Saturday, February 10, 2007

A TENTATIVE PLAN AND HEARTFELT THANKS!

The pulmonary Dr. came by yesterday and said he will try to wean Jim off the ventilator. He backed off a little yesterday, but today he said he would leave it as is. The plan is to try to get him off next week. Jim has responded to a couple of commands but has slept most of today. It is so hard to be in the "waiting room". We want everything to speed up and get on with improving....but we have also learned a powerful lesson on how precious it is to have one more hour, one more minute....

I have never studied every breath and every muscle movement, as I have since Jim's fall. So many things I took for granted, so many moments I passed by as insignificant. His eye's move and my heart beats faster...his hand moves and I run for the nurse. Why do we think we will always have that. All the energy I've put into everyday chores that are now gone from my life and I could care less.

I know these are not "new" thoughts for anyone who has experienced a trauma, I have had a few of those in my life, also. We lost our son, Donnie, 4 years ago this past week. The loss was huge. But each tragedy or trauma, leaves its own mark and brings its own unique change forever. This is one I have never known or know how to walk. But I have an alter of God's faithfulness in past events to cling to and family and loved ones praying and being God's servants in our lives. How do people survive without this?

There is no way we will ever be able to express our thanks and love to all of you who have walked thru this with us. I am so humbled by it all. But I am going to try. Just know this, from all the Maley family, we are forever grateful for all the prayers, notes, cards, calls, visits, food, and many, many other signs of support and love.

Keep praying and we will keep you updated.

Sue

7 comments:

The Pennington's said...

We Love You!
John & Tara

nanmarie said...

Dear Sue and family,
Yes, I feel like I am walking through this with you also. The up and downs, but the hope is always there.
Iknow how hard it is to breath at times and looking at other people laughing and wonder if you will ever be able to laugh again. But God is always with us and gives HIS strength. It is wonderful to see how many people you encounter there at the hospital who are going through the same thing with a loved one. And how you become friends and others that you are a light that will guide them. All my sisters, family and friends and my Sunday School class in Marietta are all praying with you.
Thank you for keeping us updated.
We Love you.
Nannette

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue & Family
I am thinking about all of you and
praying all the time. Roy is in SC.
I will be down Sun to see you and Jim I just know he in my heart he is going to be ok in time.I Love allof you . Get a good nights sleep. Love Roy & Norene

Anonymous said...

GOOD NIGHT SWEET SUE AND ALL OF YOU. WE LOVE YOU AND PRAY YOU MINDS ARE FILLED WITH A RESTFUL SLEEP TONIGHT.

WE ALSO PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE JIM'S WEARY BODY A GOOD NIGHT OF REST AND PEACE.

DAVE AND SHARRY GRAHAM

SAW PETE AND REBECCA IN CHICAGO TODAY AND THEY PRAY ALWAYS FOR YOU, TOO.

Anonymous said...

" In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you fill find me when you seek me." Jeremiah 29:12-13




The McFarlands

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you all know that a prayer meeting our church on Saturday night that we did lift Jim up in prayer. I am trying to keep our ladies prayer group abreast of what is happening with him.
We will continue to pray for him.

Val Price (Lynnette's aunt)

Anonymous said...

Maley family,

Just stoppin by to read the updates and to let you know I have my entire family praying for yours. Although we have not seen each other in years, it's good to know our"family" still stays close in time of need.
Know that you are all loved and are being thought of in this time of need by MANY people. Jim especially, is in our hearts and prayers. May God give all of you the strength to make it through this tough time.
Charlene (Gottfried) Daymude