We took off this morning shortly after sunrise. The sky was a tapestry of yellow, orange and pink shades. Another exquisite gift from God and a lovely day to fly.
We arrived in North Dakota where the temperature was still in the 40’s however much warmer than the 29 degrees this time yesterday morning. Brrrrrrr.
We had been contacted by the hospital and asked to transport 54 year old Tembie back to Dallas to be near her daughter. The hospital staff know Tembie well. She had a significant stroke back in June and since has had many complications . After her initial hospitalization she was sent to rehab.
About a month ago she returned to the hospital when she went into respiratory failure. She ending up with a tracheostomy and depending on a ventilator. She has since come off of the vent and is able to breath on her own but she still has her trach. The doctors feel she is finally stable enough to go to Dallas.
When we get to her bedside Tembie is neatly dressed in black slacks, a purple top and wearing a pretty beaded bracelet on her left wrist. Many of the staff are with her and have made sure she was ready for her trip. Just prior to leaving they covered her with a lovely quilt handmade by a hospital volunteer.
It had multiple patchwork squares alternating In a light green, sunshine yellow with a pop of orange flowers all trimmed in a pale yellow frame. It looked very warm as we draped over her to protect her from the cold.
We arrived plane side and Hal prayed over Tembie prior to placing her on board. She did great with her flight and rested most of the time. Upon arriving in Dallas we were greeted by much warmer temperatures of 80 degrees along with bright cheerful sunshine.
No longer in need of her lovely quilt we folded it neatly and laid it over her feet.
It was at this time that we turned over care of Tembie to the ambulance crew that will take her to the new facility.
Unfortunately for us we were not able to meet any of her family but we know they would appreciate your prayers for her continued recovery and for time with her family.
SHOUT FOR JOY, YOU HEAVENS; REJOICE, YOU EARTH; BURST INTO SONG, YOU MOUNTAINS! FOR THE LORD COMFORTS HIS PEOPLE AND WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED ONES.
Thank you to Hal, Danny and John for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN
Just “plane” fun facts: On the flight home between Dallas and Indy we flew directly over where the Ohio River and the Mississippi River meet. In case you are wondering where that is, it is in Cairo, Illinois. 🙂