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Life’s Little Lessons

Migraine.  Whenever I hear that word, I chuckle to myself.  I mean, really, how can you get such a bad headache that you can’t be up and about?  Can it really hurt that bad?  This ignorance of mine probably stems from the fact that I’ve only ever had sinus headaches.

Yesterday, about halfway through Sunday School Class, I noticed my vision was off.  I was looking at one of the kids in my class and I could only see half her face.  It was really strange – it was like there was a glare on everything I looked at with my left eye.  Before church, I told Mom I was running to the bathroom to see if there was something in my eye, even though I didn’t feel anything.  The bathroom mirror didn’t show anything either.  When I got back to our pew, my head started to hurt.  I confess, I didn’t sing one word in church yesterday.  My head hurt worse than I thought anything could hurt.  It felt like someone was hitting it with a hammer.  Suddenly, in the middle of the sermon, my left hand and wrist went completely numb.  I quickly wrote Mom a note, which I saw her show Dad and then Mom, David, and I got up to leave.  As we were walking out the door, my left cheek went numb.  We drove home so I could change and get comfortable in case I needed to go to the ER.  As we got in the van, my loving and concerned brother asked, “Can we stop at McDonald’s and get a milkshake?”

I wished I was 10 years old right then so I didn’t have to make the decision to go to the hospital or not.  We drove back to pick everyone up from church.  On the way, David said, “Mommy, we forgot to get Kimmy some candy!”

Lesson #1 Candy fixes everything.

On the way back home (we DO live five minutes from church!) to drop everyone off so Mom, Dad, and I could go to the hospital, David said, “Do we have the stuff at home to make milkshakes?!” I love that boy.

My hand and cheek were only numb for a few minutes but my head was still pounding.  The bumpy road didn’t help either.

At the ER, they made me do all kinds of funny things.  For example, touch your nose with your index finger and then touch the nurse’s finger, back and forth as fast as you can.  While I was waiting for a CT scan, the nurse gave me a shot to stop the headache.  It made it worse.  On a scale of 1-10, my pain was at 9 for a while.  Once it started to get better, though, it got better fast.

Lesson #2  Wearing a hospital gown is just as bad as not wearing anything.

The CT scan went well.  There was nothing wrong.

The doctor told me I had a complex migraine.  The difference between a regular migraine and a complex one is that a complex migraine affects you neurologically.  My loss of eyesight and the numbness were both caused by the headache.  They hope that it was just a one-time thing. You and me both, brother!

Lesson #3 Yes, you can have a headache so bad that you can’t move around!

Lesson #4 Be more sensitive to others with migraines!

This was my first time at the ER.  I’m not prone to accidents, so although my siblings have been there many, many times, I’ve never had to go.

I hope it never, ever, ever, happens again.  But if it does…Well,  I guess I’ll just have to trust the Lord!

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in about me, injury

 

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Growing Up

It all started on Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is fish for free day around here.  So, of course, we all went fishing.  David decided that this really big rock would be perfect to climb on.  Little did he know that it was very, very slippery.  Hence, he fell in the mud and actually started to sink into it. Hero sister Bethany decided that now would be a good time to rescue her little brother.  Hence, SHE found out that the rock was very, very slippery.  Finally, Mom stepped in.  She ordered Bethany out of the mud.  And how did Bethany make her exit?  By pushing off of Mom. Hence MOM found out that the rock was very, very slippery.  (I don’t know what silly person had the camera and did NOT get a picture of all this)  Anyway, Mom fell in the mud and tore a ligament in her finger.  Did you know that if you tear a ligament in your finger, you must spend two hours, three days a week, in therapy?  Not exactly how we had planned to spend that time.

So Caroline and I have been doing a lot more around the house, such as all the canning.  We canned 4-5 different kinds of jam, froze blueberries and shredded zucchini, canned and froze beans, and canned corn.  We have also made and canned salsa and tomato soup.  Great experience!

But now Caroline has a sprained ankle.  She has to use crutches at least until Sunday and has to ice it and keep it elevated.

Sometimes in life, we have to grow up.  We have to be responsible and take initiative in getting things done.  We can’t wait for others to do the work and we can’t put it off or wait to be asked to do it.  This is one of those times for me.  Mom isn’t allowed to do much because she risks hurting her finger again. Caroline is now lovingly called “The Cripple.”  It’s up to me.  Rebecca is also learning she has to step up and help more too.

The work has to be done.  And you know what?  It has to be done joyfully!  One of the shortest verses in the Bible is:

“Rejoice always”  1 Thess. 5:16

So short. So simple.  Rejoice always!  Much easier said than done.  Because joy doesn’t come from our circumstances.  True joy comes from the Lord and Him alone.  I’m learning this more and more.

So the next time I see a huge bowl of tomatoes waiting for me, or dishes that need washed, or beans that need picked, I don’t want to look at it and sigh.  I want to live with joy in the Lord!

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in contentment, family, garden, injury, joy

 

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Update

Caroline just got back from the hospital. (In record time, I might add!)  She only sprained her ankle. She has to go to the doctor in the next day or so to find out exactly what is sprained.

Praise the Lord!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in family, injury, sisters, trampoline

 

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Some good news…and some bad news.

In May, we got a trampoline.  All of us kids bought it. We had worked hard on selling jelly at our homeschool co-op sale and we also had a yard sale.  We love our trampoline and it was so fun to earn it together.  Someone is on it every day, if not all of us.

Today, I was on our trampoline with Caroline and David.  David had been making up all sorts of interesting games (“Kimmy, you are the salt, Caroline is the pepper.”).  He got off and found this light piece of material which he rolled up and said was his baby.  He then brought that on to the trampoline, laid it out, and told us not to step on his ‘baby.’ Caroline, who can be a little competitive, immediately said, “Alright, Kimmy, first one to step on the baby looses.” She gave me a grin and started to jump.  After her second jump, she tripped right over that baby and fell flat on her face.  I was laughing so hard I didn’t realize at first that she was crying.  This was VERY unusual.  Caroline never cries, especially in front of people, unless something is seriously wrong.  She was holding her ankle and sobbing. I quickly told Becca to run and get Mom.  Her ankle started to swell at once.  Bethany prayed for her as I helped her to the car and David prayed too.  Mom is taking her to the hospital right now.  We are sure it is either a serious sprain or it is broken.  Please pray that God will give her peace of mind and will give the doctors wisdom.

So you may be asking…WHAT is the good news?!  Well, a friend of ours has some crutches we can borrow!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in injury

 

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