We have been getting much encouragement from all over the world. While all the technology sometimes bothers me, the internet has made this possible.
When I got here this morning, Mike informed me that he had actually slept last night, which he has never said in the past three weeks. He is speaking much more clearly today. I personally think there is a direct correlation between his speech and the amount of sleep he gets. He is currently downstairs getting an echocardiogram, which is standard procedure following heart surgery.
Dr. Meyer was in again this morning, but unfortunately it was after Mike left. He is fine with him going to rehab tomorrow, so we’ll have to see how that plays out. He will be going in a much weaker state than previously, which will probably translate into a longer stay. Dr. Meyer also keeps reiterating that we do not know if there has been any damage done to the right side, so it will take time to see what the long-term effects are. Dr. Fogleson was more optimistic, saying that he felt good tone in Mike’s leg yesterday, but not in the arm yet.
Mike also keeps trying to get the nurses to let him stand up and such. I guess he thinks that since he did it before he can still do it now. Hopefully physical therapy will work with him on that today.
It has been interesting to see where the encouragement comes from. I am so grateful to the Smiths, who skipped District Conference to be here with me. Another pastor friend posted that it’s like Mike and I are in the middle of a storm on a sea and everyone is shouting encouragements from the safety of the shore. I think that’s a pretty good description!
Another friend sent a devotional that she receives via e-mail each day. This one was from Charles Spurgeon, on Isaiah 48:10, “Behold, I have refine dyou, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” Our current circumstances definitely feel like a furnace of affliction. In Spurgeon’s commentaty, he says, “If, believer, thou requirest still greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace.” This is the greatest comfort, that Jesus is with us in the furnace, and in the storm, and wherever else we may be! Thankfully we have so many reminding us of this.
I’m hoping for a good day! Mike will be seeing many therapists, and I am looking forward to any encouraging words they have!