On Monday Jodi had a Dr.'s appointment at 9:00 with her primary care Physician. Then another appointment at 2:00 with Medtronics to test her defibrillator. We thought we'd go home in between for a rest. That didn't happen. The first appointment presented our first challenge on the "outside world". From the parking ramp, we discovered there wasn't an elevator, so we stood at the top of the steps and just looked at each other. What now? We could either get back in the car and drive up to the third floor, or attempt the steps. We were late so we attempted the steps. In rehab she had practiced going up two steps. This was eight. I was nervous. What if she fell? We'd both go down. But she did it! Phew.
That appointment lasted over two hours. We went from that appointment to two medical supply stores. Jodi has edema in both legs and her right arm (add another "specialist" to her list of Dr. appointments).
By the time we left the medical supply store (with only one of three prescriptions being filled) it was 12:30 and needed to be at the University in an hour. It was a quick bite to eat at a fast food joint (not good for a person on a salt-restrictive diet!), then on to the next appointment. Of course, it was at the opposite end of the clinic from the door we entered. Lot's of slow moving with a walker (should have gotten the wheelchair at the front door).
We left that appointment in a raging rainstorm, both of us exhausted, and traveled home during rush hour traffic. Emotions ran high and we both started crying uncontrollably. Not easy driving when rain is coming from the sky and the eye!
In the midst of it, Dad ended up in the ER again with his COPD. I was with him until 1:30 am, then drove home in another downpour. Up at 6 and started all over.
Our family is surely being tested right now. Through my mini breakdowns though, I still see the miracle. Jodi is alive. God show's himself to us all the time, but it's in the storm that we call out His name. My prayers have never been so fervent, and God continues to be faithful to the promises he made. Promises to be with us through the storm.
With all of the appointments, I have had little time to cook and plan meals. Many of you have asked "What can I do?" Someone told me about "Meal Train", a website that organizes meals for someone in need. Please see the following link and sign up if you are so moved. It would be so appreciated! https://mealtrain.com/k7d5or.
We so appreciate all the love and support shown to us and are eternally grateful. God is good!