Dear Praying friends,
Yes, Jerry was moved to a step-down unit sometime this morning. When I got there, I found him half out of the bed, with a friend of ours trying to help him back in! I called the nurse and she fussed at Jerry, but he insisted that he can get in and out of bed! Not so. This move has caused him to be more disoriented, just when that was improving. All three of our daughters and one granddaughter were up to visit him, and Jerry had us rolling in laughter at the off-the-wall things he was saying. I will have so many stories to tell him about his remarks when he gets well. Just an example was when I mentioned something about ICU and he said “You see me?” (I hope everyone gets that!) On a serious note, he did say that people need to readjust their prayers for him from the physical to the mental confusion he is having. So although he laughs with us, he realizes that his mind is playing tricks on him.
Not long after I got to the hospital, my cell phone was discovered to be lost! Then soon after that, I realized Jerry’s eyeglasses were missing! This is a big loss to us. He had these glasses made just a few months ago, with new frames also. They were expensive, but needed. A search was made, but no glasses found. Security contacted me and said I would have to make a formal complaint on Monday. However, the cell phone was found on our car seat when I got into it tonight, and I heartily praised the Lord with the valet driver!
Jerry has bruises on his back which the nurses are quite concerned about. He is on a blood thinner, so bruises easily. But these look like they occurred perhaps when he was rolled over in bed. The concern is probably fear of a lawsuit, which I am certainly not considering, but I would like recompense for the glasses that did not get moved with him to his new room.
The Lord is giving abundant grace for each day. Jerry will not be discharged before next week.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continual fellowship.
By His grace,
Dear Praying Friends,
It is amazing what good news can do for a tired body! I’m not nearly as tired tonight. Finally saw the surgeon this evening! Praise the Lord! He told me Jerry is doing remarkably! He said “You were not in there (the surgery) but, well, I am not usually afraid during surgery, but I was then!” I couldn’t help but think of all of you who prayed for Dr. Dexter, and I didn’t know until tonight how much he needed God’s wisdom. He did not relay any of this when he saw us right after surgery, but I could see how tired he looked. So although Jerry has a long way to go in recovery, for what he went through, the word is “remarkable!” My words are “The amazing grace of our Saviour!”
The physical therapist did not come again today, even though the nurse assured me this morning they would be there. Dr. Dexter says he is not worried about that. While in ICU the therapists don’t think the patients can do much anyway. But Jerry did sit up in the chair for several hours again this afternoon, and that required him to stand and take some steps. He is still quite full of fluid, but the kidneys are working. They have scheduled an ultrasound on them tomorrow, so nothing to eat or drink after midnight. That discouraged him, because he was just allowed fluids two nights ago. He is only eating very small amounts.
My Bible reading has just happened to be in Job during this time. While I in no way can compare our situation to that of Job’s, it has been good for me to remember again how much that poor man went through. I get very aggravated at his “friends” who are so cruel to him. How very opposite are our friends in Christ! You all have been so encouraging, comforting, wisely advising, and showing your love to us. What a blessing you have been to me! May you be blessed abundantly by our Lord for your kindness!!!
Oh, I almost forgot, Jerry is set to go to a step-down room, but none were available this day. That means instead of each nurse having two patients, they will have four or five. So we will have to be more patient!
Rejoicing in HIM,