Sunday, August 14, 2011

One week later...

Levi is back, well as back as one can be with a healing skull, iodine and blood streaked hair and a face that looks like he just won a prize fight. The rest God gave us all the last few days made us ready to be available to support Levi as he woke up, which was tough to gauge since both eyes are swollen shut. He asks us to turn the lights on, it must be confusing for the little guy. But he is still aware enough to tell every nurse and doctor who comes in to "go away", pointing to the door. Perhaps this time in the dark will help him develop some heighten senses. You gotta look for a positive in these circumstances.

Levi napped in Kara's arms today, to which Kara commented, "I feel like having a new born, where you are uncomfortable from sitting so long, but don't want to wake your baby." He drank plenty of chocolate milk today, but we have to space it out to not overload his stomach. His request would then shift to white milk, apple juice, water, and even some mommy milk...the kid was desperate.

In his beaten up state, he is way ahead of the recovery curve. We have several doctors who are overseeing Levi's case. The doctor who is more cautiously optimistic shared with us that he feels really good about the MRI being clean and that Levi is recovering way better then he could have imagined. There is some marking on the brain that could either be bruising, or the result of a damage blood vessel. They do not appear concerned about it because everything else about Levi's actions and verbals show he is right where he should be. Regardless I ask for your prayer that the marking on the brain be nothing and be gone the next time he has an MRI, which will be every few months, during this next year.

The doctor did comment on the miracle of Levi's surgery and recovery progress stating that whatever praying that we have going on to continue it because he is seeing that something bigger is at work in all this. Bless the many who have lifted Levi up in prayer and those who continue to do so. We have only completed one leg of this journey.

Kade and I(Dan) went to the beach this evening for one of my closest friends birthday. Kade played in the sand, threw some rocks with his best bud, Logan, while all the younger kids wanted to follow along, threw some sand in his own eye and I remembered what it is like to be a father, making sure my kid gets dinner in the middle of all his playing. It was a sweet taste of normalcy for the first time in one week. I am sitting at home in quietness for the first time in one week. Kade blessed me by going down for bed without a problem, his normal, and I can exhale in peace knowing that we are one more day closer to normal. One more day closer to seeing Levi running around our house. One more day closer to our whole family being under one roof. It will be a great celebration when we are all home again...it is good to be home.

12 comments:

  1. What a sweet update. You are so good at giving us a glimpse into your world and to be able to pray in detail for Levi and your family. Praying tonight that God continues to give you and Kara strength.

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  2. For real, that boy is going to be successful in whatever he does. That's the kind of persistence that makes up the uber accomplished. Dave & I will keep praying for his recovery. Ahhh, he's doing so good, and you get to hold him, and play with Kade in joy and all be home soon. God is so kind and so good. -- Jenny Cross

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  3. Hi Dan and Kara,
    We just want you to know that we are continuing to pray for your little one and your family. My sister (Annie) emailed right away, to which we sent out your request as well...I will praise Him tonight for all the goodness He has showed you these past few days. Praise the Lord you are sitting at His feet, praying for a full recovery and normalcy to return soon.
    Love,
    Noah and Danika (Stokes)

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  4. We cant thank you enough for these updates. They are what is getting us through being so far away. You'll have to let Jason know though that you need someone to take care of Kade so Solana, Sawyer and I can all fly out. haha Big hugs, kisses and prayers

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  5. Praising the Lord for such an awesome report...it's amazing how resilient God made children. Still praying for a continued smooth recovery and transition home. Love, the Cox family

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  6. Our continued prayers are with you. Thank you for the update and glad to hear he is healing.

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  7. Todd & Holly PetersonAugust 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Such a sweet repot. Praying for you guys.

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  8. We have him in our prayers. God is good!!!!

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  9. Praise God. We will continue to pray for Levi and your entire family. Brian & Vicki Nagel

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  10. Keep letting your LIGHT shine BRIGHT! I've been praying that your family's experience this past week would be a testimony to the doctors and medical staff. Praise God!

    Prayer Partner in Illinois

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  11. Praising God for revealing His glory to the doctor! Awesome. Just wanted you to know we're still here with you guys too, checking updates and praying.

    Love Ryan and Katie :)

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  12. I am so happy to hear that Levi's surgery went well and that every day he is getting better...that he is one day closer to going home to his family that loves him so much! All the best to Levi and to all that love him.

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