The last two weeks have been some of the toughest for Brandon and I. What started out as a back pain 6 weeks ago has landed us in the hospital with surgery. My Sweet B started having back pain about 6 weeks ago that ended up in his chest. We headed to the ER for them to tell us it was pneumonia. They didn’t do much for us but tell us it was going to be a rough week and sent us home with some meds. 5 days later he was worse. He couldn’t speak and breathe at the same time. 3 days later we were back in the ER and not the same one. They told us he was the sickest one they had that night and he would be there for the night. They called in the surgeon to put in a chest tube to start draining the fluid from in and around his lungs. His left lung was filled with so much fluid it had pushed his aorta over and against the right lung. No wonder he couldn’t breathe! His left lung collapsed Sunday night. What a scary thing to hear and experience. He has had a chest tube in since Sunday night and it has removed at least a 2 liter size of fluid. The antibiotics where not breaking through the film around his lung so they ended up doing surgery this morning. It went well and we are waiting for him to return to his room. It was pretty rough inside and he lost a fair amount of blood. He has two chest tubes in that will help to get rid of the rest of the fluid at least through the weekend. His lung is inflated again and we can’t start the long road to recovery.
As I sit here in this room looking at the same 4 walls for the last 5 days I am thankful, blessed, and humbled. I am reminded of how much God loves us, how much he wants the best for us, and he won’t stop until he gets us right where he wants us. He has a grand plan for us all. There is a reason and a lesson and a purpose in all of this.
I was giving him a sponge bath yesterday and he made some crack about how we didn’t think this would be happening before we got married and we were getting all the “old” crap out of the way now so we can enjoy the rest of our lives LOL. And as I was washing his feet I said with tears in my eyes, “This is what Jesus did.” And he said, “Yep, you’re right. I was humbled. Jesus sacrificially got on his knees and washed his disciples feet with love and grace. Kneeling and washing Brandon’s feet really just got to me. It was like a peace came over me and I realized this is right where God wants me and there is no place on this earth I would rather be. This is not where I saw myself or ever thought we would be at this point but the lessons learned, the miracles seen, and the love and support shown has made it clear that there is a plan and a purpose for all of this.
Thank you all so much for all the love and support you have shown my Sweet B. It means a lot to us both to have the prayers and see the sweet comments. Our road to recovery has begun and he will come out stronger and better then ever.
We have 44 days until our big day and we just can’t wait. We know that there are big plans for our future together.
We are beyond grateful to all the nurses, aides, doctors and surgeons who have taken care of us at Baptist Health. We have received great care and are beyond blessed for that. God is so good. Better then we deserve.
Looking forward to being home soon and writing you from there.