Wednesday, May 7, 2008
God's Timing is Perfect
At this time my husband is stable and needing me only minimally. His blood counts are still low so he has to protect himself from the "germy" stuff like taking out the garbage and cutting the grass. Because of low blood counts and lung congestion (possible infection) my husband's stem cell transplant has been postponed to after May 21, 2008. So in about 2 weeks he will enter the hospital for 3-5 weeks.
When a loved one is in the hospital it is not easy. We have two teen girls still living at home, so the first thing that we have to do is have someone care for them. My husband's hospital stay will be 50 miles from home so I will not be home too often. There are so many things that I have to do to prepare for this long hospital stay. We are blessed to have a son and daughter-in-law that will care for our girls so that all I have to do is be by my husband's side. Wonderful friends will be taking care of our dogs, fish, and cockatiel. Don't be afraid to ask for help. So many of our friends and family have helped us.
One of the most important chores that I have to complete before my husband goes in the hospital is spring cleaning. With each passing year it becomes more difficult for me. A few years ago our young children in our home once slowed me down; afterall, it was more important to care for their needs than to have a spotlessly clean home. Now my excuse is a body that aches, etc. So, gone are the days when I can get all the cleaning done in a day or two.
If I think about all that I still have to do before the hospital stay and all that may happen to my husband, it gets a bit overwhelming. That's when I go to God and ask him to give me peace. The Lord has helped me by postponing the stem cell transplant. About 2 weeks ago I was in severe pain from pinched nerves in my neck. The luggage was not even being packed, much less the house being cleaned. When the doctor postponed the transplant it didn't take me too long to be relieved. In addition to this, both of our daughters have graduations that my husband would have missed if he was in the hospital.
The longer I live, the more I trust that God's timing is perfect. When I put my trust in HIM and his timing I fret a lot less.