Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Monday, February 15, 2016

God Sustains the Weak and Weary {One Thing Our Marriages Desperately Need Today ~~ A Husband's Heartfelt Words as His Wife's Heart was Weak #HeartMonth}

{To read Part 1, the beginning of the series:
click here first.}

The path we were on was completely unmarked for us. But, it was not unknown to God.

Eighteen days past surgery, September 16th, with all the dips and turns in this valley we were going through, we continued to trust that God was sovereignly in control and was holding my life in His hands and would sustain us through this time of darkness.

Jon cried out to God and shared these words as I was put back to sleep and re-intubated:
I need to go for a long walk here and process lots. I will have more answers around 4:00 or 5:00 this afternoon. 
A collaborated doctor decision to move forward proactively and really take necessary steps to improve Rebekah's condition quicker and break this endless cycle that will not fully happen by managing with BiPAP machine for days or weeks has been approved and is underway now. 
TPN was something they were going to try later today to feed with nourishment through IV and wait to see if she regained enough strength to work harder at breathing and physio program. Her oxygen levels are fine but weakness due to lack of food because of BiPAP risks and being too sleepy with rising CO2 gasses has her unable to get the deep breaths she needs to strengthen and really naturally keep her gas levels down.

Around noon today Rebekah has been put back to sleep with the breathing tube. They can also get food to her stomach and not worry about IV intervention with TPN. Watching her fall asleep was difficult and I have to have to go and just talk this one out with God.

The doctors now can do the scheduled cat scan of her chest at 2:00 and also do a scope on her lung to assess it much more accurately. An echo was done this morning of her heart. An ultrasound of her lung was done too. The ultrasound revealed no fluid buildup so the  scope is necessary to know what is going on for sure. The cat scan will reveal if there is any infection and if so they can grow a culture and provide the best antibiotic to clear that up. If there are parts of the lung that have decreased in function since the operation they can treat that also much better to help wake them up. 
Rebekah may be sleeping for the next couple of days. Not fully sure on that yet. This will certainly prolong our stay here but the way it was wasn't going anywhere either.
She is relaxed and I was able to comfort and reassure her of God's power and His control over all of this even though this time in the valley is long, hard, and full of uncertainty.

I'm okay with watching my tears fall 23 floors from my balcony at the hotel down onto Gerrard St. because as I battle to give up my worry and release my anxiousness I know God will supply my every need and I will cling to and claim His promise to sustain me. 
When Elijah was ready to give up and go no further, God sent the ravens to nourish him and keep him going. Our God has not changed!

- Jon


This is part 10 of the series:
One Thing Our Marriages Desperately Need Today ~~ A Husband's Heartfelt Words as His Wife's Heart was Weak
{for #HeartMonth.}

You can read Part 1, the beginning of the series here.

Read Part 11 here.

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