Saturday, January 27, 2007

Morning message from mom...

Good Morning family and friends,

We have now passed the 1 week time period and my Jim is still with us. Praise God. In the beginning, they didn’t think he would make it through the night. God is good all the time.

There are no words to express our family’s thankfulness for all of you holding us up this week, in prayer and comfort. It has been a blanket of love that has kept us warm and together

I’d like to tell you that through all this support and prayer, I’ve stayed strong and encouraged, and for the most part, I have felt that. But, in my weakest, scariest moments He’s allowed me to see how my own strength will never be enough to sustain my life or my husbands. I am totally dependent on Him. I shake at the thought of what is ahead. I want to be the strong wife and mom, just like the women in pioneer days who toiled day and night through rough terrain, horrible weather, attacks and setbacks…..but, during these times, I am not. I am a pile of jelly. But God…..

Although I would never wish this experience on anyone…I will always treasure the path we’ve walked with all of you by our side. It has been a sweet, sweet time in so many ways….like a glimpse of heaven. But keeping it real, it’s also like walking through the fires of hell. I watch my kids faces each time the phone rings in this ICU waiting room and see the strain. But when things are calm and the numbers our good, the laughter, warmth and common shared stories are rich with God’s grace and a little of what heaven must be like.

Some of you know I dabble in writing. I’ve been encouraged to write because God has seen fit to give me constant writing material. Pray I will be sensitive to God’s guidance in using this experience to share his grace and love with others. I’ve had the awesome privilege of having my oldest friend, Merrie with me from Florida. She goes home today. My grandkids, including Tyler from Arizona is with me, My sister Becky, from Albuquerque arrived last night….and not the least, all my immediate family.

Ok, here are a few prayer requests that are on my heart: That we have a good cat scan result today. That numbers will stay steady. That I will see his eyes soon. Also, please pray for Hansen Fitness and Dale Hansen, my place of employment. He has been ever so kind and understanding about the past few weeks and my absence, as well as some of my family who work for him. May God bless his business.

Take care, keep praying and writing …we love you all.

Sue

7 comments:

Sara said...

Sue,
Thank you so much for posting. We are continuing to pray for his recovery, knowing that people will see God's face through you and your family!!! I am thankful that you have allowed my mom to be there with you and do what she does best, encourage you and pray for you. Thank you for letting her and so many others love and your family during this time of need. Be encouraged and do not lose heart. The Lord is there to catch you and hold you during this time. I do not know if you are familiar with the song by Casting Crowns, I will praise you in this storm. But the words speak so loudly and clearly to me heart. I will send you the words and if you know the song i pray that you can sing and be encouraged that the Lord is ALWAYS there whether it is in the midst of a storm or clam waters! I love you and I am thankful for your family!

Praise You in This Storm

I was sure by now, God You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Diann Hunt said...

Sue, I just received the news about your husband's fall. I'm so sorry for all that you're going through! Please know that I am praying God's strength for you and your family, one breath at a time.

Betty said...

Sue, I do not know if you remember me from Statewood Beauty Salon, it has been many years. I want you to know your whole family is in my prayers. My husband ,Bill, grew up with the Maley boys so he has known Jim many years. His sister, Betty, called us and told us about Jim. If you need anything please know I will help in any way that I can. And Yes God is good. Betty Jackson

Jim said...

I just read this and am shocked at how similiar some of your notes are from what my family is currently dealing with my Dad's situation. My dad broke his hip in a fall on the night the Chicago Bears got creamed by the Indianapolis Colts. As he was going to bed, he tripped over one of their cockerspaniels tennis balls and broke his hip. He needed to get operated on but they first had to get his coumadin level down. So, on Wednesday they operated. All seemed to be going as planned, the operation was a success and he even sat up and was able to stand up by Saturday.

Then, Saturday evening came---and with it, bad news. My Dad complained of very heavy heartburn at about 5:30pm. He was very quiet and obviously extremely uncomfortable. At 7:30pm, as we were getting ready to leave, my Dad asked for a bedpan to spit up some phlegm of some sort. What happened next was incredible.

My dad opened his mouth and a 6-8 foot stream of fluid came out of him. From that moment on, nothing has been the same.

The Doctors say that he has issues with his Kidneys, his heart, his lungs(which have pneumonia) and now his blood sugar has spiked out of control to a plus 400 level.

And, of course he is on the ventilator. He has struggled with this mightily so finally they decided to give my Dad a medicne which they also gave your Dad.........Dipravin.

My brothers and Sisters ---- five boys and two girls in the family, are constantly at the hospital to give my Mom and Dad support and give each other support, but it is so difficult to stay positive when the news we get (when we get it!!!!) seems to be like a rollercoaster ride. It is amazing how one little piece of information---like....."His urine output was up today---so that is a good sign" and things like that are some how found to be encouraging beyond belief. Our family has gotten closer out of this ordeal..

Thank you for your postings. They were so helpful.

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