Robert has been much more aware and alert since we were moved out of the ICU. The transition has been difficult for him emotionally. He told me he really doesn't remember too much about being in the ICU, and he had no idea he was there for 2 weeks. He thought at the most it had been a week. He was so out of it most of the time, and now that he is really coming around a lot more, I think it must be strange to have 2 weeks of your life gone by, and be feeling the way he is physically. He is really deconditioned, but Dr. Gollard said that it should get better and better everyday, and he is. Yesterday was an especially trying day for Robert, he just wants to go home, and is feeling very ready to be done. And I can't say I blame him one bit. He told me yesterday how he just wants to go visit all of the beautiful beaches he has been to in his life with me. And the idea sounds wonderful to me. Robert served a mission for our church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and also in the Bahamas, so he has seen some beautiful beaches. I can't wait to get to see them all with him someday. I know it's in our future.
About 2 weeks before Robert and I found out his leukemia had come back in February, my parents invited us to spend a weekend with them in Newport Beach, California. We are so glad now that we got to have a mini vacation before everything. It was so nice to relax on the beach and get to spend some quality time together. I can't wait until we get to do it again! Really, I don't care what beach it is, as long as Robert is right along with me (and our spiffy beach towels with our names on them. I know you're jealous ;).
Robert's white blood count is .7 today. So it is making slow, but steady progress. We are hoping it makes a big jump any day now. Robert got an ultrasound of his gallbladder today, while he was in the ICU they thought it might have a problem, so they are doing testing to see what is going on with it. (I'll keep you posted on that). He is still jaundiced from his liver functioning being low, but the Docs are thinking as soon as Robert is off his TPN(IV nutrition), that should really help. So, he is doing well, improving slowly, but it is a wonderful thing.
I can't say how grateful I am to all of you who continually pray for us, read this, and especially being willing to help us financially with your donations. You are blessing our lives so abundantly, and we are both incredibly thankful for everything. You all inspire me daily. Please keep praying for Robert's speedy recovery. All our love.