We were contacted by Rene to transport her 51 year old husband Jeff from Florida to Missouri where they are originally from. Jeff had a stroke sometime back and is now ventilator dependent.
Rene has been splitting her time between the 2 states as she tries to move things from Florida back to Missouri in preparation for his arrival.
It is a beautiful day to fly. We arrive in Florida to the heat and humidity and travel to the hospital where Jeff is currently at.
As we enter his room he is a large gentleman with dark hair and glasses. Although he is unable to speak verbally he follows our commands and gestures with his hands and eyes.
We arrive back at the airport just after a short rain shower.
Hal prays for Jeff and we secure him on board Nellie. Jeff did extremely well during his flight.
He slept for a while and when he woke up he was trying to tell us something.
We were doing our best to read his lips and then finally he spelled out on his hand that he had a dream. We reminded him that we were right there beside him and would soon have him back home. He nodded and did his best to smile. He is seems like a very pleasant guy.
At last we arrive in Missouri and as we touch down he gives a “thumbs up.” It is evident that he is quite happy to be back in his home state. We promised we would soon have him in a comfortable bed.
He nodded once again moving his lips saying, “it’s ok.”
We enter the rehab facility and are cheerfully greeted by the staff. They were waiting on us and the nurses and respiratory therapist all welcomed Jeff and jumped right in helping us to transfer him.
They immediately began caring for him. The respiratory therapist encouraged him to help suction himself and Jeff seemed happy to do so. I think with this kind of encouragement and care he is going to do very well.
We prayed for Jeff and the entire staff joined us and everyone said “amen” in unison. Jeff waved goodbye and we wished him the best.
As we left we all felt very comfortable with the care that he is going to receive here we could tell that the staff genuinely cared about their patients and love what they do.
FOR WE ARE GOD’S HANDIWORK, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED IN ADVANCE FOR US TO DO.
Thank you to Hal, Chris and Ryan for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN