Wednesday, October 02, 2013

He Has a New Target

Yesterday was October 1st. Opening day of Bowhunting season. 
A day Adam plans and yearns for months in advance. 
Yesterday I asked him if he knew what day it was.
He replied that it was the first day of rehab. 

It felt like a sudden and hectic transition, but we are now situated into Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
Adam has experienced 2 full days of rehab at this point. He honestly hasn't felt really well though which makes it hard for him to fully engage in anything. I think his body is still trying to figure out what is happening and its still in a bit of a traumatic shock from the accident. Pray that he starts feeling better so that he can begin engaging in therapy how he wants to. They say most patients have a rough few first days and its common for them to not be able to engage in much.

We finally took the boys up to see him last night.  It just so worked that the hospitality cart came  around a few minutes before they arrived. They had a whole array of stuffed animals and when we mentioned our boys would be here soon they let us pick out one for each of them.  It really helped to break the ice and the boys were excited to receive a gift from dad upon arriving. I was so enamored with seeing the boys and engaging with them that I didn't notice the tears streaming down Adam's face. As I lifted Heath, our baby, up to see him, I then heard him gasping for breath and weeping. If you know Adam well, you'd know that he "doesn't cry."  He's not emotional. I've known him for almost 13 years, married to him for 10, and I've maybe witnessed him "get choked up" a couple of times. I certainly wasn't expecting him to react like this and I don't think he did either. He needed to though.
This is hard. This hurts. This deserves tears.
Not wanting to scare the boys, I quickly ushered them back out the door and let the Grandmas take them to the children's play area so that I could go in and wipe Adam's eyes and nose and assure him that feeling this was good for him.

A traumatic event like this simply changes your view on things.
What was so important a week ago now seems trivial and un-essential.

We'll need encouragement in the coming days. Adam is situated into his room and he has a bulletin board where he can personalize things. He's gonna be there for awhile and he's gonna spend a lot of time looking at that wall. Can you take a few moments and write an encouraging Bible scripture or inspirational quote out for him? He won't be flipping through a Bible anytime soon to look up a passage. He simply can't hold one, let alone turn the pages. Write it out on a piece of paper and find a way to get it to us. Make it look pretty if you'd like.

Hard to believe that my initial post about Adam's accident has received nearly 1,800 views at this point.
People we don't even know have read our story and contacted us making us aware of their concern and prayers on our behalf.
Don't stop. We are going to need them for awhile.


Melissa Spall said...

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)

Can you post this for him (and you)! Praying for you Becca!

Aunt Doreen said...

As a caregiver to many types of people and injuries, I have experience with taking care of spine trauma patients. My heart and prayers have been focused on this day. We love you all so much and it hurts knowing you are going through this unknown valley. But our God is a AWESOME GOD. His wisdom behind events in our lives will be revealed and bring strength to you both and GLORY to His Name. Adam is a fighter and when his mind and body are ready, I am confident God will give him the determination to aim at the new targets in his life. Praying and sharing and trusting in Victory and seeing others being touched and changed through this event in your lives. May God bring blessings with the trials, laughter with the tears and wrap His arms around your family with a blanket of Peace.

Carol DeMan said...

You are being remembered in prayer during these difficult days. You are a blessing to many & you are loved....

Miriam said...

We continue to pray for your family, esp Adam as he begins rehab. Fro Sarah Young's devotional: "I am your best friend as well as your King. Walk hand in hand with me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments. NOTHING IS WASTED WHEN IT IS SHARED WITH ME.
( Emphasis mine) I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean Joy out of sorrow, Peace out of adversity. Only a friend who is also King of kings could accomplish divine alchemy. There is no other like me!" Love the way she puts it.

Anonymous said...

Adam and Becca,

Just want you to know that Sheila and I have been praying for you since we found out about the accident and we will continue to do so.

Carl and Sheila Galloway

Glidewell Family said...

When my father in law was dying of Pulmonary Fibrosis he would ask people who came to visit to read the Bible to him; he longed for the scriptures. -Angela Glidewell in AZ. with NTMA
We are praying for Adam and your family.
We have others we are praying for at MFB Lane Bargeron and Jeanna Schoonbeck both believers in Christ. We don't know these two people personally but have been praying for them too.