|Gathered to pray before a potluck at our house, October 2010|
I wanted to share another quick update about Marcus Cooper. I have tried to share just Sue's words, but there are a couple of things of note that I thought I should mention.
Even though Marcus has been on the ventilator and unable to speak, he has indeed been communicating. He is using sign language! He has known it for some time, but Sue is in the process of learning. This past year, the Coopers started a Sunday school class for the deaf community in our church, along with our dear friend Lyndi, who is an interpreter. What a perfect plan of the Lord to prepare them for this time.
Another amazing development is that at the Saturday morning men's Bible study yesterday, one of Marcus' coworkers told the group, my husband included, that everyone at work wants to donate their sick leave to Marcus! Their company has in place a process for that to happen. He told the men that it isn't weeks or months of sick leave, it is years. Years. Praise God.
Sue posted the following, around noon on Saturday, January 7th.
Marcus continues to be stable and rested well through the night. Today is becoming rough as his body is coming out of shock and they are taking him off continuous sedation. He wakes up and is very anxious but yet can't move or talk because of restraints and the ventilator and I take comfort that I can be by his side to hold his hand, speak to him and help relax him.
This will continue to be a rough day for him and it was very hard to see a tears roll out of his eyes as they adjust and wean from sedation, but each as hard as it is, they are all excellent signs that he is aggravated by the tube that would aggravate anyone normally. All is the same as yesterday and basically will be until Monday.
Monday will be a very rough day. He will have the spinal surgery and they will finish cleaning up from the amputation. They will place a torso hard casting on him, begin taking the ventilator tube out, having him at a 30 degrees angle and work on getting him to cough and help his lungs. So he will have to do a lot and be aware of it all. Prayers for wisdom for the docs and staff and strength for him and I.
Love, Sue Herron Cooper
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.