Thursday, August 7, 2008

Guest Blogger: Amy's Husband, Spencer and Mary Lyndsey's Father

The entries below are text messages between me (Greg, Amy's husband) and Amy on Wednesday, August 6, 2008.

3:48 pm - Amy: "On the Beach - Aahhh"

4:38 pm - Greg: "Love you all, on my way home"

8:25 pm - Amy: "Call me 911"
"Still Seizing"
"Giving More Valium in Ambulance"

8:47 pm - Greg: "I have been praying. What is going on now?"

Amy: "It's backed off some we are almost to the Hospital"

Greg: "Is he responsive at all?"

Amy: "No eyes are open but won't respond"

Greg: "Can he grip and release your hand?"

9:00 pm - Amy: "No we're at the hospital. He's totally non-responsive
they gave 5 more Valium in the ambulance."

9:15 pm - Greg: "Anything new."
"Can u update me me every 15 mintues."

Amy: "Dr is here now will let you know soon."

"Signal is coming and going. Still nonresponsive."
"Dr. left without saying anything. Not a good hospital."

Greg: "Can u call dr. Philbrook?"

Amy: "I'll let you know if anythiung changes still
nonresponsive but starting to to try to focus
his eyes can't squeeze, pupils not dilated anymore."
Still very drugged we are in the hall, no rooms."

9:30 pm - Amy: "No signal"

"He's a little more awake, very post dictal.

Greg: "What does no signal mean."

9:45 pm - Greg: "Is he getting stronger"

Amy: "My phone signal is coming and going.
He just thew up and almost choked. They suctioned him
and finally moved us to an ER room. He's still not responsive.

11:12 pm - Greg: "Anything new?"

Amy: "Still not resting well but a little better than b4 still
moaning and trying to get comfortable."

Greg: "I love you and continue to pray"

Amy: "Just turned on his side and got in the poisiton he in. We
don't even have chairs to sit in so we've been standing for
3 hours. I love u and will call or text if anything changes.

11:32 pm - Greg: "My battery is dying. Call home number when you want to update."

"Just saw your email."

Amy: "My battery is dying too so I'll stay off the phone. He's sleeping
better now keeps trying to pull out the IV and will call you later.
I love you."

Greg: "Love you"

August 7
2:44 am - Amy: "He just roused a little and said Hey"

3:14 am - Amy: "He's hit a temp of 101.9

6:33 am - Amy: "On the way back to hotel."

I am often asked by those that are aware that my son has Epilepsy the following question, "How can you and Amy hold it together when Spencer is having a seizure?" or "What do you do when you are not with your family and Spencer has a seizure?"

First, I begin to pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I lift Spencer up, I lift Amy up, and I pray for those attending to them to have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The important thing is for me to have faith and not fear that God is in control and that his promises in the Bible apply in a very personal way to my family even when I am not with them. I pray for God's perfect will to be served because I know that this is the best way to pray for the best possible outcome.

Next, I remember that I am married to a strong, faith filled, God Fearing, woman and mother that is prepared to fight and protect her children. I remember that she is smarter and wiser than I am and will use her own faith and unity with the word of God to make sure that Spencer is well cared for by his nurses and physicians.

I believe that Spencer and Amy are amazing. I believe that they grow stronger with each challenge and obstacle Spencer faces. The testimony they are building and the faith they both demonstrate each time they walk out of an Emergency Room less than 12 hours after riding into the ER is astounding. They are warriors - Warriors for God. I applaud them and stand in awe as I see the way God works in their lives and builds their faith and makes them stronger.

It is not easy to be 6-7 hours away when they are in the ER and in the midst of another significant seizure but when you believe what I believe about my Savior Jesus Christ. I try to rest in the thought that God is in control.

Today, Amy was helping Spencer get out of the shower and she looked at him and said, I am so proud of you, how did get so strong and brave?"

His response, Mom, the secret is just 3 little things: Believe, Trust, and NEVER doubt!


Mocha with Linda said...

Wow. So glad they made it through. Thanks for posting for us.

Anonymous said...

That was such a beautiful testimony of your family's faith - yours included. Thank you for sharing.

skoots1mom said...

He sits at the Right Hand of God interceding for you--taking unclean and presenting them to our Maker as pure.

Life’s about THE JOURNEY and the ETERNAL!

Lord, Jesus, “You will fight for Spencer, Mary Lyndsey, Gred and Amy; they need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13).
You are their refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
You will lead them when they are blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths You will guide them; You will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things You will do; You will not forsake them (Isaiah 42:16).

Michelle said...

I also stand in awe. Your family's faith strengthens mine. You are in my prayers.

Jai said...

Thank you for letting us know so now we know how to pray.

I remember those days VERY well, but also am thankful because I know DH and I are even stronger together and our relationship w/ the Father.

Praying for Spencer ....and for the whole family.

Mommy Dot Com said...

What an ordeal. What faith. What prayer. A story like that makes us all want to fall on our faces to intercede for your son. It makes us want to unify and cry out as one to the One who sees and hears and responds to His children's cries.

~~Devita~~ said...

nice posting to share sister.

God Bless you.

Deirdre said...

Greg & Amy,
your faith and love of the Lord through all this is such an encouragement to me.

It's trivial in the face of what you are going through, but come to my blog and see what i have for you.

other than the love and prayers I usually give for you that is.

LAURIE said...

So glad to hear of your sons strength but the testimony is the faith that all of you have in God and in each other. May your faith continue to be strengthened. Thanks for sharing with us. -Blessings, Laurie

Kimberly said...

You have a beautiful family, and each and every one of you brings such glory to God. I have only met your wife once in person, but she is still one of my favorite women. She is a blessing to "know" through blogging.

I am praying for your family. Thank you for posting!

MoziEsmé said...

Those texts tell it all! It sounds like your family has an amazing relationship, both with each other and with God. Keep close - He's there with you through it all . . .

boutcrazy said...

My prayers are with you and your family. What an awesome testimony. Your family is great.

Cheri said...

Simply amazing Greg!

Becoming Me said...

Oh goodness...I have been away from my computer a lot and am just now catching up on blogs. Wow...what a testimony. I am at a loss for words. Bless you.

ocean mommy said...

Spencer's and Mary Lyndsey's mommy is pretty awesome. :)

Carol said...

Greg, You have me bawlling. It was so hard to be here when she and he were there and I'm just a close friend. I know it was worse for you. This was a beautiful post. I love you guys. What a blessing you are in my life.

elizabeth embracing life said...

I sit in AWWW at your husband sharing so much of his heart and faith in you as his wife, who trust God completely. What a testimony of faith.

A Stone Gatherer said...

God bless your family! What a brave and trusting little guy! My heart and prayers go out to you!

Colored Heart said...

Ah, Greg! What an amazing story of faith. You will have more. Keep blogging them. We just had an ER experience this weekend. That caused my late entry on TSMS. Spencer will grow to be a big man of faith. I can see it. God bless you, family. It's amazing that in God, we belong to one family.:$

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