Monday, March 20, 2006

A Most Unexpected Way...


Since I last posted, we have been to NC again and had the Groshon catheter installed, and started IV Antibiotics for my wife Kim (Being_Me). I have been signed off on the procedures for administering IV's (M-W-F) and for dressing changes (weekly). Not much difference yet - she still is unable to walk or even stand for more than a couple of seconds. She cannot get up on her own, and has to use a wheelchair. We are working with a local group to try to get a wheelchair ramp built, because getting out of the house in an emergency right now would be difficult. We are covered for the first 28 days by insurance. Beyond that, we have to appeal - the initial request was denied. The cost, if we have to pay out of pocket is about $1000 per week, on average. At first, this was overwhelming. We didn't sleep much. God told us that if we would let it go, and let Him have it, He was going to take care of us and provide in a "most unexpected way"...

An amazing thing has happened. A family member sent our history to someone at their church to ask them to pray. The pastor got the message and took time during a service last Sunday night to share it with the congregation. He had all the men in the congregation come down and pray for our family. Then again, he talked about it at the staff meeting. Now, a group have started putting together a flyer and contact to collect funds and help us with expenses. Also, some family members have already contacted us as well, wanting to assist with expenses. My dad has committed to cover the cost of the wheelchair ramp. My mom is a nurse and has helped out with additional supplies and being available to answer any questions. She even came up to stay with us to help with the first dressing changes, and cleaned our house. My sister-in-law satyed with the kids for us to go to the Dr in NC. All of our family have offered to help in any way they can. Uncles and cousins have sent money, as have friends, and friends of friends and family. We are just overwhelmed at the caring and outpouring...

God is truly taking care of our needs in a most unusual way, and we are so blessed. I know He will see us through to the end. There is also new news from recent tests that may well be the cause of the loss of motor skills, etc. Every step of the way, God has been holding our hands and leading us along. We are so blessed, and in a most unexpected and unusual way.

Jeff

4 comments:

Darla said...

amen, amen, amen... thanks for the update.

GoteeMan said...

thanks, Darla, for the encouragement. Kim is sitting here with me, drinking tea from the cup you gave her....
God bless you and Michael and the kids.
Jeff

mukeyjoy said...

As I pray that God will continue to bless you in unexpected ways, I am also encouraged by your post. You don't realize how your words have been timely for my family. I actually copy/pasted your comment on my "this is hard" post and made it a a post in itself. Thank you! And be blessed! Peace that passes understanding.
Melissa

GoteeMan said...

Melissa -

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. You and David have been a real blessing to Kim and me, as well...
The Lord bless you all...

Jeff