Friday, March 20, 2009

A Few Updates

I've been spending virtually all of my waking moments in the room with Jenni, so I'm still not posting regularly the way I was earlier in the week. However, during shift change I get booted out regardless of any extended visitation hours. While I'm out here doing nothing better, I thought I'd let everyone know what has transpired in the last hour or so.

When I returned to Jenni's side after the meeting with those dubious doctors that Layne has been telling you about, I found Jenni worse than when I left. Her swelling had worsened on the left side (the same side from which they removed the chest tube earlier in the day), her oxygen had been raised to 60%, and she seemed a little flushed. I was informed that they had just performed a chest x-ray before I entered the room (proactive... good) to check on the swelling but I was still concerned about her color. The nurse checked her temperature and found it to be higher than earlier, so we turned off the heated blanket and turned it down so that it didn't cover her torso. The respiratory specialist also came in and fiddled with the ventilator. She is now down to 50%, but is breathing over the vent more often now. I'm not sure what this means in the long run... but I am encouraged by the doctors' willingness to follow up on Layne & Stephanie's research on alternate treatments.

When it comes to experimental treatments, there are never any easy answers. Please continue to pray for Jenni, but also pray that God will lend me the strength to make the tough calls that will be coming soon. I really need strength and guidance...
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4 comments:

Rici said...

2 Timothy 4:17 "BUT THE LORD STOOD AT MY SIDE AND GAVE ME STRENGTH, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth."

Stay strong, be encouraged. HE is still listening and we are still praying.

Anonymous said...

JOSH,YOU AND JENNI ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS NEARLY EVERY WAKING MOMENT.I'VE BEEN WHERE YOU ARE,YOU'LL MAKE IT THROUGH,I DID.SOMETIMES KICKING AND SCREAMING...BUT,GOD'S GRACE WILL CARRY YOU WHEN NOTHING OR NO ONE ELSE CAN.WHERE THERE'S LIFE,THERE'S HOPE.

Emily Davis said...

In the times you feel you weakest, know that God is right beside you holding your hand, telling you to take a minute and rest on His shoulder. He knew you were so strong, that you would be able to handle what might come your way, and that is why He put the two of you together. God has ALL the answers, so give it all to Him, and trust that his answers are the best even if sometimes we feel there not. I have constantly been praying for you guys, and will continue to.

Anonymous said...

Josh:
We pray God's peace abound and give you strength during the hours to come.
We are praying
Dan & Leeanne

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