It is so hard to believe all the things my family is going through. Just this week: Joey wakes me up at 4am on Tuesday with moaning and groaning! I asked him if he was okay and he said NO. I am in severe pain. The pain is on his right side and it is real bad. Joey being the man that he is decided that he could drive himself to the doctor. When he arrives at the doctor the nurse gives him 2 pain shots. Then the doctor tells him he has kidney stones. Of course he can't drive home because of the pain shots and I leave work to pick him up. Then find out that he can't be left alone in case the stone gets lodged in movement. The house has to be quiet and so lets just say I have a very long day. I pick Andrea up from cheer practice and later we go and pick up Joey's truck. Later that night, Joey has passed the stone and is feeling better. Thank you God!
Wednesday morning, Andrea tells me that her shoulder is hurting and she could not lay on the shoulder in the night. She goes to a local chiropractor who says the shoulder is dislocated and she has possible micro -tears in the deltoid muscle (I think). Andrea can't cheer or practice for 1 week. The cheer squad has a state competition on Dec. 1st and they have practiced a lot to prepare for this. Cheer coach takes Andrea to gym to ice down the shoulder. Then proceeds to call the physical therapist for Jemison Athletics. He wants to see her right away. My family is always so dependable....on this day I could not reach anyone. So, Stephen and a family friend Sam are nice enough to come and pick Andrea up and take her to Clanton to see the therapist. He tells her that she has limit rotation and weight lift in her shoulder. She needs to see doctor and may possibly need surgery. She is going today to see Dr. Lemak at St. Vincents to probably have a MRI and then see what he says. I know this is backing up ....on Monday I took my car to the Mazada dealership because the check engine light is staying on. They have to order a part and should be in and ready to go on Tuesday. The part is back-ordered and may be up to 5 days before they can get my car ready. They offered to give me a loaner car. Because I need to pick up Andrea from cheer practice at 5pm(she is grounded from car) and Joey's truck there is no way I can make it to the dealership by 6...so I tell them I will pick up loaner car on Wednesday. On Wednesday, I call and guess what, the loaner car is now loaned out to someone else. They offer to rent me a car and I tell them okay, I will come on Thursday and pick it up. also not to mention some things going on in Children's dept. that I can't go into. you know....budget, workers, etc.
By this time ......I am feeling very overwhelmed! I think "what in the world is going on here?"
Honestly I feel like giving up and hiding in my room under the covers. Plus, you know my family has been through so much in the past 3 weeks. I really am considering giving up Children's and Women's teams and just not doing nothing. I have a 5:30 women's team meeting on Wednesday.
I talked to Dee Dee about my feelings and she encourages me and tells me not to give up. That has much as I love Andrea that God loves her more. And not to give in to all this that is going on in my life. Andrea for the first time since all this began ....gets in the car after church and actually talks to me about the fun she had in her class. I am so excited! This is the Andrea that I always knew. This is the Andrea that I have missed so much!!
When we sit down Wednesday night to have our family devotion.....you would not believe what it is on!!
Faith! I sat there stunned and teary eyed. My God is telling me not to give up to keep pressing on ...not to lose FAITH! I shared with Joey and Andrea how I was feeling about giving up and how I feel that God was sending me this message. I don't know if they really understood what I am going through ....they just kinda looked at me. Maybe they too are in shock. But, I know without a doubt that God loves me and doesn't want me to give up; that HE will take care of all my needs and I truly believe that all will be great in my family again. I don't know when or how long it will take. I do know that God will take care of us!
Thanks to you for all the prayers...I know you will continue to pray for Andrea's heart and now shoulder. I will let you know what the doc. says.
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