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God Was In That Room!

While I was in the consultation room, Sarah was in PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit). My prayers were many and I don't remember all the specifics but I do remember praying very specifically for several things. I prayed with an unknown doctor who came in to tell me they were going to do a "procedure" because Sarah's lungs had collapsed. She was trying to see if the first surgeon, who was in another surgery, wanted to come do it. I asked her to tell Sarah that I was praying and that God was in there with her.

I remember asking God, of course, to take care of Sarah and let her be ok. I thanked Him for being in that room with her and I asked that everyone in that room KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that God was in there and in charge! I asked that the Holy Spirit blow through there and they would all know they witnessed a miracle. I asked God to bring the right people to Sarah right then.

Hours later when it was finally time to get to see Sarah, a sweet guy came to get me. He looked like he wanted to hug me but he was trying to be professional. When he said I could go back I fell apart and grabbed him and he just hugged me. I could not stop crying tears of relief. I told him I had prayed that everyone in that room KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that God was in there and in charge! He looked at me so funny. He said, "oh, God WAS in that room! It was all God!" He went on to tell me how traumatic it had been. As we were walking to see Sarah, I asked what he does because he was not dressed like anyone else. He said, "I am a paramedic. I was just walking by and saw they needed help!" Chills! I said, "God sent you! I asked Him to send in the right people!"

When I got in the PACU, nurses were hugging me and telling me how traumatic things had been and that they were all still so shocked. They all say the same thing, the blood pressure nor the lungs should have happened in someone young and healthy. Sarah would later tell me her version. She knew she could not breathe and told them. The anesthesiologist told her it was just the pressure on her chest. She knew it wasn't and she couldn't say a lot. He ordered an EKG which came back normal which is when they came to tell me that her blood pressure had dropped (below 70) and the EKG showed everything was fine and I could come back shortly. I had no idea that she was in grave danger right then! Sarah said she was trying to tell them she couldn't breathe and she was trying not to panic. She could hear the noises from the machines and everyone started running around yelling, "stay with us." A resident doctor came in and stood by Sarah, she took charge and ordered a cardiac work up to be done. She also helped put in one of the chest tubes which they all tell me is horrific because you are awake and it hurts. They gave Sarah something to help her not remember but she remembers everything.

This resident doctor is who I feel God sent to save Sarah's life. Sarah said she took her mask off long enough to ask her if she prays. The resident said yes and prayed with her. Sarah asked her not to leave her and she did not except when they did a quick x-ray. She held her hand through it all. Sarah asked if she was going to die and they told her they were doing all they could. When I got to Sarah's PACU room this resident was gone to surgery. She came and visited us one evening and stayed for over an hour! She said she was not supposed to be there. She was walking by and saw they needed help! Chills! Thank You, Jesus for hearing our cries and being in charge!

God's way is always best! Psalm 18: 30, "As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him." Proverbs 3: 5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."


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