January 28, 2015

Surgery went well

Seeing your loved one on a ventilator is something else..and watching it be removed is even worse, but thank heaven the Lord is 'keeping' him.
Honestly it was a rough morning and he was in a lot of pain.
During the surgery they drained a half a liter of fluid from around his heart and a whole liter from one of his lungs! -which sounds like an awful lot to me!

But, this evening is a different story. He has the breath and the strength to talk again! Absolutely amazing! I'm like 'who is this guy? I haven't seen him like this since Friday.' Whoo-hoo!

Believing for smooth sailing from here on out!


Wednesdays in the Word

When God Keeps You:

Oh my goodness, I love this!
 Psalm 121 mentions 'keeps' 7 times.
'Keeps' in the Hebrew, is shamar and it means "to exercise great care over or watch closely."

Here's how God keeps us:

"He who keeps you will not slumber,
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper...
The Lord shall keep you from all evil. (Love that!)
He shall keep your soul.
The Lord shall keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore."

How awesome that He, the God of Heaven, exercises such great care and watches us so closely!

My favorite of those is "The Lord shall shamar (or keep) you from all evil."
And evil here is Ra which means "immoral or unethical actions performed by others." How awesome is that!?

Adam was told to keep the garden of Eden in Gen. 2:15 and guess what we are suppose to  shamar? 

"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out it spring the issues of life." Prov. 4:23


January 27, 2015

Another surgery

We are waiting with Hubby as he is about to be taken into surgery to have drains put in his chest. One for the fluid around the heart and the other for one of his lungs.  The procedure is two hours late  but we sure know that Hubby has been well covered in prayer, since so many dear friends started praying about it hours ago. Very blessed with so many praying friends!

January 26, 2015

Take two in ICU

Sunday afternoon, I brought Hubby back to the cancer hospital for an emergency visit. He had been very weak all weekend and vommiting every morning after the feeding tube came out. He also felt some congestion in his chest. He looked haggard and his skin looked a bit yellow to me. (the nurse has since corrected me and said his skin looked "dry' not yellow and it was from dehydration) His white blood count was high and they decided to admit him to find the infection. Then his heart went in aFib and they put him in ICU. Late last night they did a CAT scan and today we found out it showed fluid on one lung and fluid around the heart caused by the swelling from surgery. They want to drain the fluid around the heart before it starts  causing problems. This could have been a big problem if undetected. God is good.


January 25, 2015

First week of recovery at home

Recovery from this surgery is not easy, bless my Hubby's heart!
Just when we thought it might not be that bad, the tube in his stomach started leaking. This turns out to be normal but they still had us come to the hospital at 11:30 Sunday night to do an x-ray just to make sure. I think we've been sleep deprived ever since because the leaking adds a new dimension to his care. There's a dressing to change a few times a night, meds to take and a feeding pump to turn off when the cycle is over etc..
But as far as his surgeon is concerned, everything looks great and is healing well. He said Hubby is suppose to feel like he's been run over by a truck. Good to know, since he does.
They decreased his time on the feeding tube from 18 hours to 14 hours and now he is on a full liquids diet, which is a little more fun than the clear fluids diet. But he can only handle a few sips of soup or a few bites of Greek yogurt right now.
 He's been really nauseous lately and is still very weak. He does go for little walks around the house or in our driveway. He watches lots of home improvement shows, which remind him of the joy of hard work and making customers happy. (he really misses being able to work!)
One night when he felt good, I thought a ride in the car might be nice for a change of scenery, but every bump in the road hurt his stitches, poor thing. Bad idea.
The kids took turns taking care of him, so I could dash out and run some errands that I needed to do after being 'gone' for 11 days.
 Joy took care of him one evening and I went to the fabric store and bought some fabric and sewed a new valance for our bedroom window. I bought some pillows for our bed to match our new comforter. Our old one reminded us of the chemo and radiation days. Maybe that's weird, but they did, so they had to go! It looks brighter and happier now, which reminds us that this is not that season, but a new one and we are closer to the end of this journey!

Andrew was invited to go on a family vacation with his best friend's family, who live in CA now. That blessed guy has been on a cruise to Mexico all week! He's flying home today and I can't wait to have his sweet, talkative, helpful, funny self back in our home! Love that guy! And looking forward to hearing about his travels!

We'll be nursing and healing around here, if you don't hear from us.


January 21, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

This verse kept going through my mind during Hubby's hospital stay.

"HE is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen." Deut.10:21 '


One of those great and awesome things we have seen is that on
January 5, 2015 
at exactly
2:00 PM 
All the cancer was removed from Hubby's body! 

Thank you, Jesus!


January 20, 2015

Those 11 days

When I think of Hubby's hospital stay, there are a few things that will stand out in my memory.

-What an amazing calling the nursing profession is. Wow and wow!
 I interacted with so many in 12 hour days for 11 days straight and they were all awesome! Every one of them added their own touch of wisdom to Hubby's situation that made him more comfortable. So thankful for each every one of them.

-How my always sweet husband was so polite to every tech and nurse and called each of them by name even when he could barely talk. (not to mention that's a lot of names!)  But he is always so polite. He even says 'please' and 'thank you' to Seri. : )

-The cleaning lady, who prays with her grand daughter for all the people on 'her floor' to be healed. She was a dear woman and we promised to keep praying for each other.

-How happy I am not be eating cafeteria food alone anymore!

-The wonderful pastors from our church who visited and texted and prayed. And the sweet friends who came to visit and encouraged us and made us laugh. (And even though he could barely talk, I watched him encourage a lot of people too)

-The friend of Joy's who insisted she not be alone on Surgery Day (she was getting over the flu) and risked some germs to come over to keep her company all day long with Disney movies.

-How the Lord made my path cross in the lobby with some very dear friends, who were there for their own check up and were hoping to visit. Divine appointment!

-Overhearing this: "I just wanted to call you and say that it is cancer. It is in her lymph nodes and in her liver. They have given her 6 months to a year." Heavy situations are going on all around you in a cancer hospital... It changes your level of compassion for sure!

-A wonderful morning when a nurse gave Hubby a new route to walk
 (because having to circle the nurses station 9 times a day gets boring)
 and how she led us to a wall of windows with a great view and then brought us heated blankets!
 It was like a date!!!

-How the nurses sang when we watched this:

-How this sign had lots of signatures on it before we left and how many comments the hospital staff made about it. It sparked spiritual conversations with so many people. Thank you, B. Family!

-How I came home to a clean house every night.

-Joy and Andrew cheered me on every morning as I left for the hospital and tried to find ways to serve me when I got home late every night. And how they diligently did their school work without their home schooling mom.

-How Zac spent as much time as he could at the hospital between work and school and how he gave the kids rides and kept groceries in the house.

-How Andrew finally finished French! LOL That is kind of a family joke.
But I kid you not, finishing that class was the best thing he could do for all of us! LOL!
 Because there have been only two things going on in this family lately and they were:
Hubby's surgery and Andrew finishing his French class! ; ) Oh my stars, they are both over now! Hooray!