I can honestly say that I was reluctant to start a Caring Bridge site because it would mean that all of this really happened! We have had such an unbelievable outpouring of prayers, love, and support since December 30th that we are just not able to respond to everyone anymore.....So here we are!
A quick summary of what happened. Lee suffered a hemorrhagic stroke which is caused when a vessel in your brain breaks causing bleeding in the brain. He had surgery that night by Dr. Charles Hayworth (a gifted neurosurgeon) who removed the bleed. We soon learned that the brain takes its own sweet time to heal.....thus here we are on Day 8 with Lee still not awake.
Today, January 7th, was a huge day according to our Intensivist Dr. Mery. This amazing, and in our opinion, brilliant man, has taken such great care of Lee and all of us! Today we saw eyes partially opening and major movements of arms and legs on command. This is huge! Although he is able to breathe on his own, he must stay on the ventilator until he can obey commands consistently. According to Dr. Mery, the fact that the rest of Lee's body is in such "great shape" (won't Lee love that!) has given him the ability to fight as hard as he has been fighting since day 1.
I would love to tell you (and I WILL when I see you) how God's hand has been holding Lee from the beginning through every minute of every day since, but please believe me when I say it has!
For the last 3 days God has decided to speak to me in the shower....go figure! The first day He said...."Be anxious for nothing." So we tried our best. Yesterday He said "Wait" so we waited. Today He said "Praise me in this storm". (Please listen to Casting Crowns sing "Praise you in the Storm").
So... here we are. We covet your prayers, love, and support. We are still asking for no visitors until a later time since Lee is still recovering from pneumonia. We love hearing from you via texts and emails and now Caring Bridge.
Please specifically pray for alertness so the vent can come out, control of blood pressure, and peace for Lee as he transitions back to us.