He is there. My God is faithful.
On Sunday, my mum + dad came up to church for a visit (they live abour an hour away and don't get to come to church very often). After a lovely fellowship lunch, Brett + i took the kids home since Zippi hadn't slept + was losing it a bit! We had just put the bag down, gone into the bedroom to wrap Zip when we heard an almighty crack followed by a blood curdling scream - it was Liji boy. He had apparently slipped on a blanket on the tiles and slid straight smack bang into the corner of the wooden rocking chair. He had an egg on the side of his head immediately and it was already bluish and there was a split across the top. He was alert but his eyes began rolling back a little as we tried to calm him and put ice on.
I drove past the church, picked up mum who was still there eating lunch (!) and then we went across to the hospital for him to be checked over. I was sure he'd be fine but with head injuries we always feel its better just to check it out.
After he was seen in Triage, he was getting very irritable and my boy who can go ALL DAY at the same energy intensity (VETY HIGH!!!!) was saying he wanted to sleep. The nurse and dr both ok'd that and said they would monitor him. The dr did some obs while he slept + basically said we could go home as soon as woke up, if he woke up fine.
Well he didn't. He woke up screaming, hallucinating, had super strength, didn't know me. I was standing in front of him and he was screaming, 'where's my mum?' other patients were coming to see if he was ok b/c the screaming was so violent. He was trying to say things but he was slurring all of his words. I could make out somethings and they were awful. The poor thing. My heart broke. Mum and I just began quietly but audibly calling on the name of Jesus over him. I asked my Jesus bring his peace to Liji. Mum and I recited scriptures over him and he slowly began calming after what seemed an eternity. That half an hour-hour of him screaming like that felt like 5 or 6 hours. The dr came and asked me, 'is he usually like this?' Ah no. No he's not!
So the dr got on the blower and an ambulance came and transported him and me down to Westmead Children's Hospital which is about an hour and half away from home. Brett followed with Zip in the van (which mum was able to take back home to drop off - had she not been there for church that morning, how would I have gotten the van home for Brett to bring Zip in?). God really went before us and prepared everything as smoothly as possible! Mum and dad took the other kids back to their house which was only about 20 mins from Westmead.
Liji slept all the way down in the ambulance. Didn't move except for when he was breathing really. The ambulance guys were SO lovely and compassionate. I was able to share with the ambulance driver about how one of our mate's lives had been transformed by Jesus. They said they see alot of messed up lives and see how the cycle often continues. I shared with them how she used to live and since coming to be in relationship with God, how different EVERYTHING is about her. The cycle is being changed in her family. She is getting ready to welcome her beautiful grandson into this world in the coming weeks and she said to me the other day, ' you know this baby is going to be so loved and in a home where God is number one, where there's worship music playing, where there is praying - it's so different!' Praise you Lord for changing lives and eternal destinies!
Well, Liji woke up at Westmead with a big stretch and a 'hi mum!' I was so relieved!!! I cried tears of joy that he was back to normal! Brett + Zip came and joined us. Lij had a CT scan and i stayed there till about 8 then went back to see the kids at mum + dad's. The kids were waiting up and were so happy to see me (they'd been secretly worried i think even though they were fine with mum and dad). We knelt down and prayed together giving thanks for Liji's recovery and upholding them as they were both still down at the hospital. Both Eth and Stass had conjunctivitis by then so we prayed for them too.
Zip and I slept for about an hour and then Brett called at 10.30pm saying the neurosurgeon had looked at the scans and EVERYTHING WAS FINE TO GO HOME!!! Wooohooo!!!! Zip, Stass + Eth stayed asleep while mum looked after them and me and dad went to pick up Brett + cracker.
Although he vomitted on the way back, there was no other real sign of the concussion. All day yesterday (monday) he was fine too! Back to his normal, beautiful, cheeky, quick-witted self!!!
I know from our own experiences, that things don't always turn out the ways we want them to, but I firmly believe that the Lord is God of all circumstances and that He WILL work ALL things for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purposes like His word says. Trusting in Him is sometimes hard to do but He is completly trustworthy!
Praising our God who was with us THE WHOLE WAY!
In other news briefly, congratulations to my lovely friend Donna + her family who welcomed into their home their beautiful daughter Aurora Love yesterday morning. Praising God for her and that all went well!
5 things I am thankful to the Lord for:
1. Psalm 23; was a real encouragement to me this weekend. Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me.
2. My father-in-law, sister-in-law, John + Garon who came and helped move so much soil yesterday. We had such a lovely time together afterwards and we just felt so blessed by them all.
3. The rotating composter that Penelope kindly gave us that Brett was able to pick up yesterday
4. That this sore throat has not gone into anything nasty
5. That Zip slept so well at mum and dad's on Sunday night.
More another time,
Love Lus x