Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2nd Day at Queen Mary - by Daddy

One of the reasons I am using "Daddy" as my tag is that's the name used by more than Sarah Grace. It is how some of the nurses get my attention is to say "Daddy". So today was hard for Sarah. She is starting to feel the first affects of the chemo with nausea and she had pain in her hips most of the day. I feel so bad for her, but each time I am about to lose it, she says, "Daddy, please pray for me that the pain will go away." One time I was trying to get her to take some Panadol and she was too nauseous to drink anything and she said, "Daddy, it is Jesus who heals not the medicine." So Daddy is receiving a first rate theology lesson from my 7 year old daughter.
As I think about this, she is so right. Yesterday as the doctor walked through the next five weeks with us there are certain markers that will show the progress. In the end, he simply said we do not know if the medicine will work, but we can follow the progress. As I heard these words, I thought immediately that I know who makes the medicine work! It is our Lord, who continually asks me "Jay, are you going to trust me with today?" It is not by chance that last week, before Sarah contracted the fever, we were singing "Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus" for our family devotion time. Sarah and the entire Clark Family is challenged to trust, and Jesus is proving 'over and over'.
On a side note, one of our struggles is dealing with a high-stress situation in another culture. It is pushing me to my limits and I really need prayer for this. Even though medically they are taking "care" of Sarah with the same process, protocol and drugs as in the U.S., the other part is what I call "self-help". I've heated the pads to place on Sarah's hip, taken stool samples, cleaned vomit bowls and many times measured urine. Now the lady just showed me how to fold up and unfold the wheelchair so I can get it for Sarah to be moved. If we were at home that would be expected but in the hospital that is not expected, at least from me. Since the nurse just brought me a pill slicer, I assume my next task is slicing pills to a size Sarah can swallow. Seeking, Serving, Desiring my God of Peace,Jay aka "Daddy"


Johanna said...

We love you all so much and are upholding you in prayer. The verse which keeps coming to mind whenever we are praying for Sarah is:
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
We are believing this and trusting God in this for Sarah.
Please know our 'prayer arms' are around your whole family. Thanks for the insight into day to day 'going ons' in the hospital. We love you.

Koop Tribe said...

What an amazing testimony already from Sarah. What an amazing spirit, and we just pray more and more of the strength that comes from Jesus to be on you all! Much love!

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