When our missionaries have completed their missions and are returning home I often quote them from II Timothy 4:6,7 where Paul said,” For I am now ready to be offered, and the time for my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” This scripture seems fitting for Sister McKee today as the “time for her departure is at hand. She has fought the good fight, she has kept the faith”. Only this time she is departing from the hospital. After 70 days of being hospitalized, 37 days in the ICU she has finally received permission to return home. A huge miracle that we have all been anticipating. We feel so blessed and even more blessed today because over night her left eye started tracking over to the middle. This is incredibly progressive because it is a strong sign that she will be able to recover fully in her left eye.
Sister McKee will now be in an out patient program at Vanderbilt hospital that she will go to three days a week. Her doctor has recommended that she stay on oxygen at night for awhile but other than that she will be free to develop her own therapy program. Knowing Sister McKee, this will not take long as she has been so anxious to get back into some regular routines. As I have walked with her through this whole experience it has reinforced to me as so many of you know that she is heroic. She is bold and brave through every experience and every trial. Her faith has never wavered and her positive determination is an inspiration to all. Our love has grown. Our family closeness has grown. We all have a greater love for the atonement and our Savior Jesus Christ. We know that this is a huge step but also a first step in many ways to normal life ahead(whatever that is?). We love you all and thank you again for so many cards, so many notes, so much love, so much faith , so many prayers and so much friendship. We love and appreciate you.
WE LOVE YOU MOM!!
The William McKee Family