Isaiah is now several months past his injury, he is still paralyzed, he spent two months in Levine's Children's Hospital, had several weeks of rehab locally, spent three days in the hospital here in Shelby, he has spent one month at Shepherd's Center in Atlanta for more intensive therapies. And he's had one outpatient surgery
He has worn out one set of tires on his wheelchair, the tires he has now are only a couple weeks old.
He has been denied the standing frame by our insurance, so we've appealed that, he has also been denied an FES machine by our insurance so we've appealed that. (Please pray that we will be able to have these items approved or be able to raise the money to purchase these items)
Isaiah has had significant support when he was first injured especially. Our church family has been a tremendous blessing to our family.
He has not had too many bad days, he has had some bad days. Fortunately not too many.
His faith and trust in God even on his bad days are remarkable.
Isaiah continues to need your prayer support and we thank you very much for praying.
Also since Isaiah's injury we've had to move so that Isaiah would have more room. In addition to our moving many of Isaiah's friends have moved or will be moving soon, as their parents go on to work in various ministries.
Something Isaiah greatly misses is being able to go outside and walk the dogs or cut the grass. Those were two of his favorite things to do.
We've set up a fundraiser for Isaiah to help meet his needs. You may find that here http://www.gofundme.com/3rrspc
Isaiah's life has forever been changed because of his spinal cord injury. Please pray that God will help him to always trust him even when life is difficult.
Romans 8:28 has been a blessing and a very real encouragement to me as we've faced this year. Because it is one of the greatest promises God has given to His children. And that promise is that "all things" not some things, but "All things" work together for good for those who love him.. And by that we are greatly comforted even when life is unpleasant and difficult.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rainy and Cold
Mar 7, 2014 4:46am
hen It has rained all night long and it's a very cold rain. Thankfully the house is warm, it is a blessing to have a warm house, I can remember so many times growing up and at various other times not having enough heat. So I am very thankful for heat.
I am also very thankful for Janice, she's been my friend for a little over thirty years, she has been helping me to try to get things in order and stayed with Isaiah earlier when I needed to go see the doctor yesterday. *I'm having a problem that is taking a lot longer to get better than I'd like. Hopefully it'll resolve itself soon. The doctors are not exactly sure what all is causing the problem, I'm having. I'm hoping that it isn't anything that requires surgery, and that has been suggested a couple of times but hopefully that won't be something that I have to do. I do have to go back to the doctors office in a couple of weeks. This is bothering me enough so I'm mentioning it, please pray that this problem goes away soon. I am having a lot of pain, so it makes getting much of anything done difficult. So I am very thankful that Janice is able to help me. We've been working on getting some things done I can't do when Earl is sleeping. *He sleeps during the day and or afternoon, because he works all night. He'll be surprised at what I have gotten done when he gets home after awhile, but probably not so happy as to what I haven't gotten done, but hopefully everything will be in order soon.
I should have one of the afghan's I've been working on finished by Sunday, then I'll work on the other one that is almost finished. Then I'm making one for my nephew and my nieces. I was able to recently talk to my sister, She isn't really doing well, but she is currently being sociable. I think she is struggling in a lot of different areas. Please do keep her in prayer, also please pray for her husband. She told me that someone where he works keeps inviting him to church. She didn't say what church, so pray that if it is a Bible teaching, doctrinally sound church that they will keep inviting him, and that he will go and get saved. He does not speak English well, it seems like she said this is a church with a Spanish ministry. Also I was able to visit with my sister recently, her kids wanted to come home with me, her youngest who has only ever seen me twice in her whole life wants to come stay with me, my sister told me that ever since she met me that she's been crying for me every time she hears my name. She is only two or three years old, *I'm not sure exactly how old she is. My sister didn't speak to me at all for several years.
Isaiah had a much better day yesterday than he did the first day that Joseph was gone to work. He is still having his "moments" of being upset because he can't do the things he'd like to do but I think he'll be okay in time as these bad moods don't linger as long lately as they had on occasion. Hopefully he will have a good day today.
He hates being cooped up in the house, but when it's extra cold and or rainy it's not easy to get him out and about. He also did not want to go to the doctors office with me yesterday and because Joseph is now working and Valerie was at school I really needed someone here with him. So I'm thankful that Janice was able to be here. Please pray for her that God gives her extra encouragement.
Earl was very tired when he left to go to work last night, and when he called to let me know he'd made it to work, he told me that it looked like he was going to have a difficult night, because things were backed up a lot. When he comes home he said he just wants to go to bed and sleep until he wakes up. He doesn't have classes tomorrow, and the one thing we absolutely had to get done this week we did yesterday on the way home from the doctors office. I'm really glad that I insisted on that because I knew that he'd be extra tired today, so having that done lessens that burden.
Some of you know that my mother has been in the hospital recently, she is out of the hospital now, but she is still not doing well. She has congestive heart-failure, and is extremely discouraged, bitter and depressed over things that can't be changed, and some things that are ongoing that she has no control over. Please pray for her health, but also please pray that she will have complete assurance of salvation before she dies.
Also my brother needs prayer for salvation. He is also not doing well in many ways.
I don't remember if I've already mentioned it or not, but Isaiah is going for a follow up appointment at the Shepherd's Center this coming week. If possible I'd like for him to be able to participate in another one of their programs, they have several different programs. I think he'd benefit from going there again. Because he'd be around more people who are in wheelchairs who are doing well. They have several employee's there who work at Shepherd's who are also paralyzed. Everything from maintenance to doctors and therapists. So it's a good environment for him to be in to be reminded that just because he is no longer able to use his legs he is still able to do many different things. He just needs to set his mind to doing something.
Right now his focus has been on writing, and wood cutting, so we're going to try to make sure he has the resources to do those things. He is showing a talent for writing, and I am very happy about that. He now has 52 pages written with the first book he's started. He has now started a second book, this second one he said will be "sort of like the Chronicles of Narnia" he's drawing maps for this one, and naming the towns and countries that will be in this book. I am very thankful that God has put it in his heart to start writing. If I could convey how much he had up until very recently had been detesting the idea of even writing one sentence it may be easier to see why I'm mentioning this so much. This is really a blessing.
It's rained all night and is still raining this morning. I'm thinking that after Earl gets home I'll probably take a nap because I've been up all night. Then when I do get up, I'm going to work on the afghan I need to finish, then after that is finished I'll worry about the next major area I need to get finished. I am just too tired to mess with that now. I think everyone in my house is related to a packrat or something, lol. At least some areas of the house are starting to look a lot better but I still have several dresser drawers to go through and a closet. Hopefully, I'll get that done soon.
Anyway, I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend filled with many blessings. And thank you all very much for keeping Isaiah and everything else in prayer. I sincerely mean it when I say that I do really appreciate all of your prayers.
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