Lamentations 3:22-24 (The Message)
"God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left."
More than dad's health, we are praising God for his Word, which has held us up with encouragement. We've shared each precious scripture with Dad and his blood pressure literally drops as he rests in the Lord and his truth. We are praying for God to bless each of you in gratitude for your prayers...our family will never be able to adequately thank you, but we offer our praises to God for His people and their love and trust in Him.
First, the praises! Dad had the doppler test (probably not the technical name, but that's what we call it) today and it showed NO SIGNS OF SPASMS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasospasm)! This is huge. Our eyes were teary with praise as they read the results. He had minor spasms yesterday, so for them to subside today is amazing.
We are praying for several spasm-free days so they can perform the next cerebral angiogram. That is a very invasive procedure so they need extreme confidence that his blood vessels have settled down. But as today is all we have, we are resting in God's grace.
On the flip side, Dad is in more pain than he's been in since the incident first occured. The doctors performed another CT scan this morning to rule out more bleeding. Basically, they just look at us & say "Sorry." When you've had a brain bleed, there is just a significant amount of head pain. But, it WILL go away. I'm not sure if Dad fully believes that at this point, but we (and more importantly, the doctors) assure him it will. He's on very strong pain meds, but even those barely take the edge off. Again, scripture and your words are what give him rest.
He is unable to eat very much, but we are trying to encourage him as best we can, knowing that a feeding tube is looming if he can't choke something down. Mark was able to entice him with a few bites of a hamburger from Houston's last night, but today he hasn't been able to eat/drink much more than water.
So again, we humbly ask for your prayers:
*That dad would sleep soundly
*Headache pain would subside
*Spasms would completely stop
*Peace of mind about work
Right now, Mom is reading dad the story from I Kings--Prophets of Baal v. Elijah. He's loving it. And for those of you who've asked, Mom is great. We are all blessed to experience someone who so fully trusts the Lord with every detail of life.
A sweet friend emailed me this verse.
“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for you have considered
My trouble; You have known my soul in adversities , and have not
Shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a
Wide place.” Psalm 31: 7-8