Thursday, November 03, 2005

Heart looking better, Jacob said "Hi Mom."

Tonight when I took the kids to visit, Jacob said, "Hi mom." Not bad for a little guy that's not even 19 months old yet. He sat on Denise's lap for quite a while without squirming, and he seemed to be more comfortable with her than yesterday. I remember asking you for prayer on this point a few nights ago. It's working! Keep it up! Gracie was her usual happy self. Denise's doctor walked by and saw Gracie in the room visiting Denise. He could tell that she was eating this up. She loves wearing the gown & gloves. A couple months ago, she wanted to be a nurse. Last night she said she wants to be a doctor instead. Denise's dinner included a glass of red wine tonight. That really surprised me. I didn't think you could get wine in a hospital. My mom, dad, and nurse aunt were on hand to help with the kids. Once again, Denise wanted to sing with my dad, and selected "It Is Well With My Soul." The last time they sang, they did "Amazing Grace" & "I'll Fly Away." Every day, when I speak to her over the phone or in person, I can hear that her voice is getting stronger and getting back to normal.
She had an echocardiogram today. The tech doing the procedure said that her heart looked better, judging from what she could see on the screen. The results are going to be interpreted by the cardiologist. Her ejection fraction last time was thought to be about 30-35, and that was a huge leap from 10 a few weeks before. Let's hope the trend continues. Her vitals at one point today were: heart: 103, blood pressure: 105/61, temperature: 100.9.
Tomorrow there's a tour planned of the rehab center that Denise is supposed to go to next. She was excited to hear that someone told us that there's a warm pool and a cool pool. She's looking forward to the next step. At the same time, she's scared of the pain & time that rehab will take. I was trying to encourage her by reading through some emails & pointing out how far she's come. She said that she can't believe that it's approaching four months that she's been in the hospital. She hears everyone saying how far she's come, but doesn't remember any of it, and so doesn't feel like she has anything with which to compare her current discomfort & frustration. So in addition to the physical healing that you've already been praying for, pour it on for the emotional & spiritual aspects, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful words to hear..."HI Mom". That alone will do wonders for MOM. Praise God! for little boys who remember and bond again. Praise God! for the wonders of Denises continued healing.Glory and Honorto you Father!

November 04, 2005 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Coalinga praying encouragement for Denise.

November 04, 2005 6:50 AM  
Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

I just love everything I am reading. Thank God!

November 04, 2005 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing recovery. You must be so encouraged by the power of prayer!! Keep up the good work, and these wonderful daily postings. It is so encouraging to hear the good news every day!! And there can't be anything better for Denise than to hear her baby saying "Hi Mom!" What joy!
May God continue to bless you all!

November 04, 2005 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several weeks ago all I could say was ...never give up...and you didn't. Thanks for the hand of the Great Physician. May God continue to work in your lives.

November 05, 2005 7:21 PM  

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