Friday, August 21, 2009

Hope remains...

Jake is overall doing well. It was a very good transition and time reviewing Jacob's condition with his new nurses and doctors. Definitely made us feel at home. Jake continues to respond to us. They allowed us to browse their DVD cart - we are in the Pediatric ICU so this includes Barney and Bob the Builder. I chose 5 or so DVD's to choose from and Jacob told me yes and no with his head and shrugged his shoulders for maybe. He is still Jacob - with particular taste in movies. I could not slip any by him that I would like but he wouldn't. We ended up with Batman Begins. He dozed in and out of the movie.

There are moments that are still hard - frustration and tears - pain and sorrow. There is still hard stuff to come - surgery, rehab, off of medications, trach, stomach tube, etc. We are looking at possible surgery next week on his head and heal. Recovery - moving toward healing is a difficult process...never will there be complete healing but we have hope of restoration. Scars will remain changes to his body he is still with us - growing stronger each day.

That is all I have for tonight - I just wanted you to know that Jake is good - he is safe - he is not done - and he is hopefully sleeping right now. Hope remains.

In hope and faith

Tom (Dad)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

With tears in my eyes, I'm now caught up on your posts, and am thrilled to read of Jake's continued progress. So glad to hear that the move went well and that you're more comfortable there than first anticipated.

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear that Jake is showing you his "old" personality. Sooo glad that that appears not to have been affected.

Still praying and trusting God to bring about full recovery so that Jake can return to all the things that he enjoyed in early June. You're right - there may never be full healing, but enough that Jake and resume his life as he enjoyed it before.

And one last comment: to those who think that the day will come when Jacob will no longer need our prayers, that day will never come. As the mom of a ex-micro-preemie (born 16 weeks early), there will always be requests for Jacob. And most likely, the miracles will never stop completely. Yes, the urgency and frequency of the miracles and blog posts will decrease, but I strongly suspect that they'll never stop completely. This is, indeed, a journey that won't end until Jacob is with his Lord. But I can also tell that there are many who will happily continue to pray for Jacob for years to come.

God bless. Sleep well. Know that you're all lifted up in many prayers.

Christy

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tom for taking time to let us know how Jacob's day was-we knew today would be "busy". I know so many were/are praying for a smooth transition for Jacob and you all. Our hope and prayer is that Jacob has just been moved to an even better place for his healing. Please give Jacob our love and let him know we think of him constantly! love, the tsudama clan

Ben said...

Hey Tom,

I look forward to your blogs everyday and hearing about Jacob's progress is encouraging.

Ben

Mari said...

Thanks for the update tonight after I'm sure a very fearful & stressful day! But what a miracle that Jacob is already able to move out of the burn unit to the new hospital & onto the next step to recovery! And so encouraging to hear the great experiences of people & excellent reports of this new hospital. Like you've been saying, it's the right place at the right time...where you need to be at this moment in God's plan. God is working all things together for GOOD....
Glad the transition went well and we'll continue to pray for the hard moments, finances & and for Jacob's quick & full recovery! Love from the Kings
PS. Was proud today of our Chris & Connor & Chris T speaking at the Aptos High assembly on behalf of their great buddy Jacob! The message of Jacob's Journey continues on, touching more lives...

Susie Boggs said...

This is such a long process, makes me cry, even though I have never met Jacob... I am a mom. I think it is wonderful that he has come so far and is improving each day. What a difference from where this all began! Take it one day at a time, so many people cheering for Jacob! You have come into my heart and I think of you and your family daily. Hugs to you Tom for your strength. You and Debbie have been so brave, you are wonderful.

Cindy Todd said...

Thanks for the update Tom. We continue to pray and are thankful things went smoothly. I don't always understand God's ways but He has proven in the past they are the best way so we continue to trust and have faith for what is to come! Love you all, give Debbie a hug for me! Cindy