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A woman learns to trust in God after her son becomes sick and ends up in the hospital.

I am sitting here by Rance's bedside, watching him sleep.  Rance has been in the hospital for the past few days with a raging case of pneumonia.  He is doing a little better, but right now it's too soon to tell just how good.  He is still a pretty sick little boy ...

Rance is eight years old.  He has Down syndrome along with congenital heart problems.  This is what makes his having pneumonia so dangerous: any number of things can happen, but so far, nothing has.  I pray this continues.

Just to be on the safe side, the doctors have Rance knocked out, so his lungs can rest.  They have him on a vent and on a heart monitor, as well as IVs in his arms, which are pumping nutrients and strong medicines to prevent dehydration and to combat the pneumonia that's infiltrated both lungs. (Standard equipment in the ICU; it's normal to see people like this.)  He looks a lot worse than he really is but he's actually in fair conditon, which means he is doing much better than a lot of the other patients here in the Pediatric ICU.

Small blessings.  Answered prayers.  I have been keeping a vigil here at the hospital with Rance, leaving only to get the mail or get a change of clothes (or take a shower) every few days.  I mainly stay here, in case something should happen.  So far nothing has and for that I am truly grateful.

I knew Rance was going to be okay when I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear: "Jesus will meet you there.  Just trust in Him and believe.  Rance WILL get better.  You just have to trust in Him fully and completely!"  Ever since, I have not been as stressed out and I feel so much better about Rance and how he's faring.

David, my husband, just left a while ago; he came after church to check in on our son, but then he had to go back home so he could relieve Mamma from watching our other child, six-year-old E.J. (Edwin Jacob).  He also came to bring me some food from Wendy's.  It was very good; I am already sick of eating hospital food!

Well, I am going to visit Rance again in a bit, then probably lie down in the waiting area and try to get some sleep.  I am past the point of exhaustion!  I will write in here again in a few days with an update; pray that Rance continues to improve and that he gets moved out of the PICU! I would greatly appreciate any (and ALL) prayers!  Thanks in advance!

~Vickie, Rance's mom, Temple, Texas.  :)

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 11/3/2011
Karen I love the way you bring these characters to life and make us feel what the family is feeling, well done as always
In Christs Love
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 10/27/2011
Karen! This has to be a genuine write for it mirrors a situation an aquaintance of mine faced when her 13year-old-son was hospitalized with cystic fibrosis for 10 days. She was at his bedside 24/7. It's awful what parents go through when their kids are sick. This is a touching write which clearly shows the love and devotion of a mother.

Thanks for sharing.

Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/24/2011
Well told as usual, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/23/2011
Very well penned, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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