It was amazing! Completely last-minute. William & I were both thinking of it, then finally said something to one another and we were so excited to plan and prep! We were giddy with anticipation. To celebrate what the Lord has given us. My husband. My son’s father. Living life together. I’m so thankful.
We were truly overwhelmed by how many of our wonderful friends and family popped by to give us hug, celebrate with us and have a margarita! It really is a humbling response to look around and realize how many people love and support us. As we hope to do for them. Of course, during the illness it was the same wonderfully, overwhelming response. The huge amount of support that came around us. But, this weekend, it was in celebration. Not grief. Praise be to God!
Thank for rejoicing with us! It’s easy to move on with life and forget how amazing our God really is. How he showed Himself in a very dynamic way last summer. His healing, restoration, answered prayers, support, grace and love. So, thanks for stopping for a moment to celebrate His glory!
A friend, Cathy, shared an announcement with the group. She heard the song titled What a Difference a Day Makes. She mentioned, on 5/4/11, we were unsure of William’s survival. A day later he wakes and after hearing nurse Tara say it’s 5/5/11, he proceeds to say “It’s Cinco de Mayo” and asks for a margarita. Cathy pointed out what he said showed right then and there, not only was God giving him back to us, his brain was active and working! I never thought of it that way. What a difference a day makes.
To all who couldn’t be there, you were missed! And, to my best friend, on the verge of tears because she couldn’t be here … Take a look. You were there for it all!!!
Surgery went great! The doctor is very pleased with the results thus far. I’m so thankful that the Lord’s given us an amazing doctor who takes wonderful care of my loving husband. In addition to cleaning the infection and removing polyps, the doctor looked at the previous surgery repairing the CSF leak to make sure it healed correctly and no longer leaking CSF. It all looks good!!! YEAH!
Thank you to all of you who have been so considerate towards us. For loving us, praying with us, and just living the past six months with us. Your prayers, words, and concerns have impacted us so greatly. It’s been glorious to see the body of Christ come together
It’s been a long time since I’ve written a ‘William’s condition’ post! So much to be thankful for in the time the Lord’s given us.
William is having surgery this week, 11-16-11. After the main surgery this summer to repair the hole leaking CSF, we knew there’d be a good chance to go back for more “clean up” (if you will.) Our wonderful doctor will be cleaning an infection on the side surgery was perfromed. Then, he’ll be removing polyps from the other side. “Just a spring cleaning”, said William.
Please pray that all will go well! We love you all.
Love, William’s wife
My 3 boys. My 3 loves.
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To My Favorite Person: William!
Happy Birthday To You
True to form, Will’s request for his birthday was to have a quiet night at home. And, it was fabulous. Rick & Bea stopped by for a little while and we enjoyed their company and the brownies that came with them! (Which ended up being my naughty breakfast today…coffee + sweets = weak in the knees!)
We had a delicious dinner; enjoyed each other’s company; and started the night reading Psalms 91. This was the first scripture our pastor (Heath) led the church in prayer for William’s recovery. We reminisced over the gift God gave us in Will’s life; and what he spared us from two and a half months ago. I couldn’t help but think what yesterday could have been like; but instead, we focused on God’s goodness that He pours to us and can simply say, “thank you.” It was a perfect evening for my wonderful husband. Happy birthday babe! Here’s to many more birthdays together; I love you!
(If you’ve never read Psalms 91, here it is. I’ve bolded the section which our pastor focused our prayer for William)
My Refuge and My Fortress
1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
As I’ve talked to so many, you seem surprised to hear me chirpy. It’s funny how walking into the hospital with my husband is far easier than watching ambulatory men take him away. I also felt completely at peace with the decisions we’ve made for Will’s surgery.
Just to update you on what you can pray with us about.
- Surgery did go great. The surgeons were thrilled with the results. I must say, as I sat in the waiting room, it was pretty exciting to watch the ENT walk toward me to deliver news, as he was beaming with a smile! (phew!)
- He was able to find the hole – which was the size of a pinhole! Can you believe that?! Then, after finding it, he made it slightly bigger and began patching it up.
- Will’s been feeling ok. He’s a little swollen, as expected. He has to lay down and can only be elevated up to 15 degrees because they don’t want any pressure affecting the area of his brain where surgery was done. That part alone, is starting to drive him a little bonkers. Understandably.
- We hope today they pull the lumbar drain out of his spine. From there we’ll be able to see how well his body does adjusting. The hope is he’ll be fine and won’t have any side effects; they’re really testing to see if he gets any sudden spinal headaches.
- Please pray for patience. As well as things are going, it’s always difficult to watch the person you love be in any sort of discomfort.
- I’m praying for a sweet reunion between Cartie & Will. I know they miss each other greatly. (balancing time between my son & my husband has given me a highly compassionate understanding into the life of single moms. And I’ve just barely gotten a taste of it!)
I’m telling you people, hang around the ICU enough, and those people start to become like family. Some people have the saddest, heart breaking stories. And others, just need somebody to listen. Which might be one of greatest lessons I’ve learned in the past couple months; to be quick to listen, and slow to give advice.
It is funny too, how each time I walk down a hallway in the hospital, I inevitably run into a staff member we’ve gotten to know. A nurse or doctor or Will’s “lift team.” They all are so quick and eager to ask me how Will’s doing. Maybe it was because he was such an extreme case for quite some time; I’m sure hoping and praying they saw the Lord work a miracle. Not medicine – not doctors – not luck.
Williams surgery went great!!! What a sweet relief …. How great is our God that He would shower us with the richness of His blessings. We are waiting to see Will as he wakes up and get him transferred to recovery. Let us offer up praises to God for His gift of life to us!