Monday, April 30, 2007

Good Morning

After 2 nights of light sleeping, ie. waking up and buzzing every 20-30 minutes with a question, and low 80/40 blood pressure issues, Dan is off to a great start today. He seems more motivated and ready to get up, drink and talk. [Can we get an AMEN! ?]

We're praying specifically for:
  1. Completion of daily therapy goals ["I don't care to do that" in not an option.]
    1. 10 tastes of various puree food & drinking lots of fluids
    2. "leak" speaking [talking with his trach cuff down so air can pass over his vocal cords]
    3. sitting up in his power chair [blood pressure issues still]
  2. Area pressure sore on his lower back has become a smaller but more deep cavity sore - possible danger of infecting his bone.
  3. Weight gain to toughen up his skin as it has become very thin, and lying in any one position for more than 1 hour creates a new pressure sore.
  4. Continued attitude and mindset of "This is my new life, and I need to start doing this"
  5. Mental and physical strength and perseverance for us, Bill & Debbie. [Thank you relief sitters for your help.]
We want to thank so many of you for recent generous gifts. Sorry we can't send out a proper thank-you note to each of you. Know that each expression of love is much appreciated.

Also, a dear family has given us the unlimited use of their nearby condo for the ENTIRE time Dan is at RIC, meaning that we will not have to move from place to place, pack and unpack every week or so. Thank you Bob and Sandi.

Once again, we are in awe of God's provision -- He lavishes us with blessing.

Dan's Family

p.s. It was good to have Jeff [Jen's fiance] here for the weekend, and thanks for a special visit from CU Student Chaplain and OPE friend Mark.


Anonymous said...

I so appreciate reading your regularly updates!

Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

I am praying for your family...

Sherin from Portage, MI

Anonymous said...

AMEN, and a foot stompin' HALLELUJAH from down south. Continuing to pray for all of you guys and Dan's strength to cantioue growing. Can't wait to see the "whole knudsen bunch" in june.
Your cousin/ nephew,

Jane-Jane said...

Thank you for letting us know the specific needs to pray for.

Praise God a fresh attitude for a new week.


Amber said...

You're always in my prayers, Knudsen family! Praying for daily strength and spiritual renewal...may the Lord continue to sustain and encourage you!

Amber Metz

Anonymous said...

Some days, our daily "goals" don't seem to have the reward we desire here on earth. Wondering, why bother...this is too it really worth it??? But, a resounding YES, is found in the Word - CHRIST is worth it, and what HE calls us to is an act of service to HIM :) We are praying for perseverance for each of you!

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; know that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." Col. 3:23-24

Anonymous said...

Your family will remain on my prayer list...permanently. I love the specific ways to pray that you list. Please know that it is so evident that our loving God placed Dan into the hands of just the perfect fit family. "this is my new life..." is such a wonderful indication that you are "in" it with Dan...sort of like the way we are "in" Christ. A little preposition "in" with a whole lot of meaning! Praying and marveling at the wonderful matchless grace of Jesus. Just a CU mom checking in again...

Papá to the best 2 said...

Dan, good to hear about your day Monday. You gotta keep fighting buddy to overcome both the physical and mental challenges. Don't loose heart, and be watching for opportunities to give glory to God - something we all have to be watching for every day.