Friday, August 1, 2008


Whew, it has been a long week. In addition to our normal family chaos of non-stop sports practices, social agendas, work, ministry, and of course drama, we had some extra excitement.

Last week on Thursday night my mother called me with concerns about her right hand being completely numb, and serious pain in her right arm. It had been bothering her for weeks, and it was now a severe health problem.

I rushed over to her house to pick her up and take her to the emergency room, at which time they quickly admitted her within five hours. It was the fastest emergency room service I have ever seen! (Kind of sad to think five hours is quick, huh?!)

After a long week of her being in the hospital, I am thankful to God that she was able to come home today. Her diagnosis was a complete blockage of the artery in her right arm, caused by compression on the artery by an extra rib - yes, I said an extra rib!

The good news is that the doctors know what caused the problem, were successful in cleaning the blocked artery, and regulated her blood accordingly.

Bad news is this - she has to have major surgery in four weeks to have that crazy extra rib removed, otherwise, the compressed artery could potentially get blocked again and rupture. Bummer. She is not looking forward to that and is understandably anxious.

My mom, Barbara, is a beautiful lady, "a picture of youth" as one of my sweet P31 sisters described her. She has a zest for life like no one else I know, and makes it her purpose everyday to help others in any way possible. She is truly a blessing to all who know her. She loves the Lord, and that is evident by the way she lives her every day life. As you can tell, I am her biggest fan!

So, will you please keep her in your prayers? She needs healing in her right arm from the surgery. Also, she is an amazingly gifted, and talented artist, and this injury prevents her from drawing and painting to support herself financially.

She needs angels surrounding her every day as she prepares for this upcoming surgery. It is a serious surgery, in a major part of her chest, which is always risky, but we have faith God will guide the doctors hands and bless her with a successful surgery.

Your prayers and Christian sisterhood mean so much, so please lift her up if you think of her during your prayer time. I truly believe that prayer is the miracle working medicine that she needs right now.

Thank you friends!

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Charlene Kidd said...

I finally had a chance to catch up and finish the challenge. I will be praying for your mom. I loved your post about your time with your son. My oldest boy needs that time too. We believe his love language is quality time. I am currently in Denver working for the weekend. I plan to make some time for Ryan when I return. Keep us posted on your mom.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Praying here in Greensboro.

Laurie Ann said...

Will definitely be praying for your mother. Bless her heart! I'm so glad they were able to diagnose her and prevent future problems down the road.

Julie said...

My prayers are with you all. Keep us posted on how she is doing!

Thank you so much for your inspiring words...they mean so much!