The First of Several 5 Day Stays

Today (Sunday, Aug 19) wraps up the first of what will be several 5 day stays at the hospital.  It also happens to be our oldest son’s birthday, so Happy Birthday Connor!!!

Despite being confined to the 5th floor for a solid 5 days, and most of that time staying in her room, Lizzy did amazing!  All of the nurses, doctors, students and anyone else who came into our room would make a comment something like “wow, I wish I had her energy” or “boy, she sure does have a lot of energy”!!  Yep, that’s our Lizzy!!

A couple of days she was able to go to the Physical Therapy play gym and she loved it.

(watch out Phil Collins!!)

Lizzy received chemo 4 days in a row, then the final 24 hours was spent giving her IV fluids, concluding with an immune boosting shot in her leg this afternoon.  Once that was finished, it was homeward bound!

This morning I took a short walk outside and as I was walking near the patient drop off area, I spotted this painted rock .  . .

See that little yellow rock at the base of the pole?  It was a rock that was painted yellow and also had the following verse painted on it – “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always” I Chronicles 16:11.

It was a beautiful way to start the day and I so appreciate the anonymous person who placed it there.  It was like God just sort of winked at me and said “Dennis, here is a gift for you this morning”.   Thank you God.

Lori and I were reminded this week just how fragile all of life is – our health, our relationships, our very breath.  We often think we have it all figured out and there is smooth sailing ahead, and then BAM, something significant happens and everything changes.  We are learning to just live one day at a time.  It is such a cliche and so easy to say, but so hard to actually do.

I pray that this day, you will live simply for today.  We are not promised tomorrow.  Tomorrow is a wish.  Yesterday is gone.  All we have is today – that is why it is called The Present.

Embrace It!!

9 Replies to “The First of Several 5 Day Stays”

  1. Dennis, You sure know how to make all of us “sit up and listen”!
    Well said, with a direct “command” for every one of us!

  2. I am sure it helps you to put your feelings into words, and I want to let you know that it helps me too. I have trouble putting words to my feelings as you know, so it helps me to see your words. We love our Lizzy and we love you and Lori too. Our prayers are there with you.

  3. I am praying that Lizzie is healed and that the treatments don’t make her sick. Prayers for the family for comfort and peace. It is amazing when you feel God’s presence. I am thankful God gave you that sign. I can’t imagine the out of control feeling you must have as parents. We are supposed to be able to make things better for our kids. I have lost a child to a car accident and l know that is different but l can relate to the living in a nightmare. Continued prayers of healing!

  4. I am praying that Lizzie is healed and that the treatments don’t make her sick. Prayers for the family for comfort and peace. It is amazing when you feel God’s presence. I am thankful God gave you that sign. I can’t imagine the out of control feeling you must have as parents. We are supposed to be able to make things better for our kids. I have lost a child to a car accident and l know that is different but l can relate to the living in a nightmare.

  5. So thankful Lizzy is still being Lizzy after four straight days of chemo. She gives us all hope and courage. Your words are true that we only have today and if we will only observe, God is always there to remind us of His constant presence, i.e. the painted rock. My constant prayer is for Lizzy’s healing and strength, courage, and wisdom for you and Lori. I love all of you and the way you are handling this raging storm.

    1. I can’t image the struggles and emotions Dennis and Lori go through. Lizzy is truly a great little girl Prayers for healing and strength.

  6. Dennis your strength amazes me! Prayers for continued healing for Lizzy! Pr
    ayers for you all each morning as I have my devotion time! Love you all!

  7. Amen brother! We are taught that God will guide and provide for us. Our work is to live in the present so we can receive the gift of God’s loving care one moment at a time. Jesus teaches and is himself a message of ” now-ness, here-ness, and concrete-ness.” Thank you God for being ever present with Lizzy, Dennis and Lori. This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Love you all!

    Sometimes the simplest things in life bring the most joy. There are two rock groups in Louisville. 502 Rocks! and Louisville Rocks! Both share random acts of kindness through painting and hiding messages of hope on their rocks.

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