Monday, January 26, 2009

Phil 4: 4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I'm sitting in our room at the hospital. His antibiotic is already done infusing and Frank is sleeping on and off, watching TV. We have a private room with a bed today, instead of being in the open room with 15 chairs or more. We're thankful for days like these.

I don't know how the rooms get doled out, but God knew we needed this room today.

Lisa called me at 3 am to tell me Momma was taking my Daddy to the ER for chest pain and shortness of breath. He's in Cardiac ICU now and stable. It's pneumonia and fluid on the lungs, but the Atrial fibrillation he's trying to get over isn't helping the situation either. Lisa is with Momma and they are sweet to keep the phone on so I could hear things going on in the room from time to time so I don't feel so far away.

Frank and I prayed for Daddy. We prayed for Frank. And we longed for answers today that would send us home.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Frank had to have platelets yesterday. They were 19. They had been 20 for several days. He must have lost one. We looked everywhere for it, and couldn't find it, so a replacement was in order.

After we got home last night, he didn't feel well. He slept for a long time, and still felt bad. I took his temp and it was 101.8. Not good. He took a shower and got in the bed. I checked it often, and it came down pretty quick. After talking with the nurses today, they think it may have been a slight reaction to the platelets.

His CRP (inflammation marker) went up again today. It's 44. It was 48 when we got here. It had been going down, but in the past 2 day, it has gone back up. His blood work looks good today but the nasal washing he did the other day came back positive for mold. Huh? Positive for mold. How do you get that? You breathe it in the air. Oh. Whose air? Any air. Hum, good to know.

So, as I type, and Frank rests and watches TV, we are awaiting orders for how to treat ~ how do I say ~ mold in your nasal cavity? When we know, you'll know. See now, there just may be some educational benefits to reading the blog!

We had a long talk with Deena, our APN and dear friend today. She has always had a special way of being able to talk to Frank, and me too, in a very candid, real, yet sensative way. It meant a lot to hear her not only affirm but agree with Frank's decisions and be supportive, esp from her vantage point. She has been a wonderful caregiver, advocate and friend, and feel so blessed to know her.


Well, we've left the hospital ... with no new meds. They said come back tomorrow. There's winter watch tonight in effect for Little Rock. Frank and I left to pick up some groceries "just in case" - but so did everyone else in Little Rock. :) He kept the car warm and toasty for us and we got in and out of there pretty quick.

Tomorrow will be a big day. As you pray for specifics, please pray for my daddy, Bill, for complete healing and for my mom and family as they care for him. Please pray for wisdom as Frank see's the infectious disease doctor about the nasal washing results that came back and with Dr. Barlogie. We are still praying that any sign or hint of infection will go away, so we can go home.

Isaiah 55: 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

Phil 1: 3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

With much love from our heart to yours.... Frank and Peggy


Anonymous said...

I love that you wrote on the last line, 'from our heart to yours', and not the plural 'hearts'. You two clearly share one heart and you have definitely found your way into all our hearts. Praying for all the specifics...robin d

Anonymous said...

Praying for you guys to be infection free so you may return home and for Dr. Brody's healing. Had the pleasure of taking a journalism class from your dad many years ago, and really enjoyed my time as his student. I love your outlook. I love that your family can be together with the decision to home school. Love seeing that answered prayer. Great picture -- thanks for sharing.

pat coe said...

Mold!!!!??? Must be a southern thing! Praying for it to be gone and for a good news day. Going to see your mom and Lisa today. Frank you look too darn good to be sick-neat picture of you all. Love, Pat C

Bob Lawrence said...

We may be in a desert out here in San Diego and short on rain - but we are never short on prayers for Frank, and your Dad. Today's Encouraging Word and Scripture from K-LOVE seems so appropriate for your family and those of us raising you up. "I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray." Psalm 17:6

Anonymous said...

What a great picture! I'm thankful you got the room you needed, and I'm praying for your dad, Peggy, and for you, Frank, to be free of infection, and to get rid of that mold! You both are such an encouragement and inspiration to me. Love to all of you, Karen