Thursday, February 7, 2008
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Little punkin was looking much better yesterday than he has in some time. His swelling continues to "deflate" and his stats remained really stable yesterday. While glancing at him, it doesn't appear that it would have been a day of praise and thanksgiving, but it DEFFINITELY was.
Yesterday morning, Ned opened his eyes and seemed fairly alert without acting agitated for some time. He was able to track about the room with his little eyes (which I'm not sure if I've mentioned, but they are a deep grayish blue- beautiful). It gave me such a sense of connection with him, just to know that he could maybe see that Travis and I were there by his bedside encouraging him and praying for his recovery! They made some teenie, tiny baby steps in moving him off the jet vent and taking him off one of his blood pressure medications. As I have mentioned before, Ned does not accept change well. He requires that they make the absolute smallest incremental changes and then allow some adjustment period following each change (this is a trait he has inherited from his daddy!). Because he is so resistant to change, they have pretty much ruled out surgery this week. I actually think it will be the end of next week at the earliest, but we'll just see how God chooses to work that out. Since the surgery date is completely at the mercy of Ned's body, to me, that is the same as putting it on God's timing since he is the creator and healer of his body.
Travis has developed a love/hate relationship with the medical staff here as they are all UNC fans and he insists on wearing his Duke attire every, single day! The staff had some fun at Travis' expense yesterday, but I suppose, in the end, Travis got the last laugh last night! Below are some pictures of Ned showing off his UNC game gear (compliments of our nurses):
I am heading back to the hospital now. Travis has left to work today and tomorrow since the surgery is out for today and tomorrow. Today, I am just praying that my son can find peace and comfort in the arms of the Lord again today and that he can remain stable through the smallest changes. I pray he is tolerant and that it doesn't upset his little body. Please continue to pray for little Jack and Margaret. I want them to continue to feel loved and supported even though I have to be away at the moment? I'm just praying that I can keep my focus on God and not get bogged down with all the "what if" scenarios. I have to remember that my God is Good, my God is soverign, and my God has plans for Ned ...plans for a future!
I love you all and really miss everyone dearly. I have given much thought over the past several days to "my people" and how God referred to those he held most dear. I have gained a much better understanding of how precious "my people" are to me and what a special place you all hold in my heart. I so long to be close to you all again and I can't imagine how if I long to be close with you, how much more your Lord and creator must long for an even deeper closeness.
Love to you all!
Betsy, Travis, Jack & Ned