I am going to do something I probably should not tonight because I am going to leave someone out.. If I leave you out I will wake up in the middle of the night and remember…but two couples that are some of our oldest friends from our coaching days arrived about lunch.. Each drove a long way..Linda and James, Tommie and Wayne, you were the best medicine Jack has received. We could see a total difference after you were here. I know it was not easy for you to see him right now. I saw it in your faces and in the tears in your eyes. Forever we will love you for making the trip today. Debbie thanks for the key and the offer of your home. Your closeness to the hospital may be something I take you up on.
Terri, you have done more than we could ever repay…bringing us another car today, taking care of so many little things for us, picking up some meds for me and driving Greg’s car, the car dealers car that has needed an inspection sticker for a year and he works where he could get one. I am so glad that you are here now.
Jean, thank you for helping me get in touch with Larry…that was a weird request and you jumped right on it. And if you see him before me tell him thanks. Sara you have been such a help taking care of Bella
Mike McClendon, I could not talk to you on the phone without totally falling apart. Amanda and I cried and cried when you said you would hop on a plane from California if we needed you. I know how much you love Coach and don’t ever doubt for one second how much he loves you. Barb, thank you for calling from Chicago. I might not know the power of prayer without your example. Johnny thank you for encouraging Greg…He has tried to be so strong and there has never been a boy that loved his Dad anymore than Greg loves Jack. I have seen his lip tremble more than a few times in the last 2 days, felt his arm around my shoulder telling me everything was going to be OK, when I knew he was not sure. Micah, your love for POP has been so evident and your hugs never more needed…and the way you love on my girl makes me love you more. You were due that break down in the middle of the day. We have all had to let it go and just cry. Dana, thanks for taking care of ALL the little's and keeping their minds off POP. Pam, thank you for calling at just the right time and praying with me. We had just gotten some scary news and were all trying to process it. Jonathan thanks for coming by. It was so good to see you. Elizabeth, I just saw where you started the prayer page. I love you. Amanda, thank you for every time you got down close to DAD and begged him to FIGHT. He heard you. There is no doubt that prayer got us through today and we even saw HOPE late this afternoon. And it was your prayers because I have been too overwhelmed to even pray. Jack moved his left hand for the first time late today. He can move all four extremities and his speech is much better. We are not out of the woods. The bleed is still a huge concern..and I am a planner and for the first time in a long time and maybe ever, I can make no plans past tomorrow. Period. I have no clue what the next few weeks and months hold.
Roger, you will never read this but we could not have made the past two days without you. Your knowledge and lay term explanations have been invaluable and your humor has literally kept us sane. You are a ONE and ONLY, nobody else like you and man are we glad to have called you friend for more years than I want to type. Happy Birthday…knowing you are a phone call away helps us get some sleep. I know I have forgotten someone…My brain is fried.
We understand now how close we came to losing Jack on Saturday morning. That the flight crew did not really think he would make it, that a receptionist at the hotel found him and began to pray. I cannot even imagine what it was like those 4 hours he was laying in the floor waiting for help.
I am going to sleep for a few hours feeling more encouraged than last night. We had the kindest nurse today and she told me she had seen people in MUCH worse shape than Jack make full recoveries. I needed to hear that.
I will try to post again tomorrow night…and praying that it will be good news.
with gratitude to God,