Every year, when school starts I know this is going to happen. And it always makes me sad. Our mind’s shift gears from summer life to school life and our kids seem to forget we have a pool.
School starts and the temperature hovers around 100 for weeks but we’ve already moved on to Fall. Why is this? I try to encourage last minute pool parties or get together’s but I’m just as guilty as my kids. It’s just not a priority like it is in May.
This year we’ve had other thoughts occupying our minds as well. Things that came as a surprise and things we weren’t expecting.
As a blogger I love sharing creative projects with you guys. I have no problem coming up with posts about pillows or curtains or showing off someone’s beautiful home.
But when it comes to talking about more personal matters…that’s hard. Hard to write about it. Hard to put it into words.
Now that I’ve got you all thinking the worst! I’m sorry! Let me assure you we’re all okay. This is just me being weird and having a hard time putting this down in words.
I’ve not mentioned this before because I wanted to wait until Kaleigh was ready to let the world know.
A week ago, my daughter Kaleigh was admitted to the hospital for IV medications and nutrients. She has been diagnosed with an undetermined Colitis (until we have more test results) possibly Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease. She is still in the hospital.
Approximately 2 months ago, during a highly stressful time at her job, Kaleigh came down with what we thought was a stomach bug. After a couple of doctor visits where she wasn’t getting better and her anemia was getting worse we visited a GI specialist.
It’s hard to see your kids sick. To see your kids sick and not be able to help them. It’s even harder to see them sick when, after 2 months, you’re still not 100% sure what it is that’s making them sick.
But this kid has been a Trooper! I’m so very proud of her!
She’s been so very sick, had to endure an endoscopy and colonoscopy (plus the nasty preparation for these procedures), the laughter over the hilarious things she said while the medications wore off after these procedures, numerous blood tests, a Catscan (and it’s equally nasty preparation) and a 7 day, at least, hospital stay with a PICC line (a super, duper IV line) to administer high doses of meds, steroids and nutrients.
And she’s getting married in 2 months!
What have I become even more aware of though all of this?
That just because this came as a surprise to us…it wasn’t a surprise to God.
Kaleigh is HIS child and in HIS hands.
My GOD is the Ultimate Physician and Healer!
We’ve got one heck of a kid! And she’s got one heck of a fiance!
We’ve got wonderful friends, family, and extended church families lifting us up in prayer.
I am so very thankful!
For all those things I’ve just mentioned.
But especially for His Healing, His Provision, His Peace, His Comfort, His Strength, His Joy, His Presence…for whatever it is we may be in need of. He Provides.
I wish my back porch looked like this! And that my plants were still this healthy. Isn’t that table & clock awesome? These two photos are from my client, Tara’s, home. See more of Tara’s home here.
So, if you don’t hear from me right away, I’m at the hospital. Which has pitiful wifi.
I waited until Kaleigh posted on her blog about her experiences before letting you guys know. Until she wrote about this I didn’t feel like it was my tale to tell.
Please, go read her account of the past few weeks. It’s hilarious and will let you see first hand how well she’s handling this. If you’re a by-the-book type of medical personality you may have a hard time with Ka’s interpretation but you’ll leave with a smile.
Thank you so much for being the great bloggy friends that you are and for your prayers for Kaleigh as we work on getting her well and this colitis under control.