Walking into Vernon’s hospital room is like going into a classroom. The attendant nurse and any doctors who come by are all quick to answer questions and explain what is going on in Vernon’s body. They are compassionate, skilled and articulate…the caretakers and guardians of our dear sleeping friend. Knowing he is getting the best care possible gives us hope. And knowing that people are praying for God to do what doctors and medicine can’t do, gives us confidence and peace.
We have been waiting for Vernon’s next surgery, which will repair the damaged bones of the pelvis. What I didn’t realize is that until that happens, Vernon cannot be moved…at all. He can’t be turned over or his body exercised, all things that will speed his recovery. But he won’t have the surgery until he is stable enough to tolerate it. Right now he is still too fragile.
The good news is that the first dialysis treatment last night brought marked improvement to his lungs. He will have another dialysis treatment tonight to continue removing the excess fluid in his body and lungs. Unfortunately, the pelvic surgery has been postponed until next week. That is a disappointment as we are eager to see Vernon move to the next stage of recovery. Pray with us that he will stabilize, that his lungs and kidneys will improve and function properly, and that the brain would continue to heal. We are so grateful for those who are supporting Vernon with thoughtful notes, concerted prayer and many acts of kindness toward the family.