Janet Sack writes on October 25, 2014:
So, what would a Saturday afternoon be if you weren’t reading an update about the hospital stay that never seems to end? Yes, we are 4+ weeks into Bruce’s hospital stay and are definitely here until Monday. I’m praying a release day will be somewhere between Monday but before a Biblical 40 which would be around Nov. 3rd!
Our delay this week has been all about the feeding tube. After having the 2nd tube removed earlier this week and the infected area treated with antibiotics and left to close on its own we are celebrating that he was cleared for solid foods and there is no longer a need for any type of feeding assistance. However, until the incision area is closed and healed, he is not allowed to eat. (He is like a play-doh machine if he tries right now) Despite the on again / off again feeding issues and being hydrated now with only iv fluids Bruce’s physical strength and stamina returns little by little each day.
So many have asked us how we are “surviving”. It’s quite easy to answer, we are leaning on our Heavenly Father and we are sustained by the prayers and support of our family and friends. It’s in the ability of God opening our eyes to appreciate the small things as mighty blessings along the way. For example,
…the hugs the nurses give us as we face the ups and downs in each moment
…the determination of all the hospital staff to have Bruce strong and healthy
…it’s in the laughter of our 11 year old, that after living for 4 weeks out of a duffle bag, she and I faced an overnight stay in Tallahassee with just a few items in a Walmart bag, and yet we had all we needed
…it’s in the conversations with diners during late night Waffle House visits (shh, don’t tell my mother)
…it’s in the incredible amount of phone calls, text messages, Facebook posts and cards that are sent to encourage us
…it’s in the rekindling of relationships of family and friends after years of lost contact
…it’s in the financial gifts that have provided the fuel and food to sustain us in our travels to / from Tallahassee
..it’s in the unexpected donation of hotel points to allow us to stay in Tallahassee for several days shortening our daily 4 hours of travel
…it’s in an unexpected visit by our Best Man, Mark Russell when we most needed the encouragement to persevere through the challenges of this week
…and it’s been in the ability to cling to God’s word as we press on…
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
So, we rest tonight, knowing that the Lord is our shepherd in this never-ending hospital journey and we are joyful to have our souls refreshed as we rest beside. We are praying with thanks and gratitude for all that our prayer warriors have meant for us in this long journey.