Saturday, August 13, 2011

On the other side

So here we are. Levi is peaceful and apparently comfortable, as much as you can be considering what he has been through. It took until around 2:30 am this morning for him to settle in and for the amazing staff here to dial in his pain management. He has been snoozing pretty much since then, it is 11:15 am now. Kara and I took shifts being by his bedside last night, which was great because we both got some decent chunks of sleep last night. MRI is scheduled for 2 pm today.

Last night I(Dan) walked out of the hospital and sat on the same bench that I sat on less then a week before. At that time I was frantically calling people, trying to talk to someone as my world was in apparent free fall, having stepped into a parent's worst nightmare. Last night, however, was much different. Kara and I had a lot of peace going into the surgery and during the process, but I did not realize the weight I was carrying this entire week. It is amazing the feeling I had last night with the weight now removed. I am able to, with hope, envision the long life of my son.

We cannot express the impact of all the prayers, love and support that so many have sent our way. The messages people have posted have help encourage and support us through this week. Levi is bruised but far from beaten and as the nurses have said he is doing amazing in his recovery. Hormone levels are looking promising, so continue the prayers for some more miracles.

14 comments:

  1. That is simply amazing :) so happy for you all... God is great

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  2. Still praying for a speedy and successful recovery! So glad that some of the weight has been lifted off of you all. It's crazy to think of all that has happened in less than a week...I have been amazed to see how you both have handled everything with such strength, hope, and trust in the Lord. I know it's only due to Him that you both have been able to make it through this. I will be continuing to pray for strength and endurance for both of you on this road to recovery. So encouraged to hear that already Levi is showing such promise and doing so well so far. Love you guys!

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  3. Thank you Jesus!! God we praise you for Levi and for the hesling You are providing. Glory to Your great name. Continue Father we pray to pour out Your blessings on this family and through them Lord to others. We humbly ask for long life, health and strength and all provision to cover these expenses in Jesus name amen 

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  4. So glad Levi is doing well at this point. Over the worst hurdle, I hope! He remains in the prayers of this stranger.

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  5. I just want to let you know that I have been praying a lot for Levi! And for you and Kara as you rest in the hope and peace that can come only from our Father. The song "Bless the Lord" by Matt Redman has been resonating with me. Here is a bit I wanted to share:

    Bless the Lord, O my soul
    O my soul
    Worship His holy name
    Sing like never before
    O my soul
    I'll worship Your holy name

    The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
    It's time to sing Your song again
    Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
    Let me be singing when the evening comes

    [Chorus]
    Bless the Lord, O my soul
    O my soul
    Worship His holy name
    Sing like never before
    O my soul
    I'll worship Your holy name

    You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
    Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
    For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
    Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

    [Chorus]
    Bless the Lord, O my soul
    O my soul
    Worship His holy name
    Sing like never before
    O my soul
    I'll worship Your holy name

    And on that day when my strength is failing
    The end draws near and my time has come
    Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
    Ten thousand years and then forevermore

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  6. We have lots more prayers and will keep them coming!! Molly can't wait to play frisbee with you and Levi at Moonlight Beach! Continued strength and faith to you all!

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  7. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself. "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lam. 3:22

    My family and I have been praying for little Levi and your family. Your blog was pasted to us by Eric Johnson and has been forwarded to our family and friends as well. You all are receiving so much prayer and it is shown in your amazing strength. We are full of joy that he is recovering.
    Much love and blessings.
    ~The Bridgmans

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  8. Keeping Levi in my prayers and hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  9. God Bless every single one of you....may this healing open all of our eyes to the miracles that happen every single day.....Praise our Father, from whom ALL BLESSINGS flow!!!!!

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  10. We will continue to pray- and the chocolate milk is a great reminder in the midst of every day life to pause and pray for Levi and all of you. My 18 year old drinks lots of chocolate milk after he completes his running for cross country and track- so it is always in the fridge. As I take him to college tomorrow, I am very thankful that you can now focus on a future day when you get to do that with your son- and live lots of life between now and then. So- in honor of him- we'll all be praying for Levi while we finish up the chocolate milk. Prayers to you- and so grateful you found peace within the storm.

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  11. A friend in ChristAugust 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Praying for your little guy, and both of you as well. God bless each one of you.
    Hope he's gotten that chocolate milk by now. :-) Makes me want some!

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  12. You do not know us, but we have been praying for your little Levi and whole family all week. We are thrilled to hear that surgery went so well. May God continue to watch over Levi and heal him! God Bless!!

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  13. I can only imagine on such a small scale how you guys feel this morning. I woke up this morning so thankful that it was FINALLY Sat. and that Levi had his surgery and that he is in recovery now. I too felt a huge weight lifted yesterday when we got the message that Levi was out of surgery and it went well. I continue to Praise God for another blessing and pray for little Levi's recovery and the weeks ahead. We love you guys and we are still praying for strength and healing!!

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  14. I have two sons Javan 4, and Jude 3. They both are proof that prayer works miracles. We have been praying for Levi and your family. Know that God is listening to all our prayers.

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