I know we have been a little more silent these days. The reality is that there is not much to report or update. Our days and nights blur together. And the snowstorm this week slowed things down. The second part of this week we took some steps backward which was discouraging when the steps forward have felt rather small. But this weekend we have stabilized again for which we are grateful! The nausea has been manageable and we are seeing her develop more upper body and core strength. She is holding her head up so much better and is able to pull herself to one side of the bed, etc. She feels less fragile to me and that is a gift. She was so beat up from surgeries and so many tubes, etc. I felt nervous even straightening her pillows. I can now help turn her in bed and even help her put on a sweater, etc.
Ways you can continue to pray:
- You can continue to pray for wisdom with her medicines and for strength for her therapies
- Pray that we would know how to walk through these days and be a strength to Mom and be a testimony to those around us
- Continue to pray for her nausea and for good rest at night
- Pray for Mom as she continues to process and grieve her new reality
- Pray for Dad and me as we figure out a new schedule as Elisabeth flew home today. (What a blessing my sisters have been and my wonderful brothers-in-law who have helped to make it possible for them to be here)
- Pray for the Lord’s timing in our move to the next facility. We still have not heard from insurance but we are thankful that we were able to weather out the snowstorm at Cardinal Hill.
While staying with Mom last night, her nurse paid me a very high compliment, she said it was obvious that I was Mom’s daughter. She could see the resemblance. I quickly told her that I wanted to not just LOOK like her but BE like her. She had paid me a higher compliment than she even realized. I told her my prayer is that I could learn to trust Jesus no matter what and live in truth like my Mom. Even though these are the hardest days we have ever lived through I wish you all had the privilege of being at her side like we do.
Here is a sneak peek:
- She affirms and loves on each nurse, nurses aide, therapist, case worker and doctor.
- When she does something well in therapy she will give a high five to the therapist and then always lift her good hand to the sky. She is acknowledging and thanking Jesus for helping her but it always makes me smile as it looks like she is high-fiving Jesus!
- Today in a real desire to do something ‘normal’ she asked to write a thank you note. I held the card steady for her and she wrote away. Afterwards Elisabeth and I read it to make sure it made sense, etc. It not only made sense, she quoted Scripture and spoke clearly from the heart. She is amazing!
She has taught us all not to take anything for granted and to thank Jesus for everything.
We know may of you are walking through your own journeys. And we would be honored to pray for you as well. My Mom would have thought to do this earlier but we are a bit slower. If there are ways we can be praying for you all please send us a note to the email address (firstname.lastname@example.org)The reality is that Mom prays for many of you already. And we would be honored to carry you as you have and are faithfully carrying us.