Harrowing day

Let’s just top off the past two weeks with a medical emergency.

After working one week for our daughter at her Vacation Bible School, we brought our grandchildren to Fresno for a week with us while our daughter and son-in-law did a second week of VBS for a new group of children. The annual event has become so popular that Jennifer was turning away families which broke her heart. By doing two weeks, she doesn’t have to turn away anyone. Terry and I, though, do not have the ability to be away from home for two weeks so we do our part by taking care of the grandchildren at our house.

We decided to take Judah and Leeya home a day early this year due to a big festival in one of the cities we must travel through. The traffic backs up the freeway for miles in both directions during the weekend of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Going and coming on Thursday made more sense.

Shortly after making our turn onto Hwy 101, Leeya had severe abdominal pain. It would not get better and she was screaming and writhing in pain as we traveled north toward her parents. It had come on so suddenly that I thought it might be food poisoning or a blocked bowel.

Finally, as we neared Redwood City, and there was no improvement, I told Terry to get off the freeway and make his way to the Kaiser hospital where the kids were born. We drove up to the ER entrance, ran her inside and was seen very quickly. Jennifer arrived shortly afterwards. Chad came later, after closing up the church from another day of VBS. I was so glad to have Leeya’s parents there.

Terry and I had not planned to stay overnight on this return trip so had packed nothing and had not made arrangements for our cats. We headed back to Fresno about 2 o’clock. It was determined, while we were on the road, that Leeya had a ruptured appendix and would be taken by ambulance to a hospital in Santa Clara for surgery. Jennifer texted at 5 this morning that the surgery was over and Leeya was resting in her own room. We are all relieved but still anxious as to how this will all turn out.

It is hard to see your children, big and small, hurting.


11 responses to “Harrowing day

  1. How terrifying! I’m glad she is okay.

  2. A scary crises. Happy to hear all is well.

    • Leeya looks to be recuperating well. She has been up to use the bathroom on her own and is able to climb back into her bed on her own. The dr has said she will have to remain in the hospital for 4-6 days to make sure there is no infection.

  3. Gosh how frightening that must have been. How old was she. You all are wonderful grandparents.

  4. Oh how terrible, hope she will be on the mend soon.

  5. Poor Leeya (and poor Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, and Dad). You’re right, it’s hard to see someone you love hurting.

  6. It’s a good thing you made the detour to Kaiser Hospital. A ruptured appendix can sometimes be fatal. Blessings to all.

  7. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry. I will be praying for Leeya today.

  8. How absolutely terrifying. Glad all is well.

  9. This is such a scary thing to go through when you’re only six. Scary for everybody who loves her too. So relieved she OK now.

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