Jerard Update 3/14/12

Well, Jerard had no fever all day until late afternoon.
He even smiled about 4 times today!
There is talk of sending him home tomorrow or Friday. Pray it happens!

But we grapple now with the care of a boy who is very weak, unable to eat except by feeding tube, very limited movement of his limbs. Pray with us for wisdom and guidance in how best to meet his needs.

Jerard Update 3/13/12

Well, Jerard had been seeming to make progress and there had been talk of sending him home today; BUT
over night he developed high fever again, trouble breathing, much congestion.
He has what is known as progressive pneumonia. They will be starting him on a different antibiotic today.
Needless to say, he's not being discharged today.
Keep him in your prayers!
Thanks!!!!

Open Hands

Every hospital stay of Jerard's has been a teaching time of my Abba to me.
Life is hard.
It is hard to be a Christian, but it is too dull to be anything else! (B. Manning)

"Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."

I need to have Open Hands
Giving Thanks In All Things
Hard things befall
Giving Thanks
In the Eating
In the Breaking
In the Unknown
In the Hard
Giving Thanks
Breaking Bread
He Sustains

"When Jesus comes into our lives with his scandalous cross in the form of mental anguish, physical suffering, and wounds of the spirit that will not close, we pray for the courage to "stand fast a little" against the insidious realism of the world, the flesh, and the devil." (B. Manning)

Open hands....letting go of all control....to rest safely in His hands...Ahh the joy of knowing He knows my name, He rejoices over me with joy

Jerard Update 3/9/12

Jerard was transferred to a regular room today.
He has a feeding tube and has had three 'meals' of PediaSure so far.
He is very sleepy due to the keppra and phenobarbital being given for anti-seizure medicines.

Pray he will be discharged from the hospital soon!

Jerard in the Hospital Again

This morning Beth and I awoke to find that Jerard was having seizures again. It was actually James who discovered it. He came out of the room that he shares with Jerard at about 5:45 am saying, "Daddy, I want to show you something in my room." He led me into his room to show me Jerard in bed having a seizure. Needless to say, that got Beth and I into high gear.

We had him at the hospital ER shortly thereafter and it took several medicines and about 4 hours before his seizures went away. Right now he is at the hospital still in the pediatric intensive care unit. He will spend the night there and he will have a CAT scan tomorrow as long as he remains seizure free until then.

Please keep him and us in your prayers.