"Family ties are bound by love"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Finding the Good

What a week! It's has not always been in my nature to try to find the good in things, but lately... it seems to help. Although this week, that was a challenge.
It started Tuesday, TJ was rear ended. The GOOD is that he was in the work truck. It was a suburban that hit him, and she did not even slow down (they think she was texting) bad combo, texting and driving. Anyway had he been in his small car, it would not have been pretty. He was a little shook up, and suffered a bit of whiplash but nothing too serious.
Then came Wednesday, Rich was not feeling well, and chalked it up to his thyroid condition. He has had worse episodes, but decided to work from home, and that is the GOOD in that. I love having him around, and that fact that it seemed "under control"was a good thing. Thur he felt a little worse, but nothing like he has before. That's GOOD. But then TJ came home with a new car. I don't know how he did it, how the bank thought they could lend a barely 18 yr old and a job of about 2 months $12,000! Crazy. I am not happy about this decision, and worry it is going to be a hard life lesson for him. The GOOD, um lets see, how about, "life lessons are some of best teachers?" IDK?
Next came Friday. Rich woke up feeling better with the exception of a headache but was off to a job site in Salt Lake. The GOOD, is that we have work and work means paychecks. Then Friday afternoon Shayla and I stopped at McDonald's to satisfy a sweet tooth with a hot fudge sundae, and was waiting behind a red suburban to turn left. When all of a sudden, the red suburban was up in my grill! Literally! She decided to turn right instead, and went to back up, but... that is where I was. So I was front ended. Hence.. the GOOD, nobody was hurt in the sweet tooth expedition. (Although we never got to eat them.) Then a few hours later, Rich called to tell me his headache was really bad, and that he was going to stop off at his moms in Bountiful for awhile to lay down. Later I got a phone call from Karin ( his sis) that they were taking him to the hospital for a shot for migraines. She also told me his color was not good. Our brother-in-law, Dave gave him a blessing as well. Let stop for a sec... the GOOD here is that we have family close by who care. Anyway, on the way to Lakeview, Rich threw up, and what he threw up was blood. Not good. He was doing his best to not have me worry, but it was not working. I wanted to come be with him, but remember... I did not have a car. So I waited for more info. Finally at 11:00p.m., they decided they wanted him to go to McKay Dee for some testing. They stopped by home first, and then I was able to go with. Entering the ER brought back swarms of uncomfortably familiar feelings. The GOOD, um ... um, got it, that we have medical care close to home.
By now it is Saturday at 1:00 in the morning. (Rich's birthday-poor guy) They have subsided the headache pain, but are very concerned about his blood levels. I leave at 3:00 am to try to get some sleep, because they are going to wait till morning to do a scope. The GOOD?, um uh...well, I got nothin' .
Normal morning time arrives, and I get the girls off to their designated spots for the parade. Shay with SJH for office, Kena with SHS for dance. The GOOD, my kids are resilient and did not seem to have any worry, only faith. I head up to the hospital to find Rich has had to have 2 blood transfusions, because it got too low, and he was headed for the scope. Well, his esophagus was too narrow for the scope to fit down, so they dilated it (stretched the crap out of it) They said he had built up scar tissue probably from an allergic reaction years ago. The GOOD, he has had swallowing problems for years, and now that is fixed! They also found a bleeding ulcer, we knew this was probably the case, he had one 3 yrs ago, and figured it had opened up again. But the GOOD was it was not bleeding badly, just slowly and for a long time. Medication should heal it up. But the dilation was so painful, he was not able to eat or even swallow his own saliva. They wanted 3 things to happen before he went home. They wanted him to eat, and keep it down, they wanted his blood level up, and his blood pressure up. Those things did not happen, so he had another sleepover at the hospital.
Which brings us to today, Sunday. The GOOD, all three of those things happened and it is 3:00 p.m. and he is home with us! He needs to take it easy, eat light, and have a follow up appt, but all in all, he is on the mend, and that is GOOD, no.... that is GREAT! Phew.. what a week.


afacer said...

All I can think to say is I LOVE YOU!!! Hang in there... it's got to get better!
PS - So glad Rich is home!!

TaYloRcD5 said...

Oh my heck, you poor lady!!!! I am so sorry you had to go through all of that. You are such an AMAZING person. When it rains, it pours huh? Love ya tons!!!

Kim said...

I am so glad Rich is home. I hope he recovers quickly. I am very glad that the accidents were not any worse and you are all OK. I love ya, hang in there...and it is sooo you-- to find the GOOD. Your amazing!!

Sarah said...

We swapped weeks, didn't we? So glad to hear that you all made it home and that he is on the mend. Sorry to have called and bugged you today, just had to make sure you were all okay! Hope this week is a little slower! Call me if you need a ride anywhere! :)

Kristi said...

oh my GOODness! What a week you have had! Glad Rich is home & hope he continues to recoup. You guys need a vacation after a week like that!

Tiffany said...

"Good" grief you've had an awful week, but what an amazing example you are to me about finding the "good" in all things. You are living the scripture about giving thanks to the Lord in ALL things. Hang in there! Things can ONLY get better from here :)

Erin said...

Yikes crazytown. Sounds like TJ needs to listen to Dave Ramsey

Ash said...

Wow what a week, besides Rich being sick (glad he is home) I had no clue about the other things. I know great neighbor huh? We are thinking about you, love you, and would love to help with anything. Take care!!

Cline Family said...

Oh my goodness!!! I can relate to the 18 year old and the car situation! It amazes me that banks will lend money to our children! How DUMB are they??? Nic did the same thing! So sorry about the car accidents! And I really hope Rich is doing better! Hang in there!!!