10.5.12 The Power of Prayer

All,

You  must all be praying for Peter, and God has heard your prayers. In the last 8 hours Peter seems to be turning a corner…
His fever is gone, his pain level has gone from a 10 to a 2, he only needed morphine once this morning.  His eyes have gone from blurry to clear, and I can see him again when I look into his eyes. He is still very weak and fragile but the infection and intense suffering are fading. I wish I could tell you the ALS was fading too but it is not, so we will battle on.

The hospice nurses were at his side 24/7 and today John( our wonderful caregiver) also helped to take care of him today. I think that they are all angels sent by God…the compassionate heart of a caregiver is a gift to those in need. I want to share a story of one particular  hospice nurse , who was with Peter on his most painful and intense night. She is not one of the regular nurses on the staff, but received a call from the scheduler that they needed a nurse to work the midnight to 8am shift for an ALS patient . She said yes and arrived at our door. Even in my sleepiness I noticed that the way she took care of Peter and the way she spoke to Peter was as if she knew him. There was an experience in the way she cared for Peter, she knew what would help him to fight the intense pain that he was in. After a while she shared with me in sadness that her husband had passed of ALS four years ago. There was an immediate connection between us. The room was filled with unspoken words and experiences; that only we could understand as wives who have watched our brave husbands suffer through this unkind disease. Her husband like Peter was a strong and healthy man, who loved the outdoors… especially golf. As the intensity of the night went on she worked diligently on Peters pain. We continued to speak through the night in the dimness of the bedroom light. She told me she was so thankful to be able “serve us” tonight because this was a hard day for her and helping someone else would help her. She told me with tears in her eyes that today was her wedding anniversary. She and her husband had been married for 23 years before he lost his life to ALS. I felt like God not only sent me the gift of a compassionate nurse but an incredible example of sacrificially serving others through the pain in our lives. She knows she will see her husband again in heaven and she told me that she is sure he will be “playing golf”.  Until then she is dedicated and passionate to find a cure for ALS .She does research for a University when she is not on her nursing job.

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11 Responses to 10.5.12 The Power of Prayer

  1. jody snyder says:

    Only our God could be so compassionate in our time of need. He loves you so intensely! I will continue to pray for you Andrea, Peter and your whole family as God draws you closer into His strong powerful and protective arms.

  2. cheryl larrick says:

    WOW! God is at work at his best. Love you girl.

  3. Terri says:

    The best intervention is our Lord bringing you peace to express to you you’re not alone! God of the dawn and the day, I wait before You now to receive from Your hand. The power of prayer is such a blessing in disguise. Thank you Lord Jesus for always pulling through and being reliable! REVELATION 4:1-11
    [1] After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” [2] At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. [3] And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. [4] Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. [5] From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. [6] Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. [7] The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. [8] Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” [9] Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, [10] the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: [11] “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

  4. Jill Casserly says:

    Wow. Andrea so good to hear how God used that nurse the other night to help comfort you and understand your perspective and be there for Peter when he was in such intense pain. There’s something about sharing pain together that bonds us humans. Also, your overall response as a couple to choose JOY amidst this awful disease is an incredible testimony to me and I’m sure many, many others. May God bless you tremendously with many many gifts day after day. God bless!

  5. Richard Berg says:

    I am so glad to hear that Peter’s pain and fever have subsided. I wish him comfort and peace in these next few days, after that difficult episode. I had been wondering how he has been doing since last month, and read your post from Oct 4th with great sadness. I did have a lovely visit with Peter’s folks and Sonny and John after returning from California, perhaps you have heard about it from them. It was so good to see Joyce and Kern after so many years! I think about you all often, and hold you in my heart–

    Love, Richard

  6. Jan says:

    thanks for sharing your stories…what a powerful example of the amazing giving human spirit and the gifts God brings to us in the most unexpected ways.

  7. Jenny says:

    Wow! The amazing love and care that can be demonstrated only by someone who really knows what you are going through – such a gift. I’m sorry that your caregiver that night has been through this pain before, but only because of that, could she make the impact and know how to best care for Peter, God knew you both needed her! Thank you for sharing this great testimony of God’s love and tender care for each of us – knowing our each and every need! I love you both! Jen

  8. Joyce Devin says:

    Thank you for sharing that story. It’s beautiful. I know you both were aware if such kindness and timeliness. God is good. Love.

  9. God sent you an angel. An amazing story. May God continue to give you peace. May God continue to prepare Peter for the kingdom of heaven. Andrea, I am praying for you.

  10. Kitty Bradley says:

    That was an angel that visited Peter and you. What a great story. Sending prayers.

  11. Ryan says:

    I can’t believe this! What an amazing thing. There is no coincidences the God is in control. Love you both so much.

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