Today we have the pleasure of transporting our dear friends Cheryl and Ray who have honestly become more like family to us. As many may remember Cheryl has been battling infection in her knee for over 2 years now and fighting to keep her leg.
She is now going to Arkansas for surgery to place a rod from her hip to her ankle. Although this will limit her mobility she will not have to have her leg amputated. She has been looking forward to this day for quite some time.
We were actually suppose to do this transport a week ago Monday and had everything set in place to do so. It was that Sunday afternoon that I received a call from Ray. He sounded very defeated and heartbroken when he told me that he had to call an ambulance to have Cheryl transported to their local hospital for excruciating pain in her leg. Obviously with her being in the hospital the transport and surgery would have to be delayed.
When he shared this news I knew that this had to be serious because Cheryl is simply not a complainer. It is not in her character. I reassured Ray that it was far better for this to happen now than for them to get to Arkansas and not have the surgery they were anticipating.
I could tell he felt some relief after our conversation. Cheryl actually stayed in the hospital for 6 days as they ruled out different possibilities that could be causing her pain. Ray kept us updated and upon her release we continued with plans for her transport.
As we arrive at their home today they are packed and ready for their trip. We all greeted each other warmly with a hug and kiss and loaded up to make our quick trip to the airport. Although we have flown together many times this is their 1st introduction to “Abe.”
Hal opens the backdoor of the ambulance upon our arrival and begins to help us unload. Once out of the ambulance both Ray and Cheryl greet him as well with a hug and kiss. We place everything on board Abe as Ray comments that he thinks Abe has a little more room than Nellie. During our flight we caught up with comfortable conversation.
As we began our descent into Arkansas we flew through some rain and rough weather and as we landed it had just begun to hit the ground. We quickly transported both Cheryl and Ray into the ambulance attempting to dodge the drops of rain as they fell harder and faster. We did not let this stop us from our hugs and goodbyes.
Off they went to the hospital where the staff were waiting to take Cheryl off to surgery. As my cell phone rang at 9 pm that evening I recognized the number as Ray’s. He phoned to tell me that Cheryl had indeed made it through surgery and that God had answered prayers.
The rod was in successfully and they did not have to amputate. She was still in recovery but he was anxious to see her. They will have to stay in Arkansas for at least 6 weeks. He thanked us for our prayers as I asked him to give Cheryl a hug and made him promise to take care of himself too.
GRACIOUS WORDS ARE A HONEYCOMB,
SWEET TO THE SOUL AND HEALING TO THE BONES
Thank you to Hal and JR for sharing this mission with me. May the God of grace and peace be with you.