You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

The last couple of weeks have really tested the strength of my faith…and faith persevered.

Saturday morning I woke up to intense pain in my right groin area. It could have been a muscle pull, except I had done nothing to pull a muscle. However, having a prosthetic hip (revised in 2006) infection is a big concern. Since the pain didn’t respond to ibuprofen and continued to worsen, my doctor told me to go to emergency and get checked out. Before too long, I was admitted to the hospital and test scheduled to check for infection in the right hip.

That afternoon I was poked, prodded and x-rayed. On of the procedures involved sticking a long needle into the hip joint and drawing out fluid. Unfortunately, the fluid was cloudy and yellow; a sign of possible bacteria growth. Surgery was scheduled for the next morning.

As a matter of course an IV was inserted in my arm to administer antibiotics and other fluids. Because I have fragile veins, and the antibiotic was irritating, the sites lasted less than twenty-four hours before the IV needed to be moved. In the five days I was there, I was poked eight times: six IV’s were inserted and two attempts failed.

The evening before I was to go home, a nurse came in to insert a PICC (Peripherally inserted central catheter) that would stay in my arm to allow administration of antibiotics at home for an additional ten days. A PICC is IA more stable “IV” that is inserted in a peripheral vein, mine was in the upper right arm near the armpit. It is then threaded through larger veins, toward the heart until it enters the superior vena cava (vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the upper half of the body to the heart). I learned later that she needed two tries to get the line in the right spot.

Each procedure I received can be very painful, however, I felt little pain. By keeping my mind occupied on praising God and trusting in His comforting power, I was kept “in perfect peace.”

I thank God for His presence during my hospital stay and throughout my life. It is His love and guidance that gives me strength no matter the situation. As Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

BTW After two weeks in the lab, the cultures never grew any bacteria, so it is uncertain whether I ever had an infection or not.

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