Monday, January 17, 2011

Hospital with Grams

We've had quite an eventful few days in our family with Mom's sickness and a sea of uncertainty concerning her condition. It's been very difficult to see her (who is typically a pillar of strength in our family) so weak and ill, but it's been remarkable to see her progress from being bed ridden and barely able to breath to smiling, laughing and chatting with us (though she's still quite weak).

As you likely already know, Mom was admitted to the hospital with tightness and pain in her chest and severe shortness of breath. They found water on her lungs and around her heart and elevated enzymes which indicated some sort of heart failure. Further tests showed abnormalities in the function of other organs as well.

Today she had an arteriogram which indicated that her heart is in perfect condition! We are so grateful to know that this main organ hasn't been permanently damaged! The doctors determined that she was stable enough to be released from the hospital this evening (though I personally have concerns it may be premature). She's still quite weak, needs lots of rest, and will see a specialist in coming days about other concerns, but we are deeply grateful for the positive report we received today and are believing for God's continued touch and healing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and encouragement! It means so much to our family!

My sister, Sarah, and her son/clone, Dawson :)
My Dad and Dawson. . . He's so glad he finally has boys after 2 decades of nothing but estrogen! I'm honestly not sure how he survived 4 women!
Aunt Sarah gave Jonah LOTS of chocolate to occupy him at the hospital. He was in heaven!
Jonah ADORES Dawson!! It's so cute to see them together!!
Grandad (who Jonah has been calling Pa-Pa today, which will likely stick) was quite the playground! He occupied Jonz for hours. I love seeing them together! :)
Aunt Sarah shared her headphones, which Jonah loved. So much like his Daddy!

And this is a picture of Grams (hopefully she won't kill me for posting it!) ;) . . . I think she looks absolutely beautiful! It's remarkable how healthy she looks here in comparison to days prior. Those of you who saw her will be baffled by it, I'm sure. In some ways, this picture doesn't to justice to how weak and sick she still feels, but it is a good testament to the progress that has been made!
We're praying for a full recovery for Mom! I believe we have seen (and will continue to see) the healing power of God to manifest in her body! We are also asking God to give the doctors wisdom and direction as they sift through tests, issue a diagnosis and determine the most effective course of treatment.

Thank you for continuing to pray and believe with us! It means more than I can adequately express!!

1 comment:

Amber said...

So glad to see this post. Your mom does look so good. Glad the boys had each other to help pass the time. Did Jonah get absolutely wild with all that chocolate?