Perfect Patient

Hope’s asthma landed us in the hospital for two and a half days.

When we got to the ER on Saturday, her blood oxygen level was dangerously low, and her heart rate was very fast. She was put on steroids and received “intensive breathing treatments” every two hours.

Hope was her same Hope-ful self, even at her worst, dazzling the hospital staff. And once she was feeling better, the girl pretty much had a blast. She had the nurses on the floor wrapped around her finger. She would ask to have her temperature taken. She was given a stethoscope, and she checked everyone else’s lungs many, many times a day. She giggled through her nebulizer treatments and politely demanded that her Dora doll receive breathing treatments as well. She always said thank you. She could not eat a single bit of hospital food (except an apple) because she was allergic to everything on the menu (but that’s o.k. because the food was really bad). She always said ‘Hello Doctor’ to the custodian, who always muttered back, ‘I wish.’ She kept us laughing the entire weekend. I loved her even more.


It was a family affair at the hospital with visits from grandparents, aunts and cousins, and even Hope’s friend Olivia came to play with her.


Hope and Rhema

Rhema and cousin Lexi

Rhema and cousin Lexi

Rhema did very well. She thought she was in the hospital, and stayed in the bed almost the whole time. In fact, anytime we go to the hospital, Rhema thinks she is staying there. We went to visit my father in the hospital last month, and Rhema climbed in his bed and made herself comfortable. (My father was sitting in a chair). We were certain she was waiting for a technician to come and put EEG leads on her head!


The first night in the hospital, when doctors and nurses were fussing over Hope, I had one brief moment of panic. I knew that she was in goods hands… and in God’s hands. I knew that family and friends were praying for us. As if on cue, I received a text from my friend Lianna:

He gives strength to the weary
     and increases the power of the weak.  Isaiah 40:29

And an e-mail from my best friend/college roommate Cha:

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.

You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again.

I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.

My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I, whom you have redeemed… Ps. 71:20-24

Cha also sent me a card with some new “A” words:


It’s good to be home. Home with my precious family, all doing well.

19 thoughts on “Perfect Patient

  1. What a charmer! And a trooper.

    I think that goes for Mama as well as Hope.

    Hoping that you get a little bit of down-time now to recover from all the excitement!

  2. So sorry that you had to have the initial scare of Hope’s health; but it is clear that God has worked things for His good in so many ways!

    Blessings to you & your sweet girls today!

  3. I love how God uses others to speak to us in times of need. 🙂

    Thanks so much for your interest in the Secret Sneaky Friend feature on my blog. Would you like to be a guest?

    If so, please tell me which Tuesday you would like to be a guest on my blog. Enough people have signed up that we will be doing this straight through to December, so if you have a Tuesday birthday or anniversary or other special day coming up this year, it might be fun to do it then. Believe it or not, we’re already booked through to the beginning of August. So, if you’d like to go sooner rather than way later, please set your date quickly.

    Any questions? Feel free to ask! Thanks again! Jill

  4. Love the “A” words!! Reminds me of how God turns the tables to reverse our destinies from what the Enemy surely intends. The Living God turns every curse into blessing, our mourning into singing, sorrow into joy. Bummer is, in order that His glory show, the tables must first be turned against us. (plagiarizing from Beth Moore’s Esther study) You three are Angels and must have legions of others surrounding you:) Thanks for sharing the Hope-ful hospital stories. Just think how she blessed those weary workers from the custodian to the specialist with her Spirit!

  5. Cha is amazing and seeing Hope’s smiling face throughout the drama had me in tears. Your blog is such a testimony to His power and of the virtues of having faith in the storm. Thanks for continuing to share.

  6. So glad she’s doing OK and that it wasn’t a negative experience for her, or for Rhema.
    I’m still catching up on all your recent posts and thrilled that Rhema said those three wonderful words!

  7. Jeneil, every day is an adventure, isn’t it?!

    Glad to know that you’re all back at home again, safe and sound. Hope sounds like a overflowing cup of joy, anointing everyone around her! She brings my heart to Psalm 45:7 and Hebrews 1:9: “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

    And, it makes me sad that Rhema has been in the hospital so much, she assumes her “place” there. Still, how wonderfully accepting she is. She reminds me of a willing sacrifice, an offering pleasing to the Lord (reference Phil. 4:18). And, that, brings my heart to 2 Corinthians 8:12: “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”

    You are blessed, dear friend. 🙂

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