Saturday, August 20, 2016

Life Lessons Part 2


Two days after this picture was taken was very unusual. Garrison woke up on Sunday morning and his thumb and first finger were extremely swollen. It made me think back to the time when I was his age and had a spider bite. He'd gone to sleep the night before and there was nothing unusual. We called the health nurse and she said to give him benadryl. We tried to get some when we went in, but it is locked up at Walmart on Sunday and is not available until Monday when the pharmacist is back. We tried the one pharmacy that is usually open on a Sunday and it was closed. We tried after Sunday School and it was still closed. By that time the rest of Garrison's hand was swelling. We tried Benadryl as soon as we got it, but it didn't seem to help. Scott took him into the E.R. and they put an i.v. in and started antibiotics. They think that it started with a bite, but somehow turned into an infection. 3 times each day one of us needed to take him in for the next couple days. It made our Caleb Village Hymn Sing more interesting:). He got it out on Tuesday and has been taking oral antibiotics since then. He also had a bit of swelling in his one cheek. Another bite, but thankfully that one didn't get any worse. Some of you may know that Garrison doesn't like to go to the dr., is not a fan of needles and starts shaking at the thought of it. Well, he was starting to respond that way and the Lord helped us to share with him that he didn't have a choice of getting it in or not. The only thing he had a choice in was whether he would respond in a good way that brought the Lord honor, and made the experience not so bad. Or, he could react and leave the hospital staff with an unpleasant memory. We are very thankful that he chose the first option:). Since then he has realized that it's not so bad. It might be unpleasant, but it's something that needs to be done in order to help a person. He also commented the other day that although some people may not like certain things that happen; God can turn those things that we don't like into something good. Was it worth it to go through all of that for Garrison to learn these things. Definitely! It shows that the Lord is working in his heart and life and there is some fruit showing.

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