We started Monday off super great! When I walked in Cale’s room this morning He was sitting at the sink, PT and OT were helping him brush his teeth. It was so exciting! He wasn’t very willing to put the tooth brush in his mouth but he did let them do it and then he did drink some water, attempted to swish it around, and then opened his mouth over the sink. Wow! How far he has come from the days in ICU when he wouldn’t even open his mouth! After they were done with mouth care, they pulled his wheel chair over to the bed, and Cale helped transfer! He reached to his chair and started the transfer and they just guided him over! Oh goodness! I feel so overwhelmed with joy! It’s so amazing to watch him do all of these things!
Cale now weighs 136.3 pounds! He’s only a few pounds off from what he normally is! Woohoo! They changed his feeding to 400ml, still 6 times a day and are now giving him water along with that. He has a couple more days on the medicine for his infection and then they will retest him. Let’s pray his body is clear of ALL infections! They’re saying he’s keeping both eyes open about 75% of the time during the day. There’s a few different times mentioned that he’s progressing with ADL (activities of daily living) and that gets me crazy happy! Haha! Time frame now says…11 weeks! So there is no confusion, they haven’t extended Cale because of progress, it’s military related…and a HUGE blessing!
Dancing has a very special place in my life. It’s such a beautiful thing. In 2004 a bunch of us were going to prom together. Cale and I went just as friends and the very next day he asked me to date him. Less then a year later we were married :) At some point that night during our silly dancing, Caleb Michael Darling won my heart. After he deployed the first time and I was in New York, alone without all of my friends and family, I spent a lot of time dancing with the Lord. I have a special song that when I hear it, I go to a place that’s just me and God and I twirl and I feel His presence so strong.
This journey that I’m on right now is just like dancing. We have taken steps forward (so many steps!) and we’ve taken steps backwards. There are always new steps being added and steps changing. Every time Cale has been reaching out to me or hugging me I feel like I’m twirling, and every precious sweet kiss he gives, I feel like I’m being dipped. God is singing over us, holding all of my the tears, and I know He delights in us and our love for each other.
From the first night we were together, and for as long as God allows, I will hold Cale’s hand and dance.
You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I'm about to burst with song; I can't keep quiet about you. GOD, my God, I can't thank you enough.
Psalm 30:11-12 (the message)