03/11/2013: Drew McKinney
The day before Thanksgiving 2005 I had my sister and some friends over for dinner. I cooked a very nice meal. We ate. We were going to watch a movie or something and then I started to not feel so well. It all started with a headache that got worse and worse. As much as I hated too I went to bed really early. 7pm - which is really early as I am a night owl. Then next morning I woke up in worse shape than I ever could have imagined. Not only was the migraine almost unbearable I was nauseated as well. I laid in bed all day. I could barely move the pain was so bad. That night I went to the emergency room. I do not remember who but someone took me. My sister met me there. They gave me some pain medication. About half an hour later it was not helping so they gave me more. Half an hour later...still no help. So they gave me something stronger and told my sister they were going to do a spinal tap to see if I had meningitis. I really did not want to have this done...but, I thought if it would make me better...then so be it. It took about three spinal taps to confirm that, that is what I had. Little did I know this would be a six month ordeal. Back and forth to the hospital. Test after test. Pain so bad morphine would barely touch it. Six months of tears because the pain was so bad. My grandmother would call to check on me. I would cry and she would too. She always told me that "This too shall pass". I would always say "yes I know, but when". I was sad from being so sick. I would mainly lay in bed because my headaches were much worse sitting up. I had cried many days. I asked God to return my joy. Give me a reason to smile. If I had joy I felt I could overcome. Finally they found that from the spinal taps I had a small hole in the spinal column and was leaking spinal fluid into the brain. They drew blood from my arm and put it into the spinal column to fix it. My headaches got fewer and less intense. My joy was returning. Around April of 2006 the migraines stopped. I have had a few headaches since but not one full on migraine. Not one. I learned that God sends us through things to make us stronger. I learned that sometimes we go through things so that when someone else faces the same we KNOW how to pray because we have been there. I have learned that if you ask you shall receive. I had asked God to heal me and to return my joy. He did both. I am thankful for all the Lord has done for me. If it were not for him I could not make it. To God be the glory forever and ever....Amen!!