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Monday, 27 January 2014

God's Timing....

What a week! Suzie was admitted to Torbay Hospital on Thursday as a 'Medical Emegency' on the instructions of her Oncologist. We had a phone call from Dr. L who told me to take Suzie to the A&E department and she would be admitted so that the necessary scans and procedures could be carried out without further delay. It sounded straight forward enough, but the reality was not quite as simple as we'd expected. We had a gruelling few hours going through the A&E system, which was manic. As we sat in the waiting area, on one side of us was a 6'6" Police Officer attached with handcuffs to a prisoner, and on the other was a woman who spent most of the time having a very loud phone conversation in which she gave a detailed account of her medical history, including a graphic description of the contents of a drainage bag that was attached to her stomach and in full view of us all. Wherever we looked there was someone bleeding, vomiting or collapsing on the floor, and feral children who didn't look ill at all and were charging around without a responsible adult in sight. It was a truly harrowing experience which lasted nearly 6 hours in all. During this time Suzie was assessed by a nurse and had blood tests and a chest x-ray, and we were eventually moved to a cubicle where she was examined by various other medics. One very nice young Doctor remembered us from when Suzie had previously been admitted just over a year ago. It was nearly 10pm before she was moved to the EAU ward and settled in a comfortable bed. She was told she was on the list to have a scan the next day. I finally got back home at nearly 11.30pm.

The next day Suzie was moved to the respiratory Ward, but there was no sign of any scan. It's now Sunday night and she still hasn't had any further treatment. She is fairly comfortable, although her breathing has given us a few scary moments, but it seems that they're reluctant to do anything until the Oncologist is back in the loop. (She was away on Friday and over the weekend). Something is holding up the all-important CT scan that will allow the other scans and surgical procedures to go ahead, but we don't yet know what is causing the delay. 

Suzie is coping ok and is delighted that I am being welcomed at her bedside without restriction. The staff are lovely and they're taking good care of me too! They are very understanding of Sue's extra needs and they seem to make extra time to reassure her. The ward is a bit noisy and hectic, but she's getting used to the fact that she can doze on and off when she wants to so it doesn't matter if she gets disturbed at night. 

I bring our iPad in with me each morning so we can look at the news, play Scrabble or 'socialise' on Facebook.... Suzie is particularly encouraged to read all the positive and loving comments that people write for us, and to see all the 'Likes' she gets on my photos of her and my status updates about her. It gives her a wonderful sense of being loved and upheld. We also read emails together and Daily Bible readings, and I read encouraging verses of scripture to her. Suzie stays in bed all the time and sleeps a lot, and I'm just making the most of sitting by her bedside doing very little most of the time.

She had a lovely surprise visit today when my daughter turned up at the hospital. She was only making a flying visit and had to make the two hour drive back to her home this evening, but it made Suzie's day that she had gone to the trouble of coming to spend an hour with her.

Hopefully we will have something positive to report regarding her treatment sometime during this coming week. Meanwhile we just trust in God's perfect timing. We thank Him that Suzie is having this opportunity to adjust to being in hospital and to rest prior to her treatment. I'm sure these few days of waiting and seemingly 'doing nothing' are actually working towards preparing Suzie physically and emotionally for the treatments and surgical procedures that she will be facing during the coming weeks and months. God knows what He's doing and His timing is always perfect. We rest in the secure knowledge that He has planned our journey with greater accuracy than we ever could.

Thank you for your continued love and prayers.

God bless.