Finally some sweet rest! God gave us a very considerate nurse last night who came in only when it was a must, & tried ,with great success , to give Israel time to sleep.
His pain has lessened, but it is still very much there.
There is not much new besides sleep; but we will keep you posted. Thank you all for your interest in what is going on in our lives.
We know God never moves without purpose or plan when trying His servant & molding a man!
Finding rest in Christ,
Israel & Cori
Israel and Cori have had a challenging last 24 hours. Israel was in extreme pain last night even after his blood transfusion. All night long he battled. Finally, at about 11:30 this morning a nurse from the pain control center came and gave a huge dose of pain-killer. Israel’s pain immediately subsided. He has continued to be a little better with pain during the day today but they are still concerned about his very high blood pressure. He was transferred to a new room where there is a cardiology monitoring system to monitor his high heart rate. Tonight he is very worn out after getting very little sleep all night. We can continue to pray for them.
Cori shares that Israel continues to turn to the Lord for help in his suffering and often includes his thanks to God for sparing his life. Cori says a big AMEN to that!
They passed their time today reading your encouraging emails and notes. It helped passed the time for them.
Here a closing thought for this post. It is from the book of Job, a man who suffered many things which God allowed in his life. Job 2:9, 10 -“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What ? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Today has been a challenge for Israel and Cori. Israel is struggling to cope with the pain. His heart rate has been very high all day and the only reason the doctors can determine why is due to his high level of pain. The picture is of them hooking him up for a blood transfusion . They felt that it would help his oxygen level and help his heart rate. They are praying that he does not have a clot in his lung or any infection. They still are looking to the Lord and Israel is hanging in there. Cori says” that God is gently caring for them”.
One thing we failed to make clear in our last reports is that Israel’s amputation surgery yesterday was on both legs and was done above the knees due to the lack of tissue and muscle on the bone from the impact of the accident.
You can pray for Cori too that she can get some sleep as she was up all night with Israel. She is very worn physically and emotionally.
A thought for today comes from Romans 8: 35, 37 _ ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress”…. “Nay , in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” ( KJV)
This picture was taken last night and the note from Cori was, ” Pain , Pain ,Pain.” Yes , Israel was and is in much pain after his surgery. They woke him up this time and so he must battle the pain awake and conscious. We can pray for his day as well as Cori’s as she sits by her husband’s bed hour after hour and tries to bring comfort. ” From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I .” This rock is only Jesus Christ and He will give the strength in this time of need.
Thank you once again for lifting up Israel and Cori before the throne of God . They so appreciate your care.
Needs: We will be posting some needs that Israel and Cori have . We are looking for someone who would be willing to board their 3 horses this winter. Israel has all the hay and so that will be provided. If you or someone you know would be interested in helping them out in this way please send an email on the email link here on the sidebar. This would be such a help for them. Thank you in advance.
Today was the big day for Israel and the doctors as they went into surgery to operate on his two legs to get them ready for his leg prosthesis. The doctor came out of surgery after 5 hours with a relieved look on his face. The surgery went the way he hoped though he says that the next several days are critical ones for Israel . The danger of water pockets and infection are very near possibilities and we need to pray that he would not develop any of these through the weekend.
The picture is of Israel being taken into surgery; he was in pain at the time of being taken in. He is having to have nerve blocks put in his legs, as the epidural isn’t doing the job. The surgeon was guardedly pleased with the outcome of the surgery, as he warned us of several complications that could arise in the healing process. One leg has ended up being shorter than his other due to more damage done to it from the accident .
Cori was definitely worried today about her husband today as he went into surgery.
We know that very few of us can imagine the kind of excruciating pain and suffering that Israel has undergone in the past week and the pain he will continue to undergo in the next few weeks and months. It is even more unimaginable that an innocent Man , Jesus Christ, was willing to suffer more pain and suffering and die for the sins of the world than even Israel has experienced. He took this pain on Himself willingly so that we could have eternal life. Romans 5:7-8 -” For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
JESUS LOVES YOU EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT!
Seattle was 80* today with lots of sunshine but muggy. Israel had a better day with his rash diminishing and his pain level at a 3-5 . He and Cori spent the day reading your precious emails , notes , and thoughts. It really helps pass the long hours with just nurses, beeps from machines, and the four same walls. They want to express their feelings of great gratitude to each one of you individually for your many heartfelt prayers and help you have given them whether financially, emotionally, or physically. They feel so unworthy and wish they could personally thank each one of you.
Israel goes in for his surgery tomorrow at 8:30 AM .
One activity Israel can still do! His sites are on the goal!
They think it should last until about noon. At this time they are not sure exactly what the surgery is going to entail and whether or not it will be his last one. They appreciate all of your prayers for wisdom for the surgeons in this time.
You can also pray that Israel can sleep. He is having a hard time sleeping with all of the beeps from his machines, nurses constantly checking on him, lights, and all the other necessary hospital procedures and yet sleep is evading him. A full night sleep would be such a blessing from the Lord.
The picture of Israel describes how he is feeling today. He is ready to start exploring his new world and using his new “tools”. He had to know how it felt to sit in a wheelchair today so he decided to try it because bed is just too boring . He worked his way into it even though all of his tubes were still hooked to his bed. He told the nurse that as soon as he can he would like to go outside with his wheelchair and they asked him how with all of his tubes. He said that it would be no problem ; just take the tubes along!
Here is a good thought for the ending of this day. This was what someone wrote in their response>
“There really are no accidents with what the Lord allows, and the Lord has always sustained us by His grace, and we know that He will sustain you too.
Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage and He will strengthen thine heart.”
Hello once again and here is the evening update on Israel. . They decided to forego the surgery until Wednesday . They said the operation room was too busy today and he had quite a bit of swelling so they decided to wait. They did move him from the ICU unit into a regular room . That is a blessing for the bills!
He has had a challenging day with his pain. Israel is still thanking the Lord for this trial and though the pain is a 10+ this evening he and Cori are still looking to the Lord in the midst of this.
Thank you once again for all the wonderful notes , e-cards and comments on the blog that you have sent to encourage Cori and Israel. They have needed it and they are blessed by your words of encouragements.
Here are some words sent from Cori: “Here is a picture of Israel sitting up!!! He continues to have a lot of pain; but he is persistent in moving his legs & is “delighted to still have his wife beside him”; these are Israel’s own words.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers,& support!
Much praise to God,
Here are some closing thoughts for the day. Someone sent this in a note to Israel and Cori and we felt it was a good thought to end this hard day of Israel’s.
” I know you probably wonder “why did God allow this to happen”? but just remember God makes no mistakes, and He has everything in His hands, even though you may not see the reason now. As I was reading Joshua 1 this morning, I read a verse that I wanted to share with you…. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)”
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