Ginny and I are making our nests for the night again. We (Ginny, Rob, Amy, David, and I) have all gotten to see Bob now. He responds a little, but is still so heavily sedated that he can't do much. Some blinking, hand-squeezing, arm movement, and faint mouth movement (as though he is speaking in his dreams.) They have added a feeding tube to waken his stomach a little, and tomorrow hopefully they'll let him be a little bit more alert. It just depends on his pain threshold, which is not very high from what I know! He'll endure, though, I've no doubt.
I do not know if we (or Ginny and someone else) will spend tomorrow night here at the hospital. This did just happen yesterday, and the trauma doctor said the first 48-72 hours are critical. Bob is headed in the right direction, though.
It amazes me when I consider the number of churches and individuals that are praying for Bob's recovery and healing. Well, it does and it doesn't amaze, you know? By our love ... that's how others know to whom we belong. Believe me, there are many other families in this waiting room as well -- more names than I can remember. All lost in their own private dramas, but we notice each other every now and again. A few stories get shared here, a few annoyances get shared there, like how we have to take EVERYTHING out of the waiting room at 8:30! But they are watching, and we are mindful of that. Let your prayers include open minds and hearts for all of us as we spend time at the hospital -- let us not become consumed with despair, for Bob will heal. Some of the people here don't have that hope or that expectation for their loved ones.
So many are praying -- and it must be making things go so well so far. Studies have shown that prayer improves patients' conditions even when they don't know they're being prayed for! And is he ever! Some of those praying for him:
~Mayfair Church of Christ -- Home to Bob & Ginny Cox, David, Amy, & Sarah Hunter
~Twickenham Church of Christ -- Home to Rob, Clarissa, Julianne, Joey, Abbie, & Chloe Cox
~Madison Academy -- Ginny teaches, Amy taught, 4 Coxes attend, Rob's beginning volunteer software work, Clarissa accompanies on occasion
~Lake Hills Church of Christ -- One of B & G's former churches. Thanks, Wes -- all of Chattanooga knows, and beyond!
~Otter Creek Church of Christ -- R & C's former church
~Friends to all/each of us, old and new, from all corners of the country
~Cookeville Community Bible Study -- Thank you, Jenn. I love you, too.
~Bob's family doctor; his gastroenterologist; Ginny's orthopaedist; an OB/GYN from Mayfair!
~The volunteer chaplain who came by early this morning.
~Some of Bob's former customers have even come by and said they'll be praying.
~Some of his fellow builders and/or laborers from the homebuilding community here in Huntsville.
~My Facebook friends. Thanks for updating there, Dave (my brother.)
~My Blogging friends, of course -- you've said as much in your comments!
~Coxes, Pelhams and Plemmons.
~Johnsons and Spurlins.
(There's something extra special about Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.)
I'm sure there are more. Add names/churches/groups to the comments section if you like. I'm going to preserve this chronicling for Bob to peruse when he is able; I want him to have a fresh awareness of how valued he and his family are. I have tried to write down the names of each and every one of you that has called, visited, left a message, sent an email, brought a gift, or prayed for us and him. I was gone for a few hours today but Ginny, Rob, and Amy helped piece together who came, called, etc. I will be gone much longer tomorrow, for Julianne has a temperature of 101 degrees or so and must stay home tomorrow; Rob must work a few hours, too. It will be juggle time, but there are reinforcements coming in from Chattanooga and Atlanta tomorrow; I guess things will go on without me for awhile.
We are a family richly blessed.