To help me with the overwhelming amount of calls and emails and facebook, Katie Eisemann set up a blog that I will post to and you may comment on please. http://carolposton.blogspot.com/
* For those in our area, our Rainbow Church deaconness Alice Uhler is coordinating meals. Please contact her (email@example.com, cell 951.704.2352).
I am sorting out life with our 5 daughters and their needs. Thank you for your prayers for their emotions and peace as we walk through this as a family who trusts Jesus with our daily lives. B/c of the infectious disease, children under 14 are not permitted, so the last the girls saw of their mother was me rushing in the car to the ER and Carol screaming in pain. It was terrible. (for those who will see our daughters, please be sensititive and not talk details. A simple "I'm sorry for what you all are going through" rather than specifics to them, I would appreciate).
At this point, b/c of the intensive care in ICU, it is not a good time for visitors yet.
So, another emotionally wrenching day today seeing Carol her state. Nothing has changed.
I asked the Dr. directly: is this a critical life and death issue or critical regarding Brain functioning.
He said: Carol is in life and death critical period. We do not know how this will turn out. Carol is in the deepest part of the valley.
The Dr. says that Carol is in a coma (non-permanent) and the bacteria has infected her brain stem, thus shutting the brain down. No swelling issues in the brain; it is an infection issue.
It struck me this morning that about 12 years ago I was in a life and death situation: malaria got me, my temperature raised to 107 and I was in a Dallas ICU packed in ice. No one knew if I would make it.
Last year exactly this time we were in Children's Hospital with our daughter Laili. She was not breathing from complications of their train accident in the Philippines the month before we adopted them. A year ago Laili was in a life and death situation. This situation now is stirring memories of our daughter's car/train accident and hospital.
God continues to hold our family in His strong and sure grip. Thank you everyone for your love for us. Please keep praying.
The Dr keeps saying, bacterial meningitus is extremely rare. 20 years since one dr saw a case. The Infectious Disease Dr told me today that someone of Carol's age and health never has this issue. "This never happens."
So, this is a Divinely given issue of which God is Sovereignly controlling. I trust God regardless of how things develop. But I could only hold Carol's hand today and weep, "God have mercy please. God have mercy please." I told Carol she is my wife and I love her and want her with me. We do know Jesus is with us and with Carol.
When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than me...I will trust in the shelter of God's wings (Psalm 61:2-4). -Pastor Craig