I arrived home right after 10 a.m. this morning. We were able to get out of the hospital a little earlier than anticipated. The exit from the hospital was not the send off on December 10th which was okay. Sunday’s are pretty laid back days, so we did all of our goodbyes on a personal basis.
Jim one of the nurses we connected with during our first hospitalization was on duty today. He was my nurse a couple of days during this brief stay, so we took advantage of the opportunity to take a departure picture.
After we arrived home we had a visit from the home health care agency nurse who went over the IV infusion instructions. This time around the process is a little different. The antibiotic is administered in the same way as in the hospital (except without the IV pump). This will be a three times a day routine until March.
It is nice to have more sunshine at the end of the day, but this spring time change is always a difficult one to get adjusted to. I took a couple of naps today. I wasn’t sure if it was the time change or the end of seven straight days of therapy or a combination of the two.
I am looking forward to reconnecting with my home physical therapist. I believe he will find that my level of strength and mobility is as good or as better than when I was hospitalized two weeks ago. I return home at a weight close to when I began this journey last July. So now I am back to my normal eating habits and trying to watch the eat-whatever-you-want,as much-as-you-want diet. I now face the challenge of turning weight gain into muscle mass.
Tomorrow begins a new work week. I look forward to the days ahead and to see the progress that will come my way. The changing weather will help me get outside and provide a change of environment from time to time.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
Come,let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Psa. 95:6,7
I am thankful that we are under the Lord’s care whether strong and healthy or sick and weak or somewhere in between. The reality of being under that watch eye and care of the Lord our shepherd is something that should give comfort and assurance to us each day of our lives.
I recently receive a wonderful handwritten note from our friend Chris Coleman.Eli and Chris attend our church when we first returned to Lakewood in 1992. Eli passed away 16 years ago of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She reminded me that Eli had once told me, “I may have Lou Gehrig’s disease but Lour Gehrig’s disease does not have me!” It is that type of focus and confidence in the Lord’s sovereignty over our life that allows us to not be defined by a sickness or disease regardless of how serious. Our hope and identity is in the Lord as we fix our eyes on the eternal. The fact remains He is the Lord, our Maker, we are the people of His pasture, under His care! And that calls us to bow and worship before our great God!
Please Prayer for…
The effectiveness of antibiotics and the process of home administration
Strength for muscles and effectiveness of therapy
Debbie as she handles a challenging patient load
Wisdom for doctors in the medications that I am on (What I need and how much)