"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Julie was discharged from the hospital Sunday afternoon, and she has been recovering here at home. Sunday she slept most of the day, but yesterday, by lunchtime she was up and about more. Her appetite is slowly increasing, and I am feeding her anything that sounds good to her--we need her to eat to regain her strength. Last night she wanted Chick-Fil-A, so Jimmy brought her that for supper. She felt well enough yesterday to attend her piano lesson, although I could tell that she was tired when we got home. Last night when Jimmy took Olivia and Clay for a run (Summer Training began yesterday), Julie, Leah, Sam, and I stayed home and played a game. Well, actually Sam watched Phineas and Ferb and fell asleep on the couch while we girls played Phase 10!
Many people have asked us if Julie was properly hydrated, and the answer is yes. She has run in the heat before. She has been practicing in the heat all spring. But there comes a point when your body overheats and you cannot cool yourself any longer, and that is what happened to Julie. Witnesses say that she was running fast, and then the next second, collapsed. Her Garmin watch that I downloaded yesterday indicates the same thing. Her pace was 10 mph and then 0. Just like that. No slowing down or anything. I will be forever grateful for Christian and Heather who first got to Julie. Christian prayed and prayed while Heather dumped a cooler of ice and water on Julie while she directed volunteers to call 911.
While she is recovering and regaining her strength, I am keeping her inside in the cool air conditioning, and she is not running right now (although she really wants to run the GumTree 10K this Saturday, but she is not!). When she does begin running again, she will take it easy--she will probably start back on the treadmill in our cool basement with fans blowing on her.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and concern. Again, I have had to call on my dear friends (thanks Lynn and Heather!) to help out with my children, and again, they were ready and willing at a moment's notice to help out in anyway possible. I cannot thank them enough!
Children are precious. They are truly blessings from God, loaned to us for a short time. I am reminded to slow down and enjoy each and every day. To be thankful for all circumstances. To be joyful no matter the situation. This is God's will for all of us.