This was an awesome weekend! For the first time in 5 months we were involved in military ministry again in our home. Andrew, one of our spiritual sons is here for 23 days doing his reserve duty. What great fun it was to catch up, reminisce, eat together, and pray together! Last night we ate pizza, and brownies and played Golf (one of our favorite card games). Then today we ate Mission BBQ. I didn't want to task Yvonne with having to cook for our weekend activities yet. Then we ate…Continue
Today Yvonne started outpatient physical therapy. They are working on stretches for her legs and back. Please pray that they will be able to help her get to the point where she will be able to walk as she puts it, without the walker. We still need your prayers! This ahs been a long journey and it seems to be far from over! Thank you all for your support over the past four months!
Additional report: This morning Yvonne stood up by the side of our bed (she's done that a few times before) without using her walker or support from me. Then she took a few halting steps forward. Then she stood still and took a few more steps. Ultimately, she took ten steps forward and then took ten steps backward! But the really good news is that she did it a second time, and a third time! Praise God! She is on the road to a full recovery! God is so good!
I want to thank everyone again for your continued prayers for Yvonne. She has come a long way with your prayers and love and God's healing power! She now no longer uses the wheelchair! She walks around the house and in the back yard and for short walks down the driveway and the sidewalk. God is good! We're believing for the promise He gave us before her…
I want to thank all of you for your tremendous prayer support through the last three months! Yvonne is getting stronger and stronger. God is indeed restoring her to health and healing her wounds! April 30th will end her home health care with PT and OT. Our next visit with the surgeon is on the 27th of the month. We will request he then authorize outpatient physical therapy. Today we went to Sam's Club together; but this time she got in one of those little electric scooters and drove…Continue
My son just started March 27.
The Occupational Therapist came again today and took Yvonne upstairs again. This time into our bedroom and had her get into bed. She's very encouraging and says Yvonne should be able to sleep upstairs soon. Working toward that!! The other day she had Yvonne standing by the washing machine doing laundry. More and more PT and OT is focused on getting her out of the wheelchair and standing with the walker. Praise the Lord! Starting yesterday she wears a bone growth stimulator 2 hours a…Continue
God is good! I am so thankful for what He has been doing in Yvonne's recovery. Unfortunately, last night Yvonne was really sick! I mean throwing up sick. It was a hard night. I slept downstairs on a makeshift mat to be there for her fast if needed. She is resting comfortably today. She's totally wiped out but feeling better! We do appreciate all of your prayers and ask you to continue praying for us. Thanks!
Wow! What a day today was! The Nurse came today at 8:00 to change Yvonne's bandage. 10:00 was the Home Health Aid came for a bath. In between I put the Tub transfer bench together. Then 11:00 the Occupational Therapist came and put Yvonne through the wringer! She transferred her for the first time to the stair lift. So Yvonne went upstairs. They practiced going from the stair lift, to the walker, and then to the transfer bench in the tub (pictures included). Then she rode the stair…Continue
I am amazed at what the Sentara Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists have accomplished with Yvonne in just two weeks. Today the Occupational Therapist was here and had Yvonne transitioning from bed to wheelchair to commode and back using her walker. It was significant progress again today. Thank you Jesus! I can't say it enough, God is answering our prayers abundantly! Afterwards we went out and sat on the patio for a while. Tomorrow we go and see Dr. Shuff the surgeon for…Continue
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Wanted to post an update on Yvonne's recovery before I head upstairs to bed for the night. Today was another very good day for her! The Lord continues to bless. I know He is hearing and answering your prayers. Thank you so much for your faithful support!!! Yvonne was relatively pain free today. The Physical Therapist came and had her do several standing exercises. The therapist was very pleasantly surprised at what she was able to do! The Sentara Home Health Care therapists are MUCH…Continue
Today was a GREAT day! Yvonne's pain seems to now be controlled well. Our AC and Heating unit quit working yesterday. We called a repair company and their technician came out two hours BEFORE our appointed time Yea! After troubleshooting our system he initially said it was our ductwork and the repair would cost us between $5000 - $8000. I begged God to have mercy on us and change that somehow. A few minutes later the technician said he was wrong, and that the problem was a bad switch…Continue
It looks like we've got the leg seizing under control now with a second dose of Gabapentin at night. Her feet and legs are swollen and causing her some concern. Tonight we put the compression stockings she brought home from the hospital on her legs to try to help that. The weather was so beautiful that I took Yvonne out onto the patio in the back where she sat in the sun in her wheelchair for a couple of hours. She really enjoyed that! I cleaned up the flower beds around the patio. We…Continue
I know it's been several days since I posted an update on Yvonne. Sorry. She has been home from the rehab center for a week tomorrow. It's great having her home! Sarah and Jacob have been staying here with us too. They have really helped Yvonne's spirit and blessed her heart! Yvonne is up and active quite a lot each day. However with that there is a price to pay. She has been experiencing increased pain at times. Especially at night when her back and legs "seize up". We called the…Continue
Does anyone know what is an underway vs. a deployment. My son is getting ready to go on an underway for a month and he is very nervous and is not excited at all. My heart breaks for him. We stay positive and excited for the adventure, but when I get off the phone, I begin to cry. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Praise God! Yvonne came home from the rehab center yesterday. We've spent yesterday afternoon and all day today getting used to her being home and her figuring out how to navigate the house in a wheel chair. The Sentara Home Health Care nurse is coming to being their work with Yvonne tomorrow afternoon. She will have nursing care, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy as well as a Certified Nurses Aid. She is getting stronger each day. Please pray that she will get back the use of…Continue
Thank you for your continued prayers. I found out yesterday that they are discharging Yvonne on Friday of this week. I am now trying to scurry around to get things set up to bring her home - safely! The Rehab center, believe it or not, has been out of one of the major pain meds Yvonne needs for two days! She's really hurting! They did finally get the med in this evening. Pray for me as well that I know everything I need to do to get her home safely.
Yesterday one of the aids wanted to get Yvonne transferred from her bed to a wheel chair and was not close enough to assist when her legs buckled on her again. This time the PT supervisor as well as the director of nurses all got involved to make sure that didn't happen again. They are now requiring two aids to assist when transferring Yvonne. As a result she had more pain than usual, especially last night. Today was better. Two aids moved her from the bed to a wheel chair today -…Continue
Please pray for Yvonne's legs. Periodically they are simply giving out when she stands on them. Or moves from the bed to the wheel chair, or to the toilet, or elsewhere. It takes several people to lift her up. The PT people are concerned about it and mention it often. I've seen it happen. As they move closer to her coming home, it is a safety issue for her and for me. I know God can strengthen her legs so this stops happening. Please pray about this for us. Yvonne came home today for…Continue