Thursday, February 9, 2012

Carol update, Day 12, Thursday Feb 9

It was another encouraging day with Carol. The girls and I were in the car at 6:30am again. Takes 1 1/2 hours to drive to the hospital. Our girls have been true treasures with our grueling schedule and drive. I am very proud of them. Somehow we are keeping up with homeschool and Shakespeare drama and other things, as well as snuggle time with Daddy.
Carol was eating yogurt and had scrambled eggs when we walked in. Tired but very happy to see us. 
Her big joy was that we brought her toothbrush and toothpaste and for the first time in 12 days Carol brushed her teeth! Very satisfying. Our daughters were more comfortable today and Siena combed Carol's hair.  Laili was very affectionate in holding Momma's hand. Teah put lip balm on Carol's lips.  I kissed Carol's lips. We all have our role to play :)

This morning with her Physical Therapist, Carol walked in the room!  Her body is responding well but Carol is very weak.
She has not been sleeping well b/c she has auditory delirium. Carol keeps hearing music in her head and it is disturbing her from sleep. When we walked in she asked me to turn the music off. I told her there was no music on. The neurologist wants to evaluate her tomorrow morning regarding this issue, as well as her eyelid.
Another effect from the lesions in the brain (dead brain cells) is that Carol's left eyelid will not lift up. Her eyes are fine but the left eyelid stays down (the nerve that controls this is dead or blocked). This may be stimulated again with therapy or may not ever raise.  Carol's left side of mouth is not fully responsive either but should be corrected by speech therapy.
So, for prayers please:
That the music in Carol's head stops.
That Carol sleeps well and gets stronger.
That Carol's left eyelid and left side of mouth are fully restored.
That Carol is home this weekend!
Carol is in a regular hospital room (praise the Lord) and my prayer is that Carol will be home by Sunday and we do her 3 hours of outpatient Physical and Speech rehab in Temecula starting next week!
Last Sunday was very low and difficult.  Today we stand in awe of God's restoration of Carol, Pastor Craig
Mt 20:32-34 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked. "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight."  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.


Chuck and Denise said...

After hearing of the music Carol is hearing, I couldn't help but comment. A friend of mine recovered miraculously from a near death disease. She told us afterwards of the music she was hearing. What struck us as "more then coincidence" is that we had been reading Zeph.3:17 over her while we prayed. It says:

"The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One,will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with SINGING."

Maybe Carol is just hearing the angels and God rejoicing over her!
We certainly are!!

White Mountain Ranch said...

Hey Pastor Craig,
We literally sing praises for Carol - Kaya sings her invented songs of praise about it for hours -- literally. I tell her to be quiet but she doesn't obey always :-)
I urge you to call Maria Bentley. She is a therapeutic masseuse in Fallbrook --- she is my sister-in-laws mom and I have had horrible sciatica and back pain since the twins. SHE CURED my sciatica and all my pain she works the nerves. People drive a LONG way to have her hands work on them.

She says it's all nerves - not muscles. So Very knowledgable and lovely. 760-723-6950

We pray together for your family often and want you to know that this experience has deeply touched our hearts forever! The kids give you hugs!
Tanya and Bobby

TLC said...

I prayed very hard when I received the original prayer request about Carol from my dad. He has since been sending me the updates and it is so wonderful to hear of God's amazing work! I wanted to make sure that you've heard of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). If not, I urge you to look into it - there are many, many neurological conditions/injuries/illnesses/etc. that it has been proven to help with. Too much to explain here - but, most doctors aren't aware of this treatment option for "off-label" purposes because it's not taught in med school. It doesn't bring great profits to any drug companies so it doesn't get the advertisements & attention that other treatments/drugs get. I have personally been helped a great deal from this treatment & really think it could offer some hope for some of Carol's obstacles.

I pray that God continues to bless Carol and your family.


Anonymous said...

We stand in awe of God's restoration as well. We will not stop praying for Carol's full, complete restoration. We will pray to the ONE who controls the universe. God's speed and protection in your daily drive and strength for each day.

The Campbell's