Monday, January 25, 2010

the power of prayer



Just a quick update on my MIL. Friday's surgery went as smooth as it could have, and I really want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes.  I believe that prayer, whether it stretches across countries or oceans, is one of the most powerful things that we can do for one another and I can tell you I certainly felt it all the way over here.

We were at the hospital from about 11 - 8pm on Friday and then back on Saturday from 4-8. My MIL has been remarkably strong and has been such a trooper through everything (poor woman has a huge purple bruise from the nurses not being able to get the IV in - ouch!) She was able to get up, walk around etc the next day but her left side/arm area was understandably sore.  We will have to go back in a few weeks to hear the pathology report and discuss treatment options and next steps.

This weekend at the hospital I was reminded how fragile life can be and how thankful I am to have my health.  Without it, the sense of independance, empowerment, and dignity goes right along with it - and it is so sad to see so many patients that have to stay in the hospital for an indefinite period of time.  I also was reminded of how nurses and caregivers in the hospital work such long and brutal hours, and really have to deal with every type of unpleasant situation possible.  I pray that God will continue to give these special angels a compassionate heart and patience beyond what anyone of us could bear.

I spent 3 hours yesterday making a week's worth of meals for my in-laws. They were very surprised and overwhelmed with gratitude when we brought it all over last night but I feel it's my duty and honor and not a chore at all. It was somewhat therapeutic for me, plus I like to cook (even though I rarely make 5 meals in one shot) and I didn't know what else I could do to help make the road to recovery a bit easier.  My MIL is vegetarian so anyone has any great vegetarian recipes to share that would be great - I always incorporate veggies in my meals but not usually have all veg dishes as DH is a big carnie - as am I, in moderation :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

9 comments:

  1. Glad everything went ok and you are doing well!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Happy your MIL is doing well. How very thoughtful of you to make those meals.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm happy that your MIL's procedure went smoothly and that she is hopefully on the mend. She's luck to have you and your husband to help out with things like meals while she recovers. That really does help!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wendy, I am so glad that all went as well as it could have. *hugs* I am thinking of you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  5. So glad to hear she is doing well!!
    That was soooo nice to make all those meals. Too bad we don't live closer. ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. You are awesome! Your MIL is lucky to have you and I'm happy to hear she's doing so well!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I am glad to hear all is well! You are a wonderful person!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am so sorry to hear about all that has been going on with your MIL. Breast cancer is such a terrible disease. It was so wonderful of you to cook all those meals for them - that definitely helps the recovery process!!

    I will continue sending prayers to you and your family.

    Thanks for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I know that I'm a few days behind, but I've been trying to think of an awesome vegetarian recipe for you and your MIL. I was a vegetarian through college and grad school, up until I met my husband...who will inherit the family cattle ranch. So that lifestyle went out the window years ago (oh the things I do for love). And I admit that although I LOVE to bake, I'm not really all that much of a "cook" (my husband doesn't complain, but it's nothing too exciting). But if you're interested in my mom's banana bread recipe (which I personally think is the BEST banana recipe I've ever tasted), I've posted it before, here: http://blessedinarizona.blogspot.com/2009/06/recipe-request.html. I'm so glad that your MIL is doing better. Your family is in my prayers as she continues to recuperate. God bless!

    ReplyDelete