I took Jerard to the neurosurgeon today for a checkup since his recent hospital stay.
The doctor strongly recommends that Jerard have a surgery soon due to the headaches that he is having and the half-paralysis on the left side of his body.
The surgery will install an additional drainage shunt into Jerard's brain which will relieve the high pressure on the right side of Jerard's brain. Without the shunt surgery, Jerard's prognosis is at best quite stunted and at worse a relatively short life.
We are looking at July 5 for the surgery to take place.
~Pray that Jerard stays healthy so he can have the surgery.
~Pray for the finances needed for this operation. All medical expenses here in the Philippines have to be paid in cash at the time of the service, unlike in the US where services can be rendered and paid for in the months that follow through insurance and payments.
Jerard, a few months ago, healthier and happier!
We spent this past weekend at Isla Reta beach,
boat that took us over
Ben got a close up look at army tanks near the dock
staying in a cabin,
enjoying the quiet, the water, the feeling of being at a state park camp ground in Michigan,
walking in the local town
local town near Isla Reta
a local man making charcoal from coconut shells
The local gas station
looking at the town from the hilltop
having time to spend together as a family without the interuptions of work, phone, computer, etc.
enjoying a great fish dinner the cook at Isla Reta prepared for us
playing with each other, new friends, reading....
Ben playing volleyball with new friends
Kurt and Kirsten intent on something
Mikayla reading on the beach
Teaching new friends in the cabin next to ours how to play
It was a relaxing, refreshing time for us.
Kurt's three sons!
Kurt's "Family Force 5" (to borrow the name of a contemporary
Christian singing group my kids like to listen to!)
Saturday, June 19, our daughter Kirsten turns 12!
She is a blessing to us.
She requested to go to Isla Reta, a beach campground, for her birthday weekend. We are going there today and look forward to a "family retreat" and fun at the beach.
Kirsten, Daddy and I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. We keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. We pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1: 16-19)
Many have emailed me asking what's up with the lumpectomy diagnosis for me. Because of varying opinions on what the lumpectomy results are showing, I have sent the slides up to St. Luke's Hospital in Manila for further evaluation. I should know results in a week or two.
Thanks for your prayers.