Back in the day when my kids were little, my husband would walk in the house at the end of his workday and say, “Hi honey, what did you do today?” And I had nothing to say. I felt like I had been crazy busy, but when someone asks you and you can only think of small things like diaper changes and spilled crackers and crying babies and nursing the baby it feels like you did nothing.
And that’s how I feel about last weekend. My thoughts are a blur of activity, none of which are worth telling you about.
Unless you want to start on Friday morning. That was pretty exciting.
I woke up and decided instead of doing my morning run I would exercise in the pool. I just felt like a change of pace. But it was a bit of a “if you give a mouse a cookie” situation because I discovered a big mess of pool toys left out from the boys swimming the night before. I so stuck my head in the house and called for the boys to come out and clean them up. One of them was in the kitchen and he came out and started cleaning up with me.
But then as we put away the toys I noticed that there was rain water (from who knows when!) in the container where they keep the smaller toys, so we cleaned that out, and then I saw that the large toy storage was a mess, so I called another boy out and I had him straighten that and another boy came out and I had him start trimming some overgrown limbs that were dragging in the pool and the last, unfortunate son came to see where everyone was so I had him carry the cut limbs to the burn area in the back of the yard.
I finally got in the pool after half an hour of working with the boys. But only about 10 minutes into my exercises someone came running to tell me that our 16 year old son Noah had been bitten by “something”. I got out of the water, wrapped myself in a towel and went into the kitchen where he was sitting with ice on the sting. As I was assessing the situation he said he was starting to feel worse. His hand (where he was bitten) had swollen to nearly double its normal size and he was covered in hives. He said he felt like he couldn’t breathe and that’s when I started to freak. My husband was walking in the house so I yelled for him to take our son to the hospital. He rushed over to us and immediately agreed and while I helped Noah to the van while my husband ran to get his keys. Our oldest son, Jacob, came out to see what was going on (I may have been screaming, I really don’t remember) and he jumped in the car with them. They drove off and I ran to change out of my wet suit and I followed right behind.
Oh. My. Lord.
That was pretty much all I could say in prayers as I drove. We live about 15 minutes from the hospital if you’re speeding. A few minutes into my drive I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to ask people to pray. I knew my son was already having blurred vision when they left so my mind was not working and I couldn’t think of who to call….so I just put it out on Facebook.
“Y’all please pray for my 16 year old son. We are rushing him to the hospital. More later. XO”
Two minutes after I asked for prayer my husband called me and said as they were pulling into the emergency room driveway our son just started breathing. He kind of woke up, didn’t feel faint, could see and was breathing fine. He said the swelling and redness was going down.
THE POWER OF PRAYER!!!
We decided that they would sit right outside of the emergency room while I ran to the pharmacy and got whatever the pharmacist recommended. As long as he was breathing fine and didn’t have any other symptoms we didn’t think we needed to spend the morning in the ER. But at the same time….we didn’t want to be far away if it happened again. I took the bottle of Benadryl the pharmacist suggested to the hospital parking lot and gave the OTC meds to Noah, but honestly….except that his hand was still very swollen you couldn’t tell anything was happening to him. He was completely fine. I just stared at him amazed by God’s miracles.
Then I did what any mother would do…..I started to cry and pet him and kiss him and be generally annoying. I announced that when we got home I would be sitting next to him and staring at him for the next 24-48 hours.
And here’s the message for you kids who might be reading this: If your mom was just scared out of her mind that you might die any second and she tells you that you will have to sleep next to her that night so she can listen to you breathe….there’s no point in arguing about it.
We waited there for a while then decided it would be OK to take him home. He announced that he was really hungry and could we get him some food. These boys are always, always, always hungry.
It’s as it should be.
So we fed him burgers and let him sit on the couch all day eating ice cream and playing wii because frankly I was too worn out from the morning to even think about him going back outside. Plus his swollen hand was useless and he was a little sluggish from the Benadryl I gave him in the parking lot.
And the rest of the weekend after that is a blur. While I am sure I did some other things, I really don’t remember much. We cleaned house and went to church and to my friend Sara’s beautiful anniversary party and we shopped a little and I worked on book stuff and I barely recall any of it because the only thing on my mind was hugging my kids and thanking God for them and trying not to cry.
On Sunday evening I asked my husband if we could buy our son a pony…..or maybe a car. He gave me this shocked look, “A car?!?!”
I know, I know. I just wanted to do something for Noah so he would always know how glad I am that he is here.
He will have to settle for all the burgers he wants ‘cuz I can’t afford a pony or a car.
Have a great week!