Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sally's Miracles - Part 2

This is Part 2 of the story of the elderly lady named Sally that I introduced you to about a week ago. If you missed Part 1 and are interested you can pick up the beginning of story here.

I left off in Part 1 by saying how Sally began having health issues and had to be admitted to hospital more than once.  I guess that can hardly be surprising at the ripe old age of  103 years but she had been a vibrant, energetic woman throughout her life so this was a new thing.  Sally began having unexplainable fainting spells and weakness.  Once admitted to hospital she was alternatively placed in a private ward or an in Intensive Care Unit depending on her particular condition which would change if she was in the hospital for any length of time.

A week and a half or so before Christmas 2017 she was discharged to go home from one of her hospital stays.  She was extremely happy because she wanted to spend Christmas in her own home. Of course anyone can understand that. But it wasn't meant to be. Within just a  few short days she returned to the hospital and has been there ever since.

Skies above Utali College, Nairobi, Kenya, January 18, 2018.
  Now comes what I feel is a very miraculous aspect to this story.

These Kenyan skies give a feeling of peace. Taken January 18, 2018.

I  had gone to sleep rather late on Christmas Eve and was awakened at approximately 5:50 Christmas morning. In Kenya the time would have been approximately 4:50 p.m. Christmas Day.  I awoke with a song playing through my head (Song: This is Just What Heaven Means to Me).  I felt led to pray for Miss Sally.  I knew from previous experience that this meant that Sally was struggling with life and likely on her way home to Heaven.  Yet I had been roused from sleep and felt the need to pray for Sally so I did. Shortly after prayer I went back to sleep. 

Another Nairobi sky, January 18, 2018.

Later that same day, I chatted with my Kenyan friend and asked some questions. Through the process I learned that Sally almost went home to be with her maker at precisely the same time I had been roused to pray for her.  But she rallied and ultimately lived through the day and was at that moment stablilized

I was very grateful. Grateful to hear Miss Sally was still amongst the living and grateful that I did pray for her too

I remember saying to my friend that I was glad that the family did not have to lose their loved one on Christmas Day. If that had happened they would always remember Christmas Day as the day that they lost their mother or grandmother.  I also said at the time that we do not know how long Miss Sally would live and remain on earth but we knew that God had answered prayer and he would determine how many days she would have left.

Since that time Miss Sally has had a few medical ups and downs. We thought she might be discharged at one point but later she lost strength and was ultimately sent to another city, as if often the case in Kenya, for MRI and other tests. They found that she has a very low red blood cell count and have been administering appropriate treatments.  But they also think there might be some kind of a spinal issue.  The doctors are thinking Sally may be released if her blood pressure stabilizes but she will need to return frequently as an outpatient for check up and  treatment.

We continue to pray for her and she seems to be improving daily.

I conclude this story by stating how strong Miss Sally's faith has been throughout this time. On the days when she has been able to talk and is aware of everything, she prays for the needs of others, sings songs of praise and encourages her family members to walk uprightly and in a Christian manner.  Her approach to life and her approach to dealing with these difficult days has been very inspiring. In fact, her ability to bounce back has been very surprising too to everyone, including the doctors.

I do not know how many days Miss Sally will be given but I thank God that I have been able to help her and that her faith has remained strong throughout.  It is very inspiring to walk with Sally through these latter days of her life

Now since it is Skywatch Friday I want to leave you with some a few more sky photos from Vancouver, British Columbia where I live.

This is the sky on Thursday afternoon So dark and foreboding.

If I look further up, I see there actually is some blue sky above.

I was lucky enough to capture a seagull in flight.

It has been raining heavily on and off over the last few days but the temperatures are about 5 degrees warmer than the usual temperatures at this time. That's what I learned on the late night weather report recently.  Thank you for dropping by. I do appreciate each and every one of you who visit and leave a comment.

Joining  in with

Skywatch Friday 

Update: Friday January 19/17 - I've received word that Sally is to be discharged this weekend. The hospital is waiting for medications sent from Nairobi. The medications are expensive.  I am helping with the full hospital bill and required medications but I need help for future medication needs. If there is anyone that feels led to help Sally into the future please do get in touch with me.
Otherwise, I understand.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful photos and story - faith is what keeps us all going

annie said...

:) Glad to hear Miss Sally is doing alright. Prayers for her on my part as well. So many people to pray for aren't there?
Lovely sky photos. The sky is always changing and always worth photographing.
I will be joining in Friday Foto as well tomorrow.
Have a wonderful Friday :)

Mari said...

I love how God leads us to pray for others at just the right time. So glad Miss Sally is still with us, and that we know that God is in control, and knows just how many days she has on earth, before she returns to Him!

Joanne Noragon said...

Love and light to Miss Sally, and to you.

Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

What a lovely story about an exceptional lade, Miss Sally. God bless her, and you also for caring.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, sending my prayers fro Miss Sally. I am glad she is hanging in there, she seems very strong willed. Lovely sky images. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Sweet story and awesome sky shots! Wonderful!

Happy Weekend,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Rhodesia said...

Am amazing story and at her age it is doubly amazing. Have a good weekend Diane

Breathing In Grace said...

There truly is power in prayer! I have no doubt that it was God who woke you up to pray! Loved the story of this precious Lady. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up today.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wonderful story about Sally, and I like your dramatic skies!

Cathy said...

Your sky photos are beautiful. I will say a prayer for Sally too.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I like your pretty gull in flight shot. Beautiful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Betty J. Crow said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful post. Love seeing the blue skies and the gull in flight.

Brian King said...

Beautiful skies!

Saimi said...

Oh my goodness such a beautiful post illustrated with lovely photos!

Angie said...

I teach a fourth-grade faith formation class, and lately we have been talking about angels and how they pass messages to us from God - that morning when you woke up and felt the urge to pray - the angels were with you and Miss Sally!

Irene said...

What a story! I think it's a lot going on between earth and heaven. Great sky shots too!


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, a miraculous story. I have heard of similar things when people wake up and know that they need to pray for somebody and then finding out that that person had gone through a crises.

And excellent photographs. I appreciate you sharing them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thank you for sharing this the sweet story.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful story of Sally. A woman of strong faith and thank you for responding in praying for her.

NatureFootstep said...

I am glad that Miss Sally seem to e taken good care of. :)

Nice village shots :)

Jeanie said...

This is beautiful, Penny. I'm so grateful for her family and friends that she did not die on Christmas. Faith is a powerful thing.

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