First, let me apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been soaking up all the time I could with my man and our families, so I haven’t allowed a lot of time to just sit and write. Second, THANK YOU! All of the prayers, kind words, and encouragement have sustained us through this difficult time. Believe me, we have felt it.
I’m happy to report that Chris no longer looks like a vampire. His skin is even a little rosy. I don’t think I’d realized how ashen he’d become. His blood counts are remaining steady, and he hasn’t had a blood transfusion in five days! Blood testing has changed from every four hours, to every 12 hours. He has gone from a clear liquid diet, to a liquid diet to a soft diet now. He’s been able to sample Salisbury steak, chicken salad, mashed potatoes, green beans and mystery meat. None of them have been good, so he’s been planning all the food he will make and eat when he leaves the hospital.
He seems in great spirits, besides the frustration of not knowing when he’ll get out of the hospital. He’s replaced the hospital gown with his real clothes, and he no longer has to remain connected to his IV 24/7. He’s put together the Louvre Lego set and has been folding paper airplanes. He’s played games with his family and watched hours of Mad Men and How I Met Your Mother.
Thanks to his family, he has a flat-screen television and an Xbox One in his room with plenty of movies to watch and games to play. Thanks to Kathie for bringing a Christmas tree and filling the room with Christmas cheer. Literally every hospital staff member that enters his room smiles and comments about how happy his room is and how they like coming into it.
I think it definitely has something to do with the general amenities his family has added to the room. But even more so, I think the hearts and souls inside the room make it so pleasant. For example, Chris has been touted as one of his nurse’s best patient ever.
Even though this has been a challenging time, it has also been a time full of family and friends. The support our families have bestowed upon us is extraordinary. The room is generally full of people who are laughing, talking and thoroughly enjoying each other. If Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends, then we’ve most certainly had a full Christmas season. Honestly, I miss it when I’m not there.
All of your prayers have maintained within us a positive spirit and have helped Chris heal quickly. We still aren’t 100% sure what exactly caused it. We know it is where his Crohn’s is located. We also know it was incredibly inflamed, so that inflammation probably caused tearing in the lining. In turn, the bleeding occurred. He is taking medicine now, which seem to be fixing him.
We are so blessed to have so many people surrounding us with love and prayers. My family came and had Christmas at my place so we could be close to the hospital. My sister came up early to clean my apartment and lend her supportive spirit. His parents did Christmas in the hospital. Our parents finally got to meet. Chris and I got to exchange presents under a Christmas tree in his room. It was sweet and special.
I love Chris with all my heart. His strength through this has made me fall in love with him even more. Chris, I’m so thankful you let me in during this time, that you let me take care of you and welcomed me into your processing process. I was happy to lend my ears and my prayers and my love and my care.
Continue to pray that his blood counts remain steady and start to increase. Pray that the inflamed area doesn’t get irritated after he leaves the hospital and that the medicine takes care of it all. I can’t thank you all enough. I don’t think I can fully explain the amount of peace that has remained with all of us and the positive outlooks we’ve generally been able to maintain. This cloak of positivity and peace you’ve sewn with your prayers is remarkable. I know this would have been impossible without the Holy Spirit.
I’ll continue to keep you all posted as things progress, but we will most likely be out of the hospital in the next few days!