Dearly beloved friends,
I just wanted to give you an update before the Lord’s Day tomorrow. Jerry has been in rehab for four days now, and he is definitely improving. He cannot quite get up from a chair yet, and it is even more difficult from the bed without help. However he walked quite a distance today with the walker. I see him strengthening more each day. He takes lots of naps though. Those 11 days in a hospital bed really zapped the strength of his muscles. The 34 staples will not be removed until next Wednesday! Two days after that he can take a real shower – and believe me, that will be happy day for him. Monday night we have to transport him back to the hospital for a Cat Scan. Our son, Paul will be my help then, and Marci and Glenn will be there for the trip to the doctor’s office on Wednesday. He has been blessed by many visits from our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and even nephew from Atlanta! Other friends have come to encourage him also. His appetite is quite small, but he seems to be eating better each day also. I trust this short report will cause thanksgiving to our Lord!
Jerry’s wife is beyond tired, but I am given grace sufficient for each day.
In the Love of Christ,
PS: VBS was not as well attended as we would have liked, but we know very well that God uses His Word for His purposes. Blake’s parents will be returning to Florida now. They have been a great blessing!
I wrote the following last night and could not get it to send! I pray
it will go out now. Jerry was worn out from the therapy he did today.
His body is so full of edema, but he wants to get better, and is trying
hard to do all that he is told.
After 12 days in the hospital, Jerry is now in rehab! I was so
delighted when I got to the hospital this morning to hear that my choice
of a facility had a bed open today! It wasn’t supposed to be open until
tomorrow, which would have been too late. When the hospital decides to
discharge, it is time to go! I asked the Lord to provide this place, but
realized it was not likely it would happen. This was one of those
exceeding abundantly above answers to prayer! He is in an upscale, high
rise, retirement complex named Harbor’s Edge. Is that name not an
appropriate place for him? The second floor is devoted to rehab. His
room looks more like a motel room than a rehab place. Outside his big
window is the view of a beautifully landscaped courtyard. His dinner
was good too! The blessing for me is that it is just over two miles
Our eldest daughter and husband kindly helped me transport him there. It
was only a few blocks from the hospital, but Medicare does not pay for a
transport, and I did not feel it was worth $300 to pay them! So it was
a bit more difficult for Jerry to get in and out of the car, but he was
a trooper. By the way, he cannot get out of a chair or a bed on his
own, nor has he walked but a few steps, and only with a walker. I
believe that will change quickly when he gets the needed therapy. I
found out they have been giving him Lipitor in the hospital! He
absolutely cannot tolerate statin drugs. They give him terrible muscle
pain. No wonder he is so weak. Thank the Lord this just “happened” to
be caught by me.
One more blessing – I was told the hospital would cover the total cost
of replacing Jerry’s lost glasses! One of our supporting churches would
have done so, had the hospital not come through for us. All of these
things are certainly mercies from God. Is He also merciful when the
blessings are not apparent? Absolutely, and we must praise Him no
matter what He does, or does not do for us.
Blake and his visiting family are holding a mini VBS Thursday, Friday
and Saturday. Would you pray that children will come to hear the old,
old story of Jesus and His love, and that their parents would come on
Sunday too for a closing program?
In His grace and mercy,
Dear Praying friends,
When I arrived in Jerry’s room this morning I found him very easy to talk to, and quite lucid. What a blessing to this wife! He asked me if all the things he had been thinking were really true, even if one of our dear friends had died, and I assured him they were all just in his mind of bad dreams. He was so relieved. He ate better than any day so far also. Not long after I was there a distinguished man came into the room and introduced himself as the MD administrator of the hospital! He asked me if I had any concerns. Yes, I did! I told him I was not at all happy with the lack of physical therapy given my husband which has weakened him terribly. I also mentioned the lost glasses. There were good things I could say, but he did not want to hear those. He said this would be addressed, and I believed him. Within a few minutes a wonderful physical therapist came in and spent about 30 minutes with Jerry. She was just what we needed, and brought great encouragement. Jerry did well for her too. Was this a random visit by this man? I don’t know, but I prefer to think it was the Lord turning the heart of the king whithersoever He wills. This is one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, so it should measure up to that status.
Jerry did tire by afternoon. One of our granddaughters came by to visit and was so sweet to bring me a sandwich and a big cookie. Stacie is in nursing school. When the NCP came in she said “I’m checking for your sugar (glucose)” He said “There she is, right there” meaning me! Aww! Later he told me I talked too much, so you see he really is getting back to normal! 🙂
He may be discharged to a rehab facility tomorrow. I won’t know until I get there in the morning. We never expected this, but he does need some therapy to be able to get around. I could never handle him as he is now, for my back would not allow it. I pray he will make amazing progress and be home very soon. Yesterday in a weaker moment, Jerry told a nurse “My wife and I are retired.” That perked up my ears because it was news to me! We do thank God that He has put us into this ministry, and how thankful also that He has brought Blake to handle it in our desperate hour. All glory to our Saviour!!!
In His love and grace,
Dear friends who pray,
Yes, it was the most discouraging day for me since Jerry’s surgery. He had been improving each day in ICU, but since moving to the step-down unit it has been downhill for him cognitively. He was much worse than yesterday, hardly ate anything and was really talking about some weird things. Two of our granddaughters asked him what his favorite word was, I guess because he was talking up a storm without much reason. He said “propitiation!!” That was definitely the best thing he said all day!
Our nurse practitioner daughter, Missy, is quite concerned and talked to one of the vascular team doctors. They did order a CT Scan of his brain just to rule out any brain bleeds, etc. No results yet. It has been a tearful day for me, but the Lord has not left me, nor will He ever. The occupational therapist came and could not get him to sit up on the side of the bed, nor stand without strong support. She said he needs to go to rehab, and was quite uncaring about the whole thing. I told her that he had not been given any therapy all week long, to which she replied
“That’s not your problem, it’s ours.” I believe it is my problem when I don’t think he is getting proper care!
It is getting late and I need rest. It is the Lord’s day tomorrow and I can rejoice for He is KING! God bless you all as you hear His Word preached.
In the love of Christ,
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,