OK so being married to a fireman for the last what? 12 years (not including dating time) I have learned a few things here and there.
Your children's injury's are NEVER as bad as they appear so stick a Band-Aid on it and call it a day.
Oh and just because you see cars mangled on the side of the free way it does NOT mean anyone was actually hurt and I quote,"Honey, you would be surprised at what people walk away from."
VERY important next one; when you see the mangled mess of a wreck on the side of the highway DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT rubber neck it and cause another accident, slow down traffic or take out the emergency workers.
Last but not least, DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you or someone else is dead. That's right, no toothache, my baby won't quit crying, my neighbor just mooned me in his front yard or I can't get the BBQ to light up. (Please remember the city my husband works in when considering these)
So all this is to tell you about my week. It was a a bad week. A rough week. A really scary week, a stressful, anxiety filled week. I started feeling badly last week at the Iron Man race but didn't want to go to a Dr. or ER I didn't know. So Monday as Dan went back to work he asked me to go down to my Dr. to make sure I was OK. I had been feeling light headed and not able to eat for days. I got as far as the check in counter and started to pass out. Oh yes, so graceful. They put me in the urgent care, called Dan and I spent the next 6 hours getting tests run only to be told I was getting an ulcer from the chemo I am on. (Thanks Joanna for picking Ryanne up and taking the girls home with you & mom for coming out and helping for 2 days) I took the Zantac and felt some relief but something still wasn't right. I felt sick every time I took my medications or ate anything. I had a REALLY busy week with no complete relief of pain. Friday Dan took Ryanne to school for me and I took Morgan to run a couple errands for my mom's birthday. It was so God that we ran into Dan in town because after he took Morgan and I started to drive on the freeway I started to black out again. Ohhhhhhhhhhh yeeesssss, 70 miles an hour in the fast lane and then the dreaded 9-1-1 call came into play. I couldn't breath, I was sweaty and weak, and getting blurred vision. I was out of my husbands area but low and behold one of the firemen knew Dan. Great! You gotta' love my train of thinking, who cares about clean underwear when they are working on you I just don't want any of the firemen to know me. UGH! So on the side of the freeway I sat as they got me all hooked up to an IV and in the ambulance. I was so disoriented I don't remember much except that my training as a fireman's wife did come in handy once again because I thought enough to unlock my car doors before they got there so they could get to me when I was found dead! :) After 6 hours in the ER and every test you can think of they are thinking it's the chemo I get every 4 weeks. Poison being pumped into my body? You think!
I can see Gods hand in the entire day and how he blessed me. I had an amazing fire crew who knew Dan and loved their fellow firefighters wife. They even took my car for me so it wouldn't get ripped off on the freeway. I ran into Dan just 30 minutes before all this happened otherwise I would have had kiddos in the car. Very scary! Dan had just bought me a book on celiac disease by Elizabeth Hasselhoff (Christian anchor on the VIEW, also on survivor season 2) we had been talking about going back to all natural foods again with no wheat or dairy and try to ditch the chemo. It so happens Elizabeth has celiac and when Dan gave me the book on Saturday I looked and I have every single symptom so now we are going to request the right blood work for that tomorrow. I had an AMAZING nurse in the ER and the Dr. knew Dan. They took me to the hospital I go to instead of the closest one and they rarely drive 40 minutes to take you where you want in an emergency. My friend Marianne was able to track Dan down and take our girls so he could race down the hill. (thank you my sweet friend) You see the list goes on and on in the ways God had his hand on me that day. I got up this morning encouraged that I have good Dr.'s who will get to the bottom of this and also a family who will eat healthy and give things up for my healths sake. Its a big sacrifice to eat raw, whole foods, no dairy, no wheat no gluten! I prayed today that as long as I am here God would use me and make me a living, joyful testimony to his grace and mercy. Have a blessed mother's day and remember NO rubber necking it could be me on the side of the road! :)