Sunday, February 17, 2013

So Blessed

To say this has been an exhausting week would be an understatement.  My world quickly spun out of control last Monday and I am beyond blessed that it is back to "normal" now.
This is my husband, Andrew.
He is an amazing husband and father and truly the absolute love of my life.  On Sunday, he began having an earache.  By that night, his ear hurt so bad that he couldn't stand it anymore and drove into the ER at 1:00 am.  They couldn't see down his ear canal so they irrigated his ear (pushed water into the ear) and sent him home with antibiotics and pain medicine.
The next day, I went to work for a normal Monday.  I came home and he said he thought that maybe he was getting the flu now because he had chills and had been getting sick.  My two girls had gymnastics that evening, so I took them to practice while he stayed home and took a nap.  When we got home around 7:15, my girls started working on their Valentine cards.  I heard Andrew upstairs getting sick, so I decided to go check on him and see if he needed some water.  Thank God I did, because what I found will forever haunt me.  He was laying face up on our bed, aspirating and blue.  I tossed him off the bed so he would be face down.  He was not responding, barely had a pulse, and could not talk or walk.  My daughters came upstairs during this time and unfortunately saw this happening.  I called 911 and he was rushed to the Emergency Room.  Thankfully, my principal lives down the street and when she saw the ambulance lights, she walked down to our house.  She was able to watch my girls so I could leave in the ambulance with Andrew.  While in the ER, they did a CT scan and a spinal tap.  At this point, they believed he had meningitis.  The CT scan found an infection in his mastoid bone (mastoiditis) that was most likely pushed into his body when his ear was irrigated.  The infection quickly spread to his brain and the rest of his body and he became septic, which is a life threatening blood infection.  He was admitted into the ICU and put on very strong antibiotics.  On Wednesday, he went in for ear surgery where they put in a drain and tried to get out the orginal infection.
Thankfully, he recovered pretty quickly and he came home yesterday!!  The doctors and nurses told us that he is extremely lucky to be alive.  Even if he wouldn't has aspirated, the infection was so severe that it would have killed him in a couple of hours.  Of course, I have been running the "what ifs" through my head since it happened. {What if I wouldn't have gone and checked on him? What if it would have happened earlier and I wasn't home?  What if I would have just thought he was sleeping?...}  A friend reminded me to stop thinking of the "What ifs" and start remembering the "Thank God's!"  This is absolutely true!
It was not a coincidence that I got home when I did.  It was not a coincidence that his brother, a doctor, happened to be at a meeting 5 minutes away and made it to my house shortly after the ambulances.  It was not a coincidence that he aspirated causing me to take action immediately and call 911.  It was not a coincidence that my principal happened to see the lights and was able to help with my daughters and ease their fears.  These were God's miracles and I could not feel more blessed right now.
My husband still has a long road ahead of him.  He will be on antibiotics for another 3-6 weeks and he still can't hear from his right ear.  They are hoping that it will slowly improve, but there is no way of knowing for sure.  So make sure that tonight, you hug your loved ones a little tighter and tell them you love them.  Life can change in a split second! 


60 comments:

lcooney said...

Wow, thankful that your husband is on the mend. Love the poster and the reminder of how good God is. Today in Sunday school my kiddos worked on the verse I love You O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

Kelley Cirrito said...

OMG! I am so glad he is ok and you are all safe now! I will keep you in my prayers! Have a good week!

hafox12 said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing. Really puts things in perspective for me! Family is SO important. So glad all is well :)

Suzy Q said...

How frightening for all of you...so glad everything turned out well. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Mel D said...

Not sure if my previous comment went through. I was saying the act of kindness you did for that little girl did not go unnoticed. It came back to you & your family full circle. Those coincidences happened for a reason :)

Dawn said...

Oh my! I have chills! That would be unbelievably scary!

Dawn
Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

Crystal said...

GOD is so amazing!! I am glad that your husband is doing better, and I pray for a speedy recovery!! Walk in the blessings from above!
Crystal
Ms. Jones’ Junction

Karen said...

God is good! So thankful that all is well with your husband. Continued prayers for you and your family.

Karen
anappleadayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

More than Math by Mo said...

WoW! God is definitely amazing! It was not your precious husband's turn to meet our maker. I love how you were able to to turn the what ifs into the thank Gods! I do not believe in coincidence but I know how easy the what ifs can take hold of you. I am praying for a swift recovery for your family. Thank you for sharing your story of blessings!
-Mo
More Than Math by Mo

Karyn said...

Oh Jodi how scary! So very glad your hubby is on the way to getting better. You are so right, God is amazing! Sending you hugs and prayers for a complete recovery for your hubby's hearing.

Karyn
Kideducator@comcast.net

Courtney said...

Oh my Jodi! How scary! God is good. I'll be praying for your family.

Swimming into Second

Amy B said...

Oh wow, so very scary! Glad he is ok. Makes you put things in perspective! Take care!
Amy Burton

Jessica said...

My goodness! That is so scary. I'm glad everything worked out. The timing of everything was perfect and in place for a reason.

O FISH ally a First Grader (Corinna) said...

Jodi, I'm holding back the tears as I read your post. I am so thankful for all of God's miracles during this time for you. I just want you to know that I'm saying a prayer for your husband. Things like this are gentle reminders to appreciate our blessings!

Sam Kelly said...

Oh my goodness. I will be praying for Andrew and also for you and your kids! How terrible that must have been for you. God is SO good for putting you, the principal, everyone in the right place at the right time.

Cynthia said...

Jodi, I have goosebumps on top of goosebumps. Thank the Lord for all of His miracles that we know of, and all the ones that we don't! I'm praying for complete recovery for your husband. God Bless!

Julie McKown said...

Wow! How very scary! I hope he continues to recover and the infection never comes back! Prayers for you and your family!
❤Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

SC Teacher 28 said...

WOW! I am sure you were scared out of your mind. I would have been. I am so glad he is doing better and you are correct there are no coincidences with God. People have told me that I am lucky to be having our baby in the summer, but most of them have no idea that my husband and I tried for this baby for several years and we would have been perfectly happy whenever it came along. I will be praying for you and your family. I hope that things continue to improve!
Joni
KinderKids Fun8

Elizabeth said...

Jodi, my prayers are with you and your entire family. Yes, God was at work that day. I am so happy to hear that he is on his way to recovery. Sending hugs :)))

Judy said...

Sending prayers to your family and wishing your hubbt a speedy recovery. It was not his time (thank God!). He still has 2 girls to raise and a loving wife to enjoy life with. Thank goodness you did not hesitate! Wishing you a better week! Hugs to all of you! Life is precious!

~Judy~

Tales of a First Grade Teacher said...

I am on the verge of tears right now, but it echoes what our worship leader shared in church today. God is sovereign, he is in complete control. I will keepk you and your family in my continued prayers Jodi.
Jessica

Sarah Hankinson said...

I have chills! Praise God that He orchestrated so many different parts in order to save Andrew's life!

Sarah
Learning is for Superstars

Tales of a First Grade Teacher said...

I am on the verge of tears right now, but it echoes what our worship leader shared in church today. God is sovereign, he is in complete control. I will keepk you and your family in my continued prayers Jodi.
Jessica

luvzenkms2(Leea) said...

I have the quote "Let us be silent so we may hear the whispers of God" in my scrapbook/craft room as I have had times in my life, where I truly believe I heard the whispers and then I didn't have the what if's ....((((HUGS)))) to you and your family....

Aimee V. said...

Wow, I'm in tears reading this. So thankful that your husband is alright and back home. Life can change instantly. Praying that he is healed completely!

Aimee
aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Glad things are ok! ((hugs))
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Miss Marcy said...

Oh Jodi, your post really made me stop and think tonight. Yes, life can be changed in an instant. I am so glad your husband is doing better. I hope this week is full of continued blessings and recovery. You have a lovely family!

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear about your turbulent week, but am so grateful that your husband is on the road to recovery. God is so good. Sending prayers your way!

Catherine
The Brown-Bag Teacher

Christy said...

Praise the Lord!! Your story just shows how big our God is!... I'm glad your husband is ok. I will pray for a quick recovery!
Christy
Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

Chrissy said...

There are tears in my eyes after reading your story. How incredibly frightening! I can imagine the what if's that would go through my mind too. I'm so glad he's ok now.
Chrissy
First Grade Found Me

Amber O. said...

Wow, Jodi. I am so grateful for you that your story has a blessed ending, and that you are able to see God's fingerprints along the way. Thanks for all the reminders that family is indeed our greatest blessing.

Laura said...

Jodi, I am so glad your husband is home recovering! Continuing to pray for you all! God is so good!!
Laura
Peace, Love, and First Grade

~DeAnne~ said...

Many prayers to you and your family. Never wonder the what ifs. They are beyond our control. Just believe that God will always be there and lead you through whatever struggle you are having. We are blessed to serve such an awesome God.

įƒ¦DeAnne
First Grade and Fabulous

Jenn Bates said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad he is okay! That must have been very scary for you and your girls. Going to hug my 3 men right now!
Jenn
Finally in First

Melissa Machan said...

Oh my goodness - I have chills after reading that. Wow! Happy to hear that your husband is recovering and ok. You are so right about God's miracles. Reading something like this just reminds me how much God helps us everyday. Sending prayers your way!!!

Melissa
First Grade Smiles

krazy4K said...

bless your heart, his, and your girls and all of your family. so very thankful that his life was spared and that just means that God has more great things in store for him and all of you. thank you for sharing this with your blogging friends as another testament as to what God can do in our lives! Prayers for your husband's continued recovery and for you and all of your family.

Ashley said...

Jodi, I'm so sorry to hear this news, but even happier to know that everyone is home safe and sound. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for sure. I saw a miracle in my life recently and it just reminded me of how ever-present God is in our lives. Your story just reminded me of that so thank you for sharing. Here's to a much better week and a speedy recovery. Take care!

Marcy Grauer said...

Prayers for you and your family, you showed amazing strength God is great and never ceases to amaze. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

JoyBelle said...

WOW! I am so glad he is going to be okay!

Kerri and Lindsay said...

Wow! How crazy scary for you! Praise The Lord he is okay! I will keep your family in y prayers this week!
Kerri B
Teacher Bits and Bobs

Kelli said...

Yikes!!! Lots of prayers to you-this must be soooo overwhelming! Hope he recovers quickly.

Kelli
Tales From a Traveling Teacher

Becky said...

Oh my goodness, that must have been terrifying. I am so thankful that God protect you, your husband, and your family. I hope and pray that he will get well soon and that you can find peace after such a traumatic experience. Thank and praise the Lord for his protection!

Becky
Compassionate Teacher

kinder-gardener said...

I am so sorry you all had to go through such a traumatic experience. Life can change in an instant. It puts things in perspective. I am so happy that he is ok! Take care.

Amy said...

How scary! I had a relative pass away from a septic infection. She thought she had the flu. She was a single mom and her young daughter ended up finding her passed away on the couch. Very tragic. You are so very blessed. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Hope Blumenthal said...

Jodi- I am so glad that everything is okay and I had tears reading this story. That is so scary and so fast how everything happened. I had never heard of something like that before. I had a similar experience with my husband (who has a heart condition) when he passed out and turned blue due to a blood clot. It was the most terrifying experience ever and it has impacted me to this day. I thank God my husband, and now your husband, are home and ok:)Thinking of you all.
~Hope Blumenthal

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

In tears with the chills right now Jodi. What an unbelievable story which, fortunately, has a happy ending. Cannot even imagine what it must have been like. Nothing random about the Lord watching over you. Huge blessings and prayers being sent to you and your family. Makes us all pause for a moment, squeeze our loved ones, and makes us realize just how precious life truly is.
Hugs to you Jodi!

~Christy & Tammy
Fluttering Through First Grade

Jill H said...

Holy moly, I'm crying. So happy for you hubby is well. I just went through a scary situation a month ago with my son, skull fracture, our hospital not making a good choice for him... thankfully we got sent to Arnold Palmer Children's hospital and he is expected to make a full recovery. Now we are still on the mend, but when he gives me the teenager "lip" I say I love you! now quit being a brat :) and yeah, I love you...
Hugs and prayers :)

Ms D. said...

Jody---

Wishing you a couple of relaxing nights and some space to breathe and get back to family life. I will be praying for you !

Hugs and prayers,
Wendy

Karmen said...

Thank you for sharing-- my prayers are with you and your family. I love your title--so blessed. You truly are blessed!

Kinderkids said...

Jody, I am so glad that your husband is going to be okay. Thank you for sharing his amazing story and for the gentle reminder to love and appreciate family. Hugs and Hope and Prayers.

louise zirk said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. Thanks for the gentle reminder to appreciate what is most important in our lives. Keep up the positive attitude.

Sheryl said...

So thankful to hear your husband is on the mend. Thanks for the reminder that God is in control of our lives! Hold those babies tight!

Maria Eshman said...

Thank you for the reminder that the Lord is still in control of us and our destiny. He put everyone in the right place at the right time. May God bless you and hold your family in his hands throughout your new journey he's placed in front of you.

Blessings,
Maria
http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

Gina Nicholls said...

Jodi,
I amblanketing Andrew in prayers...what a miracle you experienced! God has you all so tightly cradled in His hands...Gina

teacherof1st said...

Sending healing prayers to your family.

Terry said...

We have our neighborhood Bible study tomorrow night. I will be sure to add your husband to our prayer list. May God give you peace and your husband complete healing.

Cecilia said...

Prayers for speedy healing for your hubby and a peaceful heart for you.

Ashley Reed said...

I have chills reading this. I am praising God for your husband's recovery. I pray that he will be fully recovered soon. God bless you!!

A Tale of 2 First Grades said...

Wow! Life can change so quickly! I had a close call with my husband a few years back. Praise God for the Anonymous miracles we have both experienced! Hugs to you and your family!

Alison

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