我的大兒子俊文,2012年11月時他正好9歲半.那段時期學校正受冬天諾如病毒(Norovirus)影響,引致很多學生缺席,無法上課.俊文有天開始肚痛,我想他可能是在學校感染了病毒而發病. 所以就特別小心並給他服用止痛藥,雖當時似乎好了一些, 但隨後還是疼痛而且持續了幾日, 痛楚也延伸至右腹部. 到星期日開始有發燒及嘔吐的徵狀. 由於病情加重,星期一立刻帶他去看家庭醫生,檢查後醫生告訴我們他可能是得了盲腸炎,要我們回家收拾些東西準備住院. 進到了醫院的急症室,醫生檢查卻又不敢肯定他真是盲腸炎,因盲腸炎患者必有難以忍受的劇痛. 而俊文的疼痛只屬中等程度而已,於是將他給小兒科住兒童病房繼續做檢測及觀察. 經過幾位醫生的觀察評估後,醫生說小孩需做腹腔鏡檢查,一旦啟證實是盲腸炎, 可立刻進行鎖孔手術移除盲腸. 但因有比盲腸炎更緊急的其他病人也需使用手術室,我們等了很久也還沒能被安排進去.直到當晚8點50分才有護士來通知因多台緊急的手術在進行中,俊文可能需 等到次日早上才手術. 但半小時之後,另一位護士來通知俊文現在可以進手術室了,他是當天最後一個進手術室的病人.手術前醫生告訴我們若是盲腸炎,手術通常只需30 –40 分鐘. 但我和丈夫卻在兒童病房裹足足等了一小時45分,醫生才出來說,俊文確是
俊文因此又在醫院觀察治療了五天,每日服用嗎啡止痛及使用抗生素,至星期日才出院. 回家次日早上起來時, 卻留意到他傷口有分泌物漏出且紅腫,於是又趕忙帶他回醫院做檢查. 這次醫生說俊文得了腹膜炎,需手術插管排除體內積水,使感染物質流出來. 於是只能在加護病房再住院10日接受密切監測,同時使用兩種強力抗生素給予治療. 感謝神,到12月5日發炎的傷口終於消除,在拆除所插之排水管線後出院,回家休養待康復. 兩個月後重回醫院跟進檢查,醫生說他完全康復無任何後遺症. 這乃是神奇妙的作為和恩典. 感謝主無限!
身為父母者都不想見兒女受痛苦. 這一次俊文發病卻無需忍受盲腸炎的可怕巨痛,又能在進醫院的第一天就順利接受手術, 倘若真要等到次日早晨的話,可能會造成更嚴重的併發症產生, 甚至因延誤病情而致命. 回想我們夫婦在醫院等候手術及俊文住院其間,曾極度擔心不知當怎麼照料一個一歲半,另一個六歲的幼子, 所幸他們都很乖巧聽話 地跟着祖母,令我釋懷. 而病中的俊文也知多次提醒我要為他祈禱求神醫治. 這教會我要學習小孩子單純的信心, 而勿浪費時間作無謂的擔心和驚怕. 只要對神有充足信心並交託,相信祂必垂聽我們的禱告祈求.到了時候主就伸出他施恩大能的手.
借著俊文的這次病痛,讓我們全家人都親身體會主的大愛,憐憫並週全的醫治.同時也感謝神聽了我們卑微的祈禱, 願一切的榮耀歸主耶穌聖名, 阿們!
God heals my son
Sis Janet Ho
Newcastle Church, UK
Hallelujah! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I bear testimony.
This testimony is about my eldest son Damien when he was nine and half years old. It was in November 2012 while the Norovirus (winter vomiting bug) was going round his school, and quite a number of students were kept away.
Damien began to get abdominal pain, which I assumed was the onset of the virus he had caught from school. I gave him Calpol to try to relieve the pain, and kept an eye on him. This helped briefly, but the pain came back and did not completely go away. Damien continued to experience this pain for a few days and gradually the pain was localised on the right hand side of his abdomen He began to have a fever and was sick on the Sunday. By Monday morning the pain was still there, so we took him to see our GP. The doctor examined him and informed us that it could be appendicitis, and advised us to be ready for a hospital admission. After packing a few things from home, we made our way to the A&E. The doctors examined him and told us that they suspected he had appendicitis too, but could not confirm it as Damien had moderate pain, not the severe pain typical of the condition. Damien was transferred to the children’s ward where they continued to do tests and to monitor him. Various doctors came to assess Damien, and told us that they had to perform a laparoscopy (camera inserted into his abdomen) to confirm. If he did have appendicitis, they would operate by a keyhole surgery straightaway to have the appendix removed.
We waited and waited to be offered a slot for him to go to theatre, but he was not considered at high risk so he was pushed further down the queue due to higher priorities and emergency surgeries having to take place. . By 8:50 pm, a nurse came and informed us that due to the sheer number of high priority cases that day, we would most likely have to wait till the morning for Damien to go to theatre. However, at about 9:00 pm, another nurse told us that they now had a theatre available and Damien would be the last patient in theatre that day. The surgeon had told us earlier that if Damien did in fact have appendicitis, the procedure being very straightforward, should take only about thirty to forty minutes to complete.
My husband and I waited in the children’s ward while Damien was in theatre, and about one hour forty five minutes later the surgeon came and updated us on Damien’s condition. He did in fact have appendicitis, but his appendix had raptured and was gangrenous! They ended up removing the entire appendix and thoroughly cleaned the surrounding area to prevent an infection. Damien was then prescribed morphine and strong antibiotics, and stayed in hospital for supervision until the Sunday, when he was discharged.
After waking up at home the next day we noticed that there was a leakage out of his wound and the wound was swollen, so we took him back to the hospital. The doctors told us that he had an infection (Peritonitis, a serious infection in the lining of the abdomen) and would require a second procedure to insert a drain to drain the infected matter out. He was readmitted into hospital for another ten days, given two different kinds of strong antibiotics, and closely monitored. Thank God, by 5th December the infection had cleared and the drain was removed, so he was discharged to recuperate at home. Two months later we returned to the hospital for a follow-up appointment and after the doctor had checked him over, we were told that he had fully recovered without any after-affects from the ruptured appendix.
God truly works in mysterious ways! For one thing, Damien did not suffer from the excruciating pain associated with appendicitis. For another, he was able to go to theatre that same day rather than the next morning when there would have been even more complications; if left untreated it could have been fatal. Also, my husband and I could wait with Damien for his operations because our two younger sons aged eighteen months and six years at the time had happily stayed at home with their grandmother. At times I was very anxious, but Damien reminded me with the simple faith of a child, to pray to God, to ask Him for healing. It was as if God was speaking through Damien to tell me not to waste time worrying unnecessarily when all we need to do is to have faith and believe that God will hear our prayers. We are truly thankful that God answered our prayers and that we have experienced first-hand the great love, compassion and healing of our Lord Jesus Christ. May all glory be unto His name, Amen!
By sis Janet Ho, Newcastle church