Amber and I had a low key day. We watched some Minecraft videos, I cut the huge mat out of her hair, I painted her nails and she painted mine, we took a field trip around Floor 8, tried to play XBox Football in the playroom (that was hilarious), read a couple pages of Superkids (as we snuggled in her bed), and then watched more Minecraft videos (yay). Very relaxing and uneventful, which is nice given what’s coming up in the week ahead.
However, there was something extra meaningful later on this evening. At 7PM, Amber and I were praying extra hard. We knew at this moment, and for the next hour, there was something very special happening — St. Mary’s Church in Baltic, our Church, was having an hour-long prayer service in honor of her, and because of that we wanted to make sure we prayed right along with everyone else.
(Added by Matt)
At 7:00 tonight, the kids and I attended the prayer service at St Mary’s in Baltic. It was a simple, peaceful hour of music and quiet prayer. But it was powerful, and overwhelming for me to see all the support. Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and prayed with us.
When I returned to the hospital to be with Amber for the night, the nurses were working to put in an IV. Sadly, Amber’s poor veins have been through a lot over that past 6 weeks and didn’t want to cooperate. It took several very painful attempts, before having to give up and agree to use a gas sedative tomorrow morning and install the IV then. Watching Amber cry in pain was heart wrenching, knowing that I cannot take this pain for her really tears me up inside.
Caron pointed something out to me tonight. Tomorrow is day 40. This has been 40 days of suffering for Amber. I don’t know if I should draw deeper meaning from this, but I felt it was worth noting anyway.
So now we look to tomorrow’s MRI scan. The scan doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t change our risks. It just reveals what is already reality. We will get the results on Tuesday. So tonight, we pray for the strength to accept whatever the MRI shows, we pray that God grant Amber a path to health, and we pray that God grant Amber peace and comfort during this journey.