Sunday, June 12, 2011
Isaiah 58:8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Our youngest son, Mac, was seriously assaulted at the psychiatric hospital where we both work when a psychotic patient attacked him. He received several blows to the head as well as a knee injury. His CT scan of the head was negative, thank God. He had a blinding headache, dizziness, mild confusion and short term memory loss. His x ray of the knee was also negative and we are hoping this indicates a soft tissue injury, if he continues to have limited movement and pain he will have an MRI.
We did neuro checks all night and although he was sleeping very deeply (who could blame him?), he seemed ok. This morning on last check he was easier to arouse and said his head was "fine." He is about halfway through the 24 hour close watch because of his head injuries.
Knowing all of you, I feel sure that those who didn't already hear this news are now joining the prayer circle around Mac. I thank you for that and ask you to continue to stand on his behalf that all of the symptoms from last night will be faded away by this evening. He will go to the employee clinic at Henry Ford Main in Detroit tomorrow for evaluation and be assessed to return to work.
In addition to the physical injuries, all assaults come with emotional ones as well, even when you work in a psychiatric facility and know it's possible. Often, these linger beyond the bruises and pain with mental health care providers and there is no time off of work granted for those injuries. Mac is already worried about missing work because he is contingent and gets no paid time off, medical or vacation. I believe this worry is just another attack of the enemy against him and I am praying that he has wisdom to take all the time he needs to feel strong and ready to go back. At the same time, I am praying that God will guard his mind and restore peace and confidence to him.
Thank you for your love and prayer and I will continue to update you regarding Mac's injuries. We are believing that with this beautiful new day, he will be already greatly restored.