Whoa what a rush the last couple of weeks have been!
It's Sunday afternoon at the hospital. I wanted to try and start out with something funny, but I moved that down. I know you've heard it from all of us in our calls, and have read it in Darrell's great blog many times, but I want you to know from me that I have felt not just all of your prayers, but more importantly I have been able to feel individual prayers. As if a constant pulse of prayers, not a mass of prayers being strung together. The importance of the "one", in this case me, and the importance of the "one", in this case you, being individually delivered.
I don't know if anyone will remember during one of my Ward Conference talks when I stated my belief that I "knew" that I could "do it here on earth" by the Savior's gaze into my eye that told me so. In the next year's talk I professed my belief that it was our spiritual communication with the Savior in the pre-existence of not only His belief in us, but then more importantly our belief in Him that helped Him through His time in the Garden of Gethsemane. When the Father had to withdraw, and the Savior was left to himself, there was us. If I can feel the individual prayers of those praying for me, is it any less difficult to belief that our prayers for Him at that time would be denied? Perhaps I'm way off. Perhaps not. I do believe that my experience has helped me understand the Atonement to a greater, and again more personal, degree.
You remember my testimony before? I really hate to see it grow THIS PARTICULAR way, but grown it has. God lives. Jesus is our brother. The Gospel is absolutely true. Amen
Today Dale, Hillary and Darrell filled me in on 2 plus days that I completely missed. That was interesting.
I'm not going to take a long time to start filling in the blanks from my part, but I promise I will. Let me sum up:
I announced to the doctors and staff that they were going to be witnessing a million miracles over the next few days. Whether they believed it or not, they would one day have to admit it. Along with that, I had one doctor in particular, Dr.Lo, my kidney/dialysis Dr whom I had to convert to humor as well. After coming in in with total kidney failure, 2 days later we went back and forth several times before he admitted, "OK, you had a 'miraculous' recovery." He said my kidney function level before coming in was "pristine" (can you say Word of Wisdom boys and girls?) The damage had taken it down to 25-30%, which is where most 65-70+ would be. He said we might be able to get you back 5-10% over years, but very likely not. Today he came in to tell me that my function was already up to 60, maybe 65%. I just held up my finger. Pause. I said, "You're either going to say it voluntarily or I'm going to have to get it out of you." "OK, another 'miraculous'. I may even see some more function recovery.
I've had some great spiritual and personal discussions. More later.
LOVE YOU ALL AND CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK. I've got a bunch more miracles/blessings coming. As Dr Lo said, now the hard part begins. I'm not afraid. I have us.