To begin with, my husband and I would like to thank you all for your prayers and best wishes. Mike is here at home still recovering from a pneumonia and I wanted to write about the love and care we received during this past week’s scare.
He sees every moment of our beating hearts. He is reading our vital signs before even the doctors and nurses.
Mike came home from work last Thursday with a cough and body aches. I immediately bundled him up on the couch and took his temp. It was 97, then 98, then 101.2! Of course, fear started to grow louder and louder, but so did my prayers! I called friends and family members for prayer and advice. Let me stop here. If we have friends, families, and people in our lives (in general) who love us and care about us, let us always give thanks to God for them. They are gifts from Him! Amen? May we never take their love for granted.
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” -Proverbs 27:9
The entire night was a series of cold cloths, Vicks Vapor Rub breathing treatments, drinking water, and of course, prayers. Early next mooring, we decided to go to the ER. Thank God we did. The doctors told Mike he had double pneumonia! He immediately received the best treatment and more, especially since the symptoms were similar to Covid-19.
I was in the hospital’s parking lot for a few moments because, as you all know, you can’t be with your loved ones right now during this pandemic. I then decided to go to the Dunkin’ Donuts across the street for an iced latte. You guys should know how I love my latte from one of my previous stories! (“Keith, Bromchi, and Iced Latte”)
As I was sitting in the car praying for Mike, I was distracted for a moment by some loud music (it sounded like worship), but then I went back to drinking my coffee and praying. I looked over to my right and there was a car that had just pulled up. The driver was eating and listening to some song. I opened my window a little and sure enough, it was the one I had been hearing. These are the words that were being sung, “I’m standing in His Promises… He’s just getting started.”. I started to cry, of course. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by what had just happened with Mike. So, I just listened and thanked God for encouraging me.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
After little while, I looked over to the driver and gave him a thumbs up. He looked over and rolled his window down. I said “thank you, that worship has just encouraged me.” He said, “Oh yeah! Absolutely!” At that moment, I felt led to ask him to pray for Mike so I said, “Please say a prayer for my husband, he’s in the ER.” He asked for his name. “Mike,” I responded. Then he asked for his last name. My initial thought was, why would he ask for his last name? So, I told him our last name. The driver then lifted up his name tag and said, “I’ll look in on him after my break. I’m an ER nurse at the hospital.” We both laughed. I said, “Look at our God!!” I asked him for his name and he said it was Danny. I told him how grateful I would be if he would tell Mike that I sent him a hug.
Later that day, Mike texted me that he had met Danny the nurse. Danny had given him a big handshake saying, “You’re in good hands” and told him how he had met me at the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot.
Mike tested negative two times for Covid. I tested negative also. But let me tell you, fear tried very hard to overwhelm us. However, God sent the strength, encouragement, and healing we needed all week long. He still does! Thank you all so very much for your prayers, encouraging words, and your friendship!
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” – 1 Thess. 5:11