I wheeled her inside for her appointment, came back out and parked the van (leaving a liquid trail behind me). The puddle continued to grow. Being the skilled mechanic that I am, I called Dad at home, and sent him a picture with my cell phone.
|Yep, this is the picture. If you're interested, you can click to make it bigger.|
This was more than an ordinary problem for us. Since Mom came home from the nursing home this wheelchair van has been her only means of transportation. And her bedside commode has been her only 'facility'. So typically when she's finished with her hour of physical therapy, she needs to get back home (30 minutes away) as quickly as possible so she can use the commode and lay down in bed to get the pressure off her back. Especially when she's already not feeling well beforehand.
|Mom's great PT, Jon Cook, snapped this shot of Mom on the Nu-Step yesterday while we were waiting to see how God was going to get us back home.|
But this is where God's goodness kicked in. When I went back inside to check on Mom, she was feeling great. (The physical therapist told us this is a sign that her body wants and needs more activity.) Dad drove over in our station wagon and it turned out that she has improved enough that she was able (with aid of walker) to get into the front passenger seat. (First time since September 27.) Not only that, but she was able to toilet there in town (before coming home) using another portable commode.
It just took the crisis of a leak to show her how much she could do.
Dad brought three gallons of water with him, filled up the van overflow tank, turned on the heat, rolled down the windows, and drove it all the way home without mishap. In fact it did not leak at all.
A mechanic who lives nearby was kind enough to look at it this morning. A hose going to the rear heater had worn a hole due to rubbing. He replaced the hose and padded the spot to prevent future rubbing. He also taught us how to turn on the air conditioner (which we had thought was broken).
So what at first seemed like a calamity turned out to be a good gift from God. Perhaps the best gift was that all three of us had peace in the middle of it. We had just studied "Jesus calming the storm" (Mark 4:35-41) last Saturday, and I guess this was our chance to see His power and goodness in a small storm.