Well, It Was a Day

October 23, 2008 at 5:43 am 1 comment

Dan is amazingly strong for a man who had surgery two days ago. But last night the Wound Vac gave us some exciting moments.  The Alarm on the Wound Vac went off at 4:30 and 6:40 a.m this morning.  It was blocked, not draining.  Dan shifted, etc. and it began working okay at 4:45, but at 6:40 it stopped, started, stopped, started but never got the suction to where it was supposed to be.  There is a 2 hour window that it cannot work before it becomes an emergency. It was a stressful 2 + hours.  

We called the 800 number. The Help Desk man walked Dan through testing the machine. It was working.  Then we had to wait until 8:00 to call the Wound Vac office. They worked Dan in at 9 a.m.    The PT found the drain tube pressing against bare skin instead of the sponges.  Dan said, “The pain of adjusting the tube and repacking the wound with fresh sponges made me want to ‘climb’ the walls.”  But the good news is that so far it’s working OK.

Peggy, a friend from church prepared us a lovely meal. Since I didn’t have to spend 1.5 hours chopping raw veggies, I had time to wash 4 loads of clothes. Fall is here. It’s raining and turning cooler today – 20 C.  Will be like that the rest of the week.  Tomorrow I plan to go buy a sweater.  (I left my cool weather clothes in Romania.)

Dan rested most of the afternoon and evening. I even got to lie down and close my eyes for 1/2 hour. Dan is not bedfast.  He was out of bed except for his naps. Our mission now, with God’s help, is to get Dan strong and back on his feet so that we can follow wherever God chooses to lead us.  We hear a voice calling from across the Atlantic, across the Carpathian Mountains, from Transylvania. When I asked God for a short scripture for the blog tonight, twice my Bible opened to a map of the countries around the Black Sea. (Romania is on the Black Sea.)   We pray God will help us answer the call.  — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  October 23, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Dearest Anne and Dan,
    Well, there never seems to be a dull moment with all the modern medicine devices intended to keep us healthy and alive. I truly sympathize with your plight. I comprehend fully the up and down roller coaster ride you endure these days. My “wise” advice (as I am smiling): Hang on for the ride! But seriously, Let go of the problems, but hang onto God while you ride the roller coaster ride through this time. It can surely be an adventure to say the least.

    Peggy sounds like a dear woman helping you with a lovely meal. God is good all the time. God consistently sends us help at just the right moment when we need it most. I’m glad you get to rest from time-to-time during the day after frustrating nights. That is good to get some rest. Going shopping for a sweater will be a nice diversion for you, so please have a bit of fun while you shop. My suggestion: Buy a bright cheery colored sweater to uplift your mood and uplift Dan when he sees you wearing the nice cheery sweater. We love you both very much. You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday for a blessed outcome.

    Scriptures to comfort: Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest . . . learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30-NIV).” “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:7,8-NIV).” God bless you both.

    Love to you, Sherrie


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