Friday, May 2, 2008

The Most Expensive Quarter in the World

Ok, we have a lot to catch up on. I've been away and busy, busy, busy. There is so much to share, it's hard to know where to start. Last Friday, my sister Demetria, flew up for a weekend visit. It was Fabulous!!!!-(But, that's a post for another time.) She hadn't so much as been through my front door and in my house for five minutes, when our lil' man gave us the scare of our lives. Trey swallowed a quarter. Or rather, I should say, Trey tried to swallow a quarter. He immediately started to panic, while Hugh and I tried frantically to figure out what was happening and how to help. He started throwing up, but he was breathing, so Hugh rushed him to the E.R. Thank God Dena was there to help keep me from falling a part, because I couldn't have felt worse at that moment. That is until today, when I watched them wheel him into surgery. Yes, long story short, he had to have surgery this morning to have the quarter removed from his stomach. We initially thought it would just pass through his system, with in a couple of days, but when the weekend had come and gone and there was no quarter in sight, we consulted his pediatrician. Dr. Pete said we could wait a couple more days, but in all honesty the only other patient he had ever had who swallowed a quarter was seven and had to have surgery to have it removed. He sent us for x-rays and a surgery consult, which confirmed that our lil' man just wasn't developed enough to pass the quarter. If it had been a penny or a dime, maybe, but we are actually very, very lucky that he was able to get it down and didn't choke to death. Praise the Lord! So early this morning, we took baby girl over to Datha's, who not only graciously agreed to take care of her, but met me with a hug and a strong cup of coffee for the road. I'm telling you people, I am blessed beyond belief in the friend department. Trey's surgery was at seven, so I scooped him up in his p.j.'s for the ride. He was a little confused as to why we were going for a ride when it was still night, night. Everything went smoothly, a complete success. And although the Lord had already given me peace, as they took him from me and I watched him disappear around the corner, I felt like someone kicked me in the stomach. I couldn't speak. I felt like I couldn't breathe. All I could do was cry. It's a mommy thing, I know. I am so thankful to have him safe at home. Last night, we let him sleep snuggled between us, as we prayed over him together. I feel so blessed by the way the Lord chooses, in His loving kindness to reassure me. I know that as much as I love my son, it could never compare to the love our heavenly father has for him. I'm not going to lie, as minor as the procedure may have been, it still scared me to death thinking about them putting him under. My mind and emotions were racing, with all the what ifs. I know the devil is still using my grief and fear against me at every available turn. This may sound totally silly to some of you, but after losing six family members in six years, I went through a period of time, when I couldn't even get through the blessing at any meal, without begging the Lord not to take Hugh or my children from me. I was wrought with anxiety and the fear of losing someone else in my life that I was constantly waiting for the roof to cave in on me. And with Trey's surgery, that impending sense of doom started to creep in once again. But, the Lord is so sweet to me. He sent me several reminders of His presence and comfort. He reminded me of the verse that I claimed for Trey when he was born- Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. He also comforted me through many of my friends and family members that prayed with me for Trey. And at my very worst point the night before, when I had all but convinced myself that this might be my last night with Trey, the Lord led me to this post. All I can say is WOW! I literally broke down, sobbing flat on my face before the Lord. I'm not crazy people, but I do believe in the sovereignty of our Lord. And I know from experience that we will never understand all the "whys" in life. We can drive ourselves crazy trying, or we can trust that He not only knows, but, does what is best for us. He sees the big picture, where we only see from our own perspective. I know all this logically, but I still have to reign in my emotions from time to time and keep my mind from running away with me, all the way down to crazy town. Oh, but my Jesus is merciful, gracious, loving and kind. And oh so very patient with me. I have to say, the one that really made me smile was the pictures that the doctor gave us of the coin in Trey's stomach. I just had to share this with someone. In God We Trust!- Yes Lord! In you I place my trust. Blessings to all!

13 comments:

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Oh, Tiffany! So glad Trey is recovering. I can't imagine how afraid you were. Praise Him for working in this situation!

Carol said...

I am so happy that Trey is fine. What a scare you had! I am also so thankful that God could use me to help minister to you. I had no idea. Thank you for sharing that. Blessings! Carol @ sheep to the right

luvmy4sons said...

I am so glad your boy is okay. Bing a mother is so hard. Letting go and realizing they are God's and not ours is even harder. I have had to do that SO many, many times. God bless you. What an ordeal. I swallowed a quarter when I was little but never had surgery. My, oh my! Whew!

Denise said...

Praise God for watching over dear Trey, I am so glad that he is ok.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Thank you Jesus!
I understand the trauma....Michael had to have surgery when he was 2 and I went through some of the same things.
I am glad your little one is fine now. Maybe you should frame the quarter as a reminder of Gods protection. :)

kmom3 said...

Oh my, Tiffany! I am so sorry you had to go through that, but so glad that God saw you through every moment. I am so glad your little man is okay! I pray he is recovering well.
Thanks for sharing this! What a wonderful testimony of how we can trust Him in all circumstances! It can be so hard when it comes to our babies, but He truly is worthy to be trusted!

Mica Garbarino said...

Thank you for the welcome to blogger. I am glad you came by. I never got the pics.. of your sweeties... maybe try again and leave me some color ideas for each. I usually charge 50.00 for a monkey, but since you are wanting two.. how about 40.00 each?? plus a small fee for shipping will help. e-mail me here at garboodles@verizon.net.. and we'll get it started for you if you wish. Hugs, Mica

demetria said...

"in GOD we trust" -- that saying can really prove true in the most unusual times, can't it???

miss you!d

Emily said...

Oh my goodness Tiffany, how scary! I'm so glad little Trey is okay, I can't imagine....

I have the same fears and anxieties as you described over losing anymore family members, at times, it's overwhelming. Your insights and the way our Lord has guided you are helpful to read.

God bless and big hugs....

Ingram Gang said...

Wow! I was almost crying just reading this. I cannot image the emotions you must have felt. I struggle with the same gut wrenching fears for my family. The Lord is good to give my spirit rest, but satan always comes back to linger them over my head.
I will be praying for your journey in this. So glad your lil man is doing well. Someday this will be a funny story to tell his kids. Someday :)

Ashley said...

I'll be thinking about you on this Mother's Day weekend!

Mrs. Jules said...

Wow! In God we trust, indeed! Like you, I lost my mother, also, and trusting Him to watch over my family hasn't always been easy in that regard. But, He knows what He's doing, we can bank on that. :)

Marsha said...

Hi Tiffany!

How are you doing these days? And your son after his expensive quarter.

I prayed for you over Mother's Day weekend. I knew that would be a tough one for you.

I understand your anxiety. Losing loved ones is not an easy thing to go through, especially so many in a row. I'm glad you found comfort in that post.

Have a blessed week my friend.