Even though we are keeping ourselves VERY busy while back at home it is extremely hard to be so far away from Kevin for such a long time. Kevin now has pneumonia which is coming when you are in the hospital a long time and your have a low immune system. He feels OK but it's in his lungs. so they are taking every precaution. Because of this new development he had to go for more X-Rays today, oh goody his favorite thing. Yesterday our good friends, the Ashby's, from Family Camp went to visit Kevin and this is what she said about it...
It was great to be able to spend some time with your Dad yesterday. He enjoyed some real food for the first time in who knows how long! I brought him a Ciabatta Sandwich, Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Smoothie from Bellini's and he happy exclaimed, " I love food!" He was able to eat some of it and keep it down all day.
(Kevin is SO glad to be off of the renal diet[for his kidneys] , which means NO SALT! Can you tell?)
I was there while the physical therapist took him for a walk which seemed like torture for him and I know he pushed himself extra because I was there. He was able to get on the scale and weighed 190! This new weight loss program is ridiculous!! He had several long and painful back spasms while I was there.
(The physical therapist Heidi taking Kevin for a walk)
It was so hard to watch him suffer. We enjoyed great conversation and talking about how much his friends love him and how he has felt their love and prayers bolster him up in his time of need. He cried as we talked about them. He talked about how much he missed Dale and you, and he was grateful for all the time that you were both able to spend with him but knew it was important for you to be home to take care of everything.
(Wayne, Ben & Kevin after Blessing #11)
After the blessing Ben asked Kevin how it felt to receive so many priesthood blessings in such a short amount of time. Kevin told a great story from his youth of when David O. Mackay came to his ward and shared with the priesthood brethren to give priesthood blessings to their family members often. That it was part of the divine right of having the priesthood and administering even as the Savior would. It was a great teaching moment between Ben and Kevin. I think that Ben and Kevin are kindred spirits and they understand each other. :)
(The beautiful and talented baker Leslie, love those brownies!)
We visited for about a half hour more. We could tell Kevin was tired and the nurse came to give him more pain meds for his spasms which were getting shorter. We know that the Lord is blessing Kevin. Although Kevin's body may seem weak right now, his spirit is stronger than ever. The Lord is guiding the Doctors and Kevin is being comforted.
We love your family so much!