When we were younger, Dad would frequently tell us he missed his calling. His name could have been among the greats – Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Bill Halbrooks. Then he would sing a tune, we would laugh hysterically and find gratitude that he chose law school over guitar lessons. When we received a late night call regarding an urgent procedure needed due to a partially collapsed lung, we were thankful to find Merle Haggard’s version of “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus.” The song dad recalled yesterday helped us get through another period of wait and see.
Mom experienced a pneumothorax. As air leaks out of a compromised lung, it builds up in the space between the lung and chest causing the lung to collapse. Doctors inserted a small tube between two of her ribs to remove this air from her body cavity. The procedure was successful and as of now, all x-rays show the lung has reinflated. She is calm and stable and although her Oxygen need is higher today, they will continue to wean her sedation.
We are grateful to Jessica, Mom’s night nurse who immediately ordered a chest x-ray when she noticed her stats rapidly decline. Another reminder of the excellent medical care Mom is receiving and the fact that God continues to carry her through this journey.
One day at a time, sweet Jesus.