Bethany is continuing to hold steady, all numbers are normal except temp, as she is still fighting the infection.
Please continue pray against the infection. BE GONE IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!!
Another new request is for Beth’s next step. The nurse mentioned last night that Beth would probably be moved out of ICU to a facility in Post Falls, ID. This would present a huge issue for us as it would mean a 30 minute drive each way. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but currently we walk 4 or 5 blocks to get to the hospital, and there is a closer hospital that she could go to except for one issue: her ventilator. We’ve been told two different things in regards to….hold on, the nurse just walked in and clarified things a bit.
So, when Beth moves to the next phase, in order for her to go to an extended care facility she needs to be able to participate in physical therapy for at least 3 hours. (Not all at once, one hour of this, one hour of that, etc.) But since she’s not very responsive right now, she will need to go to Post Falls where they will push her to her limits, according to Nurse Crystal (like the hot sauce. My way to remember her name). This is what we want ultimately, a place where they work on every aspect, physical, mental and one other I can’t recall. Once she’s able to do more, then she can be transferred to St. Luke’s which is the same distance away as Scared Heart where she is now.
She just opened her eyes wide a few minutes ago. I jumped up and talked with her, and normally her eyes snap to mine, but this time she just stared up at the ceiling, even when I was putting my face in front of her eyes. She just had pain meds at 3:00am so she’s probably pretty groggy.
When I came in the nurse told me she had given the pain meds to her recently because she wanted to see if she could get Bethany to sleep better at night and be more awake during the day. Hmmm, for some reason that doesn’t sit with me right.
1st off, Beth is normally a night owl and sometimes doesn’t get going until 3 or 4:00 AM, which are the times when I’ve seen her most responsive. So why mess with her normal biorhythms? Secondly, is it really up to the nurse to change routines just to test out a theory? Shouldn’t she consult with the doctor? I don’t know, I kind of wished we had been part of that decision as we know Beth, they don’t. Of course they know medicine, we don’t. Hmmmm……
So, please continue to pray for Bethany’s brain to heal, the infection to be knocked out of her system, and the ventilator tube to be removed soon.
And of course for God to continue to guide us in decisions that have to be made concerning the next step for Beth.
As always, thank you so much for all the prayers, support, both physical, mentally and financially. All very much appreciated.
Yesterday we took a break from the recent routine. I think we all needed a mental and physical break, so after church we all met downtown for quick lunch and then walked over several bridges and were treated to an amazingly powerful show of the Spokane River flowing at max capacity.
We couldn’t help but compare it to the power of God. The water is so powerful, amazingly loud, and completely awe inspiring. And yet, a drop in the bucket compared to God’s power.
Here are a couple of pictures and a link to a video we did. Even though we really enjoyed being outdoors and with each other, Bethany was in our thoughts at every moment.