Thursday, September 18, 2008

I'm home!

I was able to make it home this evening! As an amazing blessing, my pain is well under control.  I was able to have two tests this morning ruling out any blood clots (my left leg is swollen, but just from surgery) and low blood count (blood counts were up today).  That paved a clear way for all my doctor's to sign off on a trip home, just in time for my birthday and also just in time for one momma who sure missed her girls.  A list of blessings...

1. My nurse, Linda called on Tuesday just to check to see if I was okay, prompting the x-ray
2.  My Bible study group prayed over me for quite some time Tuesday morning, not planned but prompted by the Holy Spirit heard by our leader Kara
3.  My friend Shelley was able to take me to the doctor right away
4.  I originally went right to radiation, but was told the wise choice would be to get the x-ray from a persistent Dr. Spangler
5.  When we got back in the car, and I just wanted to go home; Shelley insisted that we were going to get the x-ray!
6.  Shelley orchestrated Alyson picking up the girls as we were not going to be able to pick them up on time
7. Shelley's Megan was wonderful during our multiple doctor's visits
8.  I had three wonderful x-ray techs; one of whom held my leg in the air and stayed by the table wearing a smock so I would not be in pain
9.  One tech told me right away it was indeed broken
10.  Opon hearing of the break, I spoke right away with Dr. Spangler, who spoke right away with Dr. Starr (orthopedic surgeon) who right away sent two of his interns and his RN to where I was in the x-ray clinic
11.  Those 3 spent the better part of an hour talking with me about my history and asking questions
12. I called Jake and my mom and aunt Sandy to see who could come to me; Sandy, who is never in Dallas WAS, and was only 3 miles away!
13.  As soon as Sandy got to the clinic, the intern recognized that her badge read Trinity Valley, his alma instant connection.
14.  My mom and dad were able to meet us within an hour too.
15.  Sandy was able to talk with Dr. Zane for a while about Trinity and then later about getting only one of one three private rooms on the floor at the hospital.
16.  The doctors told me that I need the same surgery I had originally had on my right leg for stabilization.  They were booked for two days, but Friday looked good. I asked what about that night...
17.  I had surgery at 1:00 that morning by one of the top hip surgeons in the country, who trained my amazing doctor Starr.
18.  Jake was brought up to the hospital after his school's open house that he was able to attend by our pastor Jason (Grace Covenant Church).  Jason stayed for the entire surgery and took Jake home at 6:30 that morning.
19.  Jake was able to not miss one day of school (albeit tired:)
20.  I experienced immediate relief the next day and my pain was well managed
21.  I was able to have someone with me the whole rest of the following day (Sandy, Mom, Dad, Karen from Grace Covenant Church, Garett, Ashley and Memaw)
22.  The girls were well taken care of by grandparents, aunts, cousins and friends from Tuesday-Thursday leaving them with such fun, and a mom who was not anxious
23.  Karen knit me a precious prayer shawl and showed me such love
24. Today, I had several surprise visitors for my birthday (Kara and Leann with a birthday basket complete with cookies, Lisa with a so soft and warm blanket, Jessica and Wendy who brought me a handmade canvas about God's new mercies each morning and took all my clothes home with them along with the biggest flower arrangement I have ever seen from my grandparents and aunts (picture to follow soon), Becky with REAL Sprinkles cupcakes, and Jake to pick me up (after Jeff dropped him off having even canceled a meeting)). Whew!
25.  Two test results mentioned earlier that made it possible for me to come home
26.  Amazing nurses every day at the hospital
27. Doctors who came to see me at literally every beck and call and random question (this happened several times!)
28.  A safe drive home
29.  Running girls out to my car for kisses and hugs!!!!!
30.  A clean house
31.  Dinner from Pei Wei from sweet Kari along with a refrigerator full of groceries she picked up that morning that Alyson helped deliver.
32.  Dinner, presents and cards, and calls from my sweet family!!!!!!!!
33. Resting at HOME!!!
34. Pain FREE!!!!!
35.  The prayers of so many and the peace that surpasses all understanding!!!!!

And, these are only what I can recall ever so easily, I know there were more.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for you and for a God that freely pours out His blessings and for bringing a peace I knew would come.
Love to you all,


Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for His tender mercies and wonderful blessings!

So glad you are home!

Happy Birthday--again!

Julie Medley

Lynne said...

You made my day!!! We are so thankful you are home and pain free...give everyone hugs and be sure they all give you hugs from us.

We send our love
Dave and Lynne

Anonymous said...

Wow - What a wonderful few days! Leave it to you to bring such special memories and thanks making the challenges take a back seat. You are truly amazing. Thank God for Jessica!!!

Wishing you a wonderful days and many many blessings.

Love, Janette

Anonymous said...

God is Good!!

Thank you Jessica for reminding us to appreciate the little things and see God working in every aspect of our lives.

I think Sandy is right...there should be a book in the bible on Jessica have demonstrated time and time again, the faithfulness, courage, humility, power of prayer, and leadership...just like Moses.

No doubt, Jesus is alive in you!! "Praise God from whom all blessings flow." You are a blessing from above. Thanks for sharing your praises with us...that we may celebrate His tender mercies and blessings with you.

You have made my day too!!

With much love and persistant prayer,

Lisa Smith

Steph from YSC said...

You are so amazing. I can't even begin to describe how special you are- wow- you are a wise soul. Seeing your strength through all of this is the biggest gift to all of us who read this. I am so glad you got to make it home- and your pain is managed- thank god! Happy Birthday! I still remember our wonderful time at the beach in FL- I feel so honored to have spent that time with you. You have been through so much since then- I'm so sorry. God bless you and your family in this hard time. Sending you all gentle healing hugs, strength, peace, and blessings!
love ya,
Steph from YSC

Anonymous said...

Are there even enough words to describe how truly WONDROUS you are?

I love you,


Anonymous said...

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

You have taken heart and shared the passion that fills your heart with sooooo many people. What a week filled with unexpected circumstances that you record as awesome blessings. So glad you were home for your B-day.
Karen Dolan

Anonymous said...

I check your blog to keep up with how you are doing and what specific prayer needs you have. I am always so humbled by your Christ Like attitude! Your long list of blessings in the midst of what you are going through brings me to my knees in complete Awe of what God is doing through you! Thank you for sharing. I’m am so happy you are home for your birthday and pain free.
In Prayer,
Brooke Hicks

Amy said...

Praying for you this morning, I was prompted to check the blog. (I sometimes get behind due to diapers and whatnot) Praise God!!! So thankful along with you for all He has done. I love your list! We serve a sovereign Lord. :-)
Amy, Erik, Luke and Paul

Anonymous said...

How can we not know after reading all your blessing that we have a God who is in control at all times? Jessa, you are so amazing and you remind us over and over that we are to bask in His mercies, be thankful for this moment and know that fear will not overtake our faith. We love you thank God for the day you were born!

Aunt Sandy

Diane said...


Aunt Diane

Anonymous said...

You are are blessing Jessa... I love you so much.Thank you for teaching us.

Aunt Pam

Nita said...

I am so glad you were home for your birthday! What a wonderful day for all those who love you!
As I read your list of gratefulness, I thought of these beautiful words in Philippians: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Thank you for your beautiful heart of thanksgiving.
With love,

Anonymous said...

So glad you were home on your birthday. Thanks for reminding me and others how wonderful our loving Lord truly is. Wishing you continuous days of being pain free.
Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you but am sure God led me to you thru a friend that knows you. I am reminded once again of God's grace and to count each and every blessing. Thank you for reminding me of that!

Amy Sayegh said...

You are truly an inspiration for us all.

Anonymous said...

Jessica and Jake,
I continue to hold you up to God in prayer.
Karen Dolan

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I have been reading your blog and you are an amazing person. I have been thinking about you and praying for you.
Angie Crawford-Garcia
El Paso, Tx