Monday, April 7, 2014

SIL update and a thanks...

Sorry I haven't really updated since my last post-especially since I was begging for prayers.  First off, I am so thankful for each of y'all that took time to pray and who continue to pray for my sister in law, K.  It's hard to believe that it's been over 3 weeks since this whole ordeal started.

The most recent updates in regard to everything is that she was moved from the critical care unit, a few days ago, to the stroke unit floor and will hopefully be moved to rehab sometimes this week or at least very soon.  She has no movement on her left side still, is thankfully able to communicate, the clots are going away with the help of medicine, our little nephew is thriving and doing incredible despite all that his mama had endured/is enduring, she will have the right part of her skull off, most likely, until after L's delivery (in July), and she was able to get the feeding tube removed a few days ago also because she is finally able to eat on her own.  She could be in the hospital for another 2 months...or more or less, it just depends on how everything goes.  We've learned very early on this is a day to day process. 

My brother and her and clinging to their faith and hoping and praying that she will be able to regain movement on her left side again-hopefully rehab will get that ball rolling.  So our prayers are definitely for function to her left side and their spiritual/emotional/mental strength throughout all this.  My brother continues to tell me that the night time is the hardest time...things slow down, not as many visitors, and of course you can very easily get lost in your thoughts.  He said it's a night that K will have her moments of sadness and worry for what the future might hold.  I can't even begin to imagine what goes through her mind then.  All that and then of course missing her two other little ones at home...she's one tough lady though and so we will continue to pray that she is able to remain positive.

It really all seems like a bad dream that has occurred.  I don't know how many countless times I have shared the story and every time I begin, "K had a massive stroke...she's pregnant....only 24....had to have a crantinomy....etc..." I feel like I am just reading some bad story about someone else.  But, it's not a dream, nor a story I am reading of someone else's family.  It's my brother and his sweet wife's story.  It's her family's story and it's our family's story.  And because of it I know that we are drawing closer to our Lord and clinging to our faith more than ever before.  Good is and will continue to come from this situation.

I have been able to go down a couple times and am so thankful that I will be able to go down again later this week.  It's hard to be 5 hours away when all you want is to be there for support and help out in any way...but our thoughts and prayers are always with them.

Once again, I apologize for begging for the prayers and then not updating...but like I said, the prayers are greatly appreciated!  My brother said that both he and my SIL talk about how incredible the power of prayer has been with keeping them going during this dark time for them.  Prayer is powerful indeed!

What a Lenten season this has been-one none of us will surely forget.  We are constantly being reminded of offering up our suffering for Him...which, although hard and difficult at times, is so small compared to the suffering He endured for all of us.  God truly loves us, and although there are times that the suffering we endure seem almost unbearable, like a weight upon our chests, we cannot forget to keep our eyes on Him, trust in Him and remember that He is a God of goodness and mercy.  Good will come from the suffering, we just have to remember to trust...even if we don't understand...we must trust and we must have faith. 

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." [Hebrews 11:1]