Today I woke up, looked around, and a nurse walked in, smiled at me, then ushered my family in. My wife was relieved to see me- I was surprised. Where was I? Why was my wife so relieved?
I soon learned I had been in a coma for almost a week. I had even missed my youngest's first word, "No!" After further investigation, I learned some heart wrenching news- I had an enlarged heart, and it nearly killed me. They put me in a coma do that I could live.
The scary thing is I shouldn't be alive. I played football from 1st grade through college at a high level. I had basketball offers as well, and I ran track on again, off again. Many people as active as I am and with the same conditions do not make it out of high school.
So, being the last thing I remember, I just want to say thanks.
I am thankful for a family who loves me.
I am thankful that I get to see my kids grow up
I am thankful that my doctors did everything they could to save my life
I am thankful for the prayers that have been prayed for me
I am thankful for the concern people have expressed for me
I am thankful for friends who have looked after my family while I was unable
I am thankful for friends who expressed their concern through sitemail and email
I am thankful for an online community I can have fun and make such good friends
And lastly, I am thankful for such a good God.
Thanks to everyone for your concern. I should be leaving the hospital soon. And I have one thing to ask, from everyone, no matter your religion (or lack of one):
Give thanks for your family. Give them a hug, and then go on about your day with an appreciation you may have never had before.