Friday, April 17, 2015

He's Home!

From my mom:

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!!! It is with great joy I 
am letting you know I brought my beloved husband Bob home late this 
afternoon. It is such a relief to have him home and I am so grateful to 
God for sparing his life. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us, who 
encouraged us and have helped us out along the way. For all the help we 
have received financially and rides and visits, thank you from the 
bottom of our hearts. We are humbled and deeply grateful by the care and 
help we have received from Gospel of Grace Fellowship and our brothers 
and sisters in Christ around the world. He truly has supplied our needs. 
When I got home with him this afternoon, someone had raked the leaves in 
our yard and off all of my perennials in my flower beds and in back 
along the garage that were growing above the leaves. I have no idea who 
did it. God bless whoever did it.

The oxygen company was here early this evening and have him all set up 
with portable tanks we have to fill everyday and a long hose that comes 
upstairs to plug into his CPAP at night.
Please pray he continues to gain strength and that his lungs improve and 
will process air by themselves without assistance.

Lamentations 3: 22-24  The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, 
For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy 
faithfulness, " The Lord is my portion, " says my soul, "Therefore I 
have hope in Him."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bob DeWaay Health Update -Wednesday

Bob had a good day today. He is determined to go home so he is working hard to make that happen. For those of you who know him well, he can be very determined and strong willed. He has been up all day either in a chair or sitting on the couch in his room. His physical therapy went well and we took a walk down the hallway this afternoon. I pushed the oxygen tank and he walked slowly, occasionally using the hand rails when they were available. They turned his oxygen level down one degree today and he is tolerating it alright. He will go home with oxygen. Right now they are talking about releasing him Friday afternoon. He has an order for intravenous steroids through Friday and that is usually given to him at noon, so I think he could go home in the afternoon if he continues to do well. Thank you again for praying for us and please continue to lift us before the Lord. Pray Bob would continue to get stronger and that his lungs would heal and process air normally.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bob DeWaay Health - Tuesday Update

Hello friends! Thank you so much for your continued prayers. I did get to speak with my Dad briefly today. He can't talk much but it was good to hear him. He loves his new room and is very thankful to be out of the ICU. Here is an update from my mom:

Today has been a relatively good day. It has been fairly uneventful - finally. It is his first day out of ICU and he mainly rested. He was up in his room only and with oxygen. It still makes his oxygen levels drop when moves around. 

Tomorrow he will start physical therapy. He saw his pulmonary specialist today and his x-ray today shows his lungs look the same and sound the same. They will take him off of intravenous steroids tomorrow and he will be taking it in pill form, which is a good step forward. He has been taken out of isolation, he is over the flu.

 The goal now is to get him stronger and his lungs functioning better. They told him it will just take time for his lungs to heal and function properly. So continue to pray that would happen. 

Thank you everyone for lifting us before the Lord so faithfully. We appreciate it so much. God has been so gracious and good to us!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday April 13 Update - Bob DeWaay Health

I finally have some good news this evening. He is going to be moved from ICU to a regular room in about an hour. He will be on the 8th floor, which is the new section we haven't seen it yet. The nurse said it is real nice, they call it the penthouse. 
He had a rough night last night and has been up since 2 a.m. but he did cat nap during the day. He is now on just the simple oxygen that goes in your nose so it is much more comfortable. He is still on the same amount of oxygen but it is much easier to get around with this. His oxygen levels still drop when he does any exertion. His pulmonary specialist will see him in a day or two and decide when he can go home and what kind of medications and oxygen that me may need at home.
 They will have to decide what to put him on to keep the Churg Strauss under control, but he is still off that medication until the infection is totally clear. They need his immune system higher to help fight the infection. 
They did another chest x-ray this morning and his lungs are the same, there has been no improvement. He is on 3 different antibiotics. We are rejoicing that he is well enough to be moved, it will be much quieter in a regular room. 
He still can't have visitors because he has Influenza B. Thank you again for your ongoing prayers. 

God is so faithful and we put our trust completely in Him.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Update - Bob DeWaay Health

Today as been another day of ups and downs. We found out today he has influenza B. They took the test when he was admitted on Tuesday but we just got the results today. So nobody is allowed to enter his room without a mask.

He had to have insulin today for the first time. His blood sugar is high from the high doses of steroids. He was allowed to go on a full diet today, so today is his first day of eating food since Tuesday; which he is very happy about, he was very hungry.

 His lungs have not really improved. The upper lobe of his right lung shows slight improvement on the x-ray, but the lower lobe and both lobes of his left lung have not improved at all. He remains very oxygen dependent and it might take quite awhile for that to improve. He still can't talk without his oxygen dropping very fast. He is getting discouraged at the lack of improvement so please pray that God would give him grace for all he has to endure.

 Continue to pray his Churg Strauss Syndrome would not get out of control, they still have him off the Imuran to see if his bone marrow improves. He remains in critical condition, but he is stronger and looks better than when he was admitted.

We thank God for small improvements. We continue to trust in God's sovereignty. Thank you again for continuing to pray for us, we appreciate it so much. I know that is what is keeping us going, so bless all of you who are praying.