The month of January came and went but ended on a good note. We were told that John would be going to rehab the following Monday, February 4th! I was so excited! The weather this month had been bitterly cold and it would snow just enough to make traveling more difficult. The shorter days meant having to drive in the dark both ways which is stressful for me. John was taking little steps toward recovery and this was good! Doctor removed staples from his abdomen and most  came out of his bottom. He would still not be allowed to sit for a few more weeks. That was disappointing news for him.                                                                    

Stress is not always evident – it creeps up little by little until it produces symptoms. Driving home one night, I began to feel chest pains and actually thought I was having a heart attack! I had read that if you’re alone during these episodes, you should trying coughing really hard to cause pressure on the chest to stimulate the heart. So I coughed several times, praying the Lord would get me home safely. Little things like this made me realize that I was not infallible. How much longer could I go on without falling apart physically?  Praise the Lord He brought to mind these verses found in Psalm chapter 9. I knew God would have to take care of me and help me because I am His child.  

1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  

Now that we had a discharge date, the case worker diligently worked to find a rehab center close to home that would have an open bed. I had done my homework on those that surrounded Warrenton. There were a few but only one came with high ratings. The other facilities were too far away and it would have made it difficult for me to travel back and forth.  I had to turn this over to the Lord because it was very overwhelming.

However, in my research, I came across Lake Manassas Rehab in Gainesville.  This thrilled my heart because not only was it highly rated – it was only eleven miles from home!  However, they didn’t have any available beds. There were available beds in the other two rehab centers but their ratings were horrible. I had actually been to visit a lady in our church at one of these facilities and it was simply awful. I could not see placing my precious husband in a place like this! I was also concerned about how I would transport John from Charlottesville to the facility. The physical therapist said that he was no longer sick enough to warrant medical transport.  It’s a long drive for someone who cannot sit on their buttocks!  I asked my family and friends to bombard the Throne of Grace once again and pray that the Lord would work a miracle in both of these needs. 

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On Monday, February 4th, I arrived at the hospital and stopped to speak with the case worker.  She told me that unfortunately there had been no changes with Lake Manassas. She had called them earlier and left a message, but had not yet received a response. As she was telling me about the rehab facility that could take John, the phone rang and it was Lake Manassas saying they had a bed and he could go that day!  Oh my soul, I was so excited and was praising the Lord right there in front of everyone at the desk! The nurses turned around and smiled – sharing in my joy over this blessing! I was so grateful that the Lord would answer in such a mighty way!!  Habakkuk 3:18-19; “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” 

Not only did He answer that prayer but the case worker told me that John’s case file showed that since he was still bleeding, he would need to be medically transported by ambulance!!! Yet another answer to prayer!  God showed His power and allowed me to see His hand in the most minute details in my life. Needless to say, John was transported in the early afternoon and I met him at Lake Manassas Rehab Center!!!  

How great is our God??!! 

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