My dear blog friends,
This past Friday a friend of ours lost her husband unexpectantly. After a week long camping trip with the family over the memorial holiday, her husband developed flu-like symptoms. After several days of that his blood pressure dropped and she talked him into going into the ER. Within a matter of days his kidney's shut down and with the development of pneumonia he ended up on the ventilator in the ICU in septic shock. He responded enough to dialysis to give the family a false hope for recovery but then to lose it when he left this world Friday morning at 0920, six days after becoming ill.
He was only 44 years old. He leaves a wife and four young children under the age of 10. He was a successful man and very active in our community. He had such a vibrant personality and a servants heart. He had planned to watch his children grow up and one day walk his daughter down the isle. He was taken so quickly.
They think he may have lost his life to Legionaries disease. All other infective diseases have tested negative. I went to his visitation tonight to see the swollen shell of a grayish brown body this disease left behind. The illness was so incredibly rough on him in those final days. Though as a nurse it medically all makes sense to me, as a wife and mother none of it makes sense to me except...
He knew Jesus. His family knows Jesus. And though he is now resting securely in His Saviors arms, his family is hurting. There is so much pain.
I know in this weekend there have been more "I love you's" spoken, more tears, more thoughts about how short life can be. No one wants to address this question but we all have been forced to ask ourselves if we are ready to die? Christie wasn't ready to lose her husband. Her kids were not ready to lose their dad and they are all angered and emotionally upset. I would much rather be holding my husband tonight instead of working...life is too short.
So, will you take time this week to pray for my friend Christie and her four children? I cannot even imagine walking in their shoes right now...