During Shaylee’s last hospital stay, we had a very scary moment!
The hospitalist came in the room and told us that he just received word that Shaylee may have to have “emergency surgery” that very night! He said he did not know anymore information than that, but wanted us to be “prepared for that possibility”.
A bit later, a surgeon came in with the details: He said the scans that were taken earlier that day showed a hole in Shaylee’s intestine. He said they could see “air” coming out of the hole, and if fluid would come out, she would go into Sepsis, and would die soon after that. He added that she would not be able to eat or drink anything, and that the hospital would not be able to “release” her with a hole in her intestine.
“Well,” I managed to get out, “I guess we have no choice but to have the surgery then, right!?”
To which he said, “Well hold on…I’d like to know a little history first.”
We proceeded to tell him of Shaylee’s most recent ostomy surgery, and the complications that went along with it.
After hearing the details, the surgeon told us that the placement of her ostomy would have been in the front part of her abdomen, and the hole that need to be operated on was in the back of her abdomen. He said he wasn’t sure if he could even find the hole. He then went on to say that even if he could, he wasn’t sure Shaylee could survive the operation in her current condition, or what her “quality of life” would be after the surgery.
Bottom line…He said as her surgeon, he would recommend that we NOT do the surgery!
I then asked if the hole could just “fix itself”…To which he replied, “for a patient in good physical condition it’s possible, but in Shaylee’s case (at 55 pounds and very week) it would be very unlikely”.
A couple days later, I asked one of Shaylee’s nurses if they got the results back from the follow-up scan of her abdomen…
The nurse looked at her computer screen…looked at it again…and again… and then said, “It says here that there ‘is no evidence of a hole’”.
To which I replied, “Well, that can’t be right…but thanks for checking”.
About an hour later, the surgeon came in the room and told us that the scans came back, and that there is NO HOLE IN HER INTESTINE!
I said, “So do you think there was no hole to begin with?”
He looked me square in the eye and said, “No sir, there was definitely a hole… and now there’s no hole!”
After he left the room, I told Shaylee and my family…
“WE JUST WITNESSED OUR VERY OWN MIRACLE!”
Here is what she posted the following day:
“YOU GUYS!!!! I had a real life ‘come to Jesus’ moment yesterday & still can hardly believe what I’m gonna say…
We had a super scare because my CT scan said there was a hole in my bowels & if the food I was eating got through that hole I would go into sepsis.
Wellllllllll…we just got news that there is no hole. The doctors, the radiologist, & the surgeon himself all confirmed that there was clearly a hole & now it’s gone.
We just witnessed a MIRACLE Y’ALL!!!!”
Thank YOU for your continued thoughts, prayers, well wishes, & good juju. I literally cannot stop crying happy tears & truly couldn’t be more grateful
I did not know what truly happened to Shaylee until we had a conversation a day later at the hospital…
Her “Come to Jesus moment” really was a life-changing transformation!
I had asked Shaylee about her salvation a couple months previous, and she told me she had “asked Jesus into her heart” at church when she was young…
But in the hospital that day, she told me she just “went thru the motions” because everyone else did, and that until “her miracle”, she did not even believe in God!
She had been reading a book that someone had given her called “Proof of Heaven”, by a person who had “gone to the other side” and returned to tell of his experience. She was about half way thru the book and told me she did not need to finish the book, because she had now seen the “proof” herself!
About a week later I was able to take her thru “The Romans Road” to salvation!
Well, I was hoping & praying for one last miracle…for Shaylee to be miraculously healed form cancer...and I know many of you were praying right alongside of us!
God chose to heal her differently than we would have liked…
He chose to heal her in Heaven on a Sunday morning (November 28, 2021).
These 3 things I know: