Beth appeared in the doorway to Ella’s room, her eyes frantic, her voice still aiming to keep control. “Does Jess have asthma or something? Cause she can’t breathe?”
Ella jumped into action. “Yes. Can you see if you can find a blue pump?”
“Ventilyn? Where would it be?”
“No idea! This is Jess we’re talking about, under the bed, in her Wellington boots, try her sock drawer.”
“Okay.” Beth charged off and as she did so, Ella could hear her muttering; “Lord, let Jess be alright.”
She ran downstairs, smiling to herself, but there wasn’t time to enjoy this moment of success for God. Jess was doubled up in the effort to get any oxygen to her lungs, but the cause of the attack was obvious.
“You idiot! You’ve been eating that stuff from the packet again!” Jess was covered with icing sugar. She turned on the kettle, and helped Jess to remove her sugar speckled top. As she waited for the water to boil or Beth to come down with the inhaler, she whispered to Jess. “Beth was praying for you upstairs.” Jess looked up, purple, but with a light in her eyes.
Beth came downstairs, “I’m sorry, I can’t find it.”
“No surprise there then. Where is it this time.” Ella made it a rhetorical question since there was no way that Jess could answer anyway. “The fridge? We’ve found it in the washing machine before, not that it worked afterwards.”
“Shouldn’t we call an ambulance or something?”
Ella was beginning to wonder the same thing herself, but knew from past experiences that the idea of hospital would cause Jess to panic further which wasn’t what she needed now, so she simply said “lets see if this works first?” She got Jess set up under a bowl of boiling water. Over the next few minutes, the two girls watched as Jess’ breathing eased and her colour came back to normal. “Thanks.” was the first word out of her mouth.
“Any chance, I can chuck this away now?” Ella said, waving the box of icing sugar.
“Yes!!! I’m sorry, guys.”
“She’s allergic to Icing Sugar?” Beth asked, incredulously.
“Only when she tries to breathe it in!” Ella explained riley, while Jess blushed. “We’ve had the odd coughing fit before when she’s tried to consume it in powder form, but never quite this bad.”
Jess and Ella glanced at each other. They were almost glad that Jess had an attack. It had shown the effect of their friendship on Beth and they know knew she was slowly coming to know the God they knew.