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    Update Twelve

    June 26, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Dear Family and Friends,

    You would think that, through all of this, I wouldn’t be so shocked each time God answers a prayer. But really, He has acted so quickly over and over in the past few weeks, and I am amazed each and every time.

    Today marks three weeks for this hospital stay, and it was today that we received the wonderful news that Si is ready to come straight home. He walked so far during therapy today that he’ll have to skip the rehab hospital altogether. I had a few things I was nervous about concerning him coming home, but at the top of my list were ability to walk far enough and frequently enough, and ability to oxygenate while breathing normal air.

    When I got to the hospital this afternoon, he was off of his oxygen entirely, and I could see on the monitor that he was holding easily at 94%, which is perfectly respectable. Also, our church allowed me to borrow a walker to help him stay on his feet while he gets his bearings at home.

    I admit I’m still a little anxious. We’re going to have a lot to do for probably two weeks to try and get him back in shape. We’ll spend time with our chiropractor, general practitioner, plasmapheresis nurse, and, hopefully, physical therapy.

    Current prayer requests include our managing of logistics for all of these appointments {including the driving issue}, and Si’s stamina to handle them all. Also, we are praying that our insurance will be amenable to the outpatient plasmapheresis and physical therapy. It has been covered IN the hospital, but it was mentioned to us that we could have some problems OUT of the hospital. We are hoping, also, that we are allowed to have therapy at an office that we like that is also quite close to home.

    And lastly, a prayer request for me, as I handle this transition. Si will be home, but I will still be a single parent in many ways, with more responsibilities rather than less, and sometimes I doubt my ability to do it all. Of course, it helps that all of you have done so much of my shopping and cooking and cleaning over the past month!

    Now that I’ve drowned you all in details, I thought I’d share a bit of poetry from Isaiah. I don’t know about you, but poetry is so soothing to my soul in difficult times. I searched my Bible for passages concerning health, and something in Isaiah really stood out to me:

    I waited patiently till dawn,
    but like a lion he broke all my bones;
    day and night you made an end of me.

    I cried like a swift or thrush,
    I moaned like a mourning dove.
    My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.
    I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!”

    But what can I say?
    He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.
    I will walk humbly all my years
    because of this anguish of my soul.

    Lord, by such things men live;
    and my spirit finds life in them too.
    You restored me to health
    and let me live.

    Surely it was for my benefit
    that I suffered such anguish.
    In your love you kept me
    from the pit of destruction;
    you have put all my sins
    behind your back.

    For the grave cannot praise you,
    death cannot sing your praise;
    those who go down to the pit
    cannot hope for your faithfulness.

    The living, the living—they praise you,
    as I am doing today;
    fathers tell their children
    about your faithfulness.

    Isaiah 38:13-19

    What a story our children have watched unfold here–a story of God’s mercy and faithfulness in our lives. How differently the story could have turned out, and yet God in His grace allowed us to remain an intact family. And my children have a father to tell them about God’s faithfulness.

    And since you have walked beside me through this, you know of His faithfulness in this trial, too.

    Love to you all,

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