Saturday, May 23, 2015

10 years

Memorial Day is a time that I always remember my grandpa. He would sit in his chair in his living room and listen to patriotic music at crazy levels. He was the most patriotic person I've ever known, and he taught me to respect the flag, this country, and the people who have fought and given their lives for it- and the ones that put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. It's also a time that leaves me thinking. I couldn't let this month pass by without contemplating a lot that's been on my mind since I realized what this year is for me: my 10 year anniversary.

For what, you might ask? Well, sit back and I'll tell you:
10 years ago at this time I was lying in a hospital, dying.

I have Addison's Disease. That's just a fancy way of saying that I have a problem with my adrenal glands; they don't function at all on their own. I take medication to help them along, but when it's not treated or it's not diagnosed? It's fatal. Addison's is a very rare disease, which means that if you're not looking for it, it can be missed. The symptoms are clear: I was exhausted; could barely stand for more than a few minutes without feeling like I would pass out; I barely ate anything, and when I did I couldn't keep it down; I was a strange greenish color (which on most people would look tan, but I don't actually tan); and the knuckles on my hands were discolored. The doctors that I went to had no idea what was wrong with me.

This is where Memorial Day weekend comes in.

After attending the annual picnic our old church had and me getting sick there, my parents took me to a doctor at a nearby hospital. She told my parents that she was going to send us for blood work, and if I got sick again to come back- she'd admit me so she could do some tests. 

Lo and behold, I got sick in the waiting room at the blood test lab. 

Fast forward a couple of hours, and I'm lying in an examining room going in and out of consciousness. My dad left the room to pray in the waiting room; it was as he was doing so that our pastor and 2 men from our old church appeared and began to pray with him. My mom stayed in the room with me, where we sang hymns and quoted Scripture. Somewhere in the midst of this, my vision began to double. That's the last thing I really remember before waking up with a bunch of people around me.

From what my mom told me, I went unconscious. My blood pressure had dropped to insanely low levels, and at one point there were far too many doctors in the room to count. This was when another doctor came in; he was an endocrinologist, and believed that I had something called Addison's. He gave me an IV with cortisone, and by the time that my dad came back from the waiting room, I was awake and sipping water.

So there you have it. I take medication three times a day, but I'm truly grateful to be alive. God saved my life that day; I had always known that He was real, but through that trial, He showed me just how real, powerful, and mighty He is.

You see, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the Lord. He worked a miracle in my life 10 years ago, and since then has never ceased to amaze me. I still have no idea what He wants me to do with my life, but I hold onto the promise that He isn't finished with me yet. I've laughed, cried, stressed, doubted, feared, and grown weary countless times since then, but I know that He's never left my side- and that's what's helped me through everything.

To God be the glory!

"But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.'" ~Isaiah 43:1-3a

"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen." ~1 Timothy 1:17

God bless. and happy Memorial Day!

Elyssa =)