Update #28 - Transfer to Rehab!

Greetings to all,

It has been a bit more than a month in the hospital with Robbie now. We had a good day Sunday and a very hard day yesterday that ended well. It is a bit humorous to say “good day” or “bad day”. Since it has been less than 40 days here, I can easily say that even our “good days” would make my top-40 list of “Hardest Days of My Life”.

The good news is that we have been moved up to the Rehab wing of the hospital (room 5D7). The hard news is that he will be doing a lot more rehab. The last few days, physical therapy has literally been a torture session. It is basically this - how long can he endure excruciating pain and how long can we endure hearing him scream. They are trying to get his feet to straighten out by getting him to stand and try to walk but it is terribly painful.

PLEASE PRAY THAT HIS FEET, ANKLES, AND CALVES WILL RELAX AND STRAIGHTEN OUT SO HE CAN STAND AND WALK WITHOUT PAIN. This will allow his P.T. to be much more endurable. Pray also for endurance and perseverance. 

My sister Donna and her husband Shawn brought the girls up and we were able to go out with them for a time yesterday. His spasms got really bad through the day and then finally settled down shortly after moving to the rehab room (we moved rooms twice). We were able to take him down to the play room where they had a beautiful black lab “therapy dog” and he just sat and petted that dog for probably 15 - 20 minutes.

He is moving around extremely well today compared to the past few days and we are so blessed to see every bit of extra movement. He is drinking well, eating popsicles and pudding and we soon hope to see him eating some more substantial food.

NOTE: If there is anyone out there who has time to help my daughter compile the lists of people and church families/ministries coming into the “praying4robbie” e-mail. You would basically need a computer and internet and we’ll let you know how to log in to the g-mail account and what we are trying to do. This is something that we thought we could do in our spare time but the response has been more than we can keep up with. We have family making an album for Robbie - a testimony to the goodness of God and His great big family.

I am sitting here in Robbie’s room and he is resting. I’m watching the inauguration proceedings and, at times like these, I am always in awe of the blessings God has poured over us in this country. Even in the midst of hard economic times, we are so blessed as we experience, once again, the peaceful transfer of power. I am also reminded that this world is not our home and that we are now citizens of a worldwide Kingdom of God’s people that will last forever.

God bless you and give you peace,