We can do hard things…

29 April 2012

Tyler receiving blood and platelets - didn't feel too good ūüôĀ

Almost two years ago, a sweet couple from Rexburg, whose parents went to school with me, lost their daughter in a tragic drowning accident.¬† She was inspired and brave enough to document her experiences and feelings with the world –¬†changing many, many lives along the way.¬† You can read all about this amazing little family here.¬† She took this unbelievably horrible trial and turned it into something that could help so many others, instead of becoming bitter and angry for the rest of her¬†life.¬† I didn’t know Ashley personally when I first heard about sweet Preslee and¬†the accident, but followed her blog, as my daughter and friends did as well.¬† When I read the entry that said Preslee had returned to her Heavenly Father, I cried most of the day.¬†I have since met Ashley, and she is every bit as brave and inspiring in person as she is on her blog.¬† She is my idol. Ashley’s motto “I can do hard things”, became my motto too.¬†¬† Funny enough, I thought some things in my life back then seemed hard, and her motto helped give me motivation to do things I didn’t want to because I thought they were too hard.¬† Ashley and her¬†friends made baskets for Primary Children’s Hospital, filled with blankets, toothbrushes, food items, and a little block of wood with the saying, “I can do hard things” on it.¬† I was given this little block for Christmas and referred to it often.¬† Little did I know what lay ahead for us…

After Ty was diagnosed, I really referred to it often.¬† I kept one on my fridge and said it to myself every time I walked by it.¬† The next Christmas, I was given a big frame with the words “We can do hard things” on it.¬† It sits where the whole family can see it and be reminded of what we CAN do.¬† I know with the help of the Savior, we ALL can do hard things.¬† Because of His sacrifice for us, he knows how hard it is for us and is there to help us make it through.

Tyler ended up back in the hospital early Saturday morning after another round of vomiting blood – fourth admit¬†this April.¬† When we checked into the Emergency Room, his hematocrit level, which should be around 38 normally, was 17 – a very scary place to be.¬† They didn’t waste much time at all getting him checked in and things started for a transfusion.¬† Didn’t really even worry at first about the ‘whys’ until we got him stable.¬† The GI doctor that morning said he needed ten units of blood and plasma.¬† Saturday was spent transfusing him all day.¬† Today is Sunday and he has been receiving blood most of the day today as well.¬† They really feel like the ulcers just didn’t heal properly and his clotting factors weren’t great so he’s been on all sorts of drugs to help with that.¬† They don’t feel the need to go in and scope and risk the possibility of doing more damage, thank heavens!¬† Ty keeps reminding the doctors and nurses that he has a golf tournament coming up this Saturday that he is signed up for, so would they please get this taken care of before then!¬† He actually golfed 9 holes on Wednesday (thanks Johnny, James, and David!), and 18 holes both Thursday and Friday before we ended up in here!¬† The doctors can’t figure out how he had the strength to pick up his club, let alone golf for five hours three days in a row!

We are hoping to go home this evening (Sunday) once all the transfusions are done and he shows his levels are staying stable.¬† Thank you to my sweet friends who mowed my yard, cleaned my house (ouch!), brought freezer meals, and helped get me ready for the conference I have this week.¬† I feel so humbled and grateful to people who step in and save me before I go under…you are truly ones who ‘lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees’.¬† Thank you will never be enough.

Remember, in my sweet friend Ashley’s words, “When you find yourself in a difficult situation remember the phrase, “I CAN DO HARD THINGS.” It’s possible . Life is hard, we just have to learn how to plow through it.” Thanks Ashley, for giving me strength and inspiration to be able to face this.¬† I love you!

P.S. It’s Sunday evening, and we are home!¬† I wrote this blog post this morning in the hospital – feeling every bit like I needed to share my motto.¬† When we got home tonight, the doorbell rang, and there was a sweet family at my door, whom I had never met.¬†They came to share their love and concern for Tyler, and brought a¬†gift for our family – a beautifully framed picture that said, “I can do hard things”.¬† I don’t think this is coincidental.¬† Thank you sweet Armendariz Family!¬† We are touched by your thoughtfullness.¬† Thank you for listening!

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