Calendar dates and days of the week have become a blur over the past few weeks – but I’m always reminded when Saturday comes around because I have many mention they can’t wait for my update on Bruce – and since those reminders came this morning, I suppose it’s time for a Sack Family Saturday Update!
The Georgia Sack 5 have been blessed this week with PA Sack Family members arriving in Tallahassee to be as they say, “boots on the ground” for us. Although Elizabeth pointed out that none of them actually had boots on when they stepped off the airplanes! Regardless, it has been an incredible blessing to have family literally standing non-stop around Bruce’s bedside while Elizabeth and I steal away for a few minutes at a time.
While immediate family members have made their way, or are making their way into Tallahassee as I write, I would be remiss to say a HUGE thank you for all of our faithful family and friends who have blessed us in so many ways – we have had laundry pickup and delivery at the hotel, we’ve had meals delivered, we’ve had gift cards for incidentals, and we’ve had so many of you reaching into their network of friends to meet our needs in so many other ways, not to mention the non-stop encouragement through visits, cards and messages . Elizabeth and I have been home once since Dec. 28th, and prayers and plans are in the works to find a home for us to stay in while we continue to stay by Bruce’s bedside in Tallahassee. This would eliminate the costly hotel stays and/or runs to and from the apartment in Valdosta. So I praise God this morning as those plans continue to unfold in the way He desires them.
While all this has been happening out in the world, Bruce has been continuing to perfect his role as Sleeping Beauty. This week they placed the trach and PEG feeding tube without any incidents. They discontinued the constant EEG monitoring. While he did develop an infection, he is persevering through that with antibiotics. More importantly they began taking him off the sedation meds. While a high dose for most people is 8mg, he was holding at 49mg / hour for numerous days. He is now reduced to a 1mg dose every 2 hours. Praise God! As they have reduced this med, and he weaned off the surgical anesthesia he began opening his eyes more and more and responding to the neurological checks (at this point reflexes as they pinch him). He shed a tear when his mother gave him a kiss for the first time yesterday and he stuck his tongue out when his 2 sisters told him he looked like his father! While it’s great to see his eyes opened, as a family, we know there is a very long road ahead before we understand where he is neurologically.
Over the next few days the decision will be made as to whether or not the “brain drain” needs to be replaced with a more permanent shunt. If/when that is done he will then most likely be moved to Select Specialty Acute Care Hospital in Tallahassee for weaning off the ventilator.
And so, on this Saturday morning, I continue to praise God for your continued prayers, for his healing that only the Great Physician could orchestrate and ask that you remain faithful as we approach the next few days .
Yesterday, in one of our break times, Elizabeth and I had a great discussion and prayer time in the hospital chapel. She asked the question, “tell me one time Mom when God has failed us?” She then encouraged me and reminded me that God never fails. As we were talking about the endurance and perseverance that was growing inside of us, sometimes against our own will, she said, “Are we going to look grumpy or are we going to go out into the world and show how our faith stands strong?”
So this morning, I ask each one of you, “Are you going to look grumpy today or are you going out into the world as an example to the hurting world how strong you stand in your faith in our Lord?” God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
As we continue today to hover over Bruce at his ICU bedside, we trust that you are showing to the world how strong your faith is.