Wednesday, January 9, 2013


We moved Sister McKee to another hospital on Saturday. She was transported by ambulance and settled into a whole new experience. This hospital is designed to encourage complete independence. Because we moved on the weekend many of Sister McKee’s pain meds were not carried over with new doctors and medical professionals. The pain has become very intense in her head which makes it difficult for her to do any therapy. We have started out slowly and hopefully will build up as we find  a balance with this intense pain and nausea. Too much pain medication produces drowsiness and too little produces such intense pain that it is difficult to function as well.

We teach the missionaries often the importance of balance in their lives. When we go to the extreme of even good things it can throw us out of balance. It is imperative for them to find “balance in all things” as they eat, exercise, study, pray, teach, and rest. Finding that constant balance (which sometimes changes every day for many of us) is a blessing and will help us to be most useful to the Lord. I have been thinking a lot about that balance especially as Sister McKee works toward figuring out her balance when she walks. The portion of the brain that was damaged in surgery manages her balance and one symptom of this experience is extreme vertigo. This will take a very long time to manage but each day Sister McKee works to do it. It has become a bit discouraging as we have discovered this weekend that she can only see about four inches out from her eyes. There is no peripheral vision in either eye. This is another hope that we all have , that it might repair itself. Part of her therapy is also on the piano. Each day we begin to see a little more come back in this area. After this move we have taken a few steps backward but that is very much a part of life. We will sometimes lose a little bit of ground in order to gain ground in the end. Much like many of our investigators , we can see them in white, we can see them as what they will become, not who they are today. When I look at Sister McKee I picture what she will become as she works so hard to progress each day. I have begun my round of interview for the missionaries and will be out most of the time during the days. Jared (our son) will be staying with his mom and I will return at night so for now we are running a very busy schedule. Our younger daughters started school on Tuesday and the schedule will change with them to as they involved themselves with school activities. We are so grateful to have had  our adult children be here for a period and to have Jared and Brittany continue to stay. This will help so much for us to keep a BALANCE in the mission as well.
Thank you again for your faith and prayers. We feel them.
Sister McKee holding her newest grandson, Kason 

The William McKee Family

1 comment:

  1. “The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

    We've been anxious to hear how the "big move" went. Glad Sister McKee is safely transported, but very sorry to hear that Sister McKee is suffering set-backs. We've experienced first-hand how inefficient and frustrating weekends are in a health-care facility. We always dreaded the weekends.

    We will be praying specifically for Sister McKee's eyes to heal and her pain level to decrease. We will also pray for tender mercies for each member of your family as everyone faces new changes and routines.

    Love, The Abel Family