Jerard Update Part 2 June 9, 2010

Kurt is up at the hospital with Jerard for the night. His blood count has dropped again and he will be getting a transfusion tonight.
-pray the source of bleeding/reason for his blood count dropping gets discovered and healed. This is his 2nd blood transfusion this week.
-pray we can still be discharged tomorrow from the hospital
it is terribly trying on the whole family to have a member of our family in the hospital.

Thanks.

Psalm 86
A prayer of David. 1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.

3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.

4 Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

6 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.

7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.

9 All the nations you have made will come and worshipbefore you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.

10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless
men seeks my life--men without regard for you.

15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. 16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant. 17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Jerard Update June 8 from Jerard

Hi,

I have been more awake today.
They took the tube out of my nose
but they said they might have to put it back in if I don't eat or drink well. I'm not sucking really well.

I don't like to move the left side of my body either.
But I did smile twice at my Mom today. But she said only the right side of my mouth went up.

The neurologist, Dr. Soriano, (I like him - he's done all my surgeries)
said it looks like I need another shunt. My right ventricle is not being drained by the shunt on the left side of my head. Maybe that's why I've been having so many headaches.

And today I've been crying and rubbing the right side of my head a lot. It really hurts.

They did move me into a regular room today. I hope I can stay here and not have to go back to ICU.

Thanks for your prayers for me. Please keep praying I get better soon. Pray for my Mom and Dad and my brothers and sisters.
Keep my doctors in your prayers too. I like them and they seem to be doing a good job taking care of me.

I haven't had any seizures for over 36 hours now!

Psalm 10: 16 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
17O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18to do justice to the fatherless...

Starbucks....on hold!

Just for a change of pace in our blog I thought I'd put a few photos in of a project that is on hold for now.

I'm hoping to repaint the kitchen in a more coffee shop motif.

I have arranged empty starbucks bags of coffee, mugs, and a coffee maker that no longer works on top of the cabinets to be part of this redecorating!

After Jerard gets out of the hospital we may get to the painting!

Jerard June 7, 2010

Hi,

I'm not sure what to tell you all.

He is no better. He seems a bit worse.

He has developed a hospital-induced staph infection which means he is now on two strong antibiotics.

He had 4 seizures early this a.m.

He had a CT scan today.

The shunts seems to be working but because of repeated episodes of fever spikes and seizures, the doctor is drawing off some ventrical fluid through one of his shunts to test the fluid for possible infection.

He has some blood in his stools which they think is from not eating and stress from the seizures. Hopefully today they will start him on Isomil. Yesterday, he had a nasogastric (ng) tube put in but because there was bloody discharge from his stomach they could not start feeding him. Today the fluids are much, much clearer. So pray they will start feeding him.

Keep him in your prayers.

Thanks.

Beth

...And Now A Word From Jerard....6/6/10

Hi,

Thank you for praying for me.

Please keep it up.
I haven't had any seizures since yesterday around noon.

I'm in a room with all kinds of tubes and wires and beeps and people coming in and out.

Today my eyes were open more. My Mom said they were giving me blood. I really don't like the IV needle in my foot. I kept trying to kick at it but my Mom or someone put a blanket in the way so I couldn't.

I started lifting my right arm today and playing a little bit with my alphabet wheel. I like to spin it and hear it sing.

I cough a lot but it's phlegm. I don't eat on my own. My left side doesn't like to move much. Someone stuck a tube down my nose into my stomach to feed me Isomil. I can't wait til that comes out.
I was trying to pull that out too but the nurse tied a cloth to my arm and to the bed so I couldn't reach up to pull it out.

Keep me in your prayers, please. The doctors are happy to see me more awake today but I don't feel like moving much. Pray I don't have anymore seizures and that the medicines they want to give me orally will help me not have any.

I guess I'll be in the hospital a few more days. They want me to eat on my own but I have no desire even to suck on a sippy cup right now. I'm just really, really tired!

Thanks!