Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why oh Why Steffany?

Why Steffany?

oh why.
Do you do what you do?
Because you only live this life once.
That is why I do what I do.
However stupid it may be.

Wed night of last week I developed a weird chest pain with wheezing. Never had anything like this before. Thursday I was so weak I couldn't get out of bed. I prayed all day to be well enough to drive to Iowa the next morning to run for Charity Water and meet some blog friends. Fri. morning I was able to get out of bed. Praise God. I packed up the twins and McKayley and drove 4.5 hours to Iowa. I got to finally meet Amy and Cassie and see Jody again. I woke up the next morning at 4am then started running the race at 8am in the the cold wet morning.
I did it!!!! I ran the whole thing. Came in 36th out of 140 people. Later in the day Jody's wonder twins and my super twins met. It was awesome. So cool to see them together. Then around 5:45 we went to church to hear Jody's husband lead worship. About that time my chest pain was intense. So intense, I leaned over to Amy and told her I needed to go to the hospital. Those of you who "know" me realize I never go to the hospital. By this time I'm extremely embarrassed and a little freaked out. We left the kids at church and headed to the hospital.
The hospital was overrun. After 2.5 hours I was released and told I had inflammation of my heart sac and lungs. Great. Now I feel like a bigger dork. They chastised me for running while sick. The nurse kept telling me "running the marathon" was a bad idea. I was too embarrased to remind her it was just 4 miles. Somehow the word marathon brought me great comfort.
So I woke up the next morning drove 4.5 hours home. By Mon morning I was back at the Dr. again. I have now been pretty much in bed for two days and will most likely head back to the Dr. again.
So what did I learn from all of this?
I would probably do it all over again the exact same way.
I followed through on a commitment I had made and that feels great.
I got to spend time with some of the most incredible women I have ever met.
I got to be inspired by the heart of a small town in the midwest.
I renewed my sense of purpose with "Because Every Mother Matters".
I got to buy some really cool Water4Christmas stuff:)


amy smith said...

i love you.
the end.

Beautiful Mess said...

I was just about to post a "where are you comment" but you beat me to it!

Congratulations... (I think-she says sheepishly)

Congrats! You did it! You honored a commitment and now you rest!

God bless you sister!


Amy said...

And you proved how awesomely in shape you must be, finishing so well when you were so sick. :)
You crack me up. You're crazy beautiful. :)

Sean and Lisa said...

Girl, when I grow up I want to be just like you!
So proud of you! Great job! Praying for GOd's healing touch upon you, you wild woman! :)

Anonymous said...

May you be graced with the same faith that you had to run that race as you are healing!

Paula said...

You're awesome. :)

Brenna said...

Oh, I hope you are feeling much better by now! Glad you had a wonderful trip~

Andrea said...

Hey, praying for you friend! Hang in there.

Kari said...

Steffany, you amaze me. WOW... let your yes's be kind of bloggy sister!!! Thankful you are getting better, but need to dub you a brave hearted chick today!!!
Loved your post!!!!!!!!!

*Overflowing* said...

oh girlie...glad you are feeling a tad better and most importantly glad you are reminded about why you do what you do :) Hugs girl!

Angela said...

oh. i wish i could've been there to run with you (although i would've died 10 minutes into it) and hold your hand at the hospital!
praying that you are well soon!!