This past Thurs. night I had to take my dear husband to the ER. Around 5:30 he started complaining of a headache. And over the next hour it went from bad to horrible. He laid down on the couch, ( which he never does, he always goes up to our bed to lay down when he isn’t feeling well), he could barely open his eyes, his hands were tingling, and I could tell by the expression on his face the pain was bad. He has never had a migraine before or anything similar to this.
The poor guy was hurting so bad, but God love him, he meekly said to me, “if I die tonight, I am going out praising God.” He said he was thinking of the song by Chris Tomlin, “How Can I Keep From Singing.” These lyrics kept ringing through his pain;
Sing ’cause You’re there
I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I’ll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne
You just have to love a man who in such excruciating pain can proclaim the goodness of God. 🙂
However, after he casually mentioned to me that he was going to praise God even if this were his last breath, combined with the fact that I asked have you ever had anything similar to this before, and he said, “this is the worst headache of my life.” I knew then we needed to head the the ER.
Last summer my mom had an aneurysm burst in her brain, she miraculously survived after being in the hospital for a month. Knowing of her symptoms, and what I had read about this type of stroke I knew we shouldn’t take any chances. I had also read that many people who suffered a serious brain bleed, had said, it was “the worst headache of their lives.” So when hubby said those exact words I decided we must go to the hospital.
I called my brother and sister in law who just happened to be in town for a wedding. They were able to quickly come home from the rehearsal to watch my kids and my nieces. When we arrived at the hospital a dear christian women we knew just happened to be there to “check us in,” she was able to get hubby seen right away.
They gave him pain meds and ordered a CT scan right away. Thankfully as soon as he got the meds going he began to emerge from the grasp of the pain and brain fog. I was obviously relieved and thankful, and was not as worried. We ended up staying in the ER for about 3 hours, turns out he was fine. A bad sinus infection appears to have been the culprit of the pain. So after spending $215 at our local pharmacy, he was out riding bike and playing baseball with SportTman yesterday, just as if nothing had happened! After an incident like this I find myself reflecting on the many things I am thankful for………
I am glad we went to the ER
I am glad we have insurance to cover the upcoming bill
I am glad that I have a hubby with a heart for the Lord in the midst of such pain
I am glad my brother and sister in law were in town
I am glad that dear christian women was at the hospital and was able to also pray for us
And I also learned that if my husband starts singing the Chris Tomlin song “How Can I Keep from Singing,” it may be a sign that I need to take him to the ER!!!!!! 🙂
Passion 2007 – How Can I Keep From Singing