that leaves plenty of space between it and the patient.

After asking a series of questions, she has me lie down on the movable piece and we begin the initial scan. Next follows the routine injections, first saline – lovely taste; but then next the dye that they use to see inside the organs; I was told it would make me feel suddenly warm, and IT DID! But then as a quick afterthought she said,

“And you’ll think you’ve wet your pants. You didn’t.”

Sure enough, as she was saying it, that’s exactly what I felt.

When the scan finished, she brought me back to my private room in the ER – they’ve come a long way with ER set-ups as well, at least this hospital has. It didn’t even smell like a hospital! The room had a sliding glass door and a curtain for sound proof and privacy. A far cry from the last time I was in an ER many, many years ago.

A half hour later, the doctor came in and said I would need a surgeon. He then rattled off names and I looked at him like, huh?

“Listen,” I said,  “I have no idea about any of them, you just use your good judgment. All I ask is that he be a God-fearing man. A man of faith.”

So one was chosen that fit my request. Turned out he was also the best colon surgeon in the area!

Then ten minutes later, the nurse walks in with a booklet and a room number written on it informing me that I was being admitted into the hospital…

Come again?!

WAIT A MINUTE! HOLD THE PHONE! ADMITTANCE?! WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

She seemed confused, and left to have the doctor come in and explain all this. And I’m thinking, “Well, yeah! The doctor didn’t say anything about admittance. What’s going on here?” Turned out he wasn’t really big on confrontations, and so he began with…

“This is a common reaction. We see this all the time.”

“Excuse me, you see what all the time? the nurse has just informed me I’m being admitted into the hospital, but I have no idea why. You haven’t told me anything.”

(I did learn rather early on that communication within a hospital is seriously lacking. Something that hasn’t changed since the last time I was in a hospital environment.)

Now comes the moment of truth…

“Well it’s normal for people with cancer to react this way when…”

“Hold the phone! Did you just say cancer?!”

REALITY CHECK!

Turned out that what I thought were just hemorrhoids was actually a cancer mass growing on the outside of my colon. Then he said it was stage 3, because the CAT scan showed lesions on my liver, suggesting that the cancer had indeed spread. I finally got to see that scan, and what he said was true.

All in one fell swoop I was told that I had colon cancer and it had already spread to my liver. I was admitted and a colonoscopy happened the next day with a biopsy of the mass. Plus all of this occurred without any idea how I would pay for the whole thing!

Turned out the hospital system that exists out here is “not for profit”, and my working poor status qualified me for their free health care.

The procedure was unbelievable. The whole thing was done in 20 minutes and I was aware of none of it. All my support staff were totally wonderful and the surgeon a truly caring man. He visited me not just before the procedure, but a couple of times after just to check on how I was doing. I ended up leaving the day after, because they wouldn’t let me drive home that afternoon, even though I was cleared to go home.

All in all, it was a pleasant experience, though it did take a REALLY LONG TIME to get me out of the hospital even though I was clear to go the day before. And once you cease to be a “patient” the staff kind of forget’s about you. Now all I had to do was face the reality of cancer. What type of colon cancer would be determined by the results of the biopsy. 

Please Note: All this took place on August 23rd-25th

Clearly there is more to the story, that this section is just the beginning. Therefore, to be continued...

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Got Jesus in YOUR boat???

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on July 13, 2018

Only two people responded to my request for help. Having dealt with that disappointment, I’ve seen God  work in a surprising way. As I continue to deal with declining health, I thought this might be a good time to republish a few writings that hold good meaning. 

Yes, we are in the days of “increased wickedness”, so it is obvious that Jesus’ words are coming to pass, “the love of men’s hearts will grow cold.” (Mt 24:12) Yet, those who hold tight to Christ will find themselves in a SAFE Harbor… Though I’ve said many times lately, “Jesus, I don’t understand why. But you’re will be done, not mine.” I’ve also been reminded that Jesus IS FAITHFUL and TRUE (BOTH/AND = good Theology!)
Jesus, I TRUST in YOU!

PREPARE!

First Published: July, 2012
Republished today

Got Jesus in YOUR boat?

Are YOU on the Ark of the New Convenant?

*** 33 Days of Morning Glory!

Time is very short

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God… (1)

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you; fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these, the wrath of God is coming(2)

We’ve done this to ourselves, by our own actions, we’ve forced the Hand of God to come upon us…

And YET, for those who BELIEVE, and are willing to intercede for the evils done in this world…

Continue steadfast in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving… Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (3)

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the TRUTH and so be saved… (4)

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them… when anything is exposed by the LIGHT it becomes visible… Therefore it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”(5)

…[Make] the most of [this] time, because the days are EVIL(6)

Therefore, God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (7)

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.  Their end will correspond to their deeds. (8)

Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like… those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (9)

[Therefore], be watchful, stand firm in your FAITH, be COURAGEOUS, be STRONG.  Let all that you do be done in LOVE. (10)

Let not sin… reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as [people] who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. (11)

Changes are coming that will catch many off guard…

Got Jesus in YOUR boat?

When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. (12)

The Last Hour…

Scripture Passages:

1: Col 3:1
2: Col 3: 5-6
3: Col 4:2; Eph 6:11
4: 2Thess 2: 9-10
5: Eph 5: 11, 13, 14
6: cf. Eph 6:16
7: 2Thess 11:-12
8: 2Cor 11: 13-15
9: Gal 5: 19-21
10: 1Cor 16: 13-14
11: Rom 6: 12-13
12: 1Thess 5: 3

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