Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Daily Update 13-01-10

Today’s been a sleepy day for Joel. Last night Hannah went to the Hospital Chapel and when she went in she had the ‘feeling’ that she was to read from the open Bible sitting on the podium. The first words she read were, “and on the seventh day he rested,” out of Genesis chapter 1. Well that is what he has done all day and it is the 7th day since the accident. The doc’s have been a little worried as he has not responded consistently as he had done for the previous couple of days. Now for those who aren’t in the know, when we talk about responding it means that he follows 3 basic commands: squeeze my hand, poke out your tongue and wriggle your toes. His pupils are still reacting to a light shone in them so that is good. I have just come into Joel’s room for my night visit and had a lovely response from him. I gave him a kiss, just in the air and he slowly puckered his lips…well put his lips together in a kind of kiss, but to me it looked like a great big pucker up! Back to the day…the doc’s took him off for another scan and it showed a slight increase in swelling of the brain. Tomorrow he is booked in for a MRI scan mid-morning. He has to be totally anesthetized for this so it will be back to a respirator tube and drips and stuff. Aaaahhhh!

Immediate prayer needs.

Swelling to go down.

MRI to be ‘normal’

We need a poo. Yep the nurses have told us they get excited when someone in Joel’s position does a poo! Coz it means ‘normal bodily functions.’

Twisting of hands to stop.

He needs to start controlling his own temperature as it is still too high.

And when he is ready … to wake up properly.
Psalm 3:5 “I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me.”

Please read Psalm 91 as a prayer for him. This was given to us by his friends in the youth group.


mail said...

Kevin, you and your family are AMAZING. Will spread the word about this site!

MelC said...

Thanks for setting this up - I hope it will be a blessing for your family and won't it be an amazing thing for Joel to read when he wakes up. God Bless

Martyn & Jacqui C said...

Kevin, Cheryl & Family - we are with you and embrass you through this time.

jo carey-bradshaw said...

I have been where you are now.. I am sending you my very best of all that I used. Know you are making a difference. with love.

Hanna family said...

Dear Kevin, Cheryll and family,
Thanks for setting up this blog and allowing us to journey with you at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you each day and we pray today that you may be "strengthened with all power according to His glorious might."
(Col 1:11).
Love & prayers, Dave, Sharyn, Laura & Corey Hanna

Ben said...

Kevin & Cheryll,

We are praying you through. May the Lord light sign through onto Joel and you rest in knowing He is in control.

Love and Prayers,
Jessie & Ben Westerfield (your Nebraska friends)

donna said...

Thank you so so much for taking the time to care for all of us out here who are just hanging to hear news of you all! The phone here at church has been ringing off the hook. A lady who had come to church for the first time on Sunday even phoned today asking about news of 'the young man'. I know our God is walking with you all every second of every day, my prayer is that you feel us all walking with you too!
Huge love to each and every one of you,
All of us at Bethlehem Baptist Church

Josh said...

Hey guys,
cant get this phrase out of my head...
Joels diagnosis = HEALED

It has been for over 2000 years now!

You guys are the best,
God Bless,
Josh, Ambz and Elijah

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