Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/21/17

Fell asleep yesterday before I could write anything…Sorry Shawna…Truth be told, one day flows into the next; I don’t know when one day ends and another begins…

Ryan’s been doing really well. I reduced one of his meds a couple of weeks ago, and he shows no signs of distress as a result. A couple more weeks of the same, and I’ll be able to reduce another dose. Please pray that this happens…

Since I’ve been watching him, he’s been sleeping a lot. I used to think he was ignoring me like he would a new person, but I know he’s actually asleep because he snores like his mother…ha ha. Sorry Janine. Just kidding…

Well, it’s off to bed now. Happy whatever day it is y’all!

Psalm 31:24   Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/19/17

Turns out the nurse we were hoping to have start this week is not allowed to work in the U.S. because she doesn’t have a work VISA. DOH! So, starting next week, I’ll be covering 90% of the shifts, unless another nurse or three pops up. It’s not as bad as it sounds, however, because #1 I get to watch Ryan (there’s not a more rewarding job anywhere), #2 It’s not rocket science, #3 It’s not strenuous work, #4 There’s no commute because I work from home and can do it in my pajamas if I want, #5 I can raid the refrigerator throughout the day, #6 I can catch up on all of my favorite soap operas (Wait! Did I say that out loud??) and the list of good things goes on and on…

Please continue to pray God will place it upon many people’s hearts to become nurses. There’s a real shortage out there.

A PRAISE: Our roof is finally finished, just in time for tonight’s rain…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/18/17

As you know, Walter, one of Ryan’s favorite nurses, left just over a month ago to care fulltime for another one of his patients who, if not for Walter making the switch, would have had to have been committed to a home which the family could not afford. As a result, I took over Walter’s graveyard shifts. Well, just yesterday, I received a call from our agency notifying me of Walter’s passing a couple of days ago. Neither I nor the agency know the circumstances surrounding his death. All his sister back east told them was that he had died. Needless to say, we are extremely saddened and shocked by this news, and know that many of you will be as well.

Walter had been with us pretty much since Ryan came home from George Mark Children’s House and had become part of our family. He was generally quiet and unassuming, although he would engage in conversation from time to time. What little he did share about himself was interesting. For instance, you would never know it to look at him recently, that in his younger years he was into the goth subculture; you know, punk rock, black clothing, hair and finger nails, etc. We also got him into following the Warriors and Raiders, and we’d watch and talk about the games together.

Nobody cared more and better for Ryan than did Walter. Whenever I’d relieve him from his shift, Ryan was always comfortable; his bed sheets always in neat order and everything in its place; save a few nicks on the wall where Walter would hit it with Ryan’s wheelchair. Walter had a bit of a vision problem. I won’t be painting over those nicks anytime soon, if ever, as I’ll think fondly of him every time I see them…which will be every day.

Our hearts are sad tonight…

Please pray for those who are left behind who would also be saddened by this news; that God would be comfort and peace to them…and to us…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/17/17

We’re having a new roof put on the old part of the house. The old roof is 2×6 tongue and groove and has been leaking for at least 7-8 years. As the roofers have peeled off the old shingles and begun to lay down plywood, paper and etc., a lot of dust has been raining down inside the house through the many cracks. For the past three days, I’ve been sweeping up debris that’s fallen, and couldn’t help but think this is nothing compared to all of the people who’ve recently had to go back into their homes after some catastrophe (earthquake, floods, hurricane, fire damage, etc.) and clean up the mess that’s been left. I can’t imagine…

We are blessed to be able to add a new roof onto our house. Yes, out of necessity, but not because of a disaster. We’ve been able to cover our furniture, take down pictures, come and go as we please, etc. Those less fortunate have lost many of these things. Some have lost everything.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it a thousand more times: there’s always someone less fortunate than me…than you. Please pray for those who are less fortunate. And maybe, be generous toward them as well…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/16/17

I don’t wait until Sunday to thank the Lord. I thank Him everyday.

Ryan and I thanked Him this morning when he woke up. We prayed for y’all that you would have a great day; that you would understand His perfect ways and see part of His plan unfolding. Hopefully, you didn’t miss any of it…

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/15/17

How does Moses make coffee? Hebrews it…

Janine and I went to watch Ashley’s (Ryan’s Daytime Visitor from Futures) band play at a fundraiser for Puerto Rico and Mexico. The band just before hers played salsa music, and there were so many people cutting up the dance floor. Then her band played and kept the place rockin’. Ryan would have loved to have seen it, and I know he will because Janine took a few videos. I couldn’t help but think of him up there playing either the drums or guitar, or singing…or as talented as he is, all three at once…

Please pray for him the next couple of days, because I’ll be the one watching him from 11 tonight until 3 P.M. on Tuesday. He’s in for the care of his life…literally!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/14/17

We just now finished watching the movie “The Shack”, and it was a pretty good interpretation of the book, but the book is better. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading it. It’s by William Paul Young.

Popped in to see Ryan to give him a hug, kiss and say a quick prayer before heading off to bed. I really love that young man…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/13/17

SLEEP   noun:   a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended

Ryan stayed awake all last night…didn’t go to sleep until 5:30 this morning. He then slept for 6 hours and was awake for the remainder of the day. Somehow his clock got off. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping a close eye on him to make sure nothing (besides the obvious) is wrong, or leading up to something potentially wrong. Good news is, he’s sleeping now…something I’m going to do while I have the opportunity…

Goodnight all! Sleep well, for if the Lord grants us another tomorrow, you’ll want all the energy you have accumulated throughout the night to live the day to its fullest…

All praise, glory and honor to Him!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/12/17

So the bad news is, the nurse who was supposed to do a meet and greet didn’t show to the agency’s orientation this morning, so the agency smartly dumped him. Can you say flake?

The good news is, the agency has another person they’re sending tomorrow for a meet and greet. Let’s hope this one doesn’t flake out, and is a good fit.

Ryan’s air mattress is up and running again. The air pump unit was making a weird noise, so I sent it in for repairs. 2+ months later and it finally got fixed and shipped back. No matter. In the meantime, we made do with a regular mattress. Needless to say, we all got our exercise turning him manually ever couple of hours. The air mattress automatically turns him. I’m going to miss the sore backs…

You know? Going to my reunion the other night made me think; if I’ve learned anything in my 23 years on earth, it’s that it’s okay to lie about your age…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/11/17

Tomorrow, the nursing agency is finally sending a candidate over for a meet and greet. Hopefully, he’ll be a good fit for Ryan. Please pray for this to be the case…

If I were a nurse, I’d want a patient like Ryan to look after. He’s an easy guy to take care of and such a joy to be around. All who’ve looked after him say so. And, I think y’all know I’m not saying this just because I’m his dad…

Please pray for someone before you hit the hay tonight. I guarantee your dreams will be sweeter…