Oh my…what a day!

Yesterday at 12:22 PM the phone rang and all at once everything became a complete daze.

Jon had gotten a call from Headquarters informing him that Nathan had broken his arm. He was at the Pimentel’s house playing air soft with Julian and the Cox boys. Nathan decided to vault over a half wall type thing they have in the yard and got his foot caught. He came down with his left hand in a hole. David Cox drove Nathan to Headquarters where they all gathered around the car and began to pray for him. Jon asked his folks to take Nathan to a clinic rather than the ER hoping they could handle it. When they got Nathan in there the doctor told them that both bones were broken and they’d have to take him to the ER.

After x-rays they were saying that Nathan would need surgery to pin the bones back together. One of them was completely broken and the other was just barely together. None of us were comfortable with the idea of surgery so when the doctor came in they called Jon and the doctor gave us the options. #1) They could do the surgery, putting pins in to “ensure” that the bones grow back together properly or #2) they could set the bones, put his arm in a cast and hope the bones grow back together properly. Obviously, we were in favor of option #2, but Jon wanted to give Nathan the options and let him choose. The doctor did tell us that if they didn’t pin the bones and they didn’t grow back quite right, there is a chance Nathan could have some slight mobility issues. After praying about it for a while, Nathan chose to go without the surgery. Whew! He was supposed to call us back and let us know what he decided. After 30 minutes of not hearing from him, Jon called back to find out what was going on. He’d forgotten about calling us. My guess is, since he decided to go with the option that he knew we were the most comfortable with, we’d just know. Ha! When Jon talked to Mom, they were prepping Nathan to go in.

They did have to put him under to set his arm, but all the staff was very understanding of Nathan’s stance on drugs. They’d told the doctors and nurses that Nathan had never had a drop of any sort of medication in his body and they were all very cooperative. The anesthesiologist told them he was a Christian too and didn’t like the narcotics either. He said Nathan was making a good decision to not have any of that stuff. I was really concerned about how the anesthesia would affect him, but all reports are that he came out of it really well. Thank the Lord!

It took about 20 minutes to set his arm and then an hour or so of recovery before he got to leave the hospital. Mom and Dad both told us that everyone at the hospital fell in love with Nathan. One of the nurses even went with him out to the car and hugged him before he left.

It was a very long, emotional afternoon for me, but I have been so blessed by all the people who prayed for us. As I looked at pictures and saw different ones in the room with Nathan I was overwhelmed by the concern for MY son. There’s just nothing like the family we have in The Church of God.

I was awake all night (felt like it anyway) praying for Nathan. It was killing me this morning to not know what was going on and how Nathan was doing so I called as soon as I got up. I talked to Dad because I wanted to get his take on how Nathan was doing. I knew Nathan would just try to play it cool and possibly not tell me how he was really doing, but Dad assured me that Nathan was doing pretty well, all things considered. That made me feel better. I texted Nathan later and he said he was still in pain, but it was more dull. He’s being a real trooper, but I’d expect nothing less from him.

Please keep Nathan in your prayers…he still needs a complete healing, but I feel confident that God is going to honor Nathan’s desire to trust Him. This is such a great opportunity for all of us to learn to trust the Lord more.

Here’s the only pictures I have that is actually mine. Nathan sent it to us this morning because Zeke was dying to see his cast and sling. It’s definitely the less painful looking of all the pictures I’ve seen so far.


  1. Gaylene Says:

    I will be praying for Nathan and all of you. I know how hard this is on you to not be there with him and see first hand that he is actually OK. God is able to completely heal his arm and make it 100% again. Love you

  2. emileeann Says:

    Thank you SO much, Sister Clarkson! That means a lot to me.

  3. Momma Smith Says:

    Nathan seems to be doing better tonight. He ALWAYS answers, “I’m okay” when asked how he’s doing–he has from the get-go. But tonight he’s jiggling his leg a lot less. I take that as a good sign. ;-) Now if only we can keep him in the La-Z-Boy tonight I think he’ll be in better shape by tomorrow. I know the prayers of the saints have touched heaven on his behalf. He’s a tough kid, but I’m believing it’s the prayers that have kept him doing okay without any pain medication of any kind before, during, or since the procedure. God is so good!
    I’m trying to take care of him as much as he’ll let me. He insists of doing pretty much everything without any assistance. ;-)

  4. emileeann Says:

    He’s told me he’s “doing good” every time I’ve asked. But I agree with you…less leg jiggling is a good sign. I scolded him this morning for not following the instructions he was given about keeping his arm elevated overnight. Hopefully he’ll do better tonight.

    I am 100% sure that it’s the prayers of the saints that have kept Nathan in as good a shape as he’s in. We so desire for this to an amazing testimony of what God has done. Thank you for taking care of him as much as he’ll let you. That is SO Nathan. :-)

  5. Rebekah Says:

    Is it crazy to say that I’ve been blessed by this whole thing??? God is so good!!! I feel like I’ve learned so much through it. I’ve been blessed by how you and Jon have handled it, by the way Nathan has handled it, and–like you pointed out–by the outpouring of love and support from so many good Church folks. I already knew they’d been at the hospital, but somehow seeing the picture of Nathan there with Brother Dupre and Brother Cox and Dad in the room with him–I just felt so, so blessed that there is so much love and care and concern and support available from God’s people in times like this! We’ve been praying for Nathan a lot and will continue to do so. God’s been so good to him and will keep on taking care of him. And you. :-) Being so far away right now much be torture. I’m praying for you, too!

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