Wow, I just realized it’s been 3 weeks since I posted on Facebook! We certainly appreciate all of the cards, calls, visits and messages that we have been flooded with as we entered this phase of R&R (rest and restoration). So many have asked how Bruce is doing so I thought I would keep with tradition and provide an update on this Saturday afternoon.
Recovery for Bruce has been going well. Neither one of us realized the hurdles we would face after the long hospital stay: a weak body, strong antibiotics, malnutrition, an open wound not to mention the recovery necessary from the 3 brain embolizations. Despite the challenges, as we celebrate just 3 weeks home from the hospital we praise God for the progress, in His timing, that is occurring. Among many things, he is no longer taking antibiotics (he was on them for over a month). When he finished, his appetite came back, and as a result his strength, stamina, and mental faculties are improving each day. He has begun a 3 hour regime of outpatient therapy including physical, occupational and speech. His open wound, from the PEG feeding tube has healed 100%. We also enjoyed a weeklong, encouraging visit with his sister, Barb and mom.
Several medical personnel mentioned to us that for every day you are in the hospital you should expect at least 3 days recovery. After enduring 37 days in the hospital, that brings into perspective the idea that we are looking at a slow and steady recovery progress. And that thought, at times, could become discouraging in the midst of the quiet days at home. But, we are NOT discouraged, we are amazed at each moment of this recovery time as we see God walking with each one of us step by step and watching over us and protecting us and providing for us in ways we never would have imagined! Yes, in those brief moments of discouragement we quickly realize we are experiencing God in ways like never before and that we honestly can’t wait to see what His future holds for us.
Yes, prayer warriors, we still covet your prayers. Today we wait on our Lord, knowing that this rest and restoration period isn’t just about restoring our physical bodies but it is about experiencing God in ways we cannot imagine. We pray that as we enter the “holiday season” that your hearts and minds are open to experiencing Him in ways you cannot imagine, for he truly is an Awesome God!