I know that many of you worry when I do not post every day. Some days like yesterday bring such discouraging reports that I hesitate to share them, believing that a new day may bring an improvement.
That was the case today as many of the fears brought on by some of the tests seemed to be unfounded. Though his digestive system still does not function all the time, there is no ileitus and no malfunction of the pancreas. So hallelujah. And though he did not respond hardly at all today, I heard he was quite active around dawn and very expressive to those who came to sit with him while I wrote. He has a worrisome recurrent fever and several manifestations of his serious UTI. The doctors are hoping that this is associated with passing of the stone in his right kidney. May God grant him that: Otherwise in a couple of weeks he will have to be transported to the hospital to remove the stone and transported back — and this one-way trip last week has set him back enormously.
His lung issues seem much, much better. The respiratory therapists believe he may be able to move up a level, so to speak, soon. When the pulmonologist visits tomorrow I hope he will concur.
My writing is going very, very well; which is probably one of the reasons I feel unable to communicate much tonight. I am spent.
Other good news: Two nurses from the Presbyterian ICU came to our church yesterday, bringing their families. They wanted to see such a marvelous church which had shown such incredible service and love. I am so happy about that. I want those two ladies to benefit from our extraordinary fellowship. Another ICU nurse told me today she’d been reading my Hinge book and had been convicted by it, and asked for our church address. And the charge nurse at Specialty tonight told me his wife took his copy away until she could read it. So– no matter what the circumstances, God’s Word is being shared. All the glory to Him.
I realize that many people who were very wrought up about Dan’s illness early on may be feeling some “compassion fatigue.” Please don’t worry if you seem to flag in this. The doctors said from the beginning this would be a long haul, and I assured them I was in it for as long as it takes. Just pray for us — that’s all I ask. I am doing well, full of faith and optimism, and most of all continually growing faith in the character of our wonderful God and compassionate Savior and comforting Spirit.