Friday, November 21, 2008

The Day I almost lost my Husband...

This photo was taken on the day that Paul was released from the hospital.  
There were tears of joy!

It's been 1  year since Doctors told me my husband had a 30% change of Living, or a 70% chance of dying. However you want to look at it,  we needed a miracle. To this day, there is not a week that goes by that I don't think about our 16 day stay in the hospital.  

Thanks to all who supported  Pastor Paul and our family during this time.  We love you and think of you all.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about I'm going to copy and paste the post I made last year around this time.  My friend Lacey had introduced me to blogging while Paul was in the hospital. (My mom and dad stayed with me for a week to keep the girls while I went to the hospital, then my friend Lacey came the rest of the time) I wish I would have know enough to document all of the stories through my blog. God was so faithful.  I look back and wish I would have keep a journal during this experience.

This post was made just after Paul got out of the hospital.

I had to call Paul's mom and tell her what was wrong with him.  This is what the doctor told me to tell her...

"Paul is a very sick man, he has a Skin Infection and he will be here in the hospital for at least 4-5 day. "

Well, we started out the trip to the ER we thought that Paul had a hernia.  Since that day Paul had to stay in this hospital for 16 days. He was in ICU for 7 days. It was a Holiday that we'll never forget. Doctors would come into the room and tell me they had no idea what was wrong with Him. He is so healthy they would say.  After several bood cultures and test, he had a Strep A infection, Staph Infection and Fascitis.  He was on several antibiotics & different pain meds that did'nt like him.  This caused him to go a little loopy. Ok  a lot. He had to be put on a ventilator for two night.  This finally made him get much needed rest. They gave him a 30% chance of living, or a 70% chance of dying. However you want to look at it, it wasn't good. Through much love and prayers, Thanks be to Jesus Christ we moved out of ICU!  

He put on 40 pounds of fluid from the infections and antibiotics weighting his heaviest at 286 pounds. They gave him a shot to help him pee of the weight. He lost 7-8 pounds during the night. (that more than 1 gal. of milk)  By the time he left the hospital he had lost 62 pound.  He lost the 40 pounds plus some. He said this winter he wanted to loose 20 pounds.  Now he's one skinny man!   

We cried when the doctor finally came in to tell us we could go home.  It had been a long 16 day.

From all the info and e-mails I received, I figure there were at least 22 churches that I know for sure praying for Paul that Sunday.  People from coast to coast. Not counting friends & family around home.

Our family was blessed beyond measure during this time of trial.  I know that God has great plans for our family, he's not finished with my husband yet! :-)

2 I love Comments!!:

The Scotts

How awesome to look back and reflect on the goodness of God!

Love it!

Michelle Pullins


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