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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

my turn...

it is me doing some updating today. what a whirlwind the last six days have been.

this morning i had the sweet blessing of spending some much needed alone time with my precious husband. there is no man in this world who i love more than him. he has been my caregiver, my protector, my defender, my advocate, my friend and so much more. i look at him and i see God's handiwork displayed in a man who has the heart the size of the ocean and i am able to call him mine.

i am feeling much better today. today was a huge turning point for me. i woke up around 6 feeling like i was ready to walk the floor and make some progress in all my recovery. yesterday i was still so loopy from the anesthesia that i rested much of the day. today...i walked the floor 3 times, i had two more units of blood, i had a drainage tube removed, i sat in the chair much of the morning, i pumped, i pottied, i found out that if my hemoglobin levels are 7 or higher that i might actually go home tomorrow. all in all it was a really good day.

ramey had a good day too. ross is better at giving her updates being that he is with her but she was requiring less oxygen and they did a lot or weaning of her levels. good news for her too! i am hopeful that i will be released and able to go see her tomorrow.

my friend recommended that i put specific prayer requests right here to help all of you know what exactly to pray.
1. pray obviously for both ramey and my complete healing
2. pray that ramey would have no residual damage from her time on the vent and other meds
3. pray that i would be able to be relieved of bladder discomfort
4. pray for henry who is having a hard time because he misses me and his daddy and wants to see his baby sister
5. pray for daphne who is having a hard time with her feelings
6. pray for anna who probably has no idea what is going on but knows that things aren't quite right
7. pray for ross, who is caring the weight of his whole family on his shoulders- pray for rest and that he does not get sick.

i know that is a lot but this is where we are as a family. all of you have been so good to us and we are more than thankful for the ways that you have loved on us through everything!! we love you all.

17 comments:

melissa said...

just wanted to let you know we've been praying for you guys, and will continue. WOW! what a crazy ride for you guys... but what a gracious God who has carried you all through so much!

Kelley said...

Mandy I am so glad to read your update. It sounds like you are doing so much better than what we read on Monday. Continue to be strong and get better. We will continue to pray for all of you.

Vivi DiLopes Adams said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better! Praise God! I will continue to pray for you, Ramey and family. Hope to see you soon.
Vivi

Tonya Roberts said...

Mandy, I am so glad that you have turned a corner and can see a light at the end of the tunnel...maybe! I have been praying all day for you and Miss Ramey. Hope you get to see her tomorrow! Let me know if you want more pics!

Songbird said...

Mandy,

How wonderful to hear from you. My heart aches for you, as I can't imagine what it's been like for you to not be able to be with your baby girl. I am so very glad that you were able to spend time with Ross today, and am praying for that reunion with Ramey tomorrow. You and Ross are a living, breathing testimony of God's faithfulness through fire. May You sense His grace, strength and comforting presence each moment, and know that all the places you can't be, He is.

Love in Him, Cathy Letkeman

Laurie said...

Press on sweet friend... how precious to hear your voice through your post. I'm thankful that today was better for both of you, and I'm praying that each day will bring you both closer to complete healing and reunion with everyone in your family. We love you bunches and are fighting for you! -Laurie

The Hill Family said...

it was soo good to hear from you again today! knowing you are 'up for blogging' is surely a sign of recovery! I've passed your site on to my family/prayer warriors and we will all be praying for ya'll...

Lara said...

Hello! So encouraging to hear the good news! Praise God! I will be faithfully praying for you and your family! Sleep well!
Love,
Lara

One Hale of a Story... said...

Oh Mandy this is so good to hear. What a testament your family and faith are to others. I know no one would ever sign up to be used by the Lord in this way but the grace you all display... amazing.
We've been teaching Pierson to pray and we pray for you and baby Ramey every day.

One Hale of a Story... said...

Oh Mandy this is so good to hear. What a testament your family and faith are to others. I know no one would ever sign up to be used by the Lord in this way but the grace you all display... amazing.
We've been teaching Pierson to pray and we pray for you and baby Ramey every day.

Angie said...

I'm so glad to hear that you've been blogging this. We heard updates through Carrie but I really didn't know how you were all doing until I read it all this morning.
God bless you - He really has His hand on you! I am continuing to pray that God will make His mercy and power evident in your very scary circumstances. I am so glad to hear that Ramey is doing better and that you, Mandy, are doing well and recovering. I will continue to pray for you all - that you will get the rest you need, that Ramey will recuperate, that none of you will get sick! We are all praying for you!!
Love Angie for the Donelsons

Andy Tofel said...

It is good to hear from you Mandy. We can see God's handiwork in you too! God bless you guys.

The Tofels

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Jenny Sather. I don't think that we've met, but my fionce and I are new to homebuilders. I am praying for you both, and I hope that you are able to be together as a family(beautiful family) soon :)

Erica & Bryan Hampton said...

You guys are tough! We're praying for you and look forward to hearing that you're home and well. Keep up the good recovery!

Bev said...

hi guys! bev here for the whole bushelman family. wanted you all to know that even though we are already in california for our summer project, we are prayijng for you and trying to stay posted on how you all are. kyle is looking forward to being with henry next year at cornerstone!
love, bev

TVB said...

I've been getting the e-mail updates but I just spent the time to read through the whole blog from beginning to end and, needless to say, I am in awe of the composure you are both showing. Or should I say the peace God has given you in all this? Stay strong. Prayer is a powerful thing!

Todd VB

Ericka said...

So very thankful that you are doing better & Ramey too! we will continue to pray for the whole family. please PLEASE let me know if I can help with ANYTHING!