I've written about the major surgical accident that happened exactly three years ago. My journey through "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" is written about here at this link. It contains personal details, and though they seem quite private, I've shared them in the hopes that others will know the chances they take when they accept the popular medical advice. I resisted having the surgery for a reason. I hadn't felt like cutting our body was God's best for us, and wanted the doctor to try other methods instead. I should have heeded the Spirit of God's voice instead of other voices. I will always be sorry I didn't.
Since then, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. This was a result of my immune system attacking my spine post surgery, trying to get rid of infections. A lesion developed inside the spine, and I have problems with mobility since, and have fallen a few times, snapping a ligament in my finger once. My doctor scrapped the physical therapy attempt for my legs and feet (gait therapy,) this Summer, because it was increasing pain levels with no results. But, the occupational therapy on my hand did well. And, there seemed to be some improvement in strength with physical therapy for my upper body. I think that is a positive. Improving upper body strength will help me compensate for my legs.
On a more personal note, I had been devastated financially by the loss of income and the medical bills from these years of surgeries and procedures, and large quantities of medical supplies. Right now I am undergoing twice daily self-injections, which are costing thousands. The doctor took no responsibility for the losses. I knew we would be ok because I knew that God takes care of us. But more than ok, I had been prophesied over three years ago in a Ladies Christmas Cookie Swap service by a woman who didn't even know me, that I would be blessed with a large sum of money, that it would be awhile, but that God was going to bless me financially. That was a month after my first surgery, and the visiting Lady preacher didn't even know me from Adam's housecat. She didn't know what had happened. I was standing there in tears during her altar call at my boyfriend's (now my husband) church. Instead of mistaking me for a sinner who needed repentance, she called me up and prophesied that I was God's child, and God knew everything that was going on. She asked me if I wanted to be married, that God had a husband for me. I was embarrassed because the other ladies there all knew I was dating Larry. I was embarrassed to admit I was in love to the ladies at his church before he had asked me to marry him. The lady's name was Vickey Davis, and she and her husband pastor a church not too far away. She prophesied it all, and that I would be coming down the center aisle in joy. He proposed Christmas. We were married the following summer, and walked down that center aisle into our life together. At first, we figured the doctor would take responsibility for her accident, when she messed up my surgery. But, after the 2 year statue of limitations passed, we gave up on getting any money reimbursement for my losses. But, there had been the prophecy about the money and I knew God had a plan somewhere. I just didn't know how.
I have been dealing with my insurance company all this time. It is long term & short term, through my employer. But, there were many months of waiting, and snafus to deal with. But, God has blessed us through my husband's job this year, and he has been getting a lot of overtime as well. Then, my insurance surprised me a few months ago by calling me up out of the blue and explaining that they reevaluated my claim 6 months early, instead of waiting 2 years. This is insurance through my employer that guarantees me a minimum income until retirement age. They were paying all, until their lawyers got me Social Security. Now they only pay the difference. They decided that, based on my doctors reports, I will be disabled the rest of my life, and yes they owe me for the next 20 years, so would I please settle with them for a set amount?! It seems like a large sum, getting it all at once, but I would have held out for more since I still have 20 years until retirement age. However, they threatened that they would stop my payments for 3 months if I didn't settle. Of course, my husband and I couldn't go three months without that income, while fighting with them. I settled. It seemed like a good deal, overall, and my Teacher's Retirement (early disability retirement) finally started this month and will not only pay me the rest of my life if I remain disabled, but will pay my son for the rest of his life after I die. And, I will continue to get Social Security. So, we prayed about it, and felt it was the wisest thing to do in this situation. Especially since we could buy a home and not have to pay rent, which that money would have covered each month had we continued the monthly payout for the next 20 years.
You would definitely see this as a big huge blessing. It is, but it takes a lot of prayer to be sure some blessings are invested wisely, in order to remain a blessing. We've never had this kind of blessing before. Also, it is hard to explain the emotional upheaval I felt hearing them say I was going to be disabled the rest of my life, so much so that they wanted to get out from under the financial burden. I still believe God is going to heal me. And, the next day after they called, I got a doctor's report that there is another major problem from the surgeries that has gone undiagnosed until now, and may require another surgery. All of this has created some hard to explain emotions. But, the devil is a liar, as you can see from everything that has taken place up until now. What looked like financial ruin turned into security and blessing. As Paul in the Bible said, all things work together for our good in Jesus. Romans 8:28
Well, long story over, we have been blessed. Many people have been praying for us. Apparently God has been listening. We were blessed with a home and a little over three and a half acres. We closed today. We are so thankful for God providing where there was no provision in sight! He didn't have to make this miracle for us. But, He did. I would like to tell you we deserved this. But, we didn't. It didn't grow from a seed in the ground. It didn't happen because we made it happen. God in heaven did this. We just reaped the blessings as they landed at our feet... just like a meteoric shower of blessings from heaven!