ER/ICU/MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
I returned home from Uruguay and Brazil and found that Sharon wasn’t well. She seemed a bit confused and was complaining about a headache and nausea. The next morning we went to see her physician and set up a series of doctor’s appointments tests. Part of this involved an MRI which took place a week ago Friday at 2pm. At 3pm, as we were leaving the imaging center in Santa Monica, her primary physician called my cell phone and said we were to immediately come to the Ronald Reagan Emergency Room as the MRI showed Sharon had bleeding on her brain. She was admitted in ER and placed in ICU where she was treated and remained for the next two nights.
As her condition stabilized, she was then moved from ICU into a regular hospital room. The main culprit after many tests appeared to be a spike in her blood pressure that burst a vessel in her brain, causing the bleeding. It was a stroke, not one where an artery is blocked, but where a vessel bleeds. I barely had time to get the word out, but family and friends began to pray. I spent a lot of hours in the hospital as did some of our sweet daughters and our son (he is sweet too).
On Monday morning, Memorial Day, I went to the hospital early so I could meet the neurological team attending Sharon. Incredibly, they said she was stable, the bleeding had stopped, and her blood pressure was back to where it should be. I brought her home that afternoon.
“GOD SPENT THE NIGHT WITH ME”
Sharon told me on the way home that this was the best Memorial Day she ever spent. The reason was that Sunday night she had an incredible sense of God’s presence with her…all night long. She didn’t sleep much but said, “I had an incredible depth of feeling of comfort, peace, joy, and well-being. It lasted all night and I had a profound sense of it in the morning. It may have been a dream but God drew near and spent the night with me. I basked in the joy of it for the next couple hours.”
I can’t tell you how happy I was after talking with the doctors and getting to bring Sharon home with me. I was so amazed to see the kindness and gratefulness that Sharon showed to the nurses, doctors, custodians, and all who came into the hospital room(s). While she experienced the presence of God, I saw Jesus in her day and night, weary or not. I want to be like her when I grow up. I am thankful for all who prayed for her.
We left two days later than we planned for our trip to Oregon. Once she was cleared to travel, we took I-5 to Los Gatos where I was scheduled to give a talk about the Divine Expedition. Since the meeting was in a home, my long-time friend, Vince Leong, arranged for Sharon to rest in one of the bedrooms, while I met with the group. Before we left the hospital, she was going to order chocolate cake, which was on the dinner menu. Since she was discharged before dinner, she didn’t get her chocolate cake. When we arrived in Los Gatos, and tucked Sharon in, the owner of the house asked if Sharon would like a piece of chocolate cake, not knowing Sharon had wished for it the night before. Sharon saw it as a sign of God’s continued care.
Sharon had a good nights rest that evening and every evening since. She fatigues early but has improved greatly since I returned from Brazil. I want to shout: “Thanks you Lord Jesus!” “Thank you gracious Father!” “Thank you Holy Spirit!”
Because He has visited us,
Linus and Sharon