Hello to all,
In waking up this morning, the beautful sun was out and upon opening the doors over-looking the German-French Gardens, we could hear a beautiful song (in English being played). The name of the song was “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” When the song was over, I thought: What a beautiful way to start the day with this blessing. This morning, Daniel and I were thinking that hopefully, when visiting Matthew today, that he would have continued making progress and we would title the blog “Slow and Steady Wins the Race.” But after visiting Matthew today, there was nothing slow about his progress… we feel that he has made leaps and bounds.
Mid-morning, our phone rang. I was down-stairs getting some cereal to bring up for Dan and I. Dan ran for the phone knowing that no one ever calls that early in the morning because it is still night time at home… and we also know that the hospital never calls. So when Daniel answered the phone and it was the hospital, his heart skipped a beat. It was Matthew’s nurse, Daniel, who asked Dan to hold on for a minute… that Matthew would like to talk to him. He has been Matthew’s nurse all week and has done an incredible job in helping Matthew through many tough days, and it was a gift that he also speaks English, because the days are very long for Matthew, and with him still being on intensive care, the visiting hours are so very limited. Matthew asked if when we came today, if we could bring him an orange drink (Powerade) and some ice-cream. So Dan said of course. When Dan went to ask Matthew how his night was and how he was doing, Matthew said that he had to get off the phone because the nurse was nice enough to let him use his cell phone and didn’t want him to have a big bill. So Dan said no problem and we will see you in a little while. I got back into the room five minutes later and when Dan told me that Matt just called, I couldn’t believe that in thirty-two days of hardly being out of the hotel room, that I would miss this call. And then I thought… how incredible… that Matthew was able to call Dan and talk with him.
Then, the next dilemma came into play: today is a holiday here in Germany and stores are closed. We knew that we had to find ice-cream somewhere because Matthew never asks for anything… so we absolutely had to bring him some. The hotel that we stay at is called Victor’s Residenz-Hotel Saarbrücken. The entire staff here has helped us out of many jams and is always so willing to go the extra mile, with a smile on their faces, and say “No problem.” Knowing that, I went to the front desk and told them about Matthew’s call (they daily ask us how Matthew is doing). The staff said that it was not a problem and came back a couple minutes later with a large cup of ice-cream, all packed in ice and ready to go; and said that for Matthew, it was on them and that the pleasure was all theirs… they were so happy to do that for him… Who could ask for anything more? It goes without saying that Matthew thoroughly enjoyed the ice-cream. Although he could not finish it all, the nurse was very happy to see him eating something because he has been eating very little.
Matthew was exhausted and told the nurse that he was unable to tolerate sitting in the recliner any longer and so the nurse said that was fine and that he would get him back to bed. Today was the first day that while the nurses lifted Matthew to transfer him from the recliner to the bed, that they stood Matthew for a few seconds.
In saying the rosary with Matthew today, he immediately blessed himself and the three of us said the rosary together! Although, when finished, he was weak, exhausted, and ready to go to sleep for a while, Dan and I felt that it was a gift that gave us incredible strength to have Matthew back to us and saying the rosary with us, as today Matthew was more coherent than not. God must have known that we were in desperate need of a day like this!
On the way home from the hospital, Dan and I saw a beautiful sunset over the river and thought that today has been full of blessings from start to end. Everyone’s prayers are certainly being heard. There are no words to express our gratitude for your genuine love and support for us.
We love and miss you all. May God Bless you all always!