Watching my husband sleep while finally being able to take deep breaths in his hospital bed reminds me of the same joy I felt watching him sleep with our babies.
And I am so deeply grateful for the amazing Doctors at Stanford Hospital that have helped my hubby these past 2 weeks — and for how things are progressing day by day!
Just yesterday afternoon a total of 450 cc of inflammation and blood clot were flushed from Jay’s chest tube after an excruciating procedure. Though painful, this is good for the body.
Like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
After Jay had a good night’s sleep he was up and walking with his brace and walker. He was happy, until he heard he needed another flush. They had to do it again and I got to see just how science and medicine work with aromatherapy and prayer.
Jay told the Intern Champlain that came to pray with him, “This is kind of like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.”
If you don’t know that story it’s where Jesus prayed so intently, it is said he had tears of agony and blood knowing the beatings and crucifixion that were ahead of him. He asked God to “take this cup from him” but if it wasn’t possible then Thy will be done.
Asking For Courage
Jay asked the chaplain to pray for him to surrender to the process and for him to have courage. We anointed him with Valor oil and prayed. In the end, despite the high levels of pain, Jay was able to endure and have peace in this process.
What about you;
- What are areas of your life where you are avoiding pain?
- Where do you need to “flush out” those wounds, those fears, and that resentment — that are beneath the surface?
- What could change for you if you took courage and stepped up to rise up and do something great with the life you were given?