July 18 - Day 34

One of the first verses I ever committed to heart as a young girl was Psalm 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. In these uncertain times, I find comfort in God's Word as He reveals truth upon truth and shines His light upon the path He has marked out for me. Dean and I enjoy talking and challenging one another's understanding of the Scriptures with the desire to walk in truth and obey His commands. It was so wonderful to marry my best friend and being given the privilege of growing together as one in the Lord!

Dean has been off the ventilator for 39 hours and is doing very well! We praise the Lord for the strength He is giving Dean to take each breath and cough when needed. He has been both restful and active throughout the day. Since they have decreased his dosage of oxycodone, we have noticed Dean being more aware of his surroundings and active. During therapy, he pulled a wet wash cloth off his face with some assistance. This exercise was repeated several times and once he grabbed a hold of his nose and rubbed the wash cloth over it in a purposeful  manner! During this activity he flexed both feet several times and we have been seeing him wiggle his toes independently from one another! After the nurse shaved his face, I saw him reach up with his thumb and rub beneath his chin. He picks at his lines that read his heart rate and seems both curious and bothered with things touching his skin. This evening he kept his right eye a third of the way open for well over an hour! The nurses also told me he is showing some gag reflex! Tonight his left toes have been moving while the CFM is working his left leg. His left arm doesn't move much so his right hand constantly grabs, pats and pinches his left arm.  We marvel at every little movement he makes as new parents marvel at their first born child. The more one is dependent upon God, the more one must trust God! The Lord is breathing life back into Dean and it is beautiful to watch him come back to us! The days of suffering seem long but I am reminded of this resounding truth: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) Let's continue to have this eternal perspective in our hearts through all life's trials. 

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