Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Carol update, Day 11, Feb 8, 2012

(Carol, Day 11) Woke girls up at 6am and they washed and dressed and we were in the car heading again to hospital at 6:30am this morning, with oat bar in little hands. It is a grueling drive and early mornings and is taking an emotional toll on girls. Plus the emotions of seeing Momma. We leave at 6:30am, return at 9:45am and start homeschool at 10am. Days are full and long.

These hospital visits have stirred our Filipino daughters' memories of their train accident last year (when a train hit their taxi en route to US Embassy for the adoption and an orphanage worker died in the taxi). Last night as I snuggled in bed with them all three were telling me of when they were in hospital.
I still sob in the mornings getting through the emotions of last week and the seeming certainty of Carol not being with or being in coma (thinking of her pain and of life without her). I knew God could raise Carol, but did not know if God would raise Carol. The joy of now is sweet but the pain of the last 9 days went deep.

This morning we had a good visit. Carol is tired but said she felt stronger. She was not strong enough to leave the bed yesterday and sit in a chair but hopefully this afternoon. There are more tests today to evaluate the lung infection.
The infection on Day 8 (last Sunday, a horrible day) was very bad. Dr. told me today that Carol's white blood count went from 12,000 to 34,000.
That explains why so many antibiotics and why Carol said today 3x: When I woke up I thought I was going to die.
I told Carol she had stopped breathing and was on a path to die...But God had mercy on her, and on me.
I know exactly what the Apostle Paul means:
Phil 2:27 Indeed my friend was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.
Carol continues to be astounded by everyone's prayers. Today she said: I am honored that so many people would pray for me.

This morn the doctor said they hope to transfer Carol tomorrow out of ICU, if her lung infection stabilizes. And they hope to put Carol on chicken broth--another great sign.
Isaiah 40:28 The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak...those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

Big question is how much physical rehab and speech rehab Carol is able to do now and if it can be done from home (yeah!!) We will know more tomorrow. --A much lighter Pastor Craig
(Photos: Girls praying for Carol this morning, homeschool coop celebrating that Carol woke up!)


Anonymous said...

thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping us updated! These updates sustain our prayers!! auntie debbie

Anonymous said...

Craig, please let Carol know that we will not stop praying for you and Carol and the girls... be assured of that. Also, our thanks to Katie Eisemann for her part in this blog... it has been a tremendous tool to get the word out. All praise to our marvelous and miraculous God! We send our love to all... Bob and Steph Harmon of Hemet

Anonymous said...

Craig & Family ~
It's so nice and comforting to see your girls playing outside again with smiles from ear to ear on all their faces
:-) Another great picture of Carol & the girls <3 it's so great to see how God works his ways!!
Holly Baker & Family

John and Janelle said...

Hi! We are John & Janelle, friends of the Cardamones. We have been praying continually for Carol and are soooo stoked to hear of the miracle God has begun in her! Praise the Lord, Who i sooo good and faithful! We are rejoicing with you :)

Anonymous said...

Praying that Carol gains strength and improves daily until she is her former self.

I understand it's exciting, but I pray that Carol can stay in the hospital until she is able to handle a home with five children without backsliding.

I love the pictures and daily updates. Thank You Pastor Craig.