Tuesday, September 15, 2009

one more tube to go...

I just wanted to do a quick update while I have a chance.

Jake got his second drain tube out of his back - only tube left is the one to his stomach which is developing cobwebs due to non-use. That should come out in the next couple of days - he is getting all his food through his mouth and medication either through his pic line or by mouth.

Jake can now put weight on his heel for up to 20 minutes at a time and he walked to the window with a walker. We then sat out there for a while. It is about 25 yards from his bed. His next goal by the end of the week is to walk down to the end of the hall. We are moving forward.

I am working today on getting all the ducks lined up for what we are going to need at home and how we are going to get it all. Debbie is following-up on getting Jacob back on track for his senior year. Debbie has been here every night since we have been at Kaiser and is now doing all the dressing changes and is learning all that we need to do for administering medication through Jake's pic line. They told me I have to learn and pass the test too.

I put this computer down about an hour ago when Jake's friends came - he was really looking forward to this visit and is so glad that they are here.

Slowly day by day improvements we will get back to where he wants to be - further seems forever - but time does move and healing will come - it is coming.

Thanks for keeping us going and keeping us looking up - we are so blessed by all of you...

Tom (Dad)


Anonymous said...

We are still here continuing to pray for Jacob and all of your family.
This journey has been so amazing for all who have followed and prayed. Many of us have experienced times when our faith is all that is left and God is still standing there letting us know that it is all that we need.
Thank you for letting us know what we can pray for each day for Jacob and your family. We are the ones that feel blessed to be given the opportunity to put our faith into action.
God Bless!

Mari said...

Wow! We are so amazed at Jacob's speedy progress! What a blessing it's been to be a part of the hundreds of daily prayers going out day & night for each specific need along the journey, and to experience God's faithfulness as we stand in awe of these miracles unfolding! As we've followed & read your often heartwrenching and always insightful blogs along this journey, it has been so helpful to us in our own current struggles to perservere in hope & faith. So thank you for continuing to share your heart even now in this new more active season when things are changing so quickly. It is such an exciting time also for Jacob's friends to be able to communicate with him again! Such a refreshing atmosphere of relief & joy! We continue to pray everyday for each one of you, for provision, and for Jacob's recovery & ability to come home & to start classwork soon enabling him to graduate on schedule! Yay - another miracle coming! :-) Love & blessings to you all! The Kings

Anonymous said...

I cannot even begin to tell you of the many comments I have heard from people-- people who are going through the very difficult times you mention-- who have told me of the inspiration they receive from reading this blog. You are demonstrating, not just teaching, how God can turn everything that happens to us, even the nightmares, into moments of supernatural grace.

I had to laugh when I read an article by well-known atheist Richard Dawkins that evolution "leaves God with nothing to do". Nothing to do but comfort us in our sorrows, heal us in our sickness, strengthen us in our weakness, inspire us in our doubts, and fill us with hope both for this world and the world to come...

You and your family are a living testimony of that, unfolding before our very eyes. I say this hoping not to put any pressure on anyone to "fake it" for the sake of inspiring others, because even in your honest struggles, as blogged about here, you are as interesting and enlightening as the biblical psalmist in his "where is God?" moments.

We continue to pray for you and thank you.

Rene Schlaepfer and family

Bob Duffy said...

It continues to be so exciting to watch Jacob's now exponential progress (well at least exponential in outward visible ways) and to marvel at all the miracles God has performed and continues to perform.

I know it doesn't change the hard times you all have gone through, nor ease the difficult challenges ahead, but in my periodic asking God "why" (did He allow this to happen), He often brought me back to John 9 and the man blind from birth:

"His disciples asked Him, saying "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be blind? Jesus answered, 'It was neither this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him."

We have already seen the works of God displayed in Jacob and in Jacob's entire family who, although struggling honestly and openly through all of this, have never failed to look to and trust God for His soverieign will.

All praise to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think!

-Bob Duffy