We are so thankful to all who are praying and helping us through this time. We are overwhelmed with gratitude!
The following update is written by Sarah. I’m so thankful for her love and insight. Enjoy!
Recovery and Room Assignment
Lynley Champion arrived just as Dr. Archer was giving us the update on the surgery as Zach was in recovery (around 4:00). Our parents left and she came up with us to recovery. She had 83 days of experience here at Mott when her nephew dealt with some radical issues that eventually took his life. She was a great encouragement and friend to have.
In the room, the Resident (doctor in training) took Zach’s history and enjoyed getting to know our family in this brief synopsis form 🙂 Zach is doing well. They’re managing his pain with a little Morphine and Tylenol. He nursed at 4:30 in Recovery and then again he took one side at 7:30. Praise the Lord! Nothing like mamma’s milk. Donna Alberta (our pastor’s wife and sweet friend who came around 7:00) and I were joking about the meds. We joked that he’s on a cocktail of morphine and mamma’s milk 🙂 mmmm…. we should coin a new drink name 🙂
We are tired and heading to rest soon. But the overwhleming feeling is one of peace and contentment right now. Later I’ll share some reflections on John 10 as I was reading today. But for now, we are well. We are being upheld by our great Saviour Jesus who is interceding on our behalf before the Father and is hearing the prayers of his saints (that’s all of you!). There aren’t words to express our gratitude for your care and prayers. Thank you…
Discharge hopefully tomorrow…
We have been told we will be discharged tomorrow. If you’ve been in the hospital or known someone else who has, you know how easily that can shift! We haven’t seen his eye socket yet. It’s still covered with the gauze pressure patch. He opens his good eye and looks at us, still pretty groggy.
After leaving we’ll visit the opthomology clinic–Kellogg Eye Center–just around the corner here and the doctor will remove the patch and inspect it, making sure it’s healing well. All it needs for care is antibiotic ointment. I think that moment will be very hard. I’m anticipating a feeling of my heart breaking and overwhelming loss I think…
We’ll have the option to patch his eye if we desire. I think we might do that for a bit. Perhaps easing into the new reality…We’ll see. For now, pray we would all sleep in heavenly peace tonight.
Meanwhile back at the ranch…
I spoke with Rebekah (our oldest – almost 12) this evening to let her know Tim would stay here the night with Zach and me. As I asked her how the day went she so articulately and beautifully described the flow of the day, the comings and goings of helping friends, meals, naps, school pick ups and drop offs, daily routines…She was so stable and confident. I was struck with pride at the mature young lady she’s becoming before my eyes. Then she shared, in such a genuine, concerned and thoughtful way, that she thought this whole thing was really much harder on us as parents and adults then it is on them as kids. How teary we would get when we talked about what was happening and things… It was so sweet to me to see how she was tuned in to the differences in our experiences because of age and relationship etc.
Love to all,