Jerard is sleeping as I write this. His hemoglobin is low again so he needs another transfusion. Fortunately, when I went to the Red Cross to get the blood they had AB+ packed in stock -- no donor needed this time. That is a blessing since AB+ is rare here in the Philippines.
What they have determined so far is that Jerard has a urinary tract infection and a fungal infection. His bowels are distended by gas most likely due to the infections. This gas is very painful for him and this causes him to cry a lot and not sleep well. His appetite is still not very strong.
The plan is to let the medications run their course over the next day or two and see how he does. We pray that his appetite returns, that his bowel pains subsides, that his hemoglobin recover, and most of all, that all of these infections are healed.
Over the weekend Beth and I noticed that Jerard's appetite was significantly reduced. On Monday (today) Beth took him to see three doctors -- his pediatric pulmonologist and then his neurosurgeon who recommended that he see a pediatric infectious disease doctor. After that, all three concurred that a stay in the hospital was needed so today Jerald is back in the hospital.
I just came home from the hospital; Beth will spend the night there with Jerard and I will stay with the other kids at home. Jerard has an IV and is on a stronger anti-biotic. The thought is that there is a persistent infection that needs a strong anti-biotic to treat.
As always, your prayers are appreciated for our little Jerard. It seems that in his short little life he has had more hardship than many who are much older.
Just wanted to share some pics with you from other events happening around here!
A few weeks ago there was a talent show at school. Kirsten's 4th grade class performed as a praise band. Kirsten played keyboard. They played "Father, I adore You" with guitar, keyboard, bells, violins, recorder....it was very pretty music.
Kirsten continues to excel in her studies. She is a big help with the babies too.
Kirsten at keyboard
The 4th grade Praise Band
Kirsten and James having fun
Ben has started t-ball. He really enjoys sports!
He also really enjoys being a big brother. Kuya Ben! 'Kuya' is Cebuano for 'older brother'.
Ben, James, Kurt
Ben hitting a three-base run
Ben and James
Mikayla has been busy with her studies and helping out with babies at the house.
The middle school is getting ready to leave this Sunday to go to Taal, a volcano in Northern Philippines, for a week-long Outdoor Education program. The middle school does this every year. It is an out door ed and spiritual retreat week. Last year Mikayla went to Corrigador, a WW II site.
Mikayla is looking forward to the trip. Pray for her and the whole middle school group and sponsors to have a spiritually enriching time; a fun, educational time exploring the volcano; and a safe trip.
Mikayla and Ben helping with James and Jerard
A scene from Corrigador; last year's OE trip
A scene from Corrigador; last year's OE trip
James and Jerard - Jerard is looking better
Jerard's head is a full two inches smaller than it had been a week ago. Last Wednesday, prior to surgery, his head circumference was 19 inches. Today, at his one week post-op check up, it measured 17 inches!
Next Wednesday his bandages and sutures will be removed!
He picked up a urinary tract infection while in the hospital which is being treated. Please pray he heals well from that.
Because of Jerard and James' birth,
their mother's death,
their aunt being willing to care for them as much as she was able, their rescue from where they were living;
my friend's ministry staff are now able to present the gospel to this community in a way they couldn't before.
The door is opening slowly to hear of the love God has for us just as an aunt has for her nephews and foster parents have for twins not their own biological children.
God has used the birth and life of these two little boys to get His Word into a community formally not open to Him!
As my friend, Kim, says..."all these two little ones have done is sleep, eat, and poop and look at how the Lord has used them to shine His love..."
"....think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise ...; not many were influential; ......not many from noble birth......
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame
the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame
the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him...."
1 Cor. 1:26-29
Pray for this community, a squatter area known as "Taa-ee" which means 'poo' in Cebuano. It was so named by city officials because when it first was built there were no CR's in it.
Pray for Kim and her ministry staff as they share the love of Christ with this urban poor community.
Pray for their hearts to be open to God's Word and His love.
Pray for their salvation and healing.
The body of Christ, working together, brings His love.
Two little boys only 3 months old are instruments of His love!!!