Saturday, March 15, 2014

What a difference a day makes

Japanese Magnolia Tree off my deck




Good morning, my sweet friend! Forgive me for being out of pocket and not visiting your blog but I have a good excuse.

Being a relatively healthy person, I suddenly fell ill in a movie theater. After asking someone to summon my husband (I was in a stall in the ladies) we made the very excruciating trip home. I just wanted to be in my bed. You know how that is.

Without going into the gruesome details I was told  by my GI doctor's nurse to go straight to the ER.
Fast forward.... I spent the last three days in the hospital. Diagnosis after CAT scan: colitis. After receiving excellent care, I am home, battle scarred (ha!) with punctures all over my arms but feeling great, thank God.

My reason for telling you all this, is that we never know when we are going to pass on.  I have learned; never to take anything for granted. Get right with God and your brothers and sisters.

 I am sure, without a doubt, that prayer saved me. There  could have had a different outcome.

 I was given excellent care by nurses, doctors and other care takers from many different countries. God was showing me, I think, that I needed to examine my heart. Do I only love those who are like me?

My perspective has definitely changed. We all need to be open to hearing what God is whispering in our ears. Did I convey this correctly? I am not as articulate as you are.

Thank you for visiting. It means a lot to me. Have a wonderful weekend!

Peace and love of Jesus be with you today and always!


17 comments:

hootnonny said...

Oh Charlotte, what a scary time for you and Jimmy! Am so glad that you got excellent care and a diagnosis. Best wishes for a healthy co-existence with colitis! Show it who's boss!

Donna said...

SO VERY GLAD you are well and back home! How scary for you and hubby!!
And, in a box of chocolates? There's all sizes, shapes and colors and they are all sweet....I really have to remind myself of this a lot lately...people can be So unkind...
(((hugs)))

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohh my Charlotte!! Glad that you are better now and at home!! Thank you for the reminder that we must have an open heart for all people! Hope that you stay well! Hugs to you!!
Such a LOVELY Japanese Magnolia. Mine is larger but so few blooms. I took a few pictures of a few blooms! yours is amazing!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm so happy to hear that you are on the mend. Oh yes, we need to examine our hearts in so many ways when it comes to others. Sometimes it isn't so easy.

For some reason, you are not showing up in my blog roll. I need to figure this out.

Best,
Bonnie

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Charlotte, Thank you for visiting Blackberry Lane. We lived in Acworth until last April when we moved to Gainesville. I grew up in Alpharetta.
I'm sorry to hear how sick you have been. I'm thankful to the Lord for those who gave you such special care. God bless you in the coming week.

Debbie said...

You certainly articulated this very well. I am so sorry about your experience at the theatre, and glad to know the movie didn't cause it. I've seen some that made me feel sick. Sorry, bad humor.
Experiences like yours can easily cirrect our perspective and help us to see ourselves in a mirror all at once. Surprise! Thanks for reminding us that things happen quickly. Glad yours wasn't the last thing!
Let us know how you're progressing.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Charlotte...how glad I am you're here and right with God. We never know and Dave made his peace with God on Monday and suddenly died on Saturday morning. It's the one thing that brings me peace.

Lisa Gordon said...

Dear Charlotte, I know this all too well. I developed colitis almost 6 years ago now. Out of the blue, and there it was. It is pretty chronic, but I do have spans of time where you'd never know anything was wrong. Luckily, it's not the ulcerative variety, so I am grateful for that.

You take real good care of you, and I'm glad it was nothing more serious.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

What an experience you have just had Charlotte! Pleased you are ok and in some ways, even better off for having had this harsh episode.
Love your magnolia flowers - what a beautiful sight!

Gail Dixon said...

Charlotte, I am so sorry you fell ill and had to spend time in the hospital! Goodness. But I love what you took from that experience. I often ask myself the same question about loving and caring for only those in my immediate circle, or those like me, etc. I think your post is articulated wonderfully. Hope you are still feeling better!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. It was truly enlightening!

Donna said...

What a terrible scare! I hope you are ok now!

Rosemary Aubut said...

O my goodness Charlotte! So glad you are well and counting your blessings! Your blog looks beautiful! XXOO Rose

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh my goodness, I'm glad you are ok! That must have been really scary. And I know what you mean about wanting to be at home in bed when you feel bad. It's the most comforting place there is. I hope you continue to get better!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad to read you are home and feeling better, Charlotte. You are so right that we never know what can happen. Several people we know have been diagnosed with colitis over the past year and also divaticulitis (spelling?). Both are painful and sorry you had to go through such as experience.

Barb Brookbank said...

I'm very glad you are OK, Charlotte and thank you for the reminder to be grateful each and every day.

Stephanie said...

My dear Charlotte, what an awful scare! But praise the Lord you are feeling better and recovering :) So thankful you are doing better! Hugs to you!

Shug said...

Good Morning Charlotte...
I'm just now reading this and I'm so very sorry that you had this experience. This is a very painful illness and I truly feel your pain.
Glad to hear that you are better. Your message is so true...we all need to be grateful for each and every day that we have. I hope for you a speedy recovery as I know that sometimes colitis can be a lengthy to heal...Praying for you and your comfort.
Blessings...
shug