10-07-18 Day 37

There are days when Dad doesn’t feel much like chatting. That’s ok, because I know he’s on a hard path right now, and it’s enough for him to have us sitting next to him. I’ve spent countless hours in hospitals at this point, and I’m honored to do it. Sometimes while we sit in silence I cross stitch. It’s a new hobby I have taken up since this all began and I find it very calming. It gives my hands and mind something to focus on and helps to keep my anxiety at bay. I finished my crab awhile ago and I have since started on a hedgehog with some mushrooms in honor of my favorite fungi obsessed child. This evening it actually started to look like a hedgehog, so I am pretty pleased.

Thank you once again for your prayers. Today was a day off for dad in terms of PT and OT but it all picks up again in the morning. He’s working hard and making steady progress and everyday gets a little easier, I think.

10-06-18 Day 36

This afternoon I spent about five hours at the hospital with my father. We played some cards. I did some cross stitching, and my dad listened to some music. We talked, laughed, and enjoyed each other’s company.

The past two weeks have been incredibly hard, and it was such a relief today to just be. My dad is working very hard each day and he is noticeably stronger. I am praising God for all of his progress. It is just a matter of time before we can bring him home. What a joyous day that will be!

There hasn’t been much time to reflect over the last few weeks, as we have been running on adrenaline and caffeine, but as it has started to slow down I feel like we can begin to breathe again. I’ve learned a great deal through this experience, and trusting God has been a huge part of that. God has taken me so far out of my comfort zone and pushed me to do things I never pictured myself doing. It’s been hard and scary and messy. I have felt small, helpless, insignificant, terrified, heartbroken, panicked, and overwhelmed, but I have also felt brave, kind, peaceful, confident, empowered, and overwhelmingly happy. Our close knit family has grown even tighter as we fight for one of our own, and the fight is made easier knowing our great God goes before us.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

10-05-18 A Decent Meal

My father called me this evening to tell me he finally had a decent meal. The poor man has been on a mostly pureed diet for weeks, but today he was finally upgraded.

He had been upgraded too close to lunchtime so they said it would go into effect by dinner. That was fine because Dad wasn’t really hungry. I expected his lunch to be similar to the one the day before, a tuna sandwich, but when his tray got delivered it was two flavors of yogurt and a bowl of cottage cheese. I explained the situation to the very nice lady delivering his tray and asked if we could get him some real food. Before we left, she gave me the menu and I was able to order him a nice chicken dinner. So when he called me this evening, I was thrilled to hear he enjoyed it!

Thank you for your continued prayers. Our family could still use them!

10-03-18 One Step Closer

This evening my father got transported to an acute rehab facility to begin some intense physical therapy for the next week or two. This is the last step he needs to conquer before coming home, so we are very excited that he is finally going! He’s been doing very well with the PT and OT at the hospital, and it has been exciting to see him walking. The next week or so will be challenging, but I know he is determined to work hard and come home! ❤️❤️

Please continue to pray for his recovery. The rehab facility is pretty far from where we live, so frequent visits will be more difficult. Please pray that my dad feels encouragement and peace. Also pray for continued physical strength and endurance. Thank you, sweet friends!

10-02-18 Day 32

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It’s after 11 and I just got home from the hospital. I’m tired, exhausted, and worn out, but incredibly thankful that I got to spend the day with my dad.

Thank you for your prayers. He is getting stronger each day, and today I watched as he took a few steps. I’m proud of all the hard work he is putting in to it and I know he will be doing laps soon. Please pray for patience and peace as he continues to heal. Thank you!

10-01-18 Day 30

On the days that I’m not at the hospital we are plugging away at our schoolwork. Today the kids learned about grizzly bears and we did a lot of math activities, among other things. Thankfully the kids enjoy a lot of what we do, and we take breaks when we need them.

Thank you for continuing to pray for my dad. He had a really good day. I am looking forward to spending some time with him tomorrow. ❤️❤️

09-30-18 Hospital Visit

The hospital might seem like a second home to some of us now, but for the kids it still has novelty . They especially loved the outdoor play area and the escalators. They got to visit with their Grandpa for a few minutes before they headed back to the house. We all can’t wait for Grandpa to be home.

09-29-18 Day 29

What better way to spend my day than sitting next to my dad and hearing his voice? Getting to take care of my father is a gift. I enjoy running errands in the hospital for him, interacting with the medical staff about his treatments, medications, and future plans. I like getting him coffee, making phone calls to family members, learning how to work the complicated hospital bed, because it means I have a father to do those things for. This week was hard, but it was incredibly rewarding.

Thank you for your continued prayers for my father’s recovery. He has been medically cleared, but we are waiting to see what the next step is concerning rehab. To Jesus be the glory!!

09-28-18 Day 28

I’ve never been quite so happy to come to the end of a week as I am right now. This was a crazy one, but I’m so grateful it turned out the way it did. I’m looking forward to spending a few hours with Dad tomorrow. In the meantime I’m happy about sleep!

Tim brought me flowers this evening- hydrangeas, like I had in my wedding bouquet.

Thank you again for all of your prayers. Dad is eager to get up and moving, so he’s working hard to regain his strength. I’m thankful I get to be in this journey with him. ❤️❤️ Though this situation has been hard, I have treasured the time we have had together.

This was one great big ramble. Here’s to a good night sleep!

To Christ be all glory!