It was a wakeful night with muscle aches, breathing challenges, and a nightmare, but when the sun came up there was joy in the air! Katy is in good spirits and it is a beautiful day. This is a great time to tell you that Katy is so happy to be home. She had a list beside her bed last night of things to get accomplished today. She always does that. It was just good to see her doing it again! In many ways we have seen small changes that give us reason to praise God for answered prayer. For one thing, she is now able to recline at night. For the past 6 weeks she has had to sleep sitting up. We have also seen her adjust to her pain medication and she is able to work through pain without taking any of the extra pain relievers she was given for “break-through” pain. Therefore she is able to think more clearly. And for more good news, she ate more rice today at 3PM and as soon as the pain became unbearable we took a stroll out to the yard to keep things moving. It stayed down!
We are taking one day at a time, and we’re so grateful for days like these. Something she had on her list of things she’d like to accomplish was climbing the stairs to see her room. The day is not over!
The small groups in our church recently took some classes on knowing our spiritual gifts, and discovering our God-given talents and life experiences, and then we were challenged to use what we learned to benefit the church. Our small group decided to make a hiking chair for a lady named Melody. She is a delightful lady with health challenges that have left her wheelchair dependent. Our small group asked her if we could design a hiking chair similar to a sedan chair to make it possible for her to hike with us up a mountain just to see the view. She agreed and the chair was designed and built by Paul and Bruce Pelish. The men in our small group helped with the planning, and the women are planning the picnic lunch for the hiking event. So here is the rest of the story. The chair is built but not quite finished and sitting in our garage. Katy wanted to go down to the creek but wasn’t sure she could make it on foot. The hiking chair was ready to go! Thank you, Bruce, and the members of our small group. We had no idea when we started how God would bless our efforts. WOW.