Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sweet Strangers

Sometimes God brings you just what you need...this week that was a stranger named Carol. 

On Wednesday I took my husband to the ER in excruciating pain. We got there around 1:30 and for the next 4 hours he was in the worst pain of his life and nothing the doctors or nurses did could help. The CT scan didn't show anything wrong.  Finally at around 6pm the surgeon came and said "We don't know what's going on but his pain level is so high we know it's something. He needs exploratory surgery."  They explained they would do a Laparoscopy and if that didn't show anything they would open him up and keep searching.  She told me they didn't know what they would find or how long it would be.   

I was alone, scared and crying in the waiting room when a woman said, "You're not sitting by yourself over come sit with us."   Carol and her brother sat and talked with me until the doctors came and told me the surgery went fine and he would be ok. 

He had an adhesion on his small intestine that was wrapping itself around his bowel.  If we had waiting until the morning to do the surgery, the bowel would have died.

I have never been so scared before.   My husband's parents were on their way from North Carolina but in the meantime I would have sat there alone if had not been for Carol- my Christmas angel. 

As a small thank you I met up with Carol today and brought her some of my crockpot candy.  
1 16oz jar of unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 16oz  jar of salted dry roasted peanuts
1 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 12 oz bag of Reese's peanut butter chips
1lb package of white chocolate candy bark.

Layer the ingredients in the crock pot starting with the nuts and finishing with the white chocolate.  Cook on low for an hour and then stir.  Let cook for about another hour before scooping onto either parchment paper or into muffin liners.

I wanted something cute to put the treats in so I upcycled a container of nuts.  
I wrapped some Christmas paper around it and it was the perfect size

 I can never thank Carol enough.  Her small act of kindness meant so much to me!

You never know what each day is going to bring.  My husband said when he woke up that morning he was just thinking about going to work- not that he would end up in the worst pain of his life.

I didn't know I would be alone and scared when a stranger would step in and comfort me...but I'm so grateful she did.

My husband is home now.  He's in some pain from his incision sites but no where near what he went through Tuesday!  We are both just so grateful that the doctors knew to go in to look even if they didn't know what to look for.  I believe God lead them there just like he led Carol to me that night. 

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