It’s evident there will have ups and downs as mom recovers. This morning mom keeps a conversation going, clearly doing more than anyone ever expected for her in a matter of a few days. She has gained more physical strength. I love mom’s attitude; she’s expectant and positive God is at work, always smiling. One doctor asked us on the second day if mom usually smiles so much, concerned it could be from the impact of the stroke. We laughed. Mom is always smiling.
Mom’s day nurse says: “We rarely see this kind of progress or such an amazing attitude, especially with this kind of stroke. We’re all encouraged and excited.”
When my brother came to take his turn, I gave him the good news, grateful when I left for work. He sent a text in the afternoon. “Mom has fluid in the lungs.”
My heart sank a bit; however, I know it’s common for someone who has had difficulty swallowing. Fluid is “breathed in” rather than swallowed. In order to ensure the best pulmonary function and keep oxygen at optimum levels, we must give attention to it, delaying our plan to immerse her in rehabilitation. It’s only one step backwards.
Tricia and I come back to the hospital for the evening. Tiffany has been with mom since she left school for the day; she and mom are shopping online. The night nurse asks, “Is she shopping?”
We answer with laughter. I remember the Words God gave us from Psalm 30 for the year 2013:
The deepest pains may linger through the night,
but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning. (Psalm 30:5b, The Voice).
I know we’ve been greeted every morning with joy despite the pain of it all.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s smile in the morning and a day of joy.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God,
From my journal, February 19, 2013.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)