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Day 15 Wednesday: Sunshine and Rain

By |2017-09-01T12:19:03+00:00February 16th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

There is something extra sweet about sunshine after a cold rain. The warmth of the sun streaming through the clouds envelops you and sends the warmth right to the depths of your body. You feel a sense of being wrapped up, all warm and cozy. I arrived at work today and shared the news of the evening before. I felt a sense of hopelessness in the midst of everything. I explained to the staff most of what the doctor said and how it would probably be doubtful David would return to work ever. After all, that was the hope I was given in my conversation with the cardiologist. We spoke about plans to continue and how we would do it and set out to the tasks at hand. We would take one step at a time and give God the opportunity to show us the way. My earlier call to the nurse, as I do every morning after I get up was brief, as she was cleaning [...]

Day 14 Tuesday: Reboot!

By |2017-09-01T12:19:03+00:00February 16th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Happy Valentine's Day! The call this morning was good. Maria had cared for David all night during his confusion and being awake most of the evening. One can only imagine the confusion after a week of sedation and being out of touch. She also said that many who come out of the sedation are confused, have their days and nights mixed up and are up all night the first few nights. Today is Valentine's Day. I was excited to see David again today and Wilson and I had planned to go back again in the evening after my lunchtime visit with David. I was excited that he was off the vent tube and that today he would be talking a little better and be more awake! I am so glad I celebrated yesterday afternoon with my flowers and strawberries because today soon became a ride! I started early planning to go see David in the morning and then return later with Wilson to see David, wish him [...]

Day Thirteen / Monday: 0 to JOYOUS!

By |2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00February 14th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Beginning like every other day these past two weeks, the dogs needed taken out, the coffee was not yet in my cup and I had taken my morning probiotic and gulped water down. I hung over the Keurig as my hot Newman's Organic brewed and mused over the news I would receive this morning. Could they bring David's oxygen down to 50% today? Would he be more alert? Tuesday is Valentine's Day, would I be able to wish him the Valentine's Day that almost wasn't? With steady hand I hit the recent calls on my phone and at the top of the list from last night's late call was the number I have grown accustomed to. "Good morning, this is Tanya Hale checking on my husband, David Hale." Then the long pause. This morning it seemed like forever, but Tara was still on duty and answered, out of breath and chipper as ever. "He has done great over night! I just got done bathing him and he [...]

Day 12 Sunday: Another Step on the Journey

By |2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00February 13th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

An absolutely beautiful morning to sit on the front porch with coffee and God. Unseasonably warm, upper 50's and a light breeze, sunshine abounds! I had called to check on David and his nurse reported that he had his bath, was somewhat coherent and nodding in answer to her questions. His nurse overnight confirmed that he remembers nothing of days prior to the moment he is in. His doctors had not been in yet, so little information was available except that he is the same. Just knowing he was awake and responding was encouraging enough for me! With coffee in hand and the early morning unseasonable warmth, I headed to the front porch, one of my favorite spots to be with God. This morning I was lead to begin reading through the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many times I will read different Bible versions and this morning I chose The Message version which is more like novel writing. After reading this version I compare the text to other [...]