I know I was remiss in posting on Facebook last week. It was one of those days where the status was changing faster than I could type and post, so I will takethe liberty of posting a longer one today for those who care to follow the life and times of the Georgia Sack Family!
First off, many thanks for the overwhelming number of birthday greetings last week via Facebook, text, calls and cards. I didn’t hear any trumpets ushering in my year of Jubilee (Lev. 25:9) but I am for some reason going to embrace this year and wait with expectation and hope on God’s promises that it will be a great year. On the 25th anniversary of my 25th birthday, obviously Bruce wasn’t able to write me a letter or buy a gift or take me to dinner, so this year he gave me the unique gift of watching him battle a weekend of pneumonia, fever and seizures. Fortunately, I was able to take a break with David, Emily & Elizabeth and enjoy a wonderful birthday dinner, in part, thanks to the gift cards and coupons donated by friends of friends.
Bruce has had his ups and downs since my last post. He remains off the vent, only oxygen on the trach collar, and a low % at that. His vital signs have all been in the “normal” range. As he developed the pneumonia last weekend the elevation in temperature set off another round of seizures. Adding more meds for pneumonia consequently lowered his therapeutic ranges for other meds and so we have had a week of adjusting to get him back to “normal,” or rather therapeutic normal. (We all know there really is no normal for Bruce!) Fortunately for the past 2 days he has been seizure free, fever free and resting quite comfortably. Prior to his pneumonia he was becoming more and more responsive to the hospital staff and family and actually staying awake during his physical therapy. We know as he gets his rest he will return to those progress steps. For now, he remains at Select Specialty Hospital in Tallahassee in the step-down ICU.
For the rest of the Sack’s…..
We were blessed to have his mother, brother, and 2 sisters from PA stay with us for 3 weeks (from Jan. 20th). His one sister, Barb, remained an extra week as we cleared the hurdles before last weekend. I really appreciate all the family in PA who kept up with things (mainly shoveling snow) while Stewart, Ellen, Barb and Mom were in Tallahassee with us.
David & Emily are working diligently in their VSU classes. David is set to graduate this May and is beginning to look at the next steps. Emily is working VERY VERY HARD in her 2 statistic classes, challenged with the idea that both classes involve numbers and math!
In late January Elizabeth and I, and the PA clan, were welcomed into a 2 bedroom home in Tallahassee to stay in for the next couple of months. With the PA Sack’s back at home, it has been an adjustment for Elizabeth and I to realize that right now it is just the two of us. One night, while shopping in Walmart, we began giggling in the canned biscuit dairy case. As a family of 5, two large cans of biscuits or rolls wouldn’t last through one meal. A small 4 pack can of crescent rolls now covers us for two meals.
Elizabeth is continuing her homeschool work, in the ICU hospital room setting. She has her own alcove in Bruce’s room, complete with window, chair and table. She has a great area to walk outside and take fresh air breaks. Although we haven’t purchased any food in the cafeteria, the wafting aromas smell delightful and at minimal prices we are looking forward to the baked chicken next week. The hospital staff are all excited to teach her and train her as she desires. Last week she helped to operate the IV pumps and suction secretions. No, it is not her desire right now to become a nurse. The other day she came back in from a walk and shared that she had stopped in the waiting room as she saw a lady in there crying. Elizabeth initiated the prayer for healing over her husband. I am so proud of her spiritual growth over the past few months.
Outside of the ICU setting, we have joined the local library and are delving into excessive reading materials. The house we are in does not have cable or internet, so we spend our time in the evening either reading or playing games. Yes, we can survive without a TV in the house! We have tried out several churches in the Tallahassee area and Elizabeth has already connected to youth groups with homeschool friends her own age. I must admit it is a very different experience worshipping on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings without carrying the pastor-family type responsibility.
We try every few weeks to get back to Hazlehurst to continue the packing, never staying away from Bruce for more than a day. Fortunately, we have until the first part of June to pack up and move our items into storage until God unveils the next part of this journey.
Many of you have asked to send us mail. While we have our Hazlehurst mail on hold, we have had cards and notes and packages routed to the kids apartment in Valdosta, and yes we really do enjoy receiving words of encouragement. I have highlighted all the scripture references from the cards received in Bruce’s Bible and read those scriptures to him constantly. Their address is: David & Emily Sack 2201 Baytree Rd, Apt. 332A Valdosta, GA 31602
Thank you all for every little blessing you have graced us with, from short text messages, to longer words of encouragement, from coupons to local establishments to gift cards for gas and groceries, and for the love offerings that have flowed abundantly in our direction. Even the Facebook post “likes” help us to stay encouraged.
As we continue in our journey, we continue to ask for your prayers for Bruce’s healing. My heart cry today is for focused prayers as we move forward in healing and restoration. Healing in the brain from the seizures this week, restoration from the weakness from the meds and protection from other adversities that could come just by being in the hospital such as bedsores, trach bronchitis and malnutrition. We continuously lift up the healthcare workers that God has placed to care for Bruce, that they may have the wisdom to manage his health and the endurance to read through his ever growing medical history chart!
Today, the Sack family is believing in faith in these words….
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.