Seven wonderful months at home. I can’t believe that I have not blogged that long. God has been really good to Dana. So much have happened and so many changes, but it all boils down to blessings that God has given, with a lot of help from all who prayed.
We were discharged February 24, 2016 from having been admitted March 31, 2015. It was a long journey and battle for life. We look back appreciating everything that we learned on those difficult times. Now we have moved to another place and I am working at UT Clemens Hospital as a night shift nurse. We are just few miles away from Dana’s doctor clinics and the hospital itself. It is safer for her and better for us.
We prayed for healing everyday, as well as strength. We prayed for Dana’s life. WE even prayed for acceptance. It was 11 months of begging to God to bless Dana. I asked and begged all who knew us for prayers. God was so great that He listened to our hearts. He blessed Dana but in His own pace. We trusted Him and His ways.
Niel and I were just holding on each other for strength. It was tough, and it was a challenge to us.But our love for Dana carried us through. We would switch often from going back to Tyler and Dallas. I would drive 2 hours to work and 2 hours coming to Dana. I conquered my fear of freeways, driving 70mph or more. If I don’t, I won’t be able to see her. I had to drive many times on tough road in heavy rain. I had to tell my self constantly to be strong because Dana was being strong herself.
Our family and friends were God’s greatest gift to us. We had no one to cry to, they were there. We did not have the luxury to see them in person, but their help to everything was the same. They helped us from prayer to our financial issues. Even strangers, friends of our friends and anyone who knew about Dana’s story, prayed with us.
Eleven months in the hospital, gave us a new family. The nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and techs who were consistently taking care of Dana became our confidant and family. There were those who took each day with her as their regular work but there were those who cried and poured their emotions with us. We are grateful. I still have their faces and names in my heart, and I will never forget them in this lifetime.
Workplace was my avenue where I could thank everyone. It was a place I could give back to God’s kindness. I had a different perspective of nursing. As I take care of others, I believe I am giving back to God all what He gave to Dana. As I take care of others, I feel that I am giving back to everyone who helped and prayed for us.
Now we are home but we still have a tough road ahead of us. We will continue to pray for Dana and her healing. We will continue to pray for strength. For each day that we wake up and enjoy her is a day we are grateful for. For each day that we have people who help us take care of her, and allow us and Niel to enjoy oursevles..we are grateful. We look forward to tomorrow with so much hope and love.