09. July 2019 · Write a comment · Categories: Devotionals · Tags:

On my last devotional, I pointed out that John was taking Augmentin which exacerbated his problem with diarrhea. My word, what a struggle it was for him! He got out of the hospital on June 3, 2018, but three days later he was back in the Emergency Room. 

The E.R. admitting worker actually remembered us and got us in fairly quickly and another battery of tests were done. I remember telling my girlfriend that I felt as though we were on a roller coaster ride!  What a roller coaster ride it was indeed. 

John was dehydrated once again. He had been drinking but apparently not enough to keep up with his output. They gave him fluids and antibiotics as his temperature went up again. At this point, the doctors thought John might have C. diff. This was a new term to me.

C. diff is an abbreviation for:  Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), also known as Clostridioides difficile (and often referred to as C. difficile orC. diff), is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. In older adults, it’s typically caused after using antibiotics. Severe C. diff infection may also cause severe intestinal inflammation, enlargement of the colon (also called toxic megacolon) and sepsis. 

Mayo Clinic – Diseases-Conditions

People who have these conditions are often admitted to the intensive care unit and isolated.Tests and scans thus far showed an inflammation of his intestines so this suspicion was a logical conclusion. John’s abdomen was so swollen and he was just miserable. The nurses told us that there’s a certain smell that indicates the possibility of C. diff and they were certain he had it. However, the tests for C. diff came back negative. 

They continued with all kinds of tests, scans, x-rays, etc. You name it, John had it done. They thought he may have some kind of infectious disease so the infectious disease doctor was brought into the picture. I recall begging the Lord and asking for answers! I felt like David when he questioned God. Psalm 88:14;  LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me? How much more can my poor husband take? I desperately wanted answers. I poured my heart out to the Lord and shed many tears on my beloved’s behalf. Psa 62:8  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. John was so sick of being in the hospital, sick of hospital food and just plain sick! I felt so helpless at the time. I wanted badly to help my husband but I knew in my heart that the Lord had His timing and He was the Great Physician. He would heal John in His time.  Psa 42:11  Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

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