July 15 - Day 31

Dean had an eventful day with a piano recital, family visits, and sitting in a recliner chair for the first time in 31 days! Lauren and Patrick's recital was on our calendar for the end of June but after the accident the recital was put on hold. They received permission to have their recital this afternoon in the lobby of York Hospital. We set the computer up in Dean's room so he could listen to them play. It brought tears to my eyes knowing how proud Dean would be and his sincere love for all his nieces and nephews. This afternoon, the nurses used a passive floor lift to move him from his bed into a recliner chair where he sat for 2 hours! (This is the same chair I sleep in during the night; it will be extra special tonight knowing he sat in it!) He did really well breathing all day and he seemed relaxed sitting in the chair. They will let him rest on the ventilator through night. We are thankful the doctor put him on an antibiotic the other day to treat the bacteria growth in his sputum before it developed into something worse. He had a fever today but this evening it subsided. 

Before going to bed, I held Dean's hand and quoted our vows. He opened his right eye a third of the way which was really sweet of him! It has been a few days since he opened them. Dean always gave his best and he is still giving his all! I have read this Scripture before but now it is taking on a deeper meaning for both Dean and I: And he said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9) I daily remind Dean and myself: "to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."

God's love truly endures forever and his mercies are new every morning! I can testify to God's faithfulness in the past 27 years! His Word is true and everlasting and this gives us great hope! Our first breath is from God and our last is from Him. Sometimes the breaths between the beginning and the end we take for granted. God cares about every breath we take, every move we make, every thought we think and every word we say! Let's keep the faith and our affections upon our Redeemer! 

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