Monday, July 13, 2009

Take a breath

Jacob is almost completely breathing on his own!

What a blessing it is to know that his lungs are healing. The assistance he is getting now is minimal. Over the past couple of days I have thought of my grandfather who suffered from emphysema where his lungs become stiff with fibers and become less elastic. It was so painful for him to breathe. How valuable is a simple breath. How thankful we are for Jacob's breath.

No surgery tomorrow. As of now the doctors want to give him another day to rest. They continue to dress and check his wounds and he will most likely go back in for more surgery on Wednesday.

As they have now taken him completely off the paralytic he is moving more. Showing his displeasure when they move him to change his bandages and adjust his body - still so helpless - still so much unknown. There has been discussion as to when they will remove the breathing tube. When a breathing tube is removed, sometimes the throat tends to react by swelling up and only making breathing more difficult, and making reinsertion of another tube quite difficult. They want to make sure that, based on the medication he is on and his state at the time, that this will not happen.

God continues to guide us and provide gentle encouragements. Though we are all quite weary - we are holding together and are seeing God move. Renee showed us a sample of the pictures many of you have sent in showing that you are praying for Jacob. I continue to get messages that are telling stories of what is going on and how God is moving in their lives.

God is moving you know...
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Heb 12:1-3

Declare your majesty - your glory - Lord through this moment through this journey.

Love and peace



renee said...

Wow, Tom! What exciting and scary news! Hopefully I won't be on the "night shift" tonight as I need some sleep but I have and will be praying continually!

Love you all a ton!

p.s. the photos are still coming in and so cool!

Bob Duffy said...

Today's news brings to mind the old hymn:
"Breathe on me, breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do."

We pray this for Jacob, and continue to praise God for each day's healing, and that He continue to give all of you patience and hope.
- the Duffys

Johanna said...

Tom, we have had the flu since we got back from camp last Friday (still have it) and am only now catching up on how you ALL are doing via this blog...but I have been praying all through...My 7 yr old son memorized this Hebrews passage at camp last week that you you quoted..we are praying as a family, that through Jesus, you will not grow weary and lose heart...there are little people praying 7yrs and 10 yrs)daily as well as us bigguns constantly...for healing on every level- for now and for all that is to come.....much much love.......