Peace and love to all of you.
Cheri, Adam, and I are grateful beyond words for the messages of love and support we've gotten today - both via text and in the comments section here. You always hear that it takes a village, but you never really know how large the village is and how many people are part of your lives until times like these. It has been a difficult couple of days and the next while will be hard as well, but it is of great comfort to know that we are not alone in this.
I'm going to do my best to provide updates on here as often as needed, but I can't be specific on how often that will be because sometimes there's simply nothing to report! We do have a little bit tonight, but it's nothing overwhelming in nature.
Honestly, there have been no major changes today. He's still on the vent and sedated, but they are making slow and steady progress with lowering the sedation level to work toward vent removal at a time to be determined at the moment. Hopefully sooner than later, but time will obviously tell.
Nephrology is so far happy with the dialysis results and the evening out of his potassium, so hopefully we can avoid a third round while he's in the hospital, although we're not ruling out the need in the future.
They are also working to regulate his temperature while lowering the sedation dosage and monitoring for any infection, but it's a slow process. They're not just going to dunk him in an ice bath and call it good, after all.
So, all in all, we're seeing things improve. It's not drastic but I'll take easing him back to us any day.
Please feel free to share this website or blog entries with anyone and everyone you like! Even with progress, we can always use prayers, love, support, and your good thoughts. I'll respond in the comments to any questions you may have (that we feel comfortable answering) but know that everything is read and held close to our hearts.
I'll leave you with a prayer that stuck with me today.
God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan.
- Dick Woodward
We love you all.
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.