I have just spent the last 15 minutes singing & listening to the song "Dem Bones," with our granddaughter, Olive. She has pjs that have "glowing" skeleton bones on them - hence the song.
Today was Day 70 of Jim being in the hospital. We feel a little like our bones are "Dem Dry Bones." But just as God told Ezekiel to connect those bones and that they would walk around, we are doing more walking around and feel like we are being connected to "reality" more and also have a future.
On the attached photo you can see handsome Jim again - and no nose tube!! After 50 days the tube finally came out last Thursday, Jan. 19th!! So Jim's voice is getting stronger and he is now able to chew on crushed ice. So these are great improvements.
The "kinks" that have to be worked out yet are:
- Jim has a bit of infection from the stomach-peg site, but not on the outside, so he is on antibiotics.
- Jim is still on longer/smaller feeds, and he needs to be "broken in" to larger and 4 feeds daily. He is already
administering his on meds through the tube, so we are adapting to being on "tube feeds" for possibly
up to 2 or 3 months. So life will be a bit different when we get home, but we will be home!
- Then we have to be signed off from all the doctors and get all the arrangements made with the follow-up.
We realized today how much we have to be thankful for in that Jim is not disabled in his movement and that his kidneys are continuing to improve each day. Praise the LORD!!
Thank all of you for your continued concern and prayers. What a journey we have been on together.
So that's the news for today - Chinese New Year's.