Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More rough spots.

Many of you have been asking and following closely in regards to Wyndham's health concerns. She has not been back to her normal schedule or fully herself since her seizures last month. We were happy the past few days as she seemed to be getting back more strength and energy.
But today, shortly after she ate a good brunch, she had another seizure here at home. It involved a call to 911 for me and a scare with her breathing and heartrate.
After an appointment with her neurologist, we are making changes to her meds and she's still scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday. SO, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Chip and I are struggling a bit with the stress of not having everyone healthy in our home for so long. Not that it is so overwhelming day to day, but after a month of 'tension' it just wears us down. Today that meant tears and a headache for me. I just wish we could snap our fingers or wave a magic wand or have easy answers sometimes.
Or even the chance to play a 'free card' and pass on the tough stuff once in awhile. But even so, I know that Wyndham is a gift and we treasure her in our lives everday. Even the hard ones. Maybe especially so. Because as I tucked her into bed tonight and gave her kisses and hugs and signs of "I love you" and "goodnight", it just felt like the sweetest thing to be snuggled next to her. All clean and cozy and she even smiled and did pinky promises with me. It was the best.
We had a few other moments when Chip came home with ice cream and the whole family ate a few bites of ice cream together. It was simple happiness- that made the rough spots a little easier to handle.
I don't write all this to make it sound like it was a joy to go through. But rather as a reminder that there IS good in ALL things...that heartaches hold their own beauty. Thankfully I know that God carries us at these times; He hurts with us and sees it all. We are never alone and even through the tears we continue to make it. Often finding bits of joy in the end.

26 comments:

Gabrielle said...

I'm so sorry about your scare today! Glad to hear everyone is home and tucked in their own beds!

I will continue to pray for your family and health for all! Get as much rest as you can. You are the cheif driving that engine for the kids everyday, you need to be strong and well rested!

Kim said...

You, Wyndham, and the rest of your family are definitely in our prayers here in my household. I hope that things start to look up health wise for you guys really soon. I can not even imagine the stressors of these things cause. I am keeping you guys in our prayers.

standardprocess said...

You are all in my prayers and on my heart. May you feel a peaceful reassurance from the Holy Spirt as you are lifted up during this rough patch. (((hugs))) ~Coco

the rye family said...

i've been trying to immerse myself lately in a quote i heard (which i may even be "mis-quoting" but the idea is still the same!) . . .
don't grumble about GOD's providence!
wow - that is what you exemplify to me on a daily basis. it would be so easy to have a pity party on a day like you had today, yet you found the simple pleasures and accepted the good along with the not so good, continuing to rest in HIS mighty hands! you will all be in my prayers as you have been this past month! :) GOD bless you all! :) and get well SOON wishes to precious wyndham :)

kirstenjuenke said...

I so hope you guys can get to the other side of this soon - but listen, you know, if Wyndham has any of her mama's strength, she's going to power through - just on her own schedule. Be taking care of yourself, and that's exactly the way to find the bright spots, bedtime cuddles and ice cream make everything feel more tolerable :)

angi said...

simply sending (((hugs))) full of love & comfort...

LaVon Baker said...

I discovered you through Chip Ingram's blog and have linked your blog to mine. You are an inspiration to me. You, Chip, Wyndham & family are in our prayers.

sarah, rsm said...

Jody,

You are truly an amazing woman. Amidst the chaos and worry, your heart remains calmly centered in God and your faith. You remind me of a Teacher a wise woman once told me about ...

"There once was a Teacher who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The Teacher looked at all the pictures. But there were only two she really liked, and she had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a
perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around
it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.
All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the Teacher looked closely, she saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The Teacher chose the second picture. Do you know why?

"Because," explained the Teacher, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

Thank you for reminding me of that valuable lesson. You and your family remain in my prayers.

Blessings,
sarah, rsm

clg0513 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Wyndham today. If I lived closer I'd be there in a heartbeat to help you out. You are one AMAZINE lady - I just don't know how you do it. I know I would have broken down a LONG time ago. But you keep on chugging and always seem to look for the sunshine behind the clouds.
I will think about you and your family and hope that better days are here quickly.

Sharmaine said...

Sending a huge big hug for all of you Jodie.
I pray that this week you have renewed strength, refreshing sleep and a healthy home.
I hope the change of meds works and that the MRI has answers.

An Australian Belle said...

Love and wishes from over the seas, Jodie.

Love,

Jane

jacki janse van rensburg said...

oh, my heart goes out to you. you are in my prayers. and i love the story about peace! it's sooo true!

Mel said...

I'm praying with you and your family at this rough time. My little boy has had febrile seizures and those alone are scary..I can't imagine something worse..like what you are going through. You are truly inspiring and amazing how you find the simple joys in the darkest days...I love that and I know that God is beaming with pride for you in doing that. He will bless you beyond all measure for how you are keeping him so close to you in these rough times and that you continue to have faith where others would probably waver. Thank you and I will be praying for your family and for Wyndham's health and happiness. ((HUGS))

Lori said...

Oh Jody, so sorry to hear this!! Continued prayers for you all!! Hang in there!!

Sonja said...

Thinking and praying for you all my darling:) (you didn't even need to ask;)

Cyndi said...

It's always very stressful to have to call 911. I have twice for my diabetic husband. I can only imagine that it's 10 times scarier when you're calling for your child.

Thinking of you and praying for healing and answers soon. Good luck with the med change.

Erica said...

So sad to hear the news, but i'm glad you are all home. Happy Valentine's to you and your family, and I know that there plenty of love at your home to take care of the world! *hugs* You are in our prayers!

asnipofgoodness said...

We struggle daily with seizures in our third child, and although it stinks, and I would do pretty much anything to make them go away, by way of encouragement it has kept us on our knees for 12 years!! Being in the midst of hurt makes all that our Savior gives, and does that much sweeter. I am praying for your family often.

Kambria said...

sending {hugs} and a "free pass" card for you and your family today....

scrapnic72 said...

Jody:

We haven't forgotten and are continuing to pray daily and often more for Wyndham and your family....special Valentine's prayers for peace and health are coming your way today.

Nicole

Lauren said...

I just wanted to tell you that your blog has been such a blessing to me. You put it so eloquently when you wrote that even through the rough times, God is good and there is good in all things. I am always reminded of the verse "Jesus wept" when I am hurting---God loves us and feels our hurts and hurts with us. It is comforting to me to know that I am never alone and I always have God on my side. I pray for your precious Wyndham and your whole family. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Q's NEWS said...

I will be happy when the MRI is done and the doctors will know exactly what and how to treat poor Wyndham. You guys are in my prayers daily.

I love how you guys can make a dish of ice cream a perfect family time - your children are going to grow up and be *stars* in everything they attempt!

You guys are SUCH an inspiration to me!!

xoxo
Susan in WV

amanda said...

Oh, Jodi...I'm sorry this is still happening. Praying for answers next week and rest for you all soon...

The gFamily said...

Praying for Wyndham tonight, that she can rest and have better days ahead of her!

Jody, you teach me so much! Your positive outlook, even after rough times, is amazing! I am praying for rest for you too!

mimisherry said...

As always Jody, you are a true, genuine inspiration! Such a light in this world...such a valuable reminder to all of us who enjoy/benefit from reading your accounts of your life stories, struggles and even the good times. You have the greatest attitude....the best outlook on life!! As I have said before; I feel like GOD certainly must be so proud of you, HIs daughter. He must be looking down at you with a beaming smile!!! You are passing the tests you have been thru, with flying colors!!!
You are right, HE is the one who gives you the rest you need. I know you have had to do this so many times in life....just crawl into HIs lap and let him hold you as the storm passes..........again.
(and again, and again)
I continue to pray for your sweet Wyndham.....God bless each of you!
I pray strength for you Jody!!!
Love & BLessings!
Sherry

Sylvie said...

Been away from your blog for awhile. so sorry to hear that sweet Wyndam is having arough time. I am praying for the whole family.