Patrick has shown little improvement since when I last wrote. He has enjoyed a bit of food, and that seems to have put some color back into his face, but each day gets harder for him. Three days ago, he was able to ask his sister JoAnn "where's my wife?" (cute), but we can't get any other words out of him now. He was swallowing milkshakes, smoothies and sweet potatoes on Friday, but wasn't able to swallow anything come Sunday. He still has his feeding tube, so he's receiving 1500+ calories a day through that, but we'd love to see him eat something tasty as well!
It's hard not to lose hope. His brain seems to be shutting down more and more each day. He's able to give very few (if any) responses to us now. He's sometimes able to move his head in the direction of no or yes, but even his ability to kiss, or purse his lips at me has disappeared.
He's supposed to have another MRI today (or early this week), so we hope that is revealing and helpful. The doctors are considering running a variety of tests to see if he has some sort of strong gluten allergy, Lymes disease or any other sort of disease that could be debilitating him.
Please pray for a miracle. We're hoping to organize some sort of (virtual) Day of Prayer for Patrick, perhaps for Christmas Eve, so that we together, from around the world, and from just about every faith background, can surround Patrick with our love and prayers, and intercede on his part for some radical healing--for a Christmas miracle! Stay tuned. I'll post the details on that when I have them.
I'll let you know as I find out more. Please continue to pray for him!