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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: How Quickly Life Changes
By Sue Peters
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Last Thursday I was sitting in our local ice-cream store enjoying a cherry limeade with my friend at 7:30 P.M. At 2:30 A.M. I found myself in the E.R. being medicated for an allergic reaction. The jury is still out on the cause.
Upon returning home I had begun feeling nauseous. This was followed by pain in the sternal chest area. I started taking antacids. At 9:30 I went to bed and subsequently to sleep only to be awakened with the same symptoms. I consumed more antacids, until at 12:30 I wondered if this could be a heart attack, so I took some aspirins. Oddly, the aspirins seemed difficult to swallow, even though I chewed the baby aspirins. The water seemed hard to swallow, too. The left jaw area was beginning to swell. At 2:00 I realized that the swelling was distorting my mouth and there apparently was swelling in my throat.
I quickly and calmly dressed and drove to the E.R. Each step of the way I felt the hand of God on me and His wonderful guidance.
First of all, the E.R. was not very busy. Whenever this occurs it is always a plus. The doctor seemed to concur with my diagnosis and laid out the plan of treatment. The one catch was he wondered if there was anybody who could drive me home. I of course said no. My immediate family is all out of town. However a voice popped up from the bed on the other side of the room. “I can take her home” It seems that a friend that I had worked with at the hospital was being treated for a bug in her ear. She graciously waited after her treatment for me to have my procedure completed. We had a nice visit.
The following morning another friend said she was going in the direction of the hospital anyway and could take me to get my car.
Before a crisis occurs, walk with God. After it is over, and even in the midst of it Praise God. What a wonderful God we serve!
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