A difficult day. The mouth rinse made a difference on Ray's mouth sores, but his throat is still so enflamed that he stopped being able to take down his medicine pills.
We had the IV fluids going all day and his doctor ordered liquid medicines.
Still, he is on the edge of needing to be hospitalized to get some IV nutrition. This is a last resort as it has higher risks of infection. Never mind being in the hospital for 2-3 days!
Ray told me that he was actually feeling better today -- he was sitting up and more alert -- but it's just that throat.
SO. Our prayers tonight are focused on Ray's throat! If that issue could be resolved, we think he'd turn the corner.
Our family had a prayer call today to pray for Ray's healing. It couldn't have been better timed. We pray so desperately for the healing of his body and the sustaining of his heart and soul.
We'll go tomorrow at 1 pm to be evaluated by the urgent care doctors at Ray's clinic. We pray for wisdom for our doctors and for us to know the right steps to help Ray recover. And, we pray for continued learning through all of this to help it not be so terrible for Ray's next round.
Last, we pray for endurance for our whole family. Today was a day that we all were impacted by the heavy burden. So tonight we pray hard for strength.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body." 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
not alone and not afraid --
kristin and ray