Yesterday morning as I paused and looked around my office before pressing a very important “send” button, I acknowledged before God that He had helped me complete the very involving book I have been writing since the end of December. Quite to the contrary of what medical personnel told us, Dan is improving, and that thanks to God as well. We have so much to be thankful for.
On Monday Dan underwent his third procedure (during this siege of GBS) under general anesthesia to correct problems in his kidneys. What had looked like stones on the CAT scan last week turned out to be “sand” held together with tissue and bacteria, which we can expect to be an ongoing problem for him and the expectation of ultrasounds every three months to watch for problems. The urologist gave me a list of symptoms to watch for in a few months that would indicate a blockage.
Because of the procedure, Dan’s release date has been pushed forward to May 8. Though we are excited to have him home as soon as possible, we want to make sure that he has the maximum amount of therapy at the rehab hospital as he can possibly have.
Another great even happened Saturday when our daughter in law Kimber gave birth to a beautiful, perfect little girl, Judah Danielle Scott – named after Dan. We praise God for her safe arrival and for Kimber’s safe passage as well through labor and a caesarean.
I was also privileged, while walking around outside the hospital trying to find a cell phone signal after visiting with Judah and Kimber while Dan was still in surgery, to encounter one of the nurses who had so faithfully served Dan in the ICU. “God sent you here today,” she said, telling me about a man presently in the ICU with the same kind of GBS that Dan had, except not as severe. Unfortunately, however, he has contracted a terrible infection in his trach stoma and is very, very ill. The nurse told me that he and his family are desperately worried. They all seemed so encouraged when I told them of Dan’s recovery and assured them that I would pray for them. What a privilege to minister to people as others ministered to me when I was in the ICU. Would you join me please in praying for this man, Pete, that God would be gracious and heal him and restore him to his praying family? Please lift him up in your prayers.
I hate Guillain Barre Syndrome. I hate it.
Also I ask for your prayers for the sale of our house. Though it is handicap accessible, it is much too far out of town for me to feel safe and confident in taking care of Dan and is too large for me to maintain. I ask for your intercession that God’s will be done in this matter, and that He guide us to the right place for us to live during this challenging period of time in our lives. I have always told our children that during times of uncertainty regarding a move, God knows our new address and phone number, and I wait with confidence and anticipation as He begins to reveal such well-known (to Him) details to us.
I must admit, that never before in my life has the future looked as cloudy and uncertain to me in terms of time schedules and details. (But then again, the future looked very well-defined for me on November 30, 2011 — and see how deceptive that was!)
Only the character of God is constant, and in that I take refuge. He has promised to bring blessings out of every situation for a believer, and I hold the shield of my faith, and your faith as you join me, against all that the future could vainly threaten. God will prevail, His purposes will prevail, and we delight to be part of that grand purpose.