Being in this leg brace position 24/7 for
6 to 8 weeks, it is wearing on Jon.
Jon has been having a rough time since surgery. About 10 days ago, he started having some skin breakdown from his brace rubbing when he has muscle spasms. Then over the weekend before last, 4 of the 6 areas became full-blown, open, nasty, pressure sores. Since then we have had the area cultured and Jon has been on several antibiotics. I am pleased to report that all the original spots are showing signs for improvement and healing, but now he has 2 newer spots trying to form. Jon is finally getting more comfortable, but he is still in a lot of pain and especially at night. Last nights thunder storms had his muscles tense and spasming and he slept very little. Thankfully so far tonight, he is sleeping well. Please continue to pray for Jon.
Someone my mom knows blessed us with lots of milk the last couple weeks. It is lactose-free milk, but our kids cannot taste the difference. I've lost count, but I think we have been given 9 to 12 gallons. It was close to the expiration date so I froze it. The kids think it is awesome to have so much milk and they have been devouring it! Honestly, it goes so fast that I haven't even tried it. I'm constantly amazed at God's provisions that just shows-up...like the bags of clothes in our garage last week...what a blessing!
"Thank you Lord for leading people our way with supplies that we can use. We appreciate the gift, the giver and Your guidance in getting the items we need to us. Amen"
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them
shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:29-30
Jon had this picture taken by Anita
in May. She does such a good job.
Jon's surgery was a week ago Monday and at first he was doing really well. However, the past few days have been hard and he has been especially uncomfortable. Pain control has been more spotty and an hour or more before it is time for more medication, Jon is in pain. Of all our children, Jon is the hardest for me to see in pain. Especially now, when there is little that I can do to offer relief. Please keep Jon in your thoughts and prayers. I talk to the nurse in St. Louis again on Monday and hopefully she can offer some new options for pain control.
I do an aweful job blogging the "stuff" that falls out of heaven and into our home just when we need it and I need to get better at documenting it because the volume of "stuff" is simply....unbelieveable. This week we were given 11 cases of pediasure through a friend of a former William Woods University student. We usually use 150 cans a month and I have been paying $50 per case....so yes, we were given $550 worth of Pediasure, which will last us two months! BIG thank you to my NEW favorite former student and her daughters who even delivered it! Plus this week, we were given 18 quarts of lactose free milk from a friend of my mom.
I went grocery shopping last night and spent $695.60 (and I forgot hot dog buns)! So far with grocery prices on the rise, I've been able to hold to our budgeted $1000 per month, but even with coupons and using price matches, it couldn't be done without the "stuff" that finds its way to bless us and our home.