Monday, May 28, 2012

May 28

This morning before going to the hospital, we had a family business meeting. Among other things, we decided that we would be opening for the season on Tuesday June 5. As we are a family business, and the impact of Lydia's accident touches all of us, as parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents, we are striving to work ever more closely together to take care of one another and of business. We also have an excellent and experienced staff who will readily do all they can to assist us in this upcoming season. Please pray for our family and employees in this regard.

Lydia is quiet and rests well at night, or during the day when she is not requiring care. She becomes agitated when procedures, big, such as diagnostic imaging, or small, such as bathing, collar care, suctioning, ice packing, and blood work are completed. This agitation causes her blood pressure, fever and heart rate to rise. It is as if she is saying, "I don't like this. Leave me alone!" Now I must report that the medical team that is looking after her at Sick Kids Hospital is excellent. She is in caring and professional hands.

Today, they removed her chest tube, which has been draining the blood and fluids from her internal injuries. They also removed her catheter and she will need to void independently, or they will put another one in. So pray for pee! She has had high blood pressure a lot today, so they have sedated her to calm her. Her movements were strong on her left side again today before sedation. Physiotherapy continues and Lydia responds well to it. I think she is happy to move around, even in this limited fashion of having her feet, hands and legs manually manipulated.

I'll close with a few lines from a Steve Green song, which seem apt, as each days is much like the one before. 

"When the process is long and you're losing your song in the night. You can be sure that the Lord has his hand on you, safe and secure, He will never abandon you.  You are his treasure, and he finds his pleasure in you."