It has been two weeks since Jen was admitted here at NKC Hospital. What we had hoped would be a short visit of 2 or 3 days, has now become an indefinite stay. The place is now our home and they have allowed us to feel at home. We are now certain that we will not attempt to take Jen home. She feels comfortable and safe here, as does the immediate family.
She actually slept through the entire night last night for the first time since we arrived 14 days ago. That rest continued on into the afternoon. Jan and I actually got a little worried that we would not be able to wake her up. As usual, she amazed us by waking up and eating some home made cookies and brownies made by her good friends Amy and Christol. Tonight we are having a little trouble getting her back to sleep. She is nauseated and experiencing some hallucinations. However, her night nurse Connie is right on top of things and Jen should be snoozing soon. I'm a little tired tonight, so I'll save a description of all of her medications and equipment hooked up to her for tomorrow. I just think that some would find it interesting how much effort it takes to help make her comfortable. The amounts of medications really reflect the difficult time that her body is having.
I also wanted to remind everyone about the Sunday night prayer circle for Jen in Blue Springs. My post from yesterday has the details. We received a lot of e-mails and comments today from people assuring us that they will be praying very diligently for Jen at 7:15 tomorrow night in Blue Springs and around the world. We all pray many, many times throughout the day but just the thought of a joint effort among thousands is hard to imagine. I won't be surprised if the Earth stops spinning for a brief moment. In that moment, I want Jen to feel forever content that she will be leaving the world a better place and that we all love her.
This is the actual cross sitting at Jen's bedside right now. It was a gift last week from Father Mike, who has stopped in several times to pray and offer words of encouragement to Jen and the family. As you can see, Christ is extending a dove of peace downward to Jen as she lies in bed. As most know, the dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. This cross has become an important fixture here in room 527.
By the way, as I wrap this post up, Jen is sleeping soundly.