Well, we did come home yesterday around 4:30p.m.  I wasn't certain Jonathan was ready to be released from the hospital yet, but the doctors felt that he was.  I was mostly concerned about his pain management not really anything else.  I knew it was going to be difficult on the kids to not climb on Daddy, but I also knew we could handle that. I didn't anticipate little Courtney, who is not so little anymore, lunging herself at Daddy while he was resting on the couch.  Talk about a wake up call!  He survived and so did Courtney after he scared her with his grunt of pain.

Today we went back to the hospital because his pain level was not getting below 5 and for the most part around a 7 or 8.  The Tylonol/Codine mix just was not cutting it so the doctor had us go to the ER to check everything out.  We were there from 3:30 until 7:30 and this time the ER did help.  They gave him some "happy" drugs so that the pain really didn't matter anymore.    It really did work to bring the pain down along with making him a little loopy.  When we left there he was pretty unsteady on his feet and his speech was a little slow, but at least the pain was at a 3 or 4.  That is the best it has been since waking up from surgery.  The doctor gave us a stronger pain perscription to have him take for the next couple of days to get us past this hump and on the road to recovery.

Our doctor should hear from pathology tomorrow about the final results of the tumors that were removed.  Lord willing, the preliminary was wrong and we will get really good news tomorrow or Thursday at the latest.  If not, we have a few more bumps yet to come.  Thanks for your continued prayer support.  God is faithful and will continue to sustain us.

Please pray for wisdom as we try to help our kids through this time.  Bnejamin and Emily are both old enough to understand that Daddy is not well, but I don't know how much they grasp.  Benjamin is acting out by crying about the smallest things. Emily sturggles with going to bed because I think she is afraid I won't be there when she wakes up.  It makes bed time a very long and difficult process for both of us.  Courtney is just my extra attachment on my hip.  It is sweet to have her want me, but all the time?  Help!  I am working to reassure them with spending time playing with them and also teaching them Bible verses about God's faithfulness.  My experience so far has been one step forward and two steps back.  Ahh, the life of a Mom... and the ever changing hats she wears!

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