In the past couple of days, my dad has been able to respond to these commands:
-open your eyes
-close your eyes
-follow with your eyes (up, down, side to side)
-wiggle your toes
-move your head
-stick out your tongue
These are great improvements! Since he’s been out on the floor, he’s continued to improve. But he’s also been more tired because of a loud roommate and multiple therapies each day (physical, speech, and occupational therapy). Please continue to pray for him – especially that he’ll be able to respond with his hands (squeeze or wiggle fingers) and that he’ll be able to endure three hours of therapy each day. (The word is that three hours is the requirement for being able to get into a rehabilitation facility instead of a nursing home. This is our goal!) Also pray that he’ll be able to get some rest, as that is pretty important to his recovery.
And last, you can pray for Caleb and me. He had a doctor appointment today, and he’s actually lost a pound since his last appointment, which is pretty alarming. I think it’s because of all the stress of the past 2-1/2 weeks, but we’re taking extra precautions. He has to get some blood tests for iron and sugar (and probably more that I don’t know about). They also want to do a sweat test, which tests for cystic fibrosis, although the doctor doesn’t think that’s the problem. (CF babies are usually lethargic, which is definitely not the case with Caleb. It’s a just-in-case test.) And then they want me to start pumping to make sure my milk supply is okay and to add it to his cereal. Sheesh. I don’t have time for all of this craziness! So, pray for patience for me and weight gain for Caleb. He’s a skinny little boy!
Just for the record, I did ask about heredity, because Luke isn’t the chunkiest guy in the world. And the doctor said it would be okay if Caleb had had a pattern of not much weight gain all along, but weight loss is a problem. So, let’s hope it clears itself up. He’ll have a weight check in about six weeks.
That’s all for now.
Here’s the “Dad update” for this morning…They moved him out of ICU into a regular room (on the floor). My mom said he seems more tired there, because it’s louder, but hopefully that won’t hinder his progress. She’s not sure how long he’ll stay there before they’ll be ready to discharge him, and we also don’t know where he’ll go when he’s discharged. Lots of stuff to figure out! Not much more to update than that. He’s still about the same as far as opening his eyes, etc. We would still appreciate prayers, especially that he’ll be able to respond to more commands soon.
On a totally unrelated note, I am reading Created to Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. (Thanks, MomR, for letting me borrow it! Did you know I stole it from the bookshelf during the wedding weekend?) I’m not too far into it yet, but so far it’s a wonderful book. She has great, godly, practical advice for women about how to be the kind of wife God intended. Not only that, but it’s an easy read. I highly recommend it!
In the book she talks about the importance of being joyful, and that thankfulness leads to joy. Well, just for the record, I’m SO thankful for my amazing husband. He’s a wonderful mate (he’s patient, understanding, loving, loads of fun and laughter, willing to help around the house, and more!), a super daddy (again, loads of fun and laughter, but also committed to consistent discipline), and a hard worker (superb work ethic – Steelcase loves him!). He’s been so supportive during this time with my dad in the hospital. I love it that he’s willing to love my family like they’re his own…I’m sorry if all that praise makes you uncomfortable, honey, but it’s all true!
Oh, that all women could have a husband like mine!
First, they transferred my dad to his room in step-down ICU. And Dr. Dark-hair (I can’t pronounce his real name, so that’s how I refer to him) okayed him to move out to “the floor.” I assume that means out of ICU into a regular room. That’s great news. When that happens, Melissa will be able to introduce him to his newest granddaughter.
Second, he was able to respond to a new command. The nurse resituated him (something with his pillow or something) and said, “If that’s more comfortable, blink your eyes two times.” And he did! He was able to do this again later with a different nurse! Praise the Lord!
Praise God for Dad’s improvements! But also continue to pray that he’ll be able to respond to voice commands to move his fingers, toes, tongue, etc. This is imperative for his transfer to a rehabilitation facility (possibly Mary Free Bed) instead of a nursing home.
Back at the homestead, something exciting happened today. We asked Grace if she wanted to throw her pacifiers (“tassies”) in the trash, and she said yes. We asked her again, and she still said yes, so we took her to the trash can, and she threw them in of her own accord! Wow! We’re incredibly nervous about how little sleep we’ll get tonight, but also relieved because we wanted her to be done with her tassies before she turned two. Now is as good a time as any! Pictured is two tassies in the trash can.
Also pictured is Grace on the old cell phone that Melissa gave us, and some cute pictures of our afternoon excursion to the playground. Fun!
“Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything…It is at your discretion that men are…given strength.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
Well, I’m about a day behind in my updates – sorry! This is the news from yesterday…
They did an MRI, and his neck looks fine. (They were worried that he may have strained/damaged some ligaments, but they’re pretty sure he didn’t.) So, they took his collar off. That’s probably more comfortable for him!
The MRI also showed no damage deep in the brain or to the brain stem and no sign of stroke – praise the Lord!
They took the staples out of his huge incision from the neurosurgery. And they took out his central lines and put in a regular IV.
This is the good news – He actually opened his eyes and looked right at the nurse and my mom, by himself (without physical stimulation), multiple times! My mom said he looked at the nurse, and the nurse said, “Hi, David. Look who’s here.” And he looked right at my mom. How cool is that!? So, they’re saying he’s much brighter and more responsive. But they want him to be able to respond to other commands, like sticking out his tongue or wiggling his fingers or toes. Please pray specifically that he’ll be able to do that soon.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Our family really appreciates it. Some days are harder than others, and I think as time goes on it will just get really emotionally exhausting. I’ve been doing well, thanks to the grace of God, but I also can’t think too much about the times my dad was with our kids, because that makes me cry. He loves them so much. I want them to get to know him, too. So, please, keep praying! And pray for my mom, too, because she’ll have some decisions to make in the future (when she should go home and be with my little sister, etc.).
On a happier note, baby Emma went home yesterday! What a sweetheart. And Grace is learning to say “Emma.” Sometimes she says it clearly, and other times it sounds just like “Momma.” : – )