Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Getting Better With Each New Day

Patrick continues to progress. He's passed his swallow test, so he's slowly working up to eating normal food again, which he's thoroughly enjoying. He's speaking and understanding what's being said, so that's very encouraging. He's having some sort of reaction to something which is causing him to feel itchy (and then agitated from not being able to itch himself constantly).  So he's taking benadryl for that, which then, of course, makes him super sleepy.

His drs are hoping to transition him back to a normal inpatient room soon (any day?), and there he will continue to work with physical therapy to regain his balance and coordination, while his drs work to determine what caused all of this, and what to do with him next.

I'm home with bronchitis and a double ear infection (I thought those were only for toddlers!?), so I'm banned from the ICU for a few days, until I feel better. Thankfully, Patrick's older sister JoAnn has arrived from Seattle for the holidays, so there's another person on hand to help Claire and Christine care for PK while I'm out of commission.

Continue to pray for answers to his neurological decline...we'd really love to see him up and walking (and home!) for Christmas!


  1. May you, Julie, have the opportunity for some good REST during this unexpected illness! Blessings!!!

  2. In Jesus' name, amen! Claiming he's coming home, well-recovered, for Christmas!

  3. Still praying for you and your family Julie. hugs! Becky Dodson

  4. I hope you feel better soon, Julie!
    I'm glad to hear Patrick is recuperating more functions, and graduating to eating real food... he's going to need the strength for the physical therapy work that lies ahead!
    Our family continues to hold yours in our hearts and prayers,

  5. Prayers that you get better (and strength throughout this time)

  6. Karen and Jim LamontDecember 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Have been following Patrick's journey...and yours and Cecilia's. Just really praying for mercy every day. Please know your All Saints family in Chapel Hill/Durham is praying fervently.
    Karen and Jim Lamont

  7. Julie,
    Just keep one loving,for love never fails. Our Lord has said in his word. Three, times I Pleaded with the lord about this,that it should leave me. But he said to me. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 11 Cor 12;8&9 . Remember you all are loved, JOB 23;10 HE knows the way that I take: when he has tried me,I shall come out as Gold.


Thanks for your prayers!