Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tired Travelers...

Exhausted. That's the word to describe Cale and I. It's ended up being a very long trip and we're not done yet! I'm sitting here next to Cale's bed, in a hospital in Illinois. When we finally got the update that we were leaving, I was jumping up and down! From how it had been looking for most of the day, we were going to be stuck in Maryland for the night. When it was time to go, I followed right behind Cale's bed rolling down the hallway. We loaded on to a bus, that had beds stacked. Cale was still doing great at this point. The nurse had given him his sleep meds, so he was just about gone from the world. The bus arrived at our next form of transportation...a C17. The inside was empty in the middle, the guys on beds were stacked three high. It was HUGE! All these military people in uniform were walking around, and did I mention it was so big? I really felt like I was in a movie!
Here's Cale in the bus...


On the C17! So cool :)


At first, Cale was sleeping, but once they started to turn everything on, and the noise level increased by a whole lot, I could start to see his hands and feet move...uh oh. He was awake. I couldn't see his face from where I was sitting and it was driving me crazy. I kept seeing him get more and more restless. Eventually, they moved his bed to the ground and placed me in the seat right by him. I'm thinking this was more because of the wife's face and not because of how he was handling it...haha!


After that, he was doing much better. I was so grateful that so many people were praying because, Cale has been in a, for the most part, quiet room, for so long now. Not only was it loud on the flight, but so much commotion! I kept getting down by him asking if he was ok, and he would either nod "yes" or give me a thumbs up. I told him over and over how I am so proud of how great he was doing and kept thanking God over and over, for how He was holding Cale.

Our stop last night was Scott Air force Base in Illinois. Once we landed, they put Cale on an ambulance to the civilian hospital. It took a little while to get everything situated, but finally, at 2am I curled up in the chair by Cale's bed, and said good night. It's been even a rough night here for Cale. I was hoping he would get some good sleep, but...it's a new hospital so they have to check him over. Poor guy. At 3am I woke up to a male nurse saying very loudly "wake up!' and than continued to explain what he was going to do. All I can say to describe the moment is that Cale wasn't going to have anything to do with that guy.

The plan for today is waiting for our flight this afternoon, where we will again head for CA!

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29

3 comments:

  1. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29

    Ah, Kathleen...that's JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR TONIGHT! Thanks for posting this Scripture! I've been so weak (physically), so exhausted and sick. And I needed exactly what this says - that My Lord is The Lord, He is All-Knowing. Even though I'm worn out and don't know what to do next, that doesn't mean He is worn out or confused. I can't even imagine what He understands! He promises to give strength to the weary (you and me) and raise us up! We sure do serve an AWESOME GOD, don't we?!

    This will be my praise as I go to bed tonight.

    Thank you, Sister and Brother!

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  2. Kathleen & Cale:

    I'm am the pastor at Mike & Rachael's church. We are all up here at youth camp and I ducked into town to answer some e-mail and check on your progess. They are anxiously awaiting my report.

    I just want to let you know that we praise God with you, love you, and will continue to pray that God would bless you, heal you and bring you to a place of shalom and promise.

    Keith

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  3. kathleen! i am SO GLAD you are there with cale so he has someone to talk for him when male nurses tell him to WAKE UP at 3am!! good grief!
    never quit being your dear hubby's liaison! Our God is an Awesome God!
    kt in kennewick

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