This morning, I went to church for the first time in weeks. It seems, I've been needed most Sunday mornings at the hospital. It was good to be with my brothers & sisters in the Lord, to be soaked in His word, to pray to our Redeemer, and to sing praises to One so deserving of our worship.
I was reminded of how many of you are praying for my Dad...for all of us. I received sweet hugs, dear smiles, many reassurances of your love for us and more and more promises of prayer. I'm so thankful that we have all of you to stand beside us at such a time as this. I can't imagine us doing this without all of you but even more, can't imagine how any family gets through this without our God, who loves us more than we'll ever know and who will never leave us or forsake us. It must be so sad to walk a road like this without hope.
I haven't posted anything lately because not much is going on. Our meeting with the Palliative Care Team on Friday was good but didn't give us much information. I spoke with Dr. Reddy on Friday afternoon but there was not much news. Dad did start his Plasmapheresis on Thursday, had it again on Saturday, and will continue on Mon/Wed/Fri of this week. He's doing just fine with it. He had good days on Friday and today with regards to his confusion. Mom said yesterday wasn't good at all. The doctors are changing around some meds and looking into other factors.
Dad remains cheerful and hopeful. He's fully relying on the God who loves him. He is so blessed by your visits, cards and prayers. If you want to write to him or go visit, let me know and I 'll give you all the info you need.
For now, our hope is to have Dad finish the Plasmapheresis this week and then be strong enough (with the help of this week's physical therapy) to go to inpatient rehab for a week or so. If not, he'll go home. He's longing to be home. Once we get to that point, I'm guessing we'll talk again with his doctors about treatment options, etc... Until then, please continue to pray that Dad would remain content even though he hates being where he is and that God would strengthen his body so that he can walk and get to rehab (he can walk with 2 nurses & the walker but it's difficult). He's also having alot of right-side pain near his ribs where he slipped getting up on to the walker and got a good bump on the bedrail. Pray that would subside quickly as he's uncomfortable. Pray that his appetite would be good and that he'd get good, peaceful, deep sleep when he's there alone. Please pray for my Mom, too...this is all very hard for her...she loves my father dearly. Ask God to keep her safe while she's travelling back and forth from home to the hospital and that she, too, would sleep deeply and awaken refreshed and clinging to her Lord each morning.
I will update again when something changes. I don't want to keep you all hanging but don't want to ramble on when nothing new is happening either. Please know that we love and appreciate each one of you. God bless you!
Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.