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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Thankful Thursday and a Prayer Request

edited to add an update: My Mom called a little while ago, and I could hear the relief in her voice. They had a really positive experience at their local er (which we have heard some not very encouraging things about from other people - making me nervous about them going there). They were seen immediately. Everyone was very kind and attentive, and they had a wonderful doctor who gave my Dad a real thorough going over - even taking another chest xray. His conclusion is that it was originally bronchitis which has just lingered for a long time causing bacteria to form inside him.(for those of you with a medical background I apologize - this sounds so simplified). He perscribed four different medications. So they were on their way to get those filled. I think the relief of having a diagnosis is medicine in itself. Thank you, thank you so much for your prayers. I just know the Lord heard and went before them into that er preparing the way. You are the best!!

I look forward to Thursday’s and am so thankful that Iris hosts Thankful Thursday. It is a blessing to be able to give thanks for the things God has done for us in this way and to read about what He is doing in the lives of others.

We wake every morning in recent days to dire weather forecasts – flood warnings and reports of road closures – all sorts of difficult circumstances due to the record breaking rains we’ve been having. Through all of this the Lord has kept us all safe. No accidents while driving, no flooding at our son’s home (and that is only the hand of God because with these rains it is nothing short of a miracle that they haven’t flooded). I am so thankful for answered prayer.

I’m thankful that my little Granddaughter H. is doing so much better. She had what the doctor diagnosed as a virus last weekend. However the fever seemed to come and go. She would be fine during the day and then feverish again in the evening. On Monday she woke up from her nap complaining that her chest hurt. My DIL took her to the doctor right away, and they found she has pneumonia!! He gave her a very strong antibiotic and said if she wasn’t feeling better in twenty-four hours they would have to hospitalize her. Thankfully she is doing much better. I talked to her last night on the phone, and she sounds like her usual sweet little perky self. Thank You Lord.

I’m thankful that our daughter has gotten more work. She is trying to start her own business and was getting a bit discouraged because some of the people weren’t paying her in a timely manner. She was thinking, for the first time, of just giving up and going back to a full-time job. She called so excited the other day to tell us she had gotten a lot of new work. She said, “That is such an answer to prayer.” Yes it is. Thank You Father.

I am thankful for my family – for the love and support there is for each other – for the amazing blessing of having them all part of God’s family. When one of us is in need, the others are there to pray and encourage and help in any way they can. I know this is a post about answered prayer, but I do have one request. If you think of him, would you pray for my Dad? He has had a chronic cough for weeks now. The doctor has tried several different antibiotics – none of which helped. He sent him to an allergist, and he isn’t allergic to anything. That doctor thought it might be reflux and prescribed a medication for that – no relief. He doesn’t cough much during the day, but once the evening rolls around he begins. My Mom said he coughed from four o’clock in the afternoon until two o’clock in the morning. Needless to say neither one of them is getting much sleep. His doctor is now recommending they see a pulmonary specialist. They called and can’t get an appointment for another two weeks. I just got off the phone with my Mom, and she has agreed to just take him in to the emergency room. Someone will have to see him there. He is eighty-seven years old and has been in very good health up until now. Please pray that they will find out what is causing this cough and that it will be something easily treatable. Thank you so very much. I am so thankful for all of you because I know you will pray for him. You’re just that way – loving, caring and so very special.

  posted at 10:05 AM

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

The pneumonia thing is all too familiar to our family in the past few years. Are you sure that's not what your dad has? My dad did last winter and it was awful. I'm so thankful they caught it in your little granddaughter and that she's so much better!

Sorry about the inundation of water - it's doing it in England as well, where my brother lives. Minnesota could use some, and so could we. But it seems to be stuck over certain places, doesn't it?

At 12:46 PM, Blogger ellen b. said...

Help Linda's dad get some relief. Help the doctors figure out what treatment he needs. Give Linda's mom and dad much needed rest. Thank you Lord, amen.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

WOW! Sounds like God has been showing himself mightily on your behalf.

Praying He continues to do that with your dad's sitaution as well!

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Diane J. said...

We're in the midst of a drought here, not severe yet, but getting there. As Dawn said, the weather seems to be stuck in a certain pattern. Rain-wise, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

God has a plan, though, whether we see it clearly now or not.

I do hope your Dad can get some relief and a correct diagnosis. I'll pray for him just as soon as I get this posted, Linda.

Love and hugs,


At 2:02 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

We'll be praying that the Dr's get right to the bottom of it and your dad gets relief.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Dear Linda,
I always enjoy your thankful posts and today is no exception. You've had so many of your prayers answered haven't you!
I've just said a prayer for your Dad.
I'm glad to hear he will be going to the ER to get that checked right away.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Linds said...

Of course I will pray, Linda.

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Denise said...

I continue to pray for your dear dad.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Angie said...

I will be praying for your dad. I am so glad that your granddaughter is better. That is such a scarey thing with our little ones.
Bless you so much for your thankful heart.
God has your dad in the hollow of His mighty hand.
Be blessed :)

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Linda, I'm praying for your daddy, and I hope they find the cause and a cure for the cough. As always, I've enjoyed your thankful Thursday. Be blessed!

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Linds said...

It is great to hear your Dad is going to be ok, Linda. Good idea to go to the ER.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Susie said...

Just came by for an update. Praise God that he has a diagnosis, and that medication will begin.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Diane said...

It is such a good thing, in the midst of a crisis, to praise the Lord! He is ever present in our praises....and at such a time as this--His presence is needed! I'm so glad the medical news is easing and a diagnosis has been determined and medication dispensed. All bases are now covered....THANK YOU GOD!

This TT is such a blessing each week. I look forward to not only taking the time to post some thankfulness...but to reading the many blessings that others post. God is very busy...He is so capable...and so trustworthy! We have much to be thankful for indeed!



At 3:29 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so glad to hear your dad had a good experience in the er and has a dx for the cough; hopefully the meds will help. Also glad to hear your granddaughter is doing so much better!

I have also had a cough, with no other symptoms, for several months. I finally went in and of course they can't do xrays because of my pregnancy. He suggested either reflux, or cough-variant asthma. I've never had either of those conditions before. He prescribed an inhalor/albuterol and something else for the reflux. I did a spirometry test where I breathed into a machine, then used the albuterol, blew into the machine again and it would tell if there was much difference after using the albuterol. Well there wasn't a significant change, so that came out fine leaving me to believe it's no cough-variant asthma. I haven't taken the reflux meds just because I don't think it's that either. It's frustrating not knowing what is causing this cough, and knowing I'll have to wait 9 months before getting a chest xray done to rule anything else out.

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I'm so glad they had a positive ER experience - I haven't had many of those (positive, that is - I've had plenty of ER experience). And also that they know what it is and have good meds. Here's trusting that he'll perk up soon and quit coughing!

At 10:54 PM, Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

I've been missing you friend! We had a wonderful trip and the Holy Spirit was all over our visit...but things haven't changed with my family. Please keep praying.

Praying for your family, too! I thank the Lord for the heart He has given you, Linda.
Love in Him,

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Changed by His Love said...

Beautiful thankful list and yeah to some answered prayer for your dad! I hope he gets some rest and relief now. Thanks for stopping by.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Myrna said...

I'm praying that your Dad has gotten some relief by now--and that your granddaughter continues to improve. It is amazing how quickly children can sometimes bounce back!

We know from our experiences during the last two years how difficult it is to navigate the health care system from er to operating room to ICU, to admissions, to billing, stc. I pray your parents are receiving caring and sensitive care in all areas.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger eph2810 said...

Sorry, Linda that I am making my rounds so late in the week for Thankful Thursday and I am just now reading about your dad had to go to the ER. I am glad to read that they were able to help him with medication and that hopefully his cough will be gone soon.
It is so good to read that your family is staying safe during the horrendous rain in your state.
How awesome that your daughter is getting business. God is so good.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Be blessed today and always.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Cyndi said...

Oh, Linda I am getting to this late, but I'm praying that the medication your sweet dad received is helping, and that he is getting some relief. What an ordeal! Keep us updated.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Oh wow...your family has had some excitement lately, and not the good kind! I'm a little late getting in on this...so very glad your little granddaughter is doing better! It's always scary when it our little ones.

I had pneumonia before I was married, in my 20's, and had to take a leave of absence from work as a preschool teacher...luckily the director was very understanding. I rested at home, and was never hospitalized, but I remember how frustrating being sick was when we were having beautiful May weather!

So glad they got to the bottom of what was wrong with your dad, too.

In spite of the trials, I know you are thankful that your family is doing better! (((HUGS)))

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

I wish I'd read this post sooner Linda, but I'm thankful for all your other blogfriends who prayed! I'm so glad to hear your dad found a good, caring doctor in the ER and hope he is mending well after his ordeal. I'm also glad to know your little granddaughter was diagnosed and treated. Pheumonia is so scary!
I'll pray that the rains will give way to sunshine!
I hope you have a wonderful trip to Oklahoma City. It sounds like it'll be great fun :)
It's been great catching up with you this morning.


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