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!