Monday, June 23, 2014

Thankful

Yesterday wasn't the greatest day....

We arrived at our friend's house for church and I accidentally shut the car door on Tera's fingers.  She was pulling herself out of the car with her left hand as I was closing the door.  We rushed her to the ER nearest where we were and then proceeded to wait for almost 2 hours before seeing someone!  By the time we left, we had been there close to 4 hours. (From here on out, if it's not a head injury or needs an ambulance, we're sticking with our Urgent Care Center)  As it is, no bones were broken (or at least none they could see on x-rays).  Her middle finger has an "abrasion" (fancy word for a big scrap) from the nail almost to the knuckle.  They had to put a hole in her finger nail.  It's going to look bad for a while. 

This morning,  I realized even though the situation was stinky from beginning to end, we have a lot to be thankful for:

  • A few more inches and Tera's hand or all her fingers could have been broken.
  • We have health insurance and a reasonable deductible.  Payment plans are not the end of the world!
  • Prayers of our friends and family.  
  • Tera's pain after treatment has been minimal.  After they numbed her finger, she was feeling so much better.  The numbing was still there when she went to bed hours later.  She only took an ibuprofen and slept most of the night.  
  • Phones with texting abilities.  JP and I were able to keep each other up-to-date with what was going on.
  • Since we were on the way to church, I had some food in the trunk (mostly non-perishable--muffins, cheese, strawberries and bananas).  My boys had a parking lot picnic.  Things would have been so much harder for JP if he had two hungry boys on his hands.
  • That we are used to saying "I'm sorry!" in this family and we also are ready to forgive!
  • Our family can laugh together even in hard times.  Tera and I were making each other smile and laugh while we were together waiting for treatment.  I will say, her smiles were in abundance after they numbed her finger.  That needle was pretty long...that was no laughing matter!  
 God is gracious, faithful and ever-present with us in our daily trials.  We never know why things happen the way they do, but we get through them only through His power and strength!  


"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!"
Psalm 136:1

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