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Monday, March 29, 2010

The faith of a child

Warning: If you have a weak stomach, stop here.

Alexis has had 3 bloody noses in the last 2 days. I had been meaning to put some Vaseline inside her nose to help moisten the membranes up and hopefully help stop the bleeds. Today, when she was walking home from school (7 minutes away), she got another one.

I was outside working and it was still bleeding when she came to show me, but it was not bad. I figured it was almost over. I had her tip her head forward and after a few minutes I checked her and she was holding out a tissue with the biggest blood clot I had ever seen. It was as long as a pencil and even thicker. The blood was now dripping out of both nostrils at an alarming rate for a bloody nose. I had NEVER seen anything like it. She must have seen my concern because she started to shake and cry. I stood by her and helped to put pressure on the bridge of her nose (which I learned later from my SIL who is a EMT that is not the right way) and she saturated many more tissues. I even had her lay back even though I have heard that is wrong too. Another large clot came out and the blood was still flowing like a faucet. At this point we were probably 15 minutes into the nose bleed and I called Rob to come over so we could get her ready to take over to the ER if we couldn't get it under control. I am not one to panic easily, and something as simple as a nosebleed normally would never get me worked up, but I started to wonder if this was out of my hands. Rob had the thought to call his sister, Heather, and she told us to have her bend over without the pressure on her nose, which we did. As we switched out the tissue, there was a third large clot not much smaller than the other 2. Alexis said she felt like throwing up and was visibly distraught. Rob was as white as a ghost and had to walk away for a minute.

I was ready to load her into the car when she stopped shaking and crying and very matter of factly said, "Mom, I am going to pray." As I held the tissue to her nose, she closed her eyes and folded her arms. I am not sure what she said, but the most amazing calm came over both of us. When she was done, she very calmly sat down and said that she knew it would stop. I checked the bleeding again, and except for a few drips, I could tell that it was letting up. I took her into the house and had her sit down. She said she felt really tired, so I know she really lost a good amount of blood. We gave her some water and a protein drink and she ate an orange. She perked right back up and was on cloud nine.

I have dealt with many bloody noses in my life, but I have NEVER seen anything like that one. Today, I know that right there on that lawn, in the midst of panic and worry, God heard and answered a little girl's prayers. When Alexis stood there and folded her arms and closed her eyes in prayer, I felt like I was standing on holy ground. I just stood there and watched her and she seemed to glow. She was so calm. I know that if the veil could have been parted at that moment, I would have seen angels attending her. I just stood there in wondering awe at what had just tangibly and physically happened. I am not sure if I was more in awe of the healing that had just taken place or at the perfect faith of this very special spirit who was MY daughter. I am so grateful to have witnessed that miracle.

Tonight, I put some Vaseline in her nose. I was worried that doing so would cause it to bleed again. Nothing happened and I am hoping never to experience a nose bleed like that again.

11 comments:

Jennie said...

I just sat her and cried! Wonderful!!!

Abby said...

That is awesome. And I am sure she will remember that experience for the rest of her life!

Amber said...

Children are amazing, such perfect Faith! Thanks for sharing!

JerBear & Co. said...

That is amazing. Did you try a pinch of cayenne pepper on the tongue?

stephanie said...

wow! what a great story. kids are often a remimder of how we should be

Alexis said...

Thanks for sharing that with us Bonnie. Such pure faith. I am moved. You do know that the Ensign is taking submissions right? ;)

Robert S. said...

Yes, I was white. Kinda gross. Great faith builder though.

Tina Williams said...

Glad to know about the power of prayer in your life. Thanks for sharing your blessings.

Bonnie said...

Hmmm, the Ensign? I would have to scale it back a bit and then it might not be so captivating eh? Ha Ha. Thanks everyone, hope it did not gross you out too bad. Glad to know ahead of time if there is anything grosser than this, I cannot count on Rob. JK. He was an amazing help...from the sidelines.

Here at home said...

The friend is taking submissions as well, ya know. Thanks for an uplifting post. Sure love that girl. She is a great example to all of us.

Marilee said...

Do you know what I like about your blog? You are not afraid to share an experience of spiritual nature and you tell it so well. Thanks for the boost today!