Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day + 25

A Little Perspective

Today marks the end of Elena's fifth week in Rm #3206. She has spent the last 35 days in a room roughly the size of her bedroom at home with the only view of outside coming in the form of a 30" x 48" window that looks out over the Emergency Room entrance. She only gets to leave this room when she has a procedure in another part of the hospital, or to do her daily laps; laps that now total over 330 and when added together are the equivalent of over 10 miles!

Elena has also been working hard completing 8 other daily tasks in various amounts. These have all served to promote the healing of her body as well as to give her a routine of sorts. She has done a tremendous job with all of these and in return we have seen the desired results. They have just taken a toll on Elena physically and emotionally. She said today that it really didn't matter anymore where she was, she just wanted to feel good. We want the same thing for her. Though one of us has been here with her at all times, neither one of us has been through all that she has endured. She is tired and weary. We all are. We knew going in to this that it was going to be tough. We just didn't know how completely draining it would be.

With that being said, we are so very thankful for the progress that Elena has made. She is right where the doctors thought she would be at this time. Praise God! Her body is increasing its output of white cells and she is transitioning some of her meds from IV to oral. These are all positive signs and necessary steps toward Elena's eventual discharge.

Please pray for peace, patience and perseverance as we continue toward our ultimate goal of complete and total healing for Elena! We know that God will be with us every step of the way, and that His will shall be done.

In Him,
The Tates

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28


  1. Keep up the great work Elena!! It just takes one step at a time - or curl up - or push get stronger and stronger! 10 miles!? That's amazing - YOU can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives YOU STRENGTH!! Miss your sweet smile and hugs and we'll share those as soon as we can! We're praying for your perseverance, patience with the healing process, and total healing! Much love, Coach Dodson :D

  2. 5 long weeks -- one day closer to going home though! Just think - each day you are there is one day closer! you can do it! We're continuing to pray that each day you get stronger and stronger!

  3. Elena Your hard work is paying off. It is good to hear. Keep going. I pray for your complete healing.

  4. Today I hugged your sweet sister and I can't wait to squeeze you too!!
    Keep up the good work and keep running the race!! We love and miss you bunches!!!

  5. 10 miles...that's more than I have walked all year. You go girl. Have you worn holes in your slippers yet? I love you. Rainey

  6. keep up the good work Elena!!! we are thinking about you and praying for you....i know this is so hard for you...I honestly cannot imagine what you are going through. You are such a strong young lady...God knew what he was doing when he put the strength in you. Take care...praying for a good day! love, kathryn and megan

  7. Hey Elena,

    We are so proud of you . You are so brave. I want you to know that we are still praying and thinking about you everyday. thanks for your updates.