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.