We were contacted by the hospital in Georgia about transporting 50 year old Michael back to his home state of Wisconsin. Michael has been in the hospital there since October. He has multiple health issues one being COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which can make it extremely difficult to breath. He himself walked into the hospital emergency room in such a state and requested to be put on a ventilator.
We have spoken with his mom on many occasions. She is elderly and unable to transport herself. She relies on the generous help of those at her church. She so desperately wants to get her son closer to home. Although the facility we will be taking him to is still 3 hours from her it is much closer than Georgia. She told me that she just wants to give him a hug. We have had to make some last minute changes due to windy weather conditions and will now make a fuel stop and land in Milwaukee just a little further north than we had initially planned.
The hospital staff has made every effort to have Michael ready as we arrive that afternoon. With his tracheostomy and being on the ventilator it makes communication quite difficult. He is a large solid man 6’3″ and has deep brown eyes and dark brown hair. His nurse has been very attentive and thorough.
Prior to placing him on Nellie, Hal stops to pray for Michael and his health. He did well with his flight. Our trip to the receiving facility was about a 45 minute drive. The ambulance crew were great they were both kind and extremely helpful.
When we arrived we were met by Debbie who would now be Michael’s nurse. She wore a cheerful smile and had pretty blond hair that went just past her shoulders.
After giving her an update on Michael she had a few questions for me about our ministry. After I shared with her she said, “I have never heard of anything like this. Thank you so much for what you all do.”
She then opened her arms to hug me as I thanked her for all that she does. She and several staff joined us as we prayed with Michael. I told him that his mom would be coming to see him on Sunday as that was the soonest that she could get a ride. I could read a smile in his eyes. Please pray for travel safety for Michael’s mom and for healing for him.
AS THE RAIN AND THE SNOW COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND DO NOT RETURN TO IT WITHOUT WATERING THE EARTH AND MAKING IT BUD AND FLOURISH, SO THAT IT YIELDS SEED FOR THE SOWER AND BREAD FOR THE EATER, SO IS MY WORD THAT GOES OUT FROM MY MOUTH: IT WILL NOT RETURN TO ME EMPTY, BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE AND ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH I SENT IT.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who continue to keep our patients and their families in your prayers.
Thank you to Hal, Chris and Jason for sharing this mission with me.