Archive for April 21, 2009

How Do You Measure?

Is Dan’s overall condition improving?  The swelling is a little better in his knees.  The joints in his hips and knees hurt. At 11:30 at night, his feet and legs are swollen, but the good news is that the pain is lessened by 2 Ibuprofen instead of a strong pain killer that makes him sleepy  and not think clearly when his eyes are open. He took his vital signs at 6:30 p.m.  Everything was fine except that the heart rate was pushing into the 90’s.   

The cavity is  slowly healing inside, but the flap over the cavity only has a little hole about 1/4 of an inch wide down at the bottom of the flap.  The nurses insert the 1/2″ cotton tape through that hole quickly.   I work for 45 minutes  bending over Dan with my head hanging down to see the hole, but the tape only goes through the hole one of every 4 times I push the tape with the tiny wooden end of a long q-tip.  So far, we are keeping the infection from taking hold.

While the physical therapist helped Dan walk with a cane, I went to the beach.  The sun was hot.  I took my shoes off and walked on the cold, wet sand right at the water’s edge.  Before long, I was walking in the water, playing a little game of “How far can I go without getting my clothes wet?”  The force of the waves was so strong that when the water was just ankle deep, it splashed up to my knees before rolling back out to sea.  My toes got so cold they hurt.

 The sunset tonight was glorious.  The entire sky was an orange/pink curtain that went down to the rich blue water.  Then, flame colored clouds formed above the dark blue water.  Suddenly it felt like I was looking at a Japanese silk painting…the sky, the sea did not look real!  God is a magnificent artist.  Being with nature today brought some joy into my heart again.

 Melissa said tonight, “Having a real tough time with 2 Cor 12:9-10. How do we brag about weakness? ” — ” But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  My best explanation?  Maybe when we are messing up, but our faith is strong enough to let Jesus take control, we can be thankful.  Thankful that we don’t try to do everything without the help of Jesus. — Anne and Dan

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