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  • Amazing Story 'I Got My Wife Back'

    This is such an amazing story. I love this one.


    By Laurie Victa
    The 700 Club



    An addiction to painkillers left Pat Green sick and her husband, Al, desperate to get his sweet bride of 50 years back.



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    "I couldn’t take enough pain medication to heal the pain that hurt so bad," Pat recalls. "I laid on the floor and I actually prayed to die. I said, 'God, please just take me home. I don’t want to live any longer because the pain is so great.'"

    For 17 years Pat Green struggled with the pain brought on by the death of her 23-year-old son. She went from doctor to doctor getting more and more pain medicine – anything to dull the memory of her son’s death. Her husband Al stood beside her but didn’t know what to do.

    "I went to the gauntlet of feelings – it was up and down; the emotions were up and down, because not only was I seeing that she was miserable, but also from my side of it, I was a lonely man," Al says.

    "I wish I could say that I was real strong all this time, but I can’t. It's tough to see your loved one go through all that pain, and you can’t do anything about it. But I marvel at God’s grace.

    "God began doing something in my heart and it needed to be done, because of being human, there were times when I would become emotionally disturbed and angry because of wanting her to stop going from drug to drug. And I would just want to take a hold of her and say, 'Stop taking the pills!'"

    Watching his bride slip away from him was almost more than Al could bear. Even their children and grandchildren didn’t know how to deal with this overwhelming addiction. Finally, after 16 long years, the Lord began to give Al insight into their difficult situation.

    "The Lord began talking to me again: 'This is the same sweet girl that you married. Look past her suffering. This is the same sweet girl that you married 50 years ago.' It was like the Lord nudged me on the shoulder, literally, and He whispered in my ear, He says, 'You’re not battling against flesh and blood.' It was like a revelation that I was not battling against my wife, but against a spirit. And then immediately He took me to the Scripture John 10:10 that says, 'The thief comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.' And then He says, 'The thief has stolen your wife’s health. You go after the thief and get your wife back.'

    "He also said something else that night that really struck home. He said, 'You are the key to it. You are the man in the home. You are the priest of the home. You have the right and the position, the authority. Now you go after the thief and demand that he turn loose of your wife’s health.'"

    One night during November 1999, Al received a frantic phone call from his wife asking for him to come and pick her up. He immediately jumped into the car and went to get her.

    "On the way, the Lord said to me, 'Tonight is the night of the showdown.' Those are the words that He used – 'Tonight is the night of the showdown. Go and get your wife.'"

    Pat’s doctor had taken her off of a cocaine-based drug and put her on one derived from heroin.

    "I started hallucinating," Pat says. "I saw things that weren’t there. I heard things that weren’t said. I got really panicky, because I thought I had seen documents to prove that they were after me. When he came and got me, he started taking me back to this little house again. And I said, 'Don’t take me back there. They are going to kill me! And he said, 'Oh no, no, no. They won’t kill you.' And so we got there, and he forced me to go into the house. They took me into the back bedroom and that’s when it started -- the deliverance."

    Al didn’t know exactly how to start except to pray, so he knelt by the bed and asked for wisdom and for the Holy Spirit’s power.

    "All I knew to do was to stand and lay hands on the side of her face and I took authority in the name of Jesus over that spirit of bondage that had stolen my wife’s health away from her."

    Finally at 4:30 in the morning, both Al and Pat fell into a peaceful sleep. When Pat woke up the next afternoon, Al was overwhelmed at the change.

    "The lady that I had known years ago was home," he says, "and from that moment to this, she has not had one pain in the sciatic area that went down in her legs, nor has she had one pill for anything like that in her whole body."

    "I had clarity of mind," Pat reveals. "I had no pain; the pain was gone completely. I didn’t even desire the drugs. That desire was gone – I was free!"

    It's been two years since this healing, and Pat and Al are having the time of their lives. They have been partners of The 700 Club for years and look for opportunities to minister to everyone they meet.

    Says Al, "We’ve been able to unite in prayer every morning now for the first time for a long time when we’ve had united prayer, and our prayer has been 'God, enable us to speak life into somebody’s life today. Help us to give to somebody what we’ve received from You. And make us a blessing to somebody.'

    "That has come to pass. I got my wife back, she got her health back, my kids got their mom back, the grandkids got their grandma, and now the three great grandkids have got their great grandma back. To God be the glory!"
    sleepyangel30
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    Last edited by sleepyangel30; 07-25-2004, 09:33 AM.
    Angela aka sleepyangel30

  • #2
    I am a Christian, but I don't get how this applies to people on this board? It sounds like this woman was in mental pain and grief not physical pain in the body. I don't understand what am I missing? I love to hear about miracles, but how do we apply this one to our situations on this board?

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    • #3
      I don't think it matters, angel just wanted to share her story and that's fine with me,
      Martha
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      • #4
        Thank you for the story Angel, it was beautiful!!!!
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        • #5
          Ads,
          This story applies so much to all of us! And in several ways:

          I'm sure most of us have had many moments where grief/depression and mental/emotional pain over IC and related conditions can be just as painful as the physical pain. Having experienced mental/emotional pain and grief/depression ourselves, we can relate to this lady. This lady had chronic pain. Perhaps not IC, but chronic pain none the less, and it went on for years with what sounds like inadequate healthcare. Again this is the experience of many of us. We do not have to share the same kind of chronic pain to relate to others who experience it. We see how her pain affected the whole family. IC does not just affect us, but also affects and changes the lives of our family.

          Many on this board have said how IC has made them more compassionate and caring toward others in difficult situations or illnesses. Stories like this bring out feeling of compassion and concern for others.

          It is a story of belief and faith in prayer and God being with us, active in our lives, guiding and directing us, and loving us.

          This is a story of hope for strength and healing. Even when things looks bleak and dark and a lot of time has passed..

          And that is how it relates to those of us on these boards with IC!

          Thanks for sharing it Angela! You always strive to inspire and give us hope!
          July
          ICN Member
          Last edited by July; 01-28-2006, 02:45 PM.

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          • #6
            Beautiful story, Thank you for sharing it with us.
            Sharon

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            • #7
              Thanks for the story. The power of prayer and just in God is the key to our getting better.
              I happy you posted it.

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              • #8
                Beatiful story . ty for sharing.

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                • #9
                  Such a wonderful story about the power of God to deliver us from our problems, whether it is an actual physical healing or the healing of our spirit in the midst of turmoil. Thanks, Angela, for sharing such an encouraging and uplifting story. Indeed, all the praise, honor, and glory goes to our Lord! Praising God and giving Him all the glory as He works in each of our lives and heals us in a way that only He can. Blessings of hope to all!
                  Carolyn


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                  • #10
                    Angela, that was a wonderful story...How lucky those two were to find each other
                    in life.....I to beleive in the power of prayer...I beleive it has gotten me through
                    alot of things in my own life....I was just told recently by a friend of mine to give it
                    up to God your problems that is in life...I am beginning to think there is alot to that.
                    Sometimes just the power of prayer is all we can do in alot of our stituations....
                    Carolyn is right He does work in each one of us in his own way, I so have to beleive
                    that ....God bless to all and keep the faith.
                    Patti G.

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                    • #11
                      Little did I know when I wrote the above reply what the Lord would do in my physical body. Earlier this week on Monday evening, I felt led to anoint with oil and pray over my bladder/IC and my stomach & intestines/gluten intolerance. Then I left it with the Lord to do whatever He wanted to do with me. All I asked was for Him to let me know when the healing had come. Thursday morning He answered that prayer. He told me in His Word that I was healed. Matthew 9:22 (NIV)- "Jesus turned and saw her, 'Take heart, daughter,' He said, 'your faith has healed you.' And the woman was healed from that moment on." And that is just what happened. He has completely healed my IC and my gluten intolerance. No more IC frequency or urgency, no more nausea and stomach problems from ingesting gluten. I do believe in miracles and this is just what He has done in my life. My prayer is that He would heal each IC'er from his/her pain and affliction. I am humbled into speechlessness. Blessings to all.
                      Carolyn


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                      • #12
                        Carolyn,
                        I am so happy for you that you have been relieved of your pain!
                        hugs,
                        Janie

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                        • #13
                          Amazing Story

                          This is an amazing story. Whether or not we all realize it, IC pain and depression go together. And, we may not want to admit it...but after being on pain medications a long period of time, a physical tolerance develops. This can be likened to an addiction because the medication often has be to be changed to something stronger. Using myself as an example, I started out on Darvocet and Ultram. Now, I have been on Duragesic patches and am now on Percocet 7.5 and Lortab 10. I have found that the Percocet is not working as well and am going to have to get the pain specialist to go up to Percocet 10 and allow more per day.

                          Just this past week, I was hospitalized and getting Demerol 50mg and Phenergan 25mg every four hours, plus two Percocet 10's in between that. Now that I am back home I have noticed that one Percocet 7.5 doesn't cut it anymore. This, to me, illustrates physical tolerance. We may not INTEND on becoming addicted, but we do. I guess there's a fine line between pain control and the amount we all have to take.

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                          Diagnosed in 2007, but had IC symptoms since 2002. My current regimen includes: home instillations of Marcaine, Heparin and Solu-Medrol plus vaginal valium suppositories nightly. I also use Tramadol for pain as needed.

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                          • #14
                            Modern Pain Management & Education

                            While IC and chronic pelvic pain is a difficult enough subject to become adequately educated about, if one has moderate to severe pain, then they also need to become educated about modern pain management and the myths surrounding medication as a treatment. I believe many of us are carrying around these myths, which hold us back and cause a great deal of unnecessary guilt.

                            What many people call addiction or drug seeking is actually a patient who is inadequately being treated for their pain. I agree there are exceptions to this situation, but there is a huge difference between becoming physical tolerant to pain medication and being an addict. Also, many people don't have access to decent pain management, so they suffer or are given misinformation by physicians not trained in treating chronic pain patients. A great book on this subject is The Chronic Pain Solution: The Comprehensive, Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Best of Alternative and Conventional Medicine by Dr. James N. Dillard, M.D. This doctor also has a website. http://www.drdillard.com/default.aspx

                            I wish everyone who is suffering from chronic pain the best in finding a solution, which is right for them. There are many ways to take the journey, but there should be no confusion between addiction and the treatment of physical pain with medications. This is not a simple subject, but before passing judgments we should all become knowledgeable and strive to obtain wisdom regarding pain management.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by aprilchen
                              This is an amazing story. Whether or not we all realize it, IC pain and depression go together. And, we may not want to admit it...but after being on pain medications a long period of time, a physical tolerance develops. This can be likened to an addiction because the medication often has be to be changed to something stronger. Using myself as an example, I started out on Darvocet and Ultram. Now, I have been on Duragesic patches and am now on Percocet 7.5 and Lortab 10. I have found that the Percocet is not working as well and am going to have to get the pain specialist to go up to Percocet 10 and allow more per day.

                              Just this past week, I was hospitalized and getting Demerol 50mg and Phenergan 25mg every four hours, plus two Percocet 10's in between that. Now that I am back home I have noticed that one Percocet 7.5 doesn't cut it anymore. This, to me, illustrates physical tolerance. We may not INTEND on becoming addicted, but we do. I guess there's a fine line between pain control and the amount we all have to take.

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                              I almost cruised right by this post, but I had to say that addiction is NOT tolerance, and tolerance is NOT addiction, not even close. They are two very different things and really, are not even related. Addiction is needing more and more drugs to acheive a HIGH, tolerance is needing more and more drugs to alleviate pain. The difference is that we NEED the pain meds to get through our daily lives, not to take them for the high. In fact, I do not even get a high from my meds. After changing meds, yes, I have felt loopy and out of it for a day or so, but it goes away.

                              If you are addicted to pain medicines, then you like the high and are not taking it for the right reasons. If you are TOLERANT to pain medications, then you are in pain and your body is acting the way it is supposed to act.

                              BTW, I loved the story and didnt come here to start this discussion. We hear enough about "addiction" from uncaring doctors. We CAN'T do this here. People with IC and other chronic illnesses suffer every day in pain because of this misguided information.
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                              04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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