It has been nearly two weeks since my last update on the health status of my father, Dave King. Two weeks ago we checked him out of the hospital to begin in residence rehab. The first week there he made amazing progress. He had his first field trip to Youthfront LaCygne for Great Granddaughter Teagan's 1st Birthday (pictured). Three nights later he went to Kaufmann Stadium to watch the Royals play the White Sox. Our friend, Ryan Lefebvre, the voice of the Kansas City Royals invited my dad up to the press box where he does the TV and radio broadcasts. He got to hangout with Denny Matthews and Rex Hudler. He was definitely feeling the VIP status.
Last Thursday he became very lethargic and went downhill over a two and a half day period. We took him back to the hospital on Saturday. His pneumonia was back, along with sepsis, kidney failure, and dehydration. Sunday was a very rough day. My dad has never been much of a singer but for a couple of hours while he was unconscious he sang praises to God, very Psalms like, then he would break out into prayer for family, friends and ministry before returning to song. We thought he was on his swan song. But, however, and not yet, by the next morning he was fully alert again and back to where he was a week before. He's a strong man. We have some new specialists working with him and continue to hope for his recovery. He should not be in this situation. Those who have visited him in the hospital consistently get an experience of blessing and ministry that they will probably never forget. Yes, this is exhausting emotionally, physically and spiritually. We have a big family here in Kansas City and it's been amazing to watch so many of his grandchildren step up with care, love and presence during this trial. Also, my mother has been amazing during this ordeal. Peace to you and Joy.
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” C.S. Lewis
“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered...We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.” Elizabeth Edwards