Four HUGE miracles today! They took out Max’s
- Breathing Tube
- Bile Catheter
- Central Line
- Arterial Line
He still has a feeding tube and a pic line, but this is a ginormous leap forward in Max’s progress because 1) he is less reliant on machines and meds, 2) he’ll have increased mobility for physical therapy, and 3) they could reduce his sedatives so we could talk to Max for the first time in 12 days!! His raspy voice has never sounded so good! He told his Mom he loves her, and that he’s not in pain.
Driving to the hospital, I realized I had been praying to take as much of Max’s pain as possible. God gave me exactly what I asked for. IVs, shots, and dressing changes were brutal. Nat and I went outside on the lawn after Sunday’s dressing change and literally passed out for an hour.
Today, I had the impression to release the pain for Max – to give it to the Savior, instead of me trying to be the Savior. During the dressing change today, I tried to act as a conduit. If Max was getting staples removed, I said, “I release any pain to the Savior.” If he was trying to sit up, I said, “I release any discomfort or disorientation to the Savior, in behalf of Max.” Yesterday, I would have stored all of the pain in my gut. Today, I found so much more peace, and almost no discomfort as I did this during the entire dressing change and throughout the day. It is a testament to the enabling power of Christ’s atonement. “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”
The next projects we get to co-create with God are:
- Working the sedatives out of Max’s system
- Managing pain
- Rebuilding strength through therapy