“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Phil 4:6
This verse has very special meaning for this week! It was helpful and the perfect scripture verse for me after a very difficult night at the emergency room. Thanks to my dear sister for sending it to me.
On Sunday, my son and I went to have dinner with my parents after dropping off my hubby who had a quick business trip. During dinner, I started having chest pains — right in the center. These followed a few days of pain on either side of my chest/stomach area.
Needless to say, I was worried and anxious since my grandfather had passed away of a massive heart attack at my age. So my mother took me to the hospital to be checked out. The hardest part was the what-ifs and the not-knowing. It is amazing what your mind can drum up when you are worried about something.
And, as we got to the room and started the waiting game, my mother got on the phone and called friends, family, my siblings and my hubby to let them know what was happening. She asked everyone for prayers and few of us had much sleep that night.
Prayers started immediately and I must say that as I was lying there waiting for answers, I felt calm — which is not what I expected to feel. The love of God and all of my prayer warriors helped me from going totally crazy and worrying the entire time. I truly had a blanket of love and protection around me.
For those who prayed, I cannot thank you enough! I am truly honored and humbled that you lifted me up to the Lord! I am so appreciative of your love and friendship. You are awesome and I love all of you so very much!!! It meant the world to me to hear of your love, concern, and prayers!
The amazing news is that after a long and sleepless night and many, many tests (EKGs, blood work, a stress test, a CT scan, and an ultra-sound), I was told my heart is healthy. THANK YOU LORD!!! What an amazing answer to prayer!!!!
And, as I was being discharged on Monday morning, the ER doctor told me that there are many causes of chest pain, but that I had none of the big causes. Can I just tell you what joy and relief I felt? I felt a weight had been truly lifted and an amazing gift was given to me by the Lord!!!
I still have to follow-up with my regular doctor to determine the cause of the pain. I am frustrated not to know yet what is going on, but feel certain that I will find out. And, hopefully very soon. I had some additional pain last night but nothing like what made me want to go to the er. I will keep you posted on what I find out.
Thanks so much to the emergency room staff — nurses, techs, doctors, and others — as well as food services and the chest center. All of you were so kind and gracious and truly took your time with me. I had a good experience despite the circumstances. It went as well as could be expected.
I know some other friends who also had chest pain and went in and it ended up being acid reflux. And another person at 29 years old, went in since he didn’t feel like himself and found out that he had to have triple bypass surgery. And, after his legs were bothering him, my cousin found out he had blood clots in his legs. It was good that all of these people went to the hospital to see what was the matter since you never know.
Before all of this happened, I was already on blood pressure medicine and will continue to take that. And, I am trying to lose weight as well and eat a more healthy diet. That too will help with the BP and make for a healthier heart.
Again, thank you dear Lord for your mercies and love for me. And, for the work of the physicians and many others, and the outstretched prayer support that I felt. AMEN!!
“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above!”