Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Every step changes the view

Last night, Mom and I watched the sunset from her hospital room and commented on how different the same scene can look depending on the time of day. That thought stayed with me through the night as the sweet nurse, Beth, came in at 3AM and started giving Mom a blood transfusion to help strengthen her in preparation for a radiology procedure they'll do today.

View from mom's hospital room about 9PM last night
(click on the picture to enlarge)
It doesn't take a huge mental leap to weave the threads of that same thought into how different a particular situation can look in our lives depending upon our perspective, our faith, and to what degree we're willing to trust the Creator of this beautiful sunset.

View at 9:05PM
Mom's doing much better since she was admitted to the hospital on the 22nd shortly following her third round of chemo. As it turns out, it wasn't the chemo alone that caused her dehydration and other complications. Her resected liver simply couldn't keep up with her body's demands and there was a massive back up of bile (sorry if this is too graphic). They inserted an external drain into her liver on Friday, and it's amazing how much she's improved in recent days. Today they're replacing the external drain with an internal catheter that should help even more as the bile--gunky and gross as it may be--does aid with the digestion and absorption of fat. Everything has its purpose, even the icky stuff.

View at 9:11PM
Amid the pain and endless tests and all else Mom's endured, she and I have managed to laugh a ton in recent days, enjoying this time together. We watched The Closer last night (love that show!), and watched Chevy Chase's European Vacation a couple of nights ago. We're also listening to Elizabeth Edward's Resilience. What an encouraging book!

View at 9:16 PM
We're asking and fully trusting that God will heal Mom of her cancer and that she'll be with us for years to come. We're also trusting in the promise of an eternal home bought with the life-giving blood of Christ and in God's ability to lead us there in the way He knows is best.

View at 6:45AM this morning, shortly after sunrise
Watching the sunrise this morning, I thought of this verse in Lamentations 3:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."

As Mom's resting, getting a second unit of blood even now, I'm thanking God not only for His mercies that are new every morning but also for the person who donated this life-giving blood for this precious woman in my life. And thank you to all you nurses out there! Your skills and sweet encouraging spirits are a tremendous blessing to your patients and their families.

Now to get ready and to do something with this hospital hair, then grab some breakfast in the cafeteria. Blessings on your week and thanks for your continued prayers. Hoping in Him...

6 comments:

  1. Love the pictures and your perspective on the importance of perspective!

    Having spent some nights in the hospital with my mom last year, I know it's not the most comfortable or restful thing in the world. Hugs to you as you care for her.

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  2. Wonderful post, my friend. Keeping you in my prayers. Give your mom a hug from me.

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  3. Hey girl!
    What a wonderful post...and definately one of those stop and think...and thank God...for the good and not-so-good.
    Will you still be coming to Greeley in a week? If so, I am so looking forward to seeing you!
    I miss you friend!
    Hugs,
    Suzi

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  4. Thank you for the lovely post--keeping your mom and your family in my prayers, Tamera!

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  5. Heart-warming post, Tammy. Thank you for sharing it. Praying for you and your mom.

    Hugs,
    ~Jill

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  6. Bless you, friends, and thanks for your continued prayers. I'm headed to ATL again soon, but not soon enough!

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