Peace and love to you all.
I'm afraid I don't have much energy for a story this time, so I'll get right to the update.
Things today have been...not great. At the time I wrote the entry this morning, things appeared positive, and he was getting eye responses and the like. However, they ran a CT scan and found some concerning things in regard to brain activity. They are or have run an MRI late this afternoon or evening, but we do not currently know the results of that yet. The nephrologist did come in and say that he was basically done with everything involving the kidneys and creatinine levels and that those seemed to be functioning normally or close to it, which is good.
So, what does that all mean? We have had to adjust our expectations some, for one. We did have the hope that he would be able to be extubated and talk with us some time in the next couple days. Now, we simply want him to be able to come home.
I won't lie and say that this has not been difficult. Today has been one of the hardest yet and none of us are doing particularly well. It's a time of great struggle and, speaking only for myself, faith has been hard to maintain. We are sad and scared and angry, all in varying degrees and at different times. But we are also surrounded by love and care and prayers the world over. We have comments from those we've never spoken to and from those from the past. We have prayers from Australia to downtown Fargo and everywhere in between. For these, we are beyond grateful and thankful.
I don't like giving you all troubling news and this has been a tough entry to write. But you all are important to my dad and to my family and you deserve whatever information we are able to provide, positive or negative. Please continue to hold us in your thoughts and prayers and if you do anything to give those a little boost at times, this would be a wonderful time to do so.
I'll leave you with this prayer tonight and the hopes that tonight and tomorrow may bring miraculous healing to my father - someone loved and cherished by more than he ever could know.
Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant Randy to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.