Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Celebrating a Miracle

This is a picture of my Daddy. You are looking at a real miracle! Exactly one year ago today my father had a major hemorrhagic stroke, also known as an intracerebral hemorrhage or brain bleed. It was one of the worst days of my life. It was one of the worst days in our whole family's life.

I had just gotten home from work when my brother, Wade, called from California. He had called my parents that evening and our mother told him that the neighbor saw our Dad acting out of character out in the yard. They saw him sitting on the ground, leaning against a tree with his head looking up. First of all they never saw him take breaks and they noticed he was there too long, so they called the ambulance (which we were so thankful). This was all taking place when my brother called, so my mom hung up with him and he called me. I, in turn, called Mom and she told me what was going on. The ambulance had just whisked Daddy to the hospital and her neighbor was taking Mom. I said I'll call Kelli and Kathi (my sisters) and I'll meet you at the hospital. Before I flew out the door, I stopped and sent an email to all my father's siblings and to our friends who are prayer warriors, prayers started immediately going up for my father before he even got to the hospital!

Below is my mom sitting near our wonderful food spread!

When we got to the hospital, we learned that it was very serious. Daddy was laying there, rolling in pain and mumbling. He did not know who we were and he was not making any sense. It was so scary. The neurologist came in and explained to us that he had a major stroke.

It was a very long and trying time for us and I will make a long story short. I will tell you that in the beginning he was mumbling, he couldn't say our names, he didn't recognize us, couldn't eat or drink by himself and was paralyzed on the right side. He couldn't walk. He gradually got better and was released from the hospital and went to a nursing home for four weeks. He did really well there and graduated to the rehab center, where he had speech therapy and physical therapy, and he did excellent. He learned to walk again and was released home.

Below are the beautiful young ladies in the family, Brittany, Whitney, Jessica and Victoria. They are all so thankful for their grandfather's touch in their life, especially his prayers! We wanted to celebrate how well he has done and to give God the glory for healing our father and grandfather and my mother's husband. So we gathered at my house on Sunday and had a big meal and just loved on our Dad.

We know that a miracle happened because on the 4th day after the stroke he really declined. He wouldn't wake up. The whole family was there and we circled his bed, held hands and prayed over him. The next day he had improved so much. Our friend visited him that day and talked to the doctor. The doctor actually said "he is doing so well, and according to the chart from the day before, this is nothing short of a miracle."

Also, I did some studying on intracerebral hemorrhages and learned that 80% of them end in fatalities and the remaining 20% of the people only 4% have a complete recovery. Praise the Lord, my father was in that 4%.

Here are the young men, Cameron, Hayden, Mackenzie, Harrison, Samuel and Grayson. Their grandfather has impacted their lives in many, many ways! I would say my father is about 95% recovered. He has a few deficits such as continued numbness on his right side, but he can drive now and does all his regular daily living activities, including his favorite thing, reading the Bible to my mother.

My father is a very strong man of God. He is a prayer warrior and prays for all of our family and friends every morning. Before the stroke he prayed every day for 45 minutes solid while he was walking on his treadmill. About a week after the stroke when he was able to start talking again, that was part of his therapy, he would start saying his prayers for the family and that would help him remember names. It was so touching and so beautiful to watch.
We are so thankful to the Lord for sparing our father and we celebrate! Above is a picture of Eric and my sister Kelli loading their plates.

Here's a picture of Kathi and I.
Here is a picture of me and my other sister, Kelli and our Daddy.
Above is a picture of my mother and I. I love my Mom and Dad so much and are thankful that they are doing so well.
Above is a picture of Daddy and I and below is a picture of us almost 26 years ago on my wedding day, right before he gave me away to Eric.

I thank God so much for giving me such a great Daddy and Mama. I had a beautiful childhood. I grew up feeling very loved, secure and happy. I am so thankful that God gave me a father who was so loving and such a Godly man who taught me to love the Lord. The whole family is so thankful for all the love, support and prayers of all our family and friends.

I am so thankful that God healed my Daddy!

"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:13-16

Love, Sharon


Tammy (Pink Magnolia) said...

A truly inspirational post!

Have a great day! ♥

Kristen said...

What a wonderful story! I am so thankful for your blog and the uplifting posts that you share every day! You are so lucky to have such a large and loving family! I know that you treasure that!

Feathering My Nest said...

What a lovely tribute to Daddy and it gives glory to the Lord. We are so very blessed to have our dad a little longer. I wrote about Dad today also. I'm so thankful for our family and that we all know Jesus. I love you, Kathi I love your song!!!

Jan Parrish said...

What a wonderful testimony! Thank you Jesus!

Barbara H. said...

What a wonderful testimony to God's grace!

Kelly said...

Praise the Lord for His healing!! I am so glad that your father is okay, Sharon, from one Daddy's gal to another! :o)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

An amazing story Sharon! I am so glad your father has had such a wonderful recovery...The power of prayer....

Kim said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful miracle. It is also great that your family came together to acknowledge His work both in your father's health and in your father's life. Your father's godly example will influence future generations of your family to the third and fourth generations.

Brenda said...

Sharon I rejoice with you and the family for the miricle of your father.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful post, Sharon! I am rejoicing with your family! Thank you for sharing all the great pictures too!

Linda said...

This is a wonderful tribute to your father, the power of prayer is amazing. You have a wonderful family and are truly blessed. Hugs, Linda

jennifer said...

I read about your Dad on Kathi's site today too. You guys are so blessed! It looks like you have a wonderful close knit family.

I enjoyed your tribute to your Dad.


Our Red House said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post. You have brought tears to my ears. God bless you and all your lovely family this Easter.



Sarah said...

Wonderful and inspiring story Sharon, thank you for sharing your joy. Your Dad sound and looks like a wonderful man.


Sarah x

Mimi said...

this is such a beautiful post about your dad...and your music with the post makes me cry with joy for you...
you have such a loving wonderful family..I love when you post about them...

Sondra said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. I also read Kathi's version. It is so obvious how much you all love your Dad. And how wonderful that God saw him thru all of this. Looks like you had a blast at the book sale. I love books too but stay away from those big sales. I would stay there for hours just looking and bring home more than I needed.

A Romantic Porch said...

Sharon,That is a beautiful post. I read Kathi's version of it. You are both so sweet in the way you describe your parents. I hope they both get to read what you have written. Happy Spring.xoRachel

Brenda said...

Yes the cake is so cute. I have made one close to it. I think this year we are gonna make the basket cupcakes.
Have a great day...I am off to work and then we have a company meeting and go here a specialist talk on alzhimers.

Simply Heart And Home said...


What a wonderful work of God and a tremendous story. Thank you for sharing it. I lost my father a few years ago and I still miss him. I hope that I will see him on day in heaven.


fireflynights said...

I'm glad your father recoverd so well. There is a lady in one of the healthcare centers where I visit with my therapy dog who suffered a major stroke about a year ago. She, too, has come so far in a recovery that doctors didn't expect. They had even stopped physical therapy sessions but she continued working on her own and her efforts began to work.

Now she's back in physical therapy and each time we visit she tells me about new progress with her bad arm.

It's wonderful when someone beats the odds and returns to their family and other loved ones like your father did. My friend is hoping that she, also, will be able to return home someday soon.

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