Prayer Requests 2-10-21

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 7

Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
    save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
or they will tear me apart like a lion
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Lord my God, if I have done this
    and there is guilt on my hands—
if I have repaid my ally with evil
    or without cause have robbed my foe—
then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
    let him trample my life to the ground
    and make me sleep in the dust.

Arise, Lord, in your anger;
    rise up against the rage of my enemies.
    Awake, my God; decree justice.
Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
    while you sit enthroned over them on high.
Let the Lord judge the peoples.
   Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
    according to my integrity, O Most High.
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
    and make the righteous secure—
   you, the righteous God
    who probes minds and hearts.

10 My shield is God Most High,
    who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
    a God who displays his wrath every day.
12 If he does not relent,
    he will sharpen his sword;
    he will bend and string his bow.
13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;
    he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil
    conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;
    their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
    I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-10-21

  1. Mr. P is experiencing the “brain fog” and fatigue that is lingering from Covid. I am home with him and Little Miss this week, but next week I am going to have to be out showing property. THIS is a good thing. I have 3 potential buyers looking to purchase and 1 listing already under contract. I would be a nice first quarter for me and would pay what is left to pay on taxes, AND fund my retirement account for the year.
    All that to say, please pray for Mr. P to start feeling normal again. Thanks

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  2. I am home now. 🙂

    That gas bubble I had mentioned turned out to be my gallbladder having (painful) problems. The ache first came on sometime on Saturday, but wasn’t too bad, so I thought, as I said, maybe it was just a gas bubble or something like that. The fact that it wasn’t a constant and sharp pain made me dismiss that it could be my gallbladder or appendix. That, of course, was more wishful thinking than anything.

    It started to get worse Sunday night, but lying down to sleep made it go away, or so it seemed. Monday it was back, and a little worse, but still not seemingly “bad enough” to worry about. I will say, though, that I had already begun to suspect it might be my gallbladder, even while trying to deny it. My prayer on Sunday night was that I would at least be able to make it through that phone call appointment with SS on Monday afternoon. (And you know how great a relief that turned out to be.)

    With the call out of the way, God let the symptoms increase throughout Monday evening until it was finally “bad enough” – very painful – and Nightingale drove me to the emergency room of our local hospital a little after 11:00. (Stafford may be a small town, but on the way out of town there is a hospital that serves ours and the surrounding communities.) I had a CT scan and an ultrasound, both of which indicated that there was a gallstone blocking the exit from the gallbladder, and it was quickly determined that removal of the gallbladder was the best path to follow. So I was admitted to the hospital, and finally in a room around 4am Tuesday morning.

    Surgery was scheduled for 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, but there was a backlog of surgeries, so I didn’t get in until 6:00 that evening. As you may imagine, the waiting was hard. Due to pain and lack of sleep, I had a hard time concentrating on my book and also when I tried to pray. But I kept at it, especially the prayer. This may sound like a silly little thing to delight me, but at one point, gazing out my window at the falling snow and the other medical buildings below, I saw a red balloon come floating over one of those buildings. (Red is my favorite color.) I’m not one to look at those kinds of things as a sign from God, but the thought did occur to me.

    The anesthetist impressed me by reading up on Moebius Syndrome before the surgery, so he knew what kinds of issues that might present. One of them is that some of us have small mouths, and it turns out that I do, too. (I often suspected that my mouth is smaller than average, but I don’t go around measuring other people’s mouths. 😀 )

    When I awoke from the anesthesia two and a half hours later (the laparoscopic surgery lasted about an hour and a half I was told), I was in a lot of pain, and could barely talk. My main concern about having surgery was how much pain I would be in afterwards, and this was not a great beginning.

    But the intensity of it was temporary, as the Dilautid (sp.?) took some of the edge off after a while. Later I had a Percocet which helped some more. Thanks be to God, the pain is not as bad as I had feared. I am still in discomfort, and some pain, but am able to deal with it. And I do have a prescription for Percocet for when I need it.

    While being wheeled back into my room, I noticed that my room number was 213 which made me smile, as 13 is my favorite number. 🙂 (I hadn’t noticed my room number before that.)

    Since Nightingale is working today, I was sent home in a cab this afternoon after being discharged, paid for by my state insurance. That seemed kind of weird, but at least I’m not taking up space that may be needed for another patient.

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  3. It’s gonna take me some time to catch up with email and the blog and such.

    Here’s something I would like to also share with you all that seem to me to point to God’s mercy for me.

    Years ago, I had read about a woman who had a gallbladder attack that came on suddenly and was excruciating. Reading that, I shuddered and hoped that that kind of thing would never happen to me. (I have a fairly good pain tolerance, and have gone through some excruciating pain of my own, but I wouldn’t want any more.) Then my mom had a gallbladder attack and was in a lot of pain. So again, I hoped that I would never have a problem with my gallbladder. But I know that God does allow us to go through pain and suffering, so I couldn’t expect that He would keep me from that just because I asked.

    And yet . . .I was told that this was caught rather early. Even though I did suffer, it didn’t reach the level that I had feared. (Although right after surgery, it did come close, even that was not “excruciating” – very painful, yes, but not quite excruciating. 🙂 )

    So I am so very grateful to God for taking me through this, and being merciful to not let it be as bad as I had feared, and His little reminders that He was with me. And now I don’t have to worry about ever having a severe gallbladder attack, because it is gone! 🙂

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  4. Wow, Kizzie! You have been through a lot. So thankful to hear your good report that also gives God glory. I remember years ago hearing that gallbladder surgery was one of the worst. So thankful you are already back at home♡ Praise be to God!

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  5. Kim., prayers for you and mr. P. Brain fog and fatigue remain here. Our infection control lady says you can test positive for up to 3 months. Only contagious for 10 days, supposedly.

    Kizzie, glad you got your gallbladder fixed. Praying you have a swift recovery.

    Continued prayers for Chas and Elvera and Mumsee’s crew.

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