July 21 - Day 37

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. -Psalm 104:1

We celebrate the fourth day of Dean breathing without the ventilator! Early this morning the nurse said his right pupil looked normal. I jumped out my chair tangled in blankets to verify the size. Indeed, it was the smallest I've seen it since he came to the hospital! It doesn't constrict with light but at least it has gone down in size. The left pupil remains largely dilated. He blinks both eyes simultaneously even though the left eye doesn't open. Dean still breaks out in sweats and has had a higher heart rate the past few days. Pray that his brain regulates his temperature and heart rate properly. He has a good pulse in his left leg but we continue to pray that his blood clot resolves quickly and for good range in his left leg where the femur was broken. This is one area along with the left side of his face where he expresses the most pain by pointing when pressure is applied or when it hurts. Tonight Dean had his right eye open a third of the way for over two hours so I sang "Rise and Shine and give God the glory" to him! He's peacefully resting now.

In the morning, I spent some time watching our ceremony. I am so glad we had our wedding day recorded by Deep Focus Pictures! They did an excellent job at capturing some tender moments throughout the day. There is one scene where Dean talks with his friend and laughs. It's been so long since I've heard his laugh and I love to hear the sound of his voice! I've watched the video dozens of times and shared it with many of the nurses and staff at the hospital. Dean hasn't had the opportunity to watch it yet but I play it for him regularly. I look forward to the day when we can snuggle together and reflect upon that most beautiful day! Dean and I spent hours selecting meaningful songs and writing out our ceremony together. However, at the beginning of the ceremony Dean whispered to me, "Do you need a tissue? I have a surprise for you!" and so he sang Let it be me. He is a true gentleman! The song I chose was Cherish the Treasure which Dennis and Heidi sang during the Prelude. This song meant a lot to me from the first time I heard it, for I knew Dean was that special treasure God chose to give me and I promised the Lord I would always cherish His gift. The words rang ever so true today as I wept.


Cherish the Treasure by Steve Green

I cherish the treasure
The treasure of you

Lifelong companion
I give myself to you
God has enabled me
To walk with you faithfully
And cherish the treasure
The treasure of you

As I obey the Spirit's voice
And seek to do His will
I then can see the wisdom of His plan
For as He works His will in me
I then can love you selflessly
And by His grace, can pledge my love to you

This sacred vow I make to you
Does not contain an "if"
Though I'm aware that trials lie ahead
I will love you and pray with you
And through it all, I will stay with you
Our home will be a refuge of
Unconditional love

Cherish the treasure
The treasure of you

Here is the link of the song Dean sang to me:


Let It Be Me by the Everly Brothers

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_everly_brothers/let_it_be_me.html ]
Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always let it be me

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