Steve Emrich's Journal
Written Feb 13, 2014 5:33pm by lisa emrich
The girls and I hunkered down for the last 24 hours without a nurse after getting about 9 inches of snow (according to our homemade snow-meter). Praise God that we haven't lost power and even more by a phone call this afternoon from the nursing company. Not one but two nurses were willing to drive the hour to our house this afternoon and stay in the area for the next few days until the snow melts. I am so thankful to have the help! I finally got to play in the snow with the girls this afternoon (see attached picture). I'm looking forward to sleeping peacefully tonight. Thank you for all of your prayers and phone calls offering support!
Written Feb 12, 2014 2:36pm by lisa emrich
We are in the middle of a doozy of a snowstorm! We've had 5 inches in the last 3 hours and it is still snowing-supposed to ice later tonight! It usually takes me 5 minutes to get home from work, but today we closed early and it took me 30 minutes. This was mainly because I slid past the entrance to our neighborhood then got stuck in a driveway trying to turn around. Of course, no one was home at this house (in fact, on the door there was a sign that said "you are unwelcome here." Yikes!) Fortunately, Steve's nurse today was Frank, who is about 6 ft 5 in and a big guy. He came out and helped push me back into the road. Unfortunately, Frank had to leave to be safe getting home and no nurse is coming until at least tomorrow if we are lucky. I'm praying that at least we will maintain our power. We have backup batteries for Steve's vent but the idea of no power sounds pretty awful.
On the bright side, Steve is doing well. We have him standing again now after his foot surgery and it has really helped him a lot. He is no longer rolling over on that ankle, so hopefully, we can finally make some progress. His myoclonus waxes and wanes but seems stable this week(praying that it stays that way at least until I've got some backup nurses here). We already know that the kids are out of school tomorrow and likely Friday (which was already a makeup day from the last snow we had).
Pray for us and everyone else affected by this weather! Pray for my sanity too :)--we are going to be snowbound for a while!
Written Dec 25, 2013 8:38pm by lisa emrich
I hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!
I have been very busy with all the craziness of the holidays added to the girls daily school/activity schedules, and keeping up with Steve's doctors' appointments since his surgery. Fortunately, all is going well! First of all, praise God for his Son and the awesome celebration of the birth of our Savior. We have had a beautiful week so far with family and friends (Steve's parents, one of his brothers and nephew came down for the weekend; my mom celebrated her "18th" birthday yesterday; and we were able to visit Santa as a family, with our extended family friends --note the picture attached is Steve with his nurse and awesome friend at the Santa brunch).
Secondly, praise God that insurance has continued our nursing care for another 3 months. I was more nervous than normal this time with the way insurance is changing across the country; however, Steve still has very specific one on one constant medical needs and we are thankful for insurances' understanding of this! Steve had low grade fevers for about a week after his foot surgery which was making me nervous, but they broke just as I was about to call his doctor. He has also had increased myoclonus recently, but thankfully, it settled back to baseline this week for Christmas. His foot seems to be healing appropriately; it is in a cast for a few more weeks then hopefully, he will be in regular shoes again!
Thirdly, praise God that I made it through the last 24 hours with kids bouncing off the walls and trying to make today "perfect" for them! As wonderful as parenting is, it can be challenging to balance the ups and downs, especially doing it without much of Steve's help.
Fourthly, praise God that my mom and dad are going strong and we were able to celebrate her 18th birthday for the umpteenth time :). How is she younger than me?
Lastly, please continue to pray for our family. The girls are asking more and more questions about Steve's future; the unknown is always so scary, both for them and for me. I try to remember that each day is a gift and enjoy the time you are given no matter what the situation; obviously, this is not always easy, but God has prepared the way just trust in his Word!