Late last night Mom was moved from the neuro ICU to the stroke unit. Although this unnerved us a bit – as the neuro ICU had become a strange kind of “home” – it is a very good thing! For the first time in weeks we feel as though we have taken a deep breath. Although we still can’t see the coastline, we do feel as though Jesus has calmed the waves! We praise Him! Today Mom was stable. Her room is quiet and more restful – which will hopefully help her sleep better.
Her physical therapists worked with her this morning and she made some small progress. Because of all of the other battles she has fought, the reality of her paralysis hasn’t fully hit us or her. Today she wanted to do a simple task, clip her nails. I watched as she realized she couldn’t even do this herself. Sadness filled her eyes. I gladly clipped and filed her nails as the new reality of her total dependence began to sink in. She has a long road ahead. Today she told Ben and I something like this, “I know now that life is so much about the little things. The little beautiful gifts that most of the world misses! I can’t believe we miss them! I won’t miss them anymore.”
The philosophy of the neuro ICU was to save her life. We praise God that He has done just that! The philosophy of the stroke unit is to prepare her for rehab. We praise God for how far she has come – only by His healing hand. And we trust Him to get us to the coastline in His time. Grateful He’s in the boat with us!
Pray for Mom’s heart to be at rest and her spirit to find peace, even as she absorbs so many new realities!
*The swallow test should be sometime tomorrow. Thanks to all those who are praying!! Whenever you drink a cold drink today, take a minute to thank God for this small beautiful gift!