Brian Smith and I met up in Beckley, WV, this past Monday morning, and we rode up I-77 to go see Tim Shook. Tim had an artery in his abdomen rupture in Mid-May, and it nearly killed him, but he got help fast enough that he was able to be snatched back from the brink. But he's been hospitalized ever since then.
My church has a prayer-quilt ministry, and I got a quilt for Tim. At one of our Sunday services, any time there was a hymn or other music, members of the congregation could come up to the front of the church where the prayer quilt was, and they tied knots in the strings holding the quilt together while saying a prayer for Tim. Then afterward the quilt is delivered to the sick person, and then they are literally wrapped in prayers. Brian and I were on a mission to deliver Tim's quilt to him.
Tim was in the ICU for over two weeks, unable to do anything except just lie there. His muscles really atrophied during that time, and now he has to rehab them so he can get around. He has lost 50 pounds, and he has a colostomy bag and another tube and bag draining his gallbladder. But he's in good spitits, and he's improving. Here he is taking nourishment:
I gave him the prayer quilt, and he was really pleased to get it. Here's a picture of Tim with his son John and wife Sheree and the quilt.
It was great to see him. He's weak, but improving. He has 3 more weeks in the rehab center. Then sometime after that he'll have to have his gallbladder removed, and also hopefully the colostomy bag also. But he's still with us, and we all look forward to riding with him again as soon as possible.