Today a personal letter. First of all, I am pleased to announce great progress in Barbara’s condition. In the hospital they got her sodium levels up from 116 to 125 (should be about 136), and it has made a great difference in her abilities: no more dementia symptoms. I am very pleased.
Tuesday was a day full of God sightings. First, in spite of getting to bed so late, I woke up ready to go at 7, so could have a good quiet time and breakfast before going to vote at 9. I also asked about an absentee ballot for Barbara, and was told I had to get a request for one, take it to her in the hospital to sign, bring it back, get an absentee ballot, take it to her to fill out and sign and bring it back before 4 pm.
Actually I didn’t know I had to hand it into the town office by 4, rather than the voting place–but about 2 pm while leaving the hospital and planning on doing shopping, the thought came to mind, “I wonder if I have to hand it into the town hall rather than the voting station,”—a thought from the Lord–so went directly there to find out, then just had time to make it to Barbara for her to do her stuff and get it back to the town hall.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before going to the hospital, I had to get my henchman going on the day’s work on the farm, which resulted in me leaving half an hour later than I wanted. I was going to first go to the Chrystal Mall in Waterford to get my computer fixed, or sent off to be fixed, but since I was too late to be the first customer, decided to stop at the hospital first instead. And when I walked in, there was Barbara’s doctor talking with her, so I got to hear all he had to say. First God sighting. He is a very handsome, gentlemanly young fellow born in Nigeria, but raised in Norwich. He is doing a thorough job of finding what’s wrong with B.
From there I went to the computer place where previously the tech had told me they’d have to send it out to get a whole new side piece put in (the power cord attached crookedly to the computer and easily fell off). But when I brought it in, the girl at the counter examined it carefully and with a paper clip was able to dislodge several small metal pieces that were stuck on the magnet—and that fixed the problem! God sighing number 2 with no need to send it off. I was relieved.
I had entered the Mall from the wrong direction, but in doing so was reminded that there is a Home Depot there; I’d planned to go to the one in Lisbon on the way home, but going here would save me a lot of time, so after the computer event, did my shopping there, including doing a lot of returns. God sighting number 3. This was important later, meaning I had time to do the absentee voter thing.
Then when returning, I stopped again at the hospital and found that the Psychiatrist just beginning to talk with Barbara. This was God sighting number 3, for B did not offer much background info to the Dr. This young woman was also from Nigeria, and had both an MD and Phd—and, it turns out, is a born again believer who had been to Word of Life! Good connections.
She did a thorough questioning on B’s background (with me filling in a lot of what B left out), and did several tests to measure her level of mental agility, all of which B passed with flying colors, showing that her dementia was gone. Then the Dr. gave her advice on how to deal with her depression—and guess what? It was almost word for word what Meredith, her counselor, and I had told her, and B said that. So now let’s pray that she will those things.
Then God sighting 4 was realizing I needed to get to the town office and back before 4, and was able to do it. The Lord was so good to watch over us, to orchestrate our day and to give B the kind and competent help she needs. She will stay at least one more day to make sure her sodium levels are up and to try and discern what caused them to drop so low. So you can keep praying for revelation of what needs to be done to protect her.
Well, I praise God for His work in answering our prayers, and for what He’s going to do in the future. Thank you for your part in this. Warmly, Steve