A Brush With Death: Lung Clot Trouble!  Part 1

Written by on January 4, 2017

Christmas Eve, a doctor at the urgent care clinic ducked into the room where I was getting oxygen through tubes in my nostrils.

“The CT scan shows blood clots in your lungs,” the doctor said quickly. “We’re transferring you to the hospital—stat.”

Minutes later I showed up at the ER, coughing up blood. Once in a wheelchair, I was swept into an ER room and immediately had x-rays, an EKG, and oxygen tests.

Once admitted, I spent the next three days in the hospital and was diagnosed with life-threatening lung and leg clots. Yikes!

Friend, what are your thoughts on the following? Share them as comments below.

My friend Barbara knew I’d been sick for weeks and had encouraged me to see a doctor. I dragged my feet, feeling like the ups and downs of my upper respiratory illness couldn’t be all that bad. But when I found out about the clots, I beat myself up.

Q. How do I serve an eviction notice to the coulda shoulda wouldas in my head: “You are so slow! You’re in for it now!”

While most families were home chowing down on ham, pie, and candy canes, I was on my back in the hospital, sipping water from a blue bendy straw in a plastic hospital cup, hanging out with Tim and Emily.

Q. What’s the best way to frame a time of isolation away from fun events like Christmas Eve services and carols?

Remarkably, most of our gifts sit unopened beneath the Christmas tree in our living room. A series of medical appointments, long naps, and new insurance coverage paperwork gobbled up my days. Present-opening fell to the roadside.

Q. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual (1 Cor. 15: 46). I figure that the natural realm often reflects what’s happening in the supernatural. What prophetic image is the Holy Spirit releasing in this pile of unopened gifts?

This is my third round of blood clots. I had clots in my legs 23 years ago with a pregnancy and 4 years ago following a serious car accident. No event to blame this time. Medical evidence says that I’m now vulnerable to more life-threatening lung clots, a stroke, or a heart attack.

Q.  How do I silence the voices in my head that whisper, “What if . . . ?” And “What then . . . ?” And “Fear this!” What will displace them?

I’ve compiled emails and texts from friends into one document and am reading and rereading these prayers and Scriptures.

Q. What is the most important thing in stewarding these new prophetic words when discouragement tries to sneak in?

Update January 4,  2017: I saw doctors yesterday and today. The clots in my lungs and legs are continuing to gradually dissolve. Lung pain seems to spike in the evening. The coughing has gradually slowed and oxygen levels are good. I go for short walks and my appetite is slowly increasing. I welcome your prayers!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

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  1. Charles Harrel   On   January 5, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Lynn, you have been in our prayers. “Lord, send healing and encouragement her way, right now, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

    “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV)

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      Charles, I am so deeply grateful for your prayers & Laura’s. Along with other prayer warriors, you have carried me! I’m declaring resilience in the spirit realm as released in the 2 Corinthian 4 verses you supply here. Profound. Prophetic. I’m praying for you today, too.

  2. Angela Chapman   On   January 5, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I would be feeling and experiencing the same thing as you.unopened presents speaks of timing. There is a treasure waiting for you after this passes. Wisdom for the future? Perhaps. You are human. As Graham lovingly says, get over yourself. Lol watch for the victory that only God can create from this.praying for a fresh revelation in this for you.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Angie, I receive your word about the timing for treasure & wisdom waiting in the future. And I’m positioning myself for fresh revelation in all this. Great word!

  3. Lynette   On   January 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Christmas is about the miracle of new life coming to us. This Christmas, that miracle came to you in a very dramatic way. You could have died, but instead, life was given to you. Seems like the unopened presents are a reminder of grace given to you — both for the life given on the first Christmas and the life given personally to you on this Christmas. Isn’t it amazing that the God of heaven would choose to come into a world filled with blue bendy straws when heaven is so much better? And yet, here he came.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Lynette, so beautiful! As I read your words, I feel the peace of Christ wash over me – especially in the reminders of His life found in the Blue-Bendy-Straw-World He came to save. Amazing!

  4. Kathleen Hay   On   January 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Lynn, I am grateful the blood clots were treated in time and that you continue to improve. May God bless you and watch over you. My prayers are with you and your family. You have been through a lot–please get lots of rest.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! Indeed a time to slow down and settle in with Him. Enjoying His presence. I pray you enjoy His presence & rest today, too!

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you for your prayers, Rob. Yes, God is present in the personnel and outstanding medical attention I received. Jesus with skin on is ready for me in the next chapter, too, I’ll bet!

  5. Jan Landis   On   January 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Lynn: Because you are such a prayer-
    God serving warrior, the enemy is trying to take you down. Never happen.!!! Jesus has your back and with all of us praying, the enemy doesn’t have a chance. Love you and miss you at Radiant. Jan Landis

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Jan, I miss you too! Thank you for your prayers. Yes, I have been feeling like I’m in the crosshairs of the enemy’s #1 weapon. Glad God is on our side!

  6. Nancey West   On   January 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Your writing is such a powerful tool for God’s service that the enemy will try and destroy it. I am thankful that you remain in God’s will and care. Praying that He will give more wisdom through this ordeal that can be of comfort to others. I am thankful you are doing better.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Nancey, I completed my book on self-forgiveness and submitted it for formatting on Dec. 17. Then BOOM! This whole thing happened! Hm. Welcome to warfare!!! Thank you for saying my writing is powerful – any power within it is 100% His. I’ve got my mind set on sharing what I’m learning in all of this – once Jesus shows me what that is!

  7. Bonnie Keller   On   January 6, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Lynn, how scary for you and your family with all that you have been through. Also in the past! God has been with you all the way. He never changes, here for the asking. I think He asks us to always pray, for prayer keeps us mindful of his power and love!
    You are so sweet Lynn, We love you!
    Here is a Psalm that jumped out. Psalm 62: 1-2

    I stand silently before the Lord, waiting for him to rescue me. For salvation comes from him alone. Yes, he alone is my Rock, my rescuer, defense and fortress. Why then should I be tense with fear when troubles come?

    Dear Lord, Thank you for your love, healing and peace. May Lynn always feel your presents with a confidence unending with Joy!
    We pray for continued healing and comfort.
    In Jesus Name, Prince of Peace,

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Bonnie, thank you for your powerful words of encouragement. I love that Psalm! My favorite part is “He alone is my Rock, my rescuer, defense and fortress. Why then should I be tense with fear when troubles come?” True confession: I’ve been wrestling with fear. Truer confession: God is HUGER and His presence is my Healing Joy! I’m grateful for you!!! Warmly, Lynn

  8. K-Y   On   January 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

    that was probably your worst Christmas ever! So sorry Lynn. But this we can be sure of: “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Phil 1:6, Peterson’s The Message version) You and others will see God’s greatness and compassion through this. He has allowed you to travel a bumpy bendy path but He is with you. You can’t keep a good Lynn down!

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you, K-Y. I love that verse from Philippians – especially love the flourishing finish! A bumpy, bendy path indeed. A bumpy bendy straw path! Just like Lynette Roth’s comment about God coming into a world filled with blue bendy straws.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Kim. He’s got plans bigger than any of us. Together we’re up to something huge. He’s the one who writes the stories! I’m in awe of His creativity.

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