Sunday, 16 November 2008

A Tough Day but All I See is Hope

Liam had a bit of a rough day today. His nausea is back and he was not able to keep any food down until this evening. His doctor is not worried as she feels that it is due to his body adjusting as they begin to wean him off the steroids. He was upset as he was having a bit of trouble getting both of his legs to go where he wanted them to go. He is extremely tired and not being able to keep down much food again could also affect his coordination. We explained to him that this is normal part of recovery and as the swelling in his brain goes down, he will get stronger. It is hard for a kid who loves to run and play. We will be meeting with physio tomorrow and they will help us work on this. His respiratory therapist came in today to give him a tool to help make sure that his lungs do not start to deflate at the bottoms because he has been in bed for so long. They have made the exercises for this a bit of a game so he did like doing this today. Yeah!

We did have a few smiles today. One when he saw that it was snowing outside. I think he even gave a bit of cheer! And the second was that he watched about five minutes of the Toronto Santa Claus parade before he fell asleep. He loves the bands and the floats! I told him that he and I will have a date to watch the Rose Bowl Parade over the holidays as it is my favourite! I think I inherited this from my mom as she loves it too!

Tonight, I am home with the kids. It is good to be home again even if it for a short time. It is funny how life is so different for us right now. I was reading my big study bible tonight. I love my bible with all it's marks and personal notes and dates. It is the history of my journey with the Lord. It is the story of me. My struggles, my joys, my pain and my delights. There are notes about them all here. Scriptures I have prayed for friends and children and our family. Prayers of thankfulness and praise that I have written in the margins. I know in my head that we have been walking through a valley and yet as I write in my bible this evening I am noting His beauty that I have seen along the way. And only one word comes to mind, "hope". As I close my bible for the night (mostly because I am so tired the words are starting to blur) I will leave you with Psalm 130 where I have made my last notation about Hope.

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is loving kindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.


  1. Dear Liam, Kimberly & Jason Family

    Our love and prayers for Liam continue at St. Paul's UC in Milton. Your depth of trust in God is inspiring and we want you to know that you are not alone.

    Yesterday, we gathered around the baptism font on after two precious baptisms with all our Sunday school children reaching out to God's water of life. I then offered a special prayer for strength and healing for Liam, and two other dear kids from our church, Keegan and Riley.

    Please know we're holding you all in prayer and love.

    Deep Peace in Christ,

    Rev, John
    St. Paul's Milton
    ps. I lean on Jesus' words, "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart/courage, I have overcome the world".

  2. Dear Liam,

    you are a beloved child of our heavenly Father and your parents and we pray that you find strength in the hope of our Lord. The path he is taking you on, is kind of rough. Keep walking, he is right there with you.
    We hope that you get lots of yummy food today, that you feel better and can soon cheer up the other kids in the ward.
    We love you too, and send our love and blessings to you, your parents and the whole family.
    Wolf and Monika
    ((((((((((((((BIG HUG))))))))))))))

  3. Liam.

    I am so sorry bud that you had a bad day. Nick and Abby have been praying for you. We will pray tonight that you don't feel sick and that you gain strength to run around and raid the patient fridge! God is watching you and is helping you even when it feels like He is not.

    Kim and Jay. Will be praying for peace and rest. Thanks so much for taking time to update.


  4. Hey Liam;

    Miss Louise and I are thinking about you right now. We have been decorating our front window at the store and wondering how you are doing today. We are sending a big fat huge hug your way!! We can't wait to make Lego starships with you! Lots of prayers for a settled tummy and big smiles on your face. Miss Loise would like to know what you fancy to eat... as you know she will cook almost anything for those special people she holds dear to her heart! So.. like I said Liam.. this is your time to ask for anything you want! haha....

    Louise & Cheri

  5. Dear Liam, Kimberley and Jason,
    Praying for you all as Liam heals. You are all in our hearts and prayers. Sarah read the latest blog to me earlier and it is good to know how to pray. Thanks for keeping us all up to date. love you much, joy and jim

  6. Kimberley, I wanted to tell you how awesome it is that despite all rollercoaster journey you and your family have been on.. you still take time to keep us updated daily through your blog. I am encouraged just to hear the prayers of many of your family and friends. It is awesome to hear the prayers of friends we have not seen in a while and from those we see daily. To each one of you who have been praying or blogging... you are a blessing to not just the McGibbon family - but to each one of us as we hear your hearts.

    Cheri & Gerald