Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Update 12/1/09

Dear friends,

Listen to this quote by C.S. Lewis: "We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito."

I've seen Him in the bloody trauma room of the ER at Albany Med. I've seen him at my front door with new tires, at my side door with a meal for my family, in my living room caring for my children and folding my laundry. I've seen Him on facebook and in the gym at Sunnyview. I've seen him in the darkest place I've ever been, so I know for sure that Psalm 139 tells the truth: "Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you".

Stephen was on a rigorous schedule today. I was shocked when I took Hannah for therapy and peeked in on him in OT. There he was for the first time in 23 days, sitting up - not in a bed, not in a wheelchair - but at the edge of the physical therapy platform. His back was unsupported. He was dressed in a Cape Cod tee shirt, with those groovy side snap pants, badly in need of a haircut. (I am his clipper queen, so we'll take care of that real soon!) Then, I did something amazing. He was busy, she was busy. I went to the cafeteria, bought a jelly donut and coffee, and sat down and ate. I love jelly donuts. Now don't start sending them to me, I know how you all are! I lost 9 pounds doing the PICU/SICU shuffle, and I don't want them back.

My darling spouse was a bit disappointed that he could only stand for 5 seconds clinging to the therapist. I, on the other hand, was thrilled. Five seconds beats zero from yesterday, and he transferred several times with help from the bed to the wheelchair. He's moving in the right direction. He's eating too. And let's hear it for those Stewart's chocolate milkshakes! I'm getting him one every time I go up there. The Stewart's people are getting very chummy with me. I recommend Stewart's Ice Cream second only to Bruster's in New Milford, CT (Steve's twin brother's shop). John actually brings ice cream up for him when he comes up each week.

Hannah is continuing to do well. Each day I see a little more progress. Her therapists at Sunnyview are totally top drawer, another picture of God "incognito". Tomorrow she is slated to get the molds done for her temporary new teeth, and to get the stitches out from her orbital bone surgery. We are also working on getting the tutoring going next week through Columbia High. She and my boys are really missing their Dad. God bless the Terrific Mark, who played with David tonite, letting him hang on his bad shoulders and goofing with him like his dad would. Love really does save the day!

This road is so step by step. It's long, it's windy, it's unpredictable. I am grateful to the marrow of my unbroken bones that you all are walking with me. Stephen is grateful to his decidedly shattered bones that you are all out there, caring for me and mine while he is temporarily in the shop for repair. He may not be walking, but he's on the highway too, if you know what I mean.

Your friend on the pilgrim road,


PS: It's a bit awkward for me to write to you, and to see the donation requests on the blog. I hope you know that I am so very grateful for all you do for me. If you never gave one penny I would still rejoice over all you have meant to me. I want you to know that I promise to be a good steward of every dollar I receive. I don't take you for granted in any way. My gratitude overflows. Like I've said before, I can never pay it back; I can't wait to pay it forward!


Anonymous said...

Those 'jelly donut moments' are important, in the midst of the storm & I'm glad you had that moment yesterday. Thank you for these posts.Glory glory glory to God for who He is, what He's done & all He'll undoubtedly continue to do for Steve, for you, and for each of your precious children. Walking with you, Ed & Sue Cummings

Steve and Hannah said...

My dear Cummings,

Thank you for your faithful comments! I just now figured out how to respond to them. I see your name so many times on my post. It's an honor to have you as friends.

I do need those jelly donut moments, but next time perhaps a cream filled...

Love to you and yours on the pilgrim road,


sarajofina said...

God is sooo good! I just get filled with excitement picturing steve STANDING! hallelujah!

The Zegers said...

Loriann, Jelly donut moments are the best!!!!!!!!! They are for celebrating and for comfort. I don't know why God didn't mention them in the bible. I am praising with you for all God is doing in Steve and Hannah's recovery. Loriann, your truth and humility brings me to tears. What a lesson you are teaching us. Hang in we love you. Phyllis

Steve and Hannah said...

Sweet Sarah,
If comments are a color yours are yellow! Sunny and warm. Love you and kiss that beautiful baby.


Steve and Hannah said...

To the Zegers,

Just thinking of you two makes me smile in the middle of the mud! I love you both greatly.

See, I can post now!


Anonymous said...

Hello My Friend- Josh and I were riding in the car and heard a Newsboys song that we both just instantly said, "Mrs. Smith!" Hope it is an encouragement to you on your journey. Love-Mel


Tim said...

I have never prayed so hard for a Met's fan as I have for you the last few weeks. In fact, as news of possible good trades and free agents come around, I am actually hoping in my heart that the Mets might be able to snag one just for you. I can actually say that if the Mets do well this season I would have joy in my heart for you my friend. Besides I have have enjoyed 5 championships in my short life. (Just a small backwards jab).
Tim H.
PS. It was excellent to have David in Sunday School this week. The 5th and 6th grade boys have been praying each week for all of you. Those boys love you all very much.

Tiffany Ann said...

Love you, love you, love you.....and of course, He loves you infinitely more. Keep trusting and obeying.

Anonymous said...

Loriann, you have such a way with words that every time you write of the latest on Steve, Hannah, yourself and your children, my eyes well with tears because you end up inspiring and encouraging me through your difficult time. I so admire your Godly (and humorous) character as you walk this walk of faith. I'm not sure I would be able to do that. Thank you for keeping us updated on your pilgrim journey. You are often on my mind and I pray for you and your family daily believing that Steve will be home with you all soon. Anne Fiato