DAY 4: "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
My story begins in the ER on Christmas Eve, 2020. I tested positive for Covid and I was admitted. Things went south quickly. My oxygen levels plummeted. My blood sugar tested at 172 and I was told I was diabetic. I would later learn that my A1C score was 11.7 when it should be around 6. I was a walking time bomb and didn’t know it. Because I was in quarantine Kathy was not allowed to see me until January 7th. I was to be in the Covid ICU unit until January 17th. I was put into a medically induced coma and a ventilator was inserted. Kathy’s understanding was that the ventilator meant that the end was very near.
It was during this time that both Kathy and Valerie (our daughter) both contracted Covid. Val’s case was mild; she was sent home form the hospital in a matter of hours. Kathy’s case was mild as well; she was admitted for several days and then sent home. Both recovered quickly.
The doctor called Kathy and allowed her to bring one other person on January 7th. Pastor David Cash and Kathy were allowed to be with me for about an hour or so. Dr Titus explained the possible outcomes. Kathy was confronted with a heart wrenching decision. My lungs and kidneys were destroyed he said. It was hopeless he said. Kathy told the doctor to treat me as aggressively as possible. That decision saved my life. Pastor Cash advised Kathy to fight for me with everything she had. Kathy told the doctors to treat me as aggressively as possible.
Kathy would soon discover that a “Do Not Resuscitate” bracelet had been placed on my wrist. Neither Kathy nor I had consented to that. Kathy told them she would not leave the hospital until it was taken off.
TOMORROW: DAY 5: "THE FEBRUARY MIRACLE"
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Nick is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and he has a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied: Living the New Creation Life as a Citizen of God's Kingdom in a Secular World". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook". Nick has been married to Kathy since 1985, and hey are the proud parents of 3 children.
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