Friday, January 8, 2010

you know the saying . . .

the best laid plans of mice and men... That basically sums up the past few months in our home.

In a nutshell, between the months of October and December, every member of our family has been in a car accident of some degree. The last accident was just days before Christmas when our son tried to take evasive action and instead hit another vehicle. While we are so very thankful that everyone "walked away" from the accident, our daughter sustained severe injuries.

She was hospitalized with 2 fractured vertebrae requiring a spinal fusion of 3 vertebrae. The following morning saw her re-enter the Operating Room as they performed emergency surgery, trying to determine the cause of the fluid in the abdominal cavity. She remained in hospital for 16 days while they (1) waited for enough healing to take place so they could make her back brace and (2) dealt with an infection.

Our plans for Christmas? put on hold while we sat in her hospital room trying to encourage her and keep her company.

Now that she is home, we have had to adjust her pain medication. HomeCare visits take place regularly as they care for her incision.

We are tired. Slowly we will regain strength. Slowly our daughter will recover. Slowly we will return to our daily routines.

But for now. Our best laid plans have gone up in smoke. We realize once again how fragile life is and we remain grateful for the prayers of many across North America who have upheld us in prayer. God is faithful. God is in control.

Although we have no idea of the "why", we trust that God knows and for now.... that is enough.

What an incredible reminder to us that:
  • our children are in God's Hands
  • we really have no control over what happens each day
  • we do have a God who is in control of all things

So where from here? If God wills, we're planning on having our Christmas celebration tomorrow!!!



Diane said...

I hope you have a wonderful praise-filled "Christmas" tomorrow! I'm sure that everyone will view it through very different lenses after all you've been through.

Thanks for all your updates, including this one. We will continue to pray over your household.

Jane ... said...

And you have a heavenly Father who loves you and wants only the best for you. Bad, hurtful things happen only because of sin and the devil in our world. But remember that God, through Jesus, is victorious over sin, death, and the devil himself! No matter what comes our way, He simply asks us to trust Him. He will provide for all your needs. We'll all continue the prayers for you and your family members! Merry, blessed CHRIST-mas tomorrow, Edith!

ChangedbyHim said...

We do not know each other, but I am your sister in Christ. I am a fellow crafter and just read about your child's accident. I have lived with chronic pain for some 13 years now following a three level cervical fusion done in 1996 after a chain fell out of the ceiling at WalMart. I now have 3 additional herniations above and below the original fusion. I am awaiting disc replacement surgery. If you need someone to talk to about pain management and medication, please do not hesitate to call or email. I am 56 and the Lord has done great things though it all. I have a file labeled...What next?
Reva H.

Grace said...

Edith just wanted you to know that I have not stopped praying! I have been where your daughter is and remember the LONG road to recovery... so I will continue to hold you all up in prayer. I'm so thankful that you are so grounded in Him.... and your faith will be strengthened through all of this! I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas celebration and have had lots of time to just love on eachother!!