To celebrate Andrea's birthday, we left a few gifts today: a medallion with the phrase "Believe in Miracles", an angel pin, a cross enameled with "Hope", and a prayer card that said "I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things". The nurse will put these items in a sterile bag and tape them inside her isolette. Andrea cannot see much, if at all, but we feel strengthened to have tangible reminders there of how much she is loved, and how many people are praying for her to get strong and come home.
Not to detract from Andrea (since this is her blog), but many people are still curious as to how I'm doing. I'm relieved to say that my incredibly icky wound is healing nicely. (It is still incredibly icky, just not as deep) I have started driving for limited amounts of time, just never alone. I've managed to get to and from New Brunswick, which is a major accomplishment. I get fatigued easily, which is probably a combination of emotions and my body's response to trying to heal. Still, I'm in better shape than I was a week ago.
Thank you to all who follow this blog, both publicly and privately. I get some therapeutic benefits from writing it, and your comments and emails encourage me to keep writing. You have to read my sister's comment from yesterday... it made me cry. Please continue to pray for Andrea, and if you have not already done so, add her to prayer lists at your parishes, synagogues, mosques, etc. We believe God has gotten her this far, and we can only pray and hope she will continue to do well.
"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."