This was written by my beautiful wife, one year ago today. I guess this makes her my first “guest blogger”…
I choked on a rice krispie bar.
A few weeks ago I finished my 40 day walk to support my friends women’s ministry Faithful Hearts in NC (http://www.faithfulhearts.org/) and what an amazing experience it was!! I felt good, determined to keep up my walking and activity. I know I’ve needed to take better care of myself for a while…with my surgery last year as well as our major move to the beautiful Texas Hill Country. I figured I should start scheduling my routine doctor’s appointments.
My “big” doctor’s appointment was this past Monday…I’ve waited 3 months for it to go over my bone density, blood work and discuss my Elhers-Danlos Syndrome (https://ehlers-danlos.com/). He was very encouraging. Among other things, he told me I had made very good start with the walking I did for Faithful Hearts and to keep it up, but to switch it out some with other activities that will strengthen my muscles and to continue to stay active for my EDS.
I left the doctor’s appointment determined to change my lifestyle so that I can try to stay off medicines. I told myself “I can do this!” But FIRST, a coffee from Starbucks and one of their delightful rice krispie bars (they call it something else, but it is what it is… and its a rice krispie bar)
Have you ever had one? Oooh, they are sooo goood! Sweet, crunchy, sticky with a touch of salt to pop up the flavor….They’re rice krispie bars, but they seem a little extra special.
I easily convince myself I can justify this one little indulgence before I really kick in my life changes…. plus, I really wanted to stop at the store to shop for a couple of blouses too but, I really hate to shop, especially for myself (really, I do!)
So my plan was developed; I’ll treat myself first —> then shop.
As I pulled out of the parking lot, I opened up the rice krispie bar and started driving down FM 281.
First bite…oh so good! Sticky, yummy goodness, I chew slowly to savor that goodness…
Second bite, just as good…
Right before my turn, I take my third bite and…OMGOSH!
I’m CHOKING! I’m driving… AND I’m choking!!
That sweet wonderful goodness is trying to KILL ME!! SERIOUSLY?! What do I do?! What do I do?!
My eyes are watering, I can’t take a breath I’m coughing so hard, my back literally snaps and crackles and pops. (too much? I thought so too, but hey)
My back is dangerously is close to throwing out… (#youknowyouhaveEDSwhen #EDSproblems #EDSZebras) AND I’m still driving on a major road!!
My mind starts to imagine the EMT trying to save my life but it will be too late…I will have died not some heroic death, but a humiliating one. I will have died choking on a rice krispie bar. Oh man, I just hope I don’t hit another car and hurt someone!!
How awful for my family…my kids will be asked how did your mom pass away, she was so young?” Well….
“Dear God please save me from passing out and dying here behind the wheel of my car! Please save the other drivers and passengers around me!!”
I made it to the department store parking lot and it was an honest-to-God miracle I didn’t hit another vehicle! I coughed up the tiny, now evil, rice krispie that had been lodged in my windpipe. It was so small and innocent looking. Hard to believe such a small little thing could cause such issues with major bodily functions… You know, like breathing.
“Thank you God for saving me! Thank you God for saving the others around me!”
I sat in my car outside the department store and finished that rice krispie bar with a vengeance. I showed it “who’s boss!” and then I washed it down with my Starbucks coffee.
“Dear God…New Prayer…Please save me from myself!”
New lifestyle restarts Monday. Minus the rice krispie bar…
(Chocolate is better anyway…oh yeah, I really LOVE chocolate… and it’s like a vegetable, sort of)
I love her VERY much! It’s clear why! Love you Kelly! Thanks for being my first guest blogger!
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