Thursday, July 29, 2010

Troy has been doing remarkably well these past few days. He has also been more vocal; whether it's making sounds, moving his mouth as if talking, repeating words or just saying automatic phrases.

I was at the hospital with the girls until 8pm last night and an hour after I got home his mom called me to let me know that she had called the hospital to check on him and the nurse told her that when she walked into the room she said "What's up Troy?!" to which he replied "Nothing much." I, of course, was floored! The girls and I were with him all day and all he would do for us was repeat words and make sounds. LOL. I was so happy to hear that though!

Troy is continuing to progress and the doctors are now talking about extending his stay at Shepherd another 2 weeks. I will never get tired of thanking God and praising Him for blessing me with the opportunity to be able to move up here. I couldn't imagine having to be away from Troy or the girls this long! This Sunday it will be 3 months since the accident and it's amazing how much our lives have changed in 3 months and how much God has blessed us with. Things are great here in GA, everything is so accessible and we love the house. The finances have gotten very tight now that I have the girls to care for, plus gas and maintenance on the car due to driving back and forth to Atlanta and everything else that goes on with living in this world, but I have my complete trust in the Lord that he will provide and supply for my family and I. I have not doubted God's abilities this far, and I don't plan on starting now. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Troy has a very long road ahead of him and I am as prepared as I'm going to be, God will get us through the rest.

I start training classes next week on how to care for him and what I will be doing with him once we get home. That should be very interesting. I'm nervous of how it will be once he's home. The lady with workers comp came by the house the other day to do the measurements and accessing where all the handicap bars and ramps will be installed and making sure that I'll be able to turn the wheelchair in and around the house. The doctor's say Troy has definite potential to walk some day, but they don't know how long it will be before he can fully and independently walk on his own. So, in the meantime I have to be trained and prepared to transport him in and out of a wheelchair by car and in the house. This morning while talking to the therapist, she was showing me how to disassemble the wheelchair to get it into the trunk of the car and she made a comment that hit me straight in the gut and left me without air for a few seconds. She said "From here on out, your routine trips to grocery stores and shopping malls will no longer be routine. You will have to consider yourself as if you are a single mother with 3 children." That really hit home for me. I have already been thinking how I am now responsible for 3 people and I will be running the household on my own, which I have no problems with, but it was the fact of the way she said it that was so realistic to me and shook me up. But, nonetheless, God has put me here because I can handle this and I will not back down from this with my hands down. I will keep my hands raised to the heavens and get my strength from where I have been getting it from up until now -- God!


  1. We check in on your blog often and we're so encouraged to see how far Troy and your family have come since May. Your strength does come from the Lord and our God is greater than any of the circumstances that come our way. We listen to the song, "Our God is Greater" that you posted a while back and it always reminds us of you and Troy. Troy has been a huge inspiration to Nick (both in his life prior to the accident and now during his recovery). Remember when you start to get overwhelmed and exhausted that our time here on earth is meant to be the work-the hard part. Our rest is in heaven. Keep up the good work. Your servant heart is evident in your writing as is your love for your family and the Lord.

    Jessica and Nick

  2. Im very glad the Lord has given your family the blesings to go down this road, pls tell him Hiram senior says Hi from Puerto Rico (even if dosent remember me ) Please

  3. Joan,
    Continue to be encouraged!!!! God is awesome and worthy to be praised. Troy has done more than the doctor's said he would do already. You are not a single mother. You are a married God fearing woman with 2 children. Troy will regain his normalcy and he will be the same man you once knew. The devil is always busy and he can manifest himself through conversation as well as people. Rebuke him in the name of God and keep smiling.

    We love you and always are glad to read about Troy's progression!!! Please tell him we all said hello and love him much.

    Ron, Monica, Cre and Armani Williams

  4. Praise God for the courage He continues to give you. Your foundation in Him never ceases to encourage me. Thanks for being faithful to keep up the updates.

  5. Joan, I continue to read your updates on Troy and your family. It is such an amazing feeling to see your faith in God the strength he gives you each and every day. Continue to follow him and all will be at his mercy. God Bless. Marci

  6. Thank you, everyone! I might not be able to always reply on these, but I do check the comments from time to time and read them. They continuously keep me encouraged! Praise God for all my family and friends being by our side through all of this! Hugs~

  7. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. Joan hold onto this Word as you move forward through the challenges ahead. God is faithful. Believe it and stand on it! God will give you the strength and financial support you need. His Word tells us that He will supply all of our needs. I know you already know this. Sometimes we just need to hear others remind us. We love you and Troy and the kids and know that we are constantly praying for you. Be encouraged that God will get the glory in this trial and know that God placed you in this situatioon beause He already knows you can handle it. He has trusted you to bring Him glory and to be a living testimony to His Strength and power. You are covered and blessed! Praise be unto Him! "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10)
    Cousin Tamu